The history and future of British rivers and waterways

Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, London W1J 0BF
Thursday 21 February 2013, 10:00

“The history and future of British rivers and waterways – Analysis and vision”

A joint meeting by the Linnean Society of London, the Freshwater Biological Association, and the University of Southampton.

At the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, London.

February 21st 2013, 10.00 -19.00 hrs
Including an early evening lecture by Sir John Lawton, FRS.

The recovery of rivers and waterways from pollution and physical damage in the UK has been remarkable over the past 50 years, a result of the law, research, technological advances, good regulation and inspection and economic evolution. The question is, however, can we keep up the trend in view of recession, national debt, financial stringency and the requirements for re-distribution of funding. What can we do to maintain the trends and what should we expect our rivers and waterways to be like in 2050 and beyond?
This one-day conference features senior people from academia, the  regulatory agencies, charitable institutions and water users all deeply involved in the protection and improvement of UK rivers and waterways. The aim is to use glimpses of history to present a vision of the physical, chemical and biological future for Britain’s rivers and canals. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in rivers and waterways.

Speakers will include, Prof. Angela Gurnell (QMUL), Arlin Rickard (Rivers Trust), Phil Hickley (IFM),  Paul Logan (EA), Isobelle Durrance (DURESS project), Paul Knight (Riverfly Partnership), Fiona Bowles (Wessex Water), Chris Horril, (RAFTS), Prof. Alan Hildrew (QMUL).

The evening lecture, from 18.00 -19.00 will be given by Sir John Lawton, FRS.

The cost will be £30 for delegates and refreshments are included. Please visit for more information and to register for this event.

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