WG meeting in Lyon: a success

The second Working Group meeting, in Irstea’s Lyon office on the 17 October 2016, has been quite a success.

We had 29 attendants from 10 countries. In the morning we had 9 technical and scientific presentations. The formal WG meeting was held in the afternoon. Minutes will be disseminated in the next two weeks.

Thanks to all participants and presenters for your involvement !


Working Group meeting : Lyon, 17 October 2016


A working group meeting will be held in Lyon, on Monday, October 17th, 2016, beginning the week of the FLOODrisk2016 international conference.

A draft agenda is available and has been sent to the working group members, asking them to confirm their attendance.

Non members wanting to participate need to get in touch with the Working Group bureau (Chair or Secretary). The morning will be dedicated to technical or scientific presentations related to levees and flood defence issues, projects, … The afternoon will be a formal Working Group meeting. There is now (21/09/2016) only a small number of available places.

Members and non members are welcome to submit a presentation topic. Non members can be welcome as guests during the formal meeting in the afternoon.


Vienna 2018 ICOLD Congress

The next ICOLD Congress (2018) will be held in Vienna (Austria). 

As you already know, a question regarding levees has been introduced in the program, and it is of utmost importance to demonstrate at this occasion to the whole dam community that levees is a natural topic linked to its activities.

See: http://icoldaustria2018.com/

We strongly encourage our members to present abstracts in relation to levees and flood defences,  possibly linking to dams. The submission process has to be done through the national committees, so the deadline will probably change according to your country. The date can be quite early, please check with your own national committee. Your deadline may be before the end of this year.

Please let the group know if you submit such levees of flood defences related abstracts, by sending an email to Marcel Bottema and Rémy Tourment, and/or by commenting this post on the website. Try also if possible to associate co-athors from other countries.

We are also considering to submit one or more abstracts on behalf of the Working Group, directly to ICOLD given the international status of our WG. We will keep you updated on this.

Thanks for your interest,

Rémy Tourment


Prague 2017 ICOLD Meeting

The next ICOLD Annual Meeting (2017) will be held in Prague (Czech Republic). 

Abstracts can be submitted up to September 15th.

See: http://www.icold2017.cz/en/call-for-abstracts

We strongly encourage our members to present an abstract in relation to levees and flood defences. Please let the group know if you submit such a paper, by sending an email to Marcel Bottema and Rémy Tourment, or by commenting this post on the website.

We also think about submitting one or two abstracts on behalf of the Working Group, if enough people are committed in collaborating to write the paper itself. Also let us know if you are interested in such an initiative.

Thanks for your interest,


FLOODrisk 2016 conference program

The FLOODrisk 2016 conference program is now online. See http://floodrisk2016.net/programme/


Levee ICOLD question



An important news for our levees and flood defenses woking group!

Here is the message sent on Monday, May 23rd to the WG members :
Dear Member of the EURCOLD Working Group on Levees and Flood Defences,
during our start-up meeting last year, we mentioned the importance of having the topic of levees on the agenda of the next Congress of ICOLD, in 2018 in Vienna, all the more so because that would allow us to present the results of our Working Group at an ICOLD Congress.
We now have the pleasure to inform you, that during the ICOLD General Assembly of last week, in Johannesburg, ICOLD selected levees as a topic (an “ICOLD-Question”) for the next congress in Vienna, in 2018. Question 103 will be “Small dams and Levees”. We don’t have the details on the question for the moment but we will make it available as soon as we have the official information.
This is a great step towards the acknowledgement of the importance of levees and flood defences in general, and within the dam community in particular. It will also allow to better share dam- and levee-related knowledge, and to exploit mutual synergies.
We would like to thank all those who made it possible, after the initial disappointment caused by the question we wrote not being pre-selected by ICOLD for discussion in Johannesburg.
This is great news indeed, worth a celebration (probably in Lyon during our next meeting)!
Thanks to all of you who participated to this collective effort, drafting and convincing.
I particularly want to thank the officials in BDS, CFBR, NETHCOLD and USSD (in alphabetical order) who spent time defending the cause of this question. We also thank all the other persons who, directly or indirectly, contributed through their actions and discussions.
This is only the beginning. Now we have two years of work ahead, to make this an even bigger success and convince ICOLD to make levees a permanent topic. I am sure this success will be a great boost to the collective spirit that we need to succeed, as there is too much work ahead to achieve real success without support from our whole Working Group.
However, with sufficient effort from all of us, we are likely to succeed with high quality outcomes from our working group and many interesting papers for the congress, and a success that can be shared by all of us.
Our best regards
Rémy Tourment, Chairman, and Marcel Bottema, Secretary

2016 Working Group meeting

Our WG meeting in 2016 will be held on October 17th in Lyon (France). More details soon.

The next days, also in Lyon, will be the international FLOODrisk conference.

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FLOODrisk international conference

The 3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management will be held in Lyon (France) on 
Registration is now open.

FLOODrisk 2016 will explore research advances in flood risk analysis and innovations in flood risk management practice. The conference will consider all aspects of flood risk and will cover the causes of floods, their impacts on people, property and the environment, and portfolios of risk management measures.


European Club of ICOLD Symposium

In 25-30 October 2016, the 10th ICOLD European Club Symposium will be held in Antalya (Turkey).


ICOLD meeting 2016 Johannesburg, South Africa

84th ICOLD meeting will be held in Johannesburg, South Arica, 15-20 May 2016.

A report of our WG activities have been produced and will be presented during the meeting of the European Club.