Confluence 2021- open for registration

Don’t miss our exciting annual Confluence to showcase the many outputs from our projects. This year we will be running a series of four virtual events during the week starting with the main plenary on Tuesday 8 June. Our theme is ‘Working together to improve resilience across the Yorkshire and Humber region. Book your place using the links below. We will be using zoom video conferencing technology and links will be emailed to delegates a few days before each event.

Main Plenary event – Tuesday 8 June, 10am – 12.45pm


10am – Welcome
The iCASP Journey
Joe Holden, Director of iCASP
10.15am Guest speaker – Baroness Judith Blake, former leader of City of Leeds Council

10.35am – Overview of iCASP impacts and partnership development
Hebin Lin, Impact and Economic Evaluator and Finn Barlow-Duncan, Impact Officer and Phoebe King, Project Support Officer with iCASP  

10.50am – Promoting flood resilience –  outcomes from two projects
Bridging the knowledge gap to boost SME resilience
Dr Paola Sakai, UKRI Research and Innovation Fellow
10.55am – Yorkshire Flood Resilience
Shelley Evans, Senior Analyst – Flood Resilience with JBA and iCASP Impact Translation Fellow
11.10am – break
11.25am – How the new Natural Flood Management (NFM) toolkit will benefit the Calderdale community Introduced by Oliver Harmar, Yorkshire Director of the Environment Agency
11.35am – The design and use of the NFM toolkit

Dr Janet Richardson, iCASP Impact Translation Fellow
11.50am – New beginnings for Natural Flood Management Community of Practitioners
How the project has evolved
Introduction by Dr Jenny Armstrong, iCASP Impact Translation Fellow
Next steps for the project
Jonathan Moxon, Flood risk manager for Leeds City Council
12.05pm – Findings of ‘In My Farm’ iCASP project
Dr Kevin Hicks, Senior Research Fellow at University of York
12.20pm – Discussion about regional opportunities
Led by Professor Joe Holden, Director of iCASP and Professor David Hodgson, Deputy Director of iCASP
12.40pm – Closure of Confluence Professor David Hodgson

 Book your place for the event. 

Boosting SME’s flood resilience through collaboration

Wednesday 9 June, 10am-12 noon

This event is being held to present the findings of the Bridging the Knowledge Gap project which aims to help boost the resilience of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

You will have the chance to discuss the main challenges of flooding and see first hand how two innovative tools can help tackle them.

By working with a range of partners we have developed the Tool to Assess the Economic Costs of flooding on SMEs (TAEC) and the Tool to Assess the Effectiveness of Resilience measures on SMEs (TAER). These will help increase the understanding of economic costs that SMEs face and the actions they can take to protect themselves from the impact of flooding.

You will hear from:

  • Business owners of small and medium-sized enterprises across Yorkshire and Humberside
  • Lenders, insurers, surveyors and brokers
  • Flood risk managers from Local Authorities 
  • Regional authorities such as representatives from the West Yorkshire Combined Authorities and the Environment Agency
  • National Institutions

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Any questions, contact project lead Dr Paola Sakai

Yorkshire Natural Flood Management Community of Practice
Thursday 10 June, 10am – 1pm

How to use our experience and innovation to develop and sustain successful natural flood management (NFM) partnerships will be the focus of the Community of Practitioners (CoP) this summer.

There will be talks and discussions to share lessons learnt when engaging with a wide range of stakeholders as well as showcasing innovative ways to sustain future engagement.

One of the highlights of this event will be a virtual site visit to Leeds University’s Brownlee Centre, which has been developed to showcase innovative NFM techniques as part of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme. The site visit will be hosted by the Environment Agency working with the University’s estate’s team. 

Speakers at the event include:-

Una McMahon and Fiona Sugden, Environment Agency – Leeds FAS NFM stakeholder engagement 

Laura Farquar, Environment Agency – virtual site visit to Brownlee Centre, University of Leeds

Jonathan Dent, York St Nicks – Sustained long term engagement

Eleanor Shipp and Dr Janet Richardson, iCASP – NFM Monitoring guidance toolkit 

Bede Mullen, Slow the Flow –  Volunteers and maintaining organisational momentum

Jenny Broomby, JBA – Broughton Hall

Suzie Knight, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – Upper Aire stakeholder engagement 

Kate Bailey, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust –  Catchment partnerships

There will also be a discussion led by Jonathan Moxon, Flood Risk Manager at City of Leeds Council.

The Community of Practitioners is an established partnership of NFM practitioners across Yorkshire, funded by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCC), and this is one of their regular meetings.

If you have any questions about the NFM CoP or would like to join the group, please let us know by emailing 

Yorkshire Infrastructure Adaptation Forum
Friday 11 June, 10am – 12 noon 

How can we adapt our infrastructure across the region to become resilient to climate change? – if you have ideas to help minimise the impact, then join this discussion.

The forum is being hosted by iCASP, working closely with partners, will be held on Friday 11 June, 10am – 12 noon, as part of a project funded by Research England.

It will provide new opportunities for discussion around climate adaptation policy and action in Yorkshire between key infrastructure planners and operators such as Yorkshire Water and Northern Power Grid.

We need to make sure our infrastructure can withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions caused by more frequent flooding, rising temperatures, drought and rising sea levels. Changes in temperature and more frequent storms will put additional pressures on our transport network and energy sectors.

2021 is a critical year for climate risk adaptation in the UK  – with the launch of the third Climate Change Risk Assessment in June and the  COP26 being held in November. As part of the third round of adaptation reporting, owners and operators of major infrastructure such as transport and utilities will be providing evidence and report on their plans for climate change.

There is currently an opportunity to promote co-ordination between infrastructure operators and an urgent need to improve partnership working and exchange of knowledge across sectors.

Key objectives of the forum are to:-

  • promote a better understanding of local and regional adaptation challenges
  • share ideas and encourage dialogue between participants
  • have a better understanding of what adaptation is taking place or planned in the region
  • highlight barriers and opportunities facing infrastructure operators
  • create a network to support an Infrastructure Operators Forum.


10am Welcome and Introduction – Dr Benjamin Rabb, iCASP Impact Translation Fellow and Dr David Dawson, Lecturer in Climate Resilience and Infrastructure Adaptation, University of Leeds

10.10am UK Climate Resilience Programme (UKCRP) and The Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission (YHCC) by Dr Kate Lonsdale, Co-Champion for UK Climate Resilience Programme and Dr Rachel Harcourt, Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission

10.25am Amanda Crossfield, Climate Adaptation Manager, Yorkshire Water

10.40am Dr Tony Rooke, Director, Climate Transition Risk, Willis Towers Watson

10.55am – Neil Whalley, Environment Strategy Manager, Northern Gas Networks

11.10am – Claire Thomas, Asset Management Engineer and Peter Collinson, Investment Planning and Delivery Manager, Northern Powergrid

11.25am – John Dora – Director, Climate Sense and Chair of Drafting Team for ISO 14090 (adaptation to climate change).

11.40am Q&A

12 noon Summary and Close

The forum is supported by Dr Benjamin Rabb and Dr Jennifer Armstrong, impact translation fellows with iCASP, working alongside Amanda Crossfield from Yorkshire Water. The project team is chaired by Dr David Dawson, lecturer in transport management and resilience at University of Leeds with expertise in infrastructure, climate change, adaptation and flooding. Members of the team are actively involved with climate change, adaptation and resilience projects in the Yorkshire and Humber region and have wide academic and industry experience in the field.

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