Countdown to the Conference








Conference Programme

Sunday 9th September 2018
Welcome Reception:
Radisson Blue Hotel Athlone
Open to all registered delegates & Accompanying Persons
Monday 10th September 2018
Marina 2 & 3
Opening Plenary
Conference Opening

Conference Programme Briefing
Keynote Speaker (1) –
Catherine Sheridan
Building Resilience: Climate, Risk, and Waterways

Coffee Break, Posters & Exhibition
Keynote (2)
To be Announced
Keynote (2)
Mike Palmer
Waterways in Progress – the Waiting Gain
Lunch, Posters & Exhibition
Marina 2
Track 1
Marina 3
Track 2
Track 3
Restoration & Heritage Management (1)
John McKeown – Restoring the Royal Canal
Roger Squires – Rebuilding Lost Canals: New Approaches to Restoration
Pam Veinotte – Evolving Heritage Assets to Meet Modern Day Needs
Water Management Challenges (1)
Mark Adamson – Flood Risk Management In Ireland – Past and Future
Jewel Cunningham – From Adversary to Advocate: Parks Canada and Water Management
Eamonn Horgan – Navigational Infrastructure in High Quality Designated Environments – The Requirement for Proper Design and Assessment
Engaging the Audience (1)
Jean Mackay – Who’s Out There? Using Visitor Data to Better Attract and Serve Canal Visitors
Michael Mc Clure – The Watersports Enhanced Together (WET) Project
Coffee Break, Posters & Exhibition
Managing Change (1)
Richard Millar – Make No Small Plans: Transforming Scottish Canals Through Art & Creative Engineering
William Miles – Developing the Genesee River Waterfront in Rochester, NY, US
Henning Stuben – Waterways Rejuvenation Projects in Denmark

Terre Duffy – Dublin’s Water Quarter
Delivering through Innovation
Julia Wleklinska -The Elblag Canal – Preservation of the Natural Heritage by Designing a Dedicated Sustainable Boat
Les Saunders – Electronic Charting of Inland Waterways of Ireland Using Crowd Sourced Data and Low Cost Devices
Joe Caffrey – Mapping and Control of Alien Invasive Species in Irish Canals
Hartmut Ginnow Merkert – Electric Propulsion and Alternative Fuels to Preserve the Ecological Integrity of our Scenic Inland Waterways
Engaging the Audience (2)
Benny Cullen – Local Sports Partnerships: Activating the Waterways
Olivia Cosgrove – Row the Erne
Josie Saunders – Un-locking New Audiences: Using Scotland’s canals as Unique Event Venues
Jason King – The National Famine Way from Strokestown Park
Summary and Briefing for Tuesday Summary and Briefing for Tuesday Summary and Briefing for Tuesday
Civic Reception & BBQ:

Civic Reception in Athlone Castle
followed by BBQ in Radisson Blu Hotel
Open to all registered delegates & Accompanying Persons
Tuesday 11th September 2018
Technical & Scentic Tours
Select from three tours of Irish Waterways
Details available HERE
Registraion required
Free Evening
Delegates are free to explore Athlone
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Marina 2
Track 1
Marina 3
Track 2
Track 3
Opening briefing and daily updates Opening briefing and daily updates Opening briefing and daily updates
Restoration & Heritage Management (2)
Joseph Gillespie – Restoration of the Shannon – Erne Waterway
Rudy Van der Ween – The Re-opening of the Lower Scheldt in the City Centre of Ghent
Rob Vrojliks – Limburg (NL), Regional masterplan Approach & Multi-scale Projects
Water Management Challenges (2)
Roemer Goossensen – Off-grid Wastewater treatment – Clearing the Way for a Green-Blue Canal
Paula Treacy – The Ecological Health of Irish Canals, Delivering the Objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive
Galen Fulford – The Application of Floating Ecosystems in the Revitalisation of Urban Waterways
Engaging the Audience (3)
John Robinson – Re-imagine Ability: Cycling for Success along the Canal
Andrew Grieve – How Greenways Can Deliver Government Objectives
Donal MacAnBheatha – The Royal Canal Re-imagined Greenway for the 21st Century
Coffee Break, Posters & Exhibition
Restoration & Heritage Management (3)
William Holdsworth – Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Aqueduct Restoration at Williamsport, Bringing History Alive
Theron Robson – Maintenance of Heritage Lock Gates on the River Shannon
Roger Alsater – Göta Canal 2.0: Preserving and Developing the Culturally Historic Canal in Challenging Conditions
Volunteers Making a difference
Geraldine Foley– Don’t Forget Your Shovel…
Mike Clark – Heritage Boat Kennet
Matthew Kennedy – Irelands Royal Canal: From 20th Century Derelict Waterway to 21st Century Linear Parkway
Engaging the Audience (4)
Duncan Mackay – Low speed 2/ Slow Speed Too
Stephen Higham – Waterways & Wellbeing
Una May – Women in Sport Programme
Lunch, Posters & Exhibition
Managing Change (2)
Julia Pollok – The WIN Project: Developing Water Tourism in the Northeast of Germany

William Collins – Is Creating a Municipal Authority the Answer to a Sustainably Watered Delaware Canal?
Lauren Small – Canada’s Canals and Climate Change
Sustainable Regeneration
Veronique Stereks – The Multi-functional Potential of the Flemish Waterways
Patrick Moss – Keep it Local – Affordable Restoration and Sustainable Regeneration
Christopher Breslin – Glasgow Canal Project
Engaging the Audience (5)
Eriberto Eulisse – Youth Involvement in Re-imagining Nautical and Waterway’s Heritage. The case of YouInHerit Project in Venice
Colin Harris – Re-imagining Urban Waterways Through Sports
Tadhg MacIntyre – Case Studies in Water Sports : How BlueWays can create a Blue Minded Perspective
Coffee Break, Posters & Exhibition
Marina 2 & 3
Concluding Plenary:
Conference Summary
Conference Handover to 2019
Close of Conference
Conference Dinner
Sheraton Hotel Athlone – more information
Open to all registered delegates

Individual Registration


Group Registration


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