What is BDS?

The British Dam Society (BDS) is an Associated Society of the Institution of Civil Engineers. It consists of individual and corporate members. It is open to anyone wanting to share experience or knowledge of all aspects of dams and reservoirs.

BDS News

British Dam Society 2024 Conference – 2 Weeks left to register

The British Dam Society 22nd Biennial Conference will be held at the University of Keele (Chancellors Building) from Wednesday 11th until Saturday 14th September 2024.

Registration for this event is now open and will close on Sunday 28th July 2024 (midnight). 

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We have had significant interest in our sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. We currently have 3 Bronze Sponsor and 7 Exhibitor spaces left available. Register now to book your space.

28th ICOLD Congress and 93rd Annual Meeting - Chengdu, China, 15th to 23rd May 2025

Chengdu in China will be hosting the 28th ICOLD Congress and 93rd Annual Meeting in May 2025. This promises to be a very interesting event, particularly bearing in mind some of the impressive dams that have and our currently being constructed in China. More details can be found in the initial bulletin that has been released, under the following link.  Please note that the deadline for submission of abstracts is 31st August 2024.

ICOLD 2026 Annual Meeting – Change in host County

Given the current tense international situation, the 2026 annual meeting in Iran has been postponed. A lot of delegates will be unable to travel to Iran and several embassies are not allowing their nationals to travel to Iran or are advising against it.  


In this context, the Mexican Committee has graciously agreed to bring forward to 2026 the Annual Meeting originally scheduled for 2027. 

30th European Working Group (EWG) on Internal Erosion & 5th EWG on Overflow and Overtopping Erosion

The next EWG on Internal Erosion and Overflow and Overtopping Erosion will be held in Bologna, Italy between the 9th and 13th September 2024. Unfortunately, the date of these meetings clashes with the next BDS conference. However, should you wish to attend warmer climes both meetings will be organized by the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna. The deadline for abstracts is 30th June 2024. More information is available here.

7th European Working Group (EWG) on Dams and Earthquakes

The 7th meeting of the European working group shall be in Athens between the 12th and 13th September 2024. For more information, please refer to the following link.  


BDS Event:- Young Professionals CPD - TBC

Date: 25 July 2024
12:00 - 12:30

Location: Webinar

BDS Event:- Young Professionals CPD - TBC

Date: 22 August 2024
12:00 - 12:30

Location: Webinar

30th EWG-IE meeting and the 5th EWG-OOE meeting - Bologna, Italy, 9 to 13 September 2024

Date: 9 - 13 September 2024
09:00 - 17:00

Location: Bologna, Itlay

BDS Event:- BDS 22nd Biennial Conference

Date: 11 - 14 September 2024
09:00 - 13:00

Location: Keele University

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