BDS 22nd Biennial Conference - Keele University

About The Conference:

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

The conference will run on a similar format to our last conference in Nottingham in 2022 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. 

After the successful changes/additions that were made for the last conference, we are pleased to continue with a similar format for this years: 

  • 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
  • Electronic copy of the technical proceedings only

The main theme of the conference will be Managing Risks for Dams and Reservoirs and will cover topics including the following:

  • Risk assessments – research, case studies and guidance
  • Reducing risks - mitigations/improvements
  • Risks and impacts associated with climate change 
  • Service reservoirs and small raised reservoirs
  • Legislation and guidance
  • Developments of Reservoir Safety Management Plans (RSMP) 

There will be an exhibition space located in the Chancellors building, where all technical sessions, workshops, refreshments and meals will be held 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 20 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. 

Accompanying persons are welcomed. No formal accompanying persons visits will be organised by the BDS. However, recommendations for day trips and entertainment in the Keele area will be provided on request. 

Please contact: for any other conference matters.

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


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Conference Resources

Conference Programme:

Event Overview

Technical Workshops:

Workshop Summaries

Site Visits:

S1: Tittesworth Reservoir

S2: Forge Mill Reservoir

S3: Macclesfield Reservoirs

S4: Rudyard Reservoir

Exhibitor Information:

Exhibitor Flyer

Sponsor Information:

Sponsors Flyer

Useful Links

Information about Keele University:

Keele University - Delegate Information


Synopses and Proceedings

Synopses of all papers which will be published in the Conference Proceedings are available. Not yet available
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. Not yet available