Confluence 2022 – Open for registration

Don’t miss our exciting annual event Confluence 2022 to showcase the many exciting projects we are working on and the impact they are having in the region.

This will be in-person on Thursday 22 September, 9am – 4.15pm, in the Nexus Building, Discovery Way, at the University of Leeds campus.

We would also like you to tell us about the current catchment-related challenges you face, future opportunities to develop solutions and how we can work together to influence major investments. 

There will also be a chance to join four short workshops with the themes – Climate and Net Zero, Energy, Green Finance, and Nature Recovery – and discuss the integrated catchment solutions associated with these themes.

Bookings are now open on Eventbrite and joining instructions will be sent out to registrants nearer the time.

Agenda for Confluence 2022

9am – Registration

9.30am – Welcome and house keeping

9.35am  – The direction of iCASP – successes and new developments

9.50am – Making a difference in our region and further afield

10am – Guest speaker – West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin

10.15am – Upper Rother 

10.30am – Communicating Flood Risk

10.45am – Flood Innovation Programme

11am  New opportunities and horizon scanning

11.15am – break

11.30am – 12.30pm workshops – Climate and Net Zero and Energy

12.30pm lunch

Afternoon 1.30pm – 4.15pm

1.30pm Welcome back

1.35pm – Nick Plant, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor, University of Leeds

1.45pm Helen Batt, Yorkshire Area Flood Risk Manager, Environment Agency

2pm Swinton Estate / Backstone Beck

2.15pm  Waterlands

2.30pm Console / DEFRA Test and Trials

2.45pm break

2.45pm  workshops –Green Finance and Nature Recovery

3.45pm Feedback, conclusions and looking to the future

4.15pm end


Lightening Talk Speakers

Energy – In this session we will look at the water-energy nexus how the region can work towards energy security  

Dr Emma Bramham

Dr Emma Braham is a researcher and lecturer in Applied Geophysics and Structural Geology at University of Leeds. Emma is the leader of the Planetary Exploration Group and is involved in pioneering research focusing on volcanic systems in Mars. Her research helps us to understand the linkages and differences between Martian volcanic systems and volcanic systems on earth such as Icelandic volcanoes. Emma is a fellow for the Royal Astronomical Society and has many research publications. She has worked off-shore as a geophysicist.


Nature Recovery – This session will focus on work that aims to improve human health and well-being through engagement with healthy, high-quality, natural environments. This could include pollution, flooding, biodiversity, climate change and health inequalities.

Dr Stephen Carver

Dr Carver has over 30 years experience of using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for landscape evaluation with topical research interests in environmental management/modelling applications, rewilding, wild land mapping and public participation. He is now a senior lecturer in Geography at the University of Leeds, the director of the Wildland Research Institute and is co-chair of the World Wilderness Congress’ Science and Stewardship Symposium. Notably he is the co-author of the best selling text book “An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems” and sits of the editorial board of the International Journal of Wilderness.


Green Finance – This session will explore how best to scale up our response to the big environmental challenges we face, how we can be innovative with funding models and adopt or influence funding mechanisms that our partners can use to improve the environment

Prof Iain Clacher Professor Iain Clacher is the pro dean for International at Leeds University Business School and head of the University’s new Centre for Financial Technology and Innovation. Iain is an internationally recognised expert in pensions and retirement savings. His work has been published widely in international journals, notably his expertise on sustainable pension systems, retirement decision making and trustee governance. Iain’s research has been used to advise a range of businesses and policy makers – he is often cited on issues of pensions, finance, and economics. More recently, Iain is a leader at the UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment leading on the development of climate and environmental risk analytics

Book your place or to find out more information about the event email: icasp@leeds.ac.uk  or book your place using  Eventbrite