United Kingdom Coastal Research Conference

Crantock Beach, Cornwall


  • & 10 February: Abstract submission deadline and registration opens
  • A 10 March: Presenters notified
  • , 10 June: Workshops and trip bookings closes
  • R 1 July: Registration closes
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    University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA

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The University of Plymouth Coastal Processes Research Group (CPRG) in partnership with the National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes (NNRCMP) are pleased to announce the first UK Coastal Research Conference to be held in July 2023 in Plymouth.
This conference will be to showcase and celebrate the coastal research being undertaken within the UK. Principally focused on UK academics, organisations and institutions working on UK coastal science, we also welcome research using overseas case studies that are of relevance to the UK. The conference will highlight the current state of knowledge and the research that is being undertaken to address coastal issues. 
  • Coastal processes in the UK – focused on process-based research of coastal systems
  • Innovation in coastal research – developments in the field of techniques, methodology, instrumentation and sensors to capture and analyse coastal data
  • Coastal data access and applications – presentation of UK coastal datasets and projects, e.g. sources beyond the National Monitoring Programme to promote collaboration and wider access
  • Applied research and FCERM (flood and coastal erosion risk management) – application of science in active coastal management projects and partnerships.
We envisage the conference to start a wider conversation about national coastal research strategies and coastal knowledge gaps to inform researchers, practitioners and end-users to help promote sustainable management of our coast.

If you wish to submit a poster or oral abstract in line with the themes and sub-themes listed above, please download and follow the instructions in the UKCRC Abstract Submission Template and email to UKCRC@plymouth.ac.uk

The three-day event on 4–6 July 2023 will be hosted at the University of Plymouth. The draft conference programme will include:
Tuesday 4 July
  • Optional site visits (all day)
  • Optional training courses, e.g. on Numerical Modelling, Autonomous Coastal Data Collection (more details to follow)
  • Welcome drink reception
Wednesday 5 July
  • Conference day 1 – keynote, oral and poster presentations
  • Evening networking
Thursday 6 July
  • Conference day 2 – keynote, oral and poster presentations
  • Conference dinner
  • Conference close
Target audience: academics, industry, coastal practitioners and local authorities.

Registration opens on Friday 10 February 2023.
  • £250 – general registration
  • £150 – student registration

For all conference enquiries, please email UKCRC@plymouth.ac.uk 
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Scientific Organising Committee

Members of the Scientific Organising Committee have been invited to join because of their experience and background in coastal research or applied science. Their primary role is in shaping the conference sessions to reflect the range of themes and the diverse range of presenters. They will review each abstract that is submitted and select those for either an oral presentation or a poster session (as indicated by the author).
We are very grateful for their time and support for the UK CRC 2023. Please read their biographies below.
Dr Helen Jay, Senior National Consultant – Coast, National Trust

Academically Helen's background is in environmental science and coastal geomorphology, with her PhD focusing on the Formby coast sand dune system. Prior to joining the National Trust she worked for many years in consultancy, specifically in the development of shoreline management plans, coastal strategies, and defence schemes.

Helen's current role at the National Trust involves providing advice and technical support to their property teams who look after around 800 miles of incredibly diverse coastline across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They face many challenges along their frontages in the face of coastal change, but this can also present opportunities to think and respond differently, to benefit both people and nature.

It is vital that management decisions along our coasts are driven by an understanding of coastal processes and geomorphological response and are based on the best available scientific evidence. Helen's particular interests therefore lie in progressing understanding of how our coastlines evolve in response to changing drivers and development of tools for projecting future coastal change, at decadal-plus timescales.

Dr Lee Swift, Principal Scientist in the Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Research Team

Since completing his PhD on coastal morphological change at University College Cork, Lee has worked on a range of coastal and estuarine topics for the Environment Agency. These include Shoreline Management Plan development and implementation, establishing a coastal monitoring programme in the North West of England and assessing impacts of development on estuarine and coastal hydromorphology. 

In his current role, Lee oversees coastal research undertaken by the EA/Defra FCERM R&D Joint Programme. This includes working in partnership across government, industry and academic sectors to help manage the risk from flooding and coastal erosion through the application of robust evidence.

Dr Charlie Thompson, Lecturer in Coastal Processes and Sediment Dynamics and Director of Channel Coastal Observatory

Charlie is a Lecturer in Coastal Processes and Sediment Dynamics in the School of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton, and Director of the Channel Coastal Observatory, which coordinates the National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes (NNRCMP) in England. 

With a research focus on the interactions between water and land, she has over 20 years’ experience working on multi-disciplinary coastal research. Research interests include the complex interaction between coastal vegetation and sediment transport, resuspension processes and the exchange of solutes and particulates across the sediment-water interface, the fluid and solid transmitted stresses on the seabed, and novel techniques for monitoring coastal change. Through the NNRCMP, she ensures the collection of the evidence base which underpins Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management in England, working to provide consistent, continuous, and cost-effective monitoring of coastal change and its drivers. 

Recent research includes the NERC Highlight topic “BLUEcoast, Physical and biological dynamic coastal processes and their role in coastal recovery’, the UKRI funded ‘Coastal Resilience’, and the Environment Agency funded National Coastal Erosion Risk Mapping projects.

Dr Jenny Brown, Coastal Researcher at the National Oceanography Centre

Jenny's interests are in modelling and monitoring coastal flood and erosion hazards and their impacts. She studied Physical Oceanography with Maths at Bangor University and continued to do a PhD modelling sediment transport. She continued as a shelf seas modeller starting work in 2007 at the Proudman Oceanographic Institute, which in 2010 became the National Oceanography Centre. 

Jenny has worked on many different projects modelling shelf sea and estuarine processes as well as coastal impacts, such as beach response, shoreline evolution and flood inundation

Professor Daniel Conley, Professor of Nearshore Processes and Associate Head of School (Marine Science), School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth

Prior to working at the University of Plymouth, Daniel was a Research Scientist at the NATO Undersea Research Centre in La Spezia Italy. 

Daniel brings over 35 years' experience in collecting field measurements in coastal and estuarine environments across the globe. He has particular expertise in the measurement and modelling of coastal sediment transport as well as experience in assessing resources and impacts for marine renewable energy developments.

Committee members

  • Dr Helen Jay

  • Dr Lee Swift

  • Dr Charlie Thompson

  • Dr Jenny Brown

  • Professor Daniel Conley

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