Introduction

FRIAR 2022 is the eighth conference of this successful series. The conference started at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London in 2008 and was reconvened in Milan in 2010, Dubrovnik in 2012, Poznan in 2014, Venice in 2016, A Coruna in 2018 and online in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since 2012 a parallel seminar on the Design, Construction, Maintenance, Monitoring and Control of Urban Water has taken place which is now an integral part of the conference.

Flooding is a global phenomenon that claims numerous lives worldwide each year. When flooding occurs in urban areas, it can cause substantial damage to property as well as threatening human life. In addition, many more people must endure the homelessness, upset and disruption that are left in the wake of floods. The increased frequency of flooding in the last few years, coupled with climate change predictions and urban development, suggest that these impacts are set to worsen in the future. How we respond and importantly, adapt to these challenges is key to developing our long term resilience at the property, community and city scale.

Apart from the physical damage to buildings, contents and loss of life, which are the most obvious, impacts of floods upon households, other more indirect losses are often overlooked. These indirect and intangible impacts are generally associated with disruption to normal life as well as longer-term health issues including community displacements and stress-related illnesses. Flooding represents a major barrier to the alleviation of poverty in many parts of the developing world, where vulnerable communities are often exposed to sudden and life-threatening events.

As our cities continue to expand, their urban infrastructures need to be re-evaluated and adapted to new requirements related to the increase in population and the growing areas under urbanization. We also need to consider more nature-based interventions to the management of flood risk, including the adoption of more catchment-based approaches. These are now being recognised as being more sustainable and also able to achieve wider benefits to the environment and society as a whole.

This conference also considers these problems and deals with two main urban water topics: water supply systems and urban drainage. Topics such as contamination and pollution discharges in urban water bodies, as well as the monitoring of water recycling systems are currently receiving a great deal of attention from researchers and professional engineers working in the water industry. Water distribution networks often suffer substantial losses which represent wastage of energy and treatment. Effective, efficient and energy-saving management is necessary in order to optimize their performance. Sewer systems are under constant pressure due to growing urbanization and climate change, and the environmental impact caused by urban drainage overflows is related to both water quantity and water quality.

FRIAR seeks to develop an improved understanding of emerging flood risk management and urban water management challenges, drawing on the expertise of numerous disciplines and considering a range of responses. The conference provides a rich forum for the development of innovative solutions that can help bring about multiple benefits toward achieving integrated flood risk and urban water management strategies and policy.

The meeting is aimed to attract researchers, academics and practitioners actively involved in improving our understanding of urban water systems and flood events. It will bring together social scientists, surveyors, engineers, scientists, and other professionals from many countries involved in research and development activities in a wide range of technical and management topics related to urban water and flooding and its impacts on communities, property and people.

Papers presented at this conference, as all other meetings run by the Wessex Institute, are archived in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) and are easily and permanently available in Open Access format to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at FRIAR 2022. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Floods
    • Flood risk management
    • Flood warning and forecasting
    • Flood response and recovery
    • Flood protection
    • Flood modelling
    • Flood mitigation
    • Flood vulnerability
    • Climate change impact
    • Flood damage assessment
    • Socio and economic impact
    • Community engagement
    • Emergency planning
    • Blue-green infrastructure
    • Resilient approaches
    • Catchment-based approaches
    • Natural flood management
    • Remote sensing in flood applications
    • Risk areas
    • Property flood resilience

  • Urban Water Systems
    • Water supply networks
    • Leakage and losses
    • Modelling and experimentation
    • Safety and security of water systems
    • Water quality
    • Water savings and reuse
    • Wastewater treatment and reuse
    • Urban drainage systems
    • Stormwater management
    • Watershed management
    • Structural works and infrastructure
    • Maintenance and repairs
    • Sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDs)
    • Greywater
    • Rainwater harvesting
    • Water and sewage systems in urban areas
    • Water retention

  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at FRIAR 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and the American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

 

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at FRIAR 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and the American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

Location Information

Capital of Lombardy and the second most populated city of Italy, Milan is known for being the centre of the Italian fashion and motor industries, and for being one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Its rich culture, history and architectural heritage attract visitors from all over the world. The gothic Duomo Cathedral, La Scala opera house and the impressive Castello Sforzesco are a few of Milan’s must-see.

