Live Debates at The Flood Expo

Live Debate

We are proud to present to you our Live Debates area, which over the course of our event’s duration will provide you with the chance to hear professional experts in discussion over the hottest topics in today’s flood defence industry.

As part of Flood Expo’s outstanding service to the profession, we have assembled a panel of experts, thought leaders, and visionaries to take part in a series of debates over both days of the event. Issues and challenges that are currently prominent in each of the sectors our event covers will be discussed. Discussions will be held on topics such as future innovations and the benefits and limitations of using technology in flood defence and prevention; the role of insurance companies during and after flooding incidents; and the suitability of the current crisis plan and response to flooding in the UK. This page provides details of the discussions you can find and the time you need to be there. Ensure you arrive early as the unique education, information, and insight on offer will attract a lot of visitors, so places go quickly!

Below is a selection of 2017 panels. 2018 panels to be released soon...




11:00 – 12:00: 10 Years on From the 2007 Floods: What Have We Learned?

A record 78mm of rain fell over Gloucestershire on the 20th of July 2007, triggering the worst floods the region has seen since records began (1766). A gathering of industry experts will discuss the advancements in flood mitigation, resilience and rescue, and debate what more needs to be done.

13:00 – 14:00: Natural Flood Defence Strategies and Their Role in the Future of Flooding

Debating the use and implementation of natural flood defence strategies. How effective are these natural solutions? And how they can be most effectively incorporated into a more comprehensive, large-scale flood defence strategy?

15:00 – 16:00: The Future of Flood Prediction, Mitigation, Resilience and Rescue

It’s inevitable that flooding in the UK will reoccur. Find out first hand from some of the industry’s leading figures about where the flood sector is heading and how those within the industry will predict, prevent, and manage the floods of the future.


12:00 – 13:00: The DEFRA Property Flood Resilience Roundtable: A year of business-led progress

Is there a better national understanding of what property level resilience is, amongst individuals, communities and businesses – and how is this being acheived? Come and join this lively discussion between DEFRA Roundtable task group panellists and Chair, Graham Brogden, for a closer insight on the progress made over the past year and those key challenges that the Roundtable looks to address going forward.

14:00 – 15:00: The Cumbria Flood Resilience Showcase: what effective collaboration can deliver

Join Mary Dhonau OBE as she leads a lively panel discussion on the need for community innovation and the benefits found in business-led collaborations. The Cumbria Showcase is sponsored by the EA, DEFRA, Adler and Allan and is supported by the expertise and specialist resource made available by business across the flood industry. Three exemplar case studies of flood impacted property in Cumbria give context to recommendations for effective flood resistance and resilience measures to address the risk posed to a homeowner, community centre and small business premises.

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