Sniffer’s annual Flood Risk Management conference returned to Our Dynamic Earth in February 2017 for its twelfth year. The word of the moment was change: what changes brought us here, what changes can we expect in the future, and what should the flood risk community do to prepare for these new challenges.

Read the conference Summary Report

Over the course of the two day event, a brigade of inspiring speakers guided the delegates through three key themes - changing climate, changing roles for communities, and changing land use – showing the progress Scotland has made already in these areas, and where the flood risk community should be going next. Upstairs in the bustling exhibition area, the delegates had the chance to build new connections with other flooding professionals and take part in active demonstrations of some of the newest technology helping to keep people safe and dry.


The conference finished with an optional Flood Risk and Land Use Planning workshop hosted by SEPA, and a screening of the Natural Flood Management documentary film High Water Common Ground with Q&A with the film-maker Andy Clark.

The conference summary report and all of the presentations from across the two days are now available to download below. If you were not able to come in person you can catch up on the highlights of the conference via the hashtag #FRM2017


Sniffer would like to thank all of the presenters, exhibitors and delegates for another successful conference. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for Sniffer’s flood risk management work, please email Info@sniffer.org.uk

Conference Report, Presentations and Posters

FRM_2017_Summary_Report__For_Web.pdf

Session_1A-1_David_Pirie._Taking_stock__where_are_we_now..pdf

Session_1A-2_Philip_Wright._Learning_from_the_past_to_inform_the_future..pdf

Session_1A-3_Stephen_Archer._After_Storm_Frank._Restoring_Aberdeenshire.pdf

Session_1B-1_Daniel_Johns._What_does_an_adaptive_society_look_like..pdf

Session_1B-2_Bruce_Whyte._what_demographic_change_can_we_expect_for_Scotland.pdf

Session_2-1_Lindsay_Beevers._Water_resilient_cities.pdf

Session_2-2_Fiona_McLay._Changing_climate__changing_information__changing_guidance.pdf

Session_2-3_Kiki_Pattenden._Climate_resilient_infrastructure.pdf

Session_2-4_Jim_Densham._Managing_coastal_realignment.pdf

Session_2-5_Sarah_Govan._Counting_the_costs_of_climate_change.pdf

Session_3-1_Dan_Matthews._Improving_community_flood_resilience_in_areas_at_risk.pdf

Session_3-2_Kirsty_MacRae_and_John_Brown._Falkland_Flood_Action_Group.pdf

Session_3-3_Phil_Emonson._The_role_of_individuals_in_flood_preperation.pdf

Session_3-4_Pete_Kerr_and_Shannon_Kerr._Community_delivered_NFM_in_Alwinton.pdf

Session_3-5_Stuart_Cullen._Raising_awareness_of_FRM_in_Clackmannanshire.pdf

Session_3-5_Rosie_Walker._Community_river_monitoring.pdf

Session_4-1_Mark_LePage._Using_spatial_data_to_guide_decision_making.pdf

Session_4-2_Stephen_Thomson._Managing_flood_risk_on_our_road_networks.pdf

Session_4-3_Jacqueline_Fookes._Ecosystem_services_and_flood_risk_analysis.pdf

Session_4-4_Derek_Robeson._The_Land_Use_Strategy_and_NFM_mapping.pdf

Session_4-5_Ian_Dennis._Rewilding_the_floodplain.pdf

Session_4-6_Mark_Wilkinson._Developing_a_Scottish_NFM_Network.pdf

SEPA_Land_Use_and_FRM_Planning_Workshop.pdf

Clydeplan_SFRA_Case_Study.pdf

Considering_flood_risk_in_Development_Management_Highland_Council_case_study.pdf

Poster_Futurescapes_Inner_Forth.pdf

Poster_Toolset_for_Rapid_Integrated_Collaborative_Optioneering.pdf

Poster_Communicating_flood_risk_and_its_mitigation.pdf

Poster_Improving_consultation_and_engagement_for_flood_and_coastal_risk_management.pdf