 

Art and Culture

Duomo: The Duomo is the church that symbolises the city. Entirely built in Candoglia marble, the cathedral was begun in 1386 and only finished centuries later in 1966. The imposing structure, decorative sculptures and over 3,400 statues combine with magnificent windows for a dramatic overall effect. This huge and beautiful building is completed with 135 spires and crowned by the great tower topped with the famous Madonnina.
Duomo

Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” at Santa Maria delle Grazie: Built in the late 1400s in the Gothic style, the church was completed by Bramante, who is believed to have rebuilt the enormous apse there. The apse is a classic example of the spacious architecture of the Renaissance, along with another two delightful additions, the Cloister and the Old Sacristy. The attached ancient Dominican convent houses Da Vinci's celebrated "Last Supper" on the refectory wall.
Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”

Pinacoteca di Brera: This national gallery is among the most famous in the world, containing masterpieces of Italian painting from the 14th to 20th century. These include Piero della Francesca's "Brera Altarpiece", Raphael's "Marriage of the Virgin", the "Lamentation over the Dead Christ" by Andrea Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini's "Pietà", the "Cristo alla Colonna" by Bramante and Caravaggio's "Supper at Emmaus".

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana: The art gallery was founded by Cardinal Federico Borromeo in 1618 with the aim of educating young generations of artists. It is located inside the Palazzo dell'Ambrosiana whose construction began in 1609. Today it preserves some of the most important works in the world by artists such as Leonardo, Caravaggio, Tiziano, Botticelli and Tintoretto.

Castello Sforzesco: Begun in the late 1400s, the front of the Castle is dominated by the tower by Filarete. Inside the Rocchetta Courtyard - where the castle-dwellers could retreat in times of danger – was designed by Bramante, and houses the treasury. The normal residence was within the so-called Ducal Court, a set of richly frescoed and decorated rooms. One of Da Vinci's Milanese works, the "Sala delle Assi" can be found here.
Castello Sforzesco

La Scala opera house: Built in the late 1700s, this is the international temple of classical music where the most famous singers and composers in the world have been launched and celebrated. Every day its schedule offers opera, concerts or ballet in one of the world's most beautiful theatres: unmissable.
La Scala opera house

 

Shopping

World-renown for Italian haute-couture fashion, Milan has many streets dedicated to fashion retailers. The main shopping area is concentrated between the Piazza Duom, Piazza Cavour and Piazza San Bibila, and is home to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the nineteenth-century shopping arcades believed to be the oldest in existence and famed for their extravagant architecture. Flagship stores of fashion houses including Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, and Armani can be found on the Via della Spiga and Quadrillatero d’Oro, and the nearby Corso Buenos Aires is reputed to be the longest shopping street in Europe, with a wide range of both Italian and global stores.

 

Beyond Milan

One hour by train from Milan, Lake Como can be found in the foothills of the Alps and is perennially popular with visitors due to its outstanding location and pretty towns. Lakes Maggiore and Lugano are also a short distance away. Monza, a town renowned for its many interesting churches, parks and Grand Prix racetrack is only 15km northeast of Milan and easily reached by bus or train.
Lake Maggiore

Tourist information link: https://www.yesmilano.it/en

Travel Information

Conference Venue Address:

Politecnico de Milano (Building number to be confirmed)
Milano Leonardo Campus
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano

 

By Air

Milan is served by three international airports offering flights to most major international destinations and to a wide range of European airports.

 

Milan Malpensa Airport (50Km to the city centre)

Milan Malpensa is served by most major international airlines from destinations worldwide such as Aegean Airlines, Baltic Air, Air Berlin, Air France, Air Italy, Czech Airlines, German Wings, Iberia, LOT, Lufthansa, Neos, SAS, Spanair, TAP, Air China, American Airlines, Alitalita, British Airways, Delta, Singapore Airlines and Easyjet. For a full list of airlines and destinations, please visit https://www.milanomalpensa-airport.com/en/

From/To Malpensa Airport:

Taxi: The taxi ranks are located at the ARRIVALS entrance, on the ground floor, at gate 6 of Terminal 1 and at gate 4 at Terminal 2. A journey to Milan city centre or the conference venue will cost approximately €90.

