IS-2050 Conference


Conwy Accommodation

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08.30»Registration & Coffee
09.15-09.30Introduction, welcome & order of the day Iwan Davies (CEO of Conwy CBC); Cllr Stuart Anderson, Barry Griffiths (Conference Co-Ordinators)
- Petra Sarapatkova (Policy Unit, DG MARE)
- Gwenllian Roberts (Head of Energy Wales Unit)
‘2050 climate change targets seen as regional and inter-regional challenges for the EU’s Atlantic Strategy Area’
Petra Sarapatkova belongs to the Policy Unit for the Atlantic, Outer-most Regions and the Arctic, under Lowri Evans’ directorship of DG MARE – the 400-strong EU department responsible for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Gwenllian Roberts heads the Energy Wales Unit within the Welsh Government’s Dept for Economy, Science & Transport. To BSc & Masters degrees from Aberystwyth, she has added 15 yrs’ relevant experience in the public and private sectors. Under WG’s ‘organising principle’ of Sustainable Development energy is subject to ‘best possible use in the wider public interest’.
09.55-10.20- Prof. Roger Falconer
- Dr Hugh Hunt
‘The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon: could/ should this become the British Isles’ generic pilot tidal range scheme?’
Prof. Roger Falconer: heads Cardiff’s Hydro-Environmental (HE) Research Unit and is current President of the International Assoc. for HE Engineering & Research. His pioneering interest remains in the computer modelling of water flows, quality and sediment transport in rivers, estuaries and along the coast. He has a special interest in barrages and impoundments.
Dr Hugh Hunt of Cambridge’s Engineering Dept is an expert in dynamic systems data monitoring, and renowned for his hands-on teaching methods. He has led several educational Channel 4 films on WW2 exploits (eg Barnes Wallis’ bouncing bomb and launching a replica Colditz glider) and is keen for Iorys Hughes’ 1940’s work on the Mulberry Harbours to get similar attention.
10.20-10.45- Professor Rob Duck
- Professor John Reynolds
‘North Wales’ Coast and the Irish Sea’s seabed: historical perspectives, and the implications for geophysical study work’
Prof. Rob Duck, is Dean of the School of the Environment at the University of Dundee. His research interests are in coasts & estuaries, and furthering public understanding of climate change. He is Chair of the Tay Estuary Forum & author of ‘This Shrinking Land: Climate Change and Britain’s Coasts’ and ‘On the Edge’, a new book about the history of Britain’s coastal railways.
Prof. John Reynolds runs a North Wales based company that is acknowledged as the UK’s leading near surface geophysics consultancy, and with which he has led research in the UK and worldwide. He is a founding Director of the North Wales Tidal Energy and Coastal Protection Co Ltd, as such leading liaison with the SEACAMS bathymetry programme at Bangor.
10.45-11.10- Mark Bowler
- Dr Rachel Taylor
‘Present and future adaptive challenges to human and animal populations from climate change.’
Mark Bowler is Conwy CBC’s statistician. Formerly working for the North Wales Police Authority, he moved to Conwy in 2004 and has put population statistics at the heart of all general and regeneration planning, in the process contributing significantly to Conwy’s success in being the only Welsh County to attract major Vibrant & Viable Places grant funding for coastal regeneration.
Dr Rachel Taylor: is the British Trust for Ornithology’s senior research ecologist for Wales, working from Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography to further the BTO aim, as a relatively small organisation that does field research, to attract more volunteers and members. (BTO also works alongside bigger partners such as RSPB & CCW.)
11.10-11.35- Chris Wade
- Rupert Moon
‘Activity and cultural tourism: what new frameworks are needed for regional and inter-regional co-operation?’
Christ Wade: directs ‘The People and Places Partnership’, a company with origins in market towns that he has re-shaped to support a widening range of regeneration schemes across the UK, including Colwyn Bay’s. Alongside this he has 20 years’ experience in environmental management and rural affairs.
Rupert Moon is director of the Eirias Centre’s rugby training and events programme. The former Wales scrum-half’s vision is of a revolutionary ‘Rising of the North’ for a country that has in the past largely based its national sport on talent from a narrow ‘corridor’ around a 65-mile stretch of motorway in South Wales.
11.35-12.00- Dave O’Sullivan
- Ian Cook
A ‘Maritime Sustainable Energy Park’ vision for the Irish Sea: is this a journey we want to make? If so can we define the destination, modes of travel & timetable?
Dave O’Sullivan: qualified in biology & environmental science, with Marine Scotland from 2009-14, he now leads national and international collaborative workstreams in the Marine Institute’s Advanced Technology Programme - e.g. the European STAMAR Project, showcasing technology applicable to maritime SME’s.
Ian Cook: is a former manager at the Dinorwig Power Station, & now consults on hydro engineering, energy storage and smart grid applications. With a keen interest in distributed storage via electrical vehicles, he is Vice Chair of IET’s Wales N Network and an inspirational speaker on most energy usage issues.

