ICE Coastal Management Conference
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ICE Coastal Management Conference

24/09/2019 to 26/09/2019
When: Tuesday, 24- Thursday, 26 September 2019
All day
Where: Mercure La Rochelle Vieux Port Sud
Quai Louis Prunier
La Rochelle

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As climate change leads to changing storms and rising sea levels, coastal management is an increasingly salient issue. With half of the world’s population living in a coastal zone, it is vital that engineers, scientists, coastal managers, government and communities work together to find bold solutions to a changing coastline.

ICE’s ninth Coastal Management Conference will look at how new approaches to coastal engineering can integrate with local planning and ‘place-shaping’ to encourage bold and visionary adaptation to coastal change. France has a long, varied coastline that is integral to its economy and identity but which is also exposed to a range of flood and erosion risks that have demanded difficult decisions and bold responses.

The conference will focus on:

  • The multiple benefits of coastal engineering: the great examples of engineering responses to coastal change being packaged with environmental improvement, sense of place and community, and economic growth
  • Planning for uncertainty with confidence: how decision-making, planning, funding and engagement can help make these examples the norm, and the skills needed to do so – especially among new engineers in the workforce
  • Moving infrastructure from ‘grey’ to ‘green’: how transport, energy and other infrastructure providers can best integrate with the broader coastal management picture – including the need to adapt to coastal change and improve the coastal environment

ICE Coastal Management 2019 will offer a flexible two-day programme of presentations, debates, site visits and panel discussions developed by an international organising committee of government and industry specialists.

Hosted at a modern conference space that will maximise your ability to share and learn, it will provide business benefits to suppliers wishing to engage with potential clients, and a space to think, talk and observe first hand cross-cutting coastal issues.

The conference will take place at La Rochelle, an area at the forefront of coastal management. La Rochelle was itself in the ‘eye’ of Storm Xynthia in 2010, which led to one of the largest property demolition projects of its kind in Europe. Sensitive natural areas in the Bay of Aiguillon and beyond are combined with an international tourist interest demanding high quality infrastructure as well as close and easy coastal access.


Dr Heidi Burgess - Civil Engineer, University of Brighton

Greg Guthrie - Coastal Engineer, Royal Haskoning DHV

Bryan Curtis - Independent Consultant

Jim Hutchinson - Business Development Director, Balfour Beatty

Kevin Burgess - Coastal Technology Lead, Jacobs

Nick Hardiman CEnv - Coastal Advisor, Environment Agency

Jean-Francois Dulong - Flood and Water Officer, Welsh Coastal Forum



Key dates

  • 15 June to 12 October 2018: Abstract  submissions open
  • October to November 2018: Peer review  of submissions
  • November 2018: Successful authors notified and full papers invited
  • 24-26 September 2019: Event takes place

Past delegates

The 2015 event gathered over 200 delegates including representatives from Jacobs, AECOM, Atkins, Mott MacDonald, Environment Agency,  Department of Fisheries, Highways England, Arup, WSP,  Topcon, Sweco, BAM and many more. 

More information and booking

For more information on this conference, and to book your place, please visit the ICE website


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