The British Dam Society
Caring for dams, people and the environment
12th - 15th September 2012 

About the Conference

The 2012 BDS Conference will be held at the University of Leeds. The conference will commence with arrivals in the afternoon/evening of Wednesday 12th September. On Thursday 13th September there will be presentations of technical papers, the Geoffrey Binnie Lecture to be presented by Jonathan Hinks, and the Conference Dinner. Friday 14th September will be devoted to technical papers followed by visits to dams and water infrastructure in the surrounding area. There will be further presentations of technical papers on the morning of Saturday 15th September with the Conference concluding at lunchtime. There will also be an exhibition and a full accompanying persons programme in and around the Leeds area.

The main theme of the conference will be on the social and environmental benefits and impacts of dams and reservoirs in the UK and abroad, with a focus towards: the uses and benefits of water; planning and environmental legislation; and the consequences of failure, discontinuance, abandonment and scour testing


Back to topSubmission of Papers

Papers have been invited under the following themes:

  • Environmental and social impacts of reservoirs.
  • Lessons learnt from incidents and accidents to dams.
  • Emergency planning.
  • Risk assessment techniques in practice.
  • New construction techniques and materials in dam engineering.
  • The effects of climate change and recent flood events.
  • Rehabilitation case histories.
  • Small reservoirs in the context of new legislation.
  • Instrumentation  and surveillance
  • Worldwide trends in legislation.

Authors wishing to prepare papers or short technical notes are invited to submit their synopses of not more than 250 words to Andrew Pepper, the BDS Honorary Technical Secretary, by e-mail on

Information should include the provisional title of the paper, author’s name, address, telephone and e-mail address.  Receipt of your synopsis will be acknowledged.

Synopses should be submitted by 14th November 2011
Completed papers will be required by 12th March 2012