About ICFM

What is ICFM?

International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM) offers an international conference platform, hosted every 3 years, to discuss a range of flood related issues and realise significant change in a multidisciplinary, multisectoral area. It provides a unique opportunity for various specialists including engineers, planners, natural and social scientists, health specialists, disaster managers, decision makers, and policy makers to come together to exchange ideas and experiences.
ICFM will consider the range of issues and challenges that affect flood management, particularly the need to build resilience into future planning. By providing a forum for researchers, industry, policymakers and other stakeholders, the conference will identify the key concerns and significant challenges of the future.

How Does ICFM Come About?

An ad hoc committee provides continuity from one conference to the next, identifies the location and local host for the next conference, offers global outreach, and assists the host with a specific conference, including drafting a declaration at the event's conclusion for review by conference participants.  The local host is responsible for an individual conference and establishes committees as needed to plan, support, and hold the conference.  The relationship between the ad-hoc committee and the local host and its committees is mutually determined and thus varies by event.

Hosting ICFM

If interested in hosting an international conference on flood management, contact the chairperson of the ad-hoc committee.  A conceptual proposal is helpful for framing initial ideas and obtaining advice and feedback.  After considering final proposals, the ad-hoc committee announces at one conference the date and location where the next conference will be held three years later.

Ad hoc committee

An ad hoc committee underpins the series of international conferences on flood management.  It coordinates with and has volunteer members from many organizations worldwide, but is not under the auspices of any particular organization.  As of 2017.

  • Slobodan P. Simonovic
    Ph.D., P.Eng.
    Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (RSC)
    Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE)
    Fellow, CSCE, ASCE and IWRA
    Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Director of Engineering Studies, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
  • Subhankar Karmakar
    Professor, core faculty, Environmental Science and Eng. Dept., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India
  • Anil Mishra
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | UNESCO • Sector Natural Sciences, Paris, France
  • Ali Chavoshian
    Director of the UNESCO Regional Centre on Urban Water Management, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • Andre Schardong
    ALTEN Enginnering and Technology Consulting, Porto, Portugal
  • Dan Sandink
    Director of Research at Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), Toronto, Canada
  • Jing Peng
    Vice president, Professor, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, Beijing, China
  • Johannes Cullmann
    Director - Water and Climate Department at World Meteorological Organization Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jos van Alphen
    Senior advisor, Delta Commissioner, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Marian Muste
    Research Engineer, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering.
    Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Geography, the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
  • Nigel G. Wright
    Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, professor of Water and Environmental Engineering, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
  • Nirupama Agrawal
    PhD, Professor, Disaster & Emergency Management, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Paul Kovacs
    Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.
    Adjunct Research Professor, Economics, The Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.
    President & CEO, Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Giriraj Amarnath
    Senior Researcher and Research Group Leader- Water Risks and Disasters, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka
  • Toshio Koike
    Director, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHARM), Public Works Research Institute (PWRI), Ibaraki-ken, Japan
  • Xiaotao Cheng
    Professor of Hydraulic Engineering, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, Beijing, China

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