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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

Véronique Sterkens – 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

President Michael D Higgins

Close of Conference

Conference Dinner

Sheraton Hotel Athlone – more information

Open to all registered delegates

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

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Conference Partners Ltd,
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