International Conference

International Conference held on 31 January 2013

Flood Awareness and raising community resilience

The Flood Aware project organised in cooperation with HZ University of Applied Sciences an international conference on Flood Awareness and raising community resilience. Over 120 people came to Middelburg, the Netherlands to listen to a diversity of internationally recommended speakers and to participate in workshops. On this page you can find the programme of the day and links to the presentations of the speakers.

9h00  Registration desk open

9h30 Opening by Karla  Peijs, Queen’s Commissioner for the Province of Zeeland in the Netherlands

9h45 ‘Communication in emergency planning - the role of social media’ by Bert Brugghemans, area manager, chief communications officer and senior fire chief for the City of Antwerp Fire Service (Belgium).

10h15 ‘Measuring Vulnerability, Resilience and Sustainability’ by professor Nina Lam and doctor Margaret Reams from Louisiana State University (USA)

11h00  Coffee/tea

11h30 'The sensitive directing of community resilience'  by Dick Fundter (professor in water safety), Hans de Bruin (professor in IT), Esther Schippers-Vastrick (senior researcher sociology), Eddy De Seranno (senior researcher cooperation science) of the HZ University of Applied Sciences (Flushing, NL)

12h00 'What it's like to flood' - a personal perspective. How to prepare, plan and protect from being flooded and why do people continue to believe that it won't ever happen to them' by Mary Dhonau OBE, Chair of The Flood Protection Association and Chief Executive of the Know Your Flood Risk Campaign (UK)

12h30 Networking break including lunch

13h45 Parallel workshop session
Workshop A: Working together with a risilient communicty:  'How to organise and run real life workshops about community resilience? with the goal to stimulate resilience before and during a flood.

Workshop hosts: ms. E. Schippers and mr. E. De Serranno from HZ University of Applied Sciences

Workshop B: How to embed the main competences of ‘the sensitive directing of community resilience’ into the core responsibilities and job descriptions of professionals from emergency services and local authorities?

Workshop hosts: mr. D. Fundter (HZ University of Applied Sciences) and mr. M. Matthijsse (Safety Region Zeeland)


16h00 Plenary session Get inspired by recent professional views and publications (TED-method) on flood awareness and community resilience.

1. Teun Terpstra, Researcher with HKV Lijn in Water
Flood Risk Perceptions among SME's in Zeeland

2. Daniel Chiswell, project leader Floodcom
Floodcom Project

3. Pieter Deckers, Researcher with Flanders Hydraulics Research
Reducing Flood Risk by including Resilience into Models

4. Marty van de Klundert, Lector Delta Management with HZ University of Applied Sciences
Paradox van de Nederlandse Waterveiligheid

17h00  Networking drinks