Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future
University of Nottingham

Newcastle Dissemination Event 2019


The Blue-Green Path to Urban Flood Resilience

Thursday 7th March 2019, 09.00 – 16.30

Newcastle Centre for Life

Over the past six years, academics from leading UK Universities working on the Blue-Green Cities and Urban Flood Resilience research projects have produced world class research outputs demonstrating the multiple benefits of Blue-Green infrastructure, resilience of urban water systems under climate and population change, opportunities to use stormwater as a resource, citizens’ interactions and interoperability of Blue-Green systems. In parallel, local partners in Newcastle, including Newcastle City Council, Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and Newcastle University, have explored what these approaches mean for the city and developed working relationships which seek to influence a Blue-Green Vision for Newcastle. This led to the signing of the Newcastle Blue and Green Declaration in February 2016. 

This event showcased progress with implementation of Blue-Green infrastructure in Newcastle and the wider NE, celebrated the achievements of the Declaration signatories, and welcomed new signatories. Blue-Green infrastructure successes and ambitions were presented and the Urban Flood Resilience team disseminated their research outputs. 

Keynote speakers included:

  • Cllr Nick Kemp (Newcastle City Council)
  • Richard Warneford (Northumbrian Water)
  • Leila Huntington (Environment Agency)
  • James Harris (RTPI)
  • Justin Abbott (Arup)
  • Iain Garfield (Newcastle University)
  • Fola Ogunyoye (Royal HaskoningDHV)
  • Eugene Milne (Newcastle City Council)
  • Ola Holmstrom (Sweco)
  • Lisa Stephenson (Groundwork NE & Cumbria)
  • Gwen Rhodes (Stantec)
  • Colin Thorne (University of Nottingham)

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Morning presentations (PDFs)

Afternoon stream 1 presentations (PDFs)

Afternoon stream 2 presentations (PDFs)

Afternoon plenary presentation (PDF)

Agenda and delegate list

Agenda and Delegate List first page 

Key Project Outputs

Key Project Outputs first page

Speaker biographies

Speaker Biographies first page 

Signed Declaration

A photograph of the signed Newcastle Blue and Green Declaration 2019


Venue and directions

The Newcastle Centre for Life is located just two minutes' walk from Newcastle Central Station in the heart of the city. Access to the conference suites is via the main entrance on Central Parkway, just off Neville Street. Central Parkway is a private road which is accessible on foot from Neville Street and Railway Street.

The Sat Nav reference for the nearest car park (Times Square Car Park) is NE4 7AD. If you need to park on site, please contact the venue to arrange this in advance.

Please visit the Centre for Life website for detail directions to the venue.  

Urban Flood Resilience Research Project

Sir Clive Granger Building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 846 8137