South West Coastal Change Conference 2019


Managing our Coast in a Changing Climate


Image Courtesy of Simon Vacher


University of Plymouth, Coxside, Marine Station – 26th November 2019




What does it mean to manage our coast in the context of a climate emergency? How much will sea-levels rise in the next 50, 100, 300 years? Are we facing up to the inevitability of future coastal change? Are existing policies and practice fit for purpose? Where, how and when, should we think beyond ‘hold the line’? What are the challenges and opportunities of working with natural processes at the coast? How do we further integrate FCERM into Local Planning? What are the relationships between the FCERM and the health and well-being agendas? How, when and where can we better communicate and engage with impacted communities?

These are some of the questions we’ll be addressing at the inaugural South West Coastal Change Conference on the 26th November 2019 at the Marine Station on the shores of Plymouth Sound. Organised and hosted by the Devon Maritime Forum, in partnership with the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth, this event offers an unrivalled regional opportunity to hear the very latest thinking on this critical issue and to contribute to the conversation.

This is shaping up to be one of the best events the Forum has ever put together and can boast an exceptional range of speakers working at the forefront of ‘coastal change’ research, policy and practice whether at the international, national, or regional/local scale.


Programme includes:

Doug Eltham: Devon Climate Emergency Response Group
Dr. Matt Palmer: Sea-level and Ocean Climate Lead, Met Office
Dr. Andrew Russel: Committee on Climate Change
Dr. Luciana Esteves: author ‘Managed Realignment’, Bournemouth University
Reinier Zountenbier: Royal HaskoningDHV
Emerald Siggery: South West Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme
Graeme Smith: South Devon and Dorset Coastal Advisory Group
Drs. Kit Stokes and Tim Poate: SWEEP, University of Plymouth
Dr. Nicky Beaumont: CoastWEB, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Further details of The Programme available HERE


In partnership with the University of Plymouth, the DMF are able to offer a discounted delegate rate of just £40!

Tickets include lunch and refreshments. Please let us know of any allergies or dietary requirements when booking.


To register for this event please call Rowena Garne on 01392 382804

The conference will feature a dedicated market area where, for a small fee, you can display your organisation’s promotional material including banners, brochures and merchandise

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