Preconfrerence Workshop

Towards moreFlood Resiliant Cities (ToRC) contact person: Jorge Leandro (

The workshop entitled Towards more Flood Resilient Cities (ToRC) aims to join practitioners and researchers to discuss possible ways to increase flood resilience of cities and urban areas.

The programme will be organised in two parts. In the first part invited speakers present the advances and achievements in their city flood resilience expertise areas. The second part of the workshop will be open to discussion with the panel of speakers, also involving the audience.

Developing increased resilient cities involves various expertise fields (Figure 1): drainage systems design and modelling, emergency logistics, urban planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The workshop will start with an overview on the Topic Towards more Flood Resilient Cities and guide the participant through the four highlighted areas explaining how they are envisaged to work together before going into details by the Guest-speakers. Emergency logistics topic will be addressed by Bruno Santos who has been developing advanced ideas in this topic and novel strategies on how to deploy the means to counter flooding material and social damage. Joao Leitao will discuss the benefits of using a common GIS interface to link Urban Flood Models and Transport Models to manage Risk. Christian Urich will discus tools to assess the dynamics of urban infrastructure in response to social and environmental drivers of change in the water system, and his experience in DAnCE4Water. Thomas Siekmann will introduce urban drainage system planning towards the adaptation to future scenarios such as climate changes.


Figure 1 Structure of the Towards more Flood Resilient Cities (ToRC) workshop

The Structure of the Workshop:

Guest Speakers and Topics:  
Čedo Maksimović is a Professor at the Imperial College London. After his graduation in 1971 he started his professional career at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade. He joined the Imperial College London in 1996 where he heads Urban Water Research Group (UWRG). Current research covers urban pluvial flood modelling and forecasting (EU Interreg RainGain project) and interactions of urban water (blue) infrastructure with urban vegetated (green) areas (Blue Green Dream - EIT/KIC project). He launched and serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Urban Water Journal and Urban Water Book Series (UWBBS).
Special appearance: 
Čedo Maksimović
Jorge Leandro is an Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra for Numerical Methods and Water supply and Drainage Systems. He completed his PhD in Urban Flood Modelling using Dual Drainage Models 1D/1D and 1D/2D supervised by Prof. Slobodan Djordjevic and Prof. Dragan Savic. Since then he has carried his research in improving Flood Models using experimental works and CFD as validation tools supported by two on-going FCT projects
Jorge Leandro  
Bruno Santos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra, where he teaches Regional and Urban Planning, Project Management, Facility Location and Logistics. He has a PhD in Spatial Planning and Transportation in the topic of Road Network Design. Since then, he has been involved in several research projects, such as SOTUR and TICE. Mobility, a EU-FP7 project is focus on the merge of IT and new mobility solutions. Currently he is supervising a PhD work on emergency logistics.
Bruno Santos  
João P Leitão is a Post-doc researcher at LNEC (National Civil Engineering Laboratory, Portugal). He is currently involved in several urban water infrastructure asset management european funded projects (e.g. AWARE-P, TRUST), mainly focused in developing methodologies to reduce risk. João P Leitão is also interest in increasing the reliability of surface urban flood models by improving representation of the runoff phenomenon in urban areas.
Joao Leitao  
Thomas Siekmann is a PhD student at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany, supervised by Prof. Pinnekamp in the unit of water and waste management. Within the research project dynaklim, Thomas Siekmann deals with the adaptation of regional drainage systems to the impacts of climate change. The main focus of his research is the filtration of relevant load cases for flooding calculations when using dynamically coupled modeling systems.
Thomas Siekmann  
Christian Urich is a PhD student at the University of Innsbruck, supervised by Prof. Wolfgang Rauch in the Unit of Environmental Engineering. His research explores the dynamics of integrated urban environments and their linkages with water and energy infrastructure. In particular, his research focuses on how these dynamics can be modelled to evaluate sustainable adaptation strategies. He is currently involved in an EU-FP7 project “PREPARED: Enabling Change”, and PowerVIBE funded by the FFG.
Christian Urich