  Irish Sea 2050 (IS-2050) Break-Out Sessons

12.00 – 13.00:  Lunch & networking

13.00 – 14.00:  Workshop Session No 1

14.00 – 15.00:  Workshop Session No 2

Workshop NumberWorkshop TitleColour Code
1.‘2050 climate change targets seen as regional and inter-regional challenges for the EU’s Atlantic Strategy Area’

The challenges and opportunities of using EU structural funding to max-imum advantage. Roger Seddon of the Welsh Governments European Funding Office is being asked to kindly introduce this workshop.
2.‘The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon: how could and/or should this become the British Isles’ generic pilot tidal range scheme?’

The Swansea Bay lagoon introductory video will start this workshop, followed by a dialogue on plant design briefs for 2-way generation in tidal range schemes, led by Dr. Hugh Hunt or Prof. Roger Falconer.
3.‘North Wales and the Irish Sea: historical perspectives and the implications for coastal and offshore geophysical study work alongside essential onshore infrastructure’

A short demo by Athanosios Angeloudis at Cardiff University of preliminary computer modelling of impoundment ideas on the N Wales coast will open this workshop, with comments by Mr Peter Jones of Waterco Ltd.
4.‘Present and future adaptive challenges to human and animal populations around the Irish Sea (and elsewhere) from climate change.’

Royal Haskoning will introduce this workshop, asking if a more regional focus to future coastal planning might allow socio-economic threats and opportunities to be dealt with openly and collaboratively. Is there a case for relevant strategic "Coastal Adaptation and Mitigation Plans"?
5.‘Activity and cultural tourism around the Irish Sea: how can these help develop a new framework for regional and inter-regional co-operation?’

Conwy CBC and Visit Wales officers will lead this workshop with a short visual display of their approach to coastal regeneration and European funding opportunities.
6.‘A sustainable Maritime Energy Park vision for the Irish Sea: where we are presently, what could/should our destination be for 2050, and how might we get started on the journey?’

Prof. Phil Leigh of Chester University will introduce this workshop with a sketch guide to his ‘Irish Sea Rim’ concept, with Dave O’Sullivan looking at how to foster practical inter-regional and transnational links.

15.00 – 15.40: 

(i) SIXTH FORMERS stay within Eirias Centre for reportage and tea & cake, & concluding remarks by Head of Coleg Llandrillo Menai or person of equivalent standing.

(ii) OTHER DELEGATES walk the 500m to Porth Eirias to be introduced to the Watersports Centre and take tea and cake from the central area next to the bistro restaurant. Then, inside the Porth Eirias seminar room:-

Then, inside the Porth Eirias seminar room:-

15.40 – 15.55 :  BRIEF DEBATE OF PROSPECTS FOR FUTURE ‘IS-2050’ EVENTS (NB. delegates from the Republic of Ireland may wish to bear in mind that the sequence of ISMF conferences would naturally have meant a 2016 event in or near Dublin. Hence it is hoped for any proceeds from this year’s conference to be used to help foster such an event there.)

15.55 -16.00: concluding remarks & close of conference (Conference Chair)

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS with organisers’ notes on hoped-for outcomes.

We would like to underline our gratitude to all sponsors, in particular those behind the two MAREN Interreg Projects for doing all the unsung ‘donkey work’ over the past several years that has ended by providing the core funding for this event.