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Celebrating the value of our coast

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on 2 October 2017 | Comments

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Residents, businesses and schools are invited to reserve the last remaining places for this year’s Suffolk Coast Forum conference.

The 6th annual conference will be celebrating the value of our coast, focusing on its importance to local communities, tourism, the economy, farming and its unique culture and heritage. A broad range of speakers and workshops will discuss building the future of our coast through planning, investment and management and the many innovative ways in which this can and is being done.

Speakers and presenters at the conference on 6 October include designer Wayne Hemingway MBE;  Minette Batters, Deputy President of the National Farmers Union; broadcaster and writer Paul Heiney; Professor Graham J.C. Underwood, executive Dean of the University of Essex and Mark Pendlington, Group Director of Anglian Water and former Chair of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Taking place at Trinity Park near Ipswich, a number of free places are still available for both delegates and students, who can also take part in dedicated workshop sessions. Attendance at the conference would be an ideal opportunity for those looking to pursue a career in coastal engineering.

Cllr David Ritchie, Chair of the Suffolk Coast Forum said:

“This year’s conference focuses on the value of our coast and estuaries to those who live and work here, those who come to visit and indeed its value to the nation. We are focusing on what great things have been done, can be done and need to be done.

“We are extremely grateful to our speakers and sponsors, who ensure this popular event can continue to take place each year. We are particularly grateful to our main conference sponsor Balfour Beatty who is also hosting the student seminar.

Students this year will have the opportunity to engineer a bridge which they and delegates will be able to walk over. We hope that experiences like this will inspire more young people to study science and perhaps become the coastal engineers of the future.” 

As part of the afternoon programme, broadcaster Paul Heiney will be leading a discussion with coastal community groups about their work and the challenges they face in managing flood risk. The audience will also have the opportunity to take part in live voting, giving their views on potential coastal improvements.

The conference has a number of international, national and local sponsors including CH2M, Mott MacDonald, Royal Haskoning DHV, Water Management Alliance, Anglian Water and the newly formed coastal management partnership Coastal Partnership East.

Schools or colleges wishing to take advantage of the free educational places should contact lucy.williams@eastsuffolk.gov.uk