BDS 21st Biennial Conference - Nottingham University

About The Conference:

Welcome to the website for The British Dam Society 21st Biennial Conference. The conference will be held at the University of Nottingham (Jubilee Campus) from Wednesday 14th until Saturday 17th September 2022.

The conference will run on a similar format to our last conference in Swansea in 2018 with technical sessions each morning and a choice of site visits or technical workshops in the afternoons. The technical workshops will cover a number of topics to ensure that a wide range of delegate interests and training needs are covered within the conference.

We are pleased to announce the following changes / additions to this year’s conference:-

  • New Exhibitor Drinks Reception on Wednesday evening
  • Young Professionals led social event on Thursday evening
  • BDS Formal Dinner & Binnie Lecture on Friday evening
  • Possibility of upgrading accommodation to the on-site hotel
  • Choice of electronic or hardcopy technical proceedings

The main theme of the conference will be Dams and Reservoirs in a Climate of Change and will cover topics including the following:

  • Legislation, research and guidance
  • Extending the lifespan of assets
  • Reactive response/remedial works
  • Reservoir societal and environmental impacts
  • Reservoir Operation and Investigation
  • Dam practice - challenges and opportunities

There will be an exhibition space located at the end of the Atrium dining area used for all refreshments and meals during the conference (except the BDS Formal Dinner). Organisations interested in an exhibition space should book an ‘Exhibitor Full Conference’ package on the registration page. A maximum of 10 exhibitor spaces are available. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. See ‘Exhibitor Flyer’ below for more details.

Sponsorship opportunities will also be available during the conference. Information regarding the opportunities available are detailed in the ‘Sponsor Flyer’ below.

No formal accompanying persons visits will be organised by the BDS, however, accompanying persons will be provided with recommendations for day trips and entertainment in the Nottingham area.

Please contact: for any other conference matters.

This page will be updated as further information and papers become available.



Conference Resources

Conference Programme:

Conference Programme

Technical Workshops:

Workshop Descriptions

Site Visits:

S1: Hall Reservoir

S2: Redmires Reservoir

S3: Carsington Reservoir

S4: Harthill Reservoir

Exhibitor Information:

Exhibitor Flyer

Sponsor Information:

Sponsor Flyer


Useful Links

Information about Nottingham:

Visit Nottinghamshire

Information about Nottingham University:

Nottingham University - Jubilee Campus


Synopses and Proceedings

Synopses of all papers which will be published in the Conference Proceedings are available.      Synopses   
Conference proceedings are not yet available to paid-up delegates. The login credentials used to register for the conference will be required to access the proceedings. TBC