Train: The Malpensa Express airport service connects the airport with the center of Milan and vice versa, with a train every 15 minutes, 7 days a week. The Journey to Milan central station takes around 50 minutes and costs €13 (https://www.malpensaexpress.it/en/)

Bus: Bus connections between the airport and Milan central train station are operated by several companies. The Journey takes around 50 minutes and costs around €8. See more details at https://www.milanomalpensa-airport.com/en/from-to/by-coach

For reaching the conference venue from Milan city centre, please see section below “How to get to the University from the City Centre”.

 

Milan Linate Airport (10Km to the city centre)

Milan Linate is served mainly by European and domestic airlines, presently including Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, Brussels Airways, Easyjet, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Olympic Airways, TAP and SAS. Full list of airways and destination can be found at https://www.milanolinate-airport.com/en/

From/To Linate Airport:

Taxi: Taxis are available at Milan Linate and cost approximately €20 for journeys to the city centre.

Bus: Bus connections between the airport and Milan central train station are operated by several companies. The Journey takes around 35 minutes with the shuttle services (€5) and 60 minutes on local bus 73 (under €2). See more details at https://www.milanolinate-airport.com/en/from-to/by-coach

For reaching the conference venue from Milan city centre, please see section below “How to get to the University from the City Centre”.

 

Milan-Bergamo International Airport (60Km to the city centre)

Bergamo Airport serves as a low-cost airline hub with many European destinations. To see a map of destinations, please visit the airport’s website: https://www.milanbergamoairport.it/en/

From/To Bergamo Airport:

Taxi: Taxis are available and cost around €90 for travel to central Milano.

Bus: Two shuttle services connect the airport with Milan central train stations within 30 minutes, Autostradale and Orio Shuttle (€8-10).

For reaching the conference venue from Milan city centre, please see section below “How to get to the University from the City Centre”.

 

By Rail 

Milan is one of northern Italy’s largest railway junctions. Milano Centrale station offers trains to cities throughout Italy as well as major stations in France, Switzerland and Germany including Zurich, Geneva, Munich, Paris and Stuttgart. For timetables and tickets please visit https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html

For reaching the conference venue from Milan city centre, please see section below “How to get to the University from the City Centre”.

 

By Road 

Milan’s main bus station can be found opposite the Stazione Porta Garibaldi on Piazza Sigmund Freud and is served by a number of international bus services including those operated by Eurolines. These arrive regularly from cities across Europe.

Milano is situated at a major crossroads within the Italian motorway or autostrada network and thus is easy to reach by road from other Italian cities, and those outside of Italy. Please note that Milan has a congestion charging scheme which requires drivers in the city centre to purchase a permit, which are readily available at newsstands and in local shops.

 

Moving Around Milan - Public Transport

Milan has an extensive public transport network of buses and trams plus underground and suburban railways, operated by ATM (https://www.atm.it/en/Pages/default.aspx). The Metro operates daily between 6am and midnight and consists of 4 underground lines comprehensively covering the city. Tickets for both the Metro, buses and trams need to be purchased before travel at newsstands and shops throughout the city and it’s also possible to pay with your contactless card. You can buy single tickets as well as 24 hours and several days travel cards. Costing €2.00 (zones1-3), Single tickets are valid for one journey or 90 minutes travel. You will sometimes have to buy a separate ticket for your luggage, depending on its size and note that if you have more than one suitcase, you might not be allowed to get on the metro, tram or bus. A ticket for your luggage costs €2.00.

How to get to the University from the City Centre

By Metro
Piola metro station, on Line 2 (green) is the closest to the university. See the University map below showing the metro stop.

See metro map https://giromilano.atm.it/images/schema_rete_metro.jpg

By Tram
Tram Lines 19 and 33 stop at the Leonardo Campus.


On the ATM website, you can see from where you can catch these trams. See the University map below showing the tram stops at the Leonardo Campus.

 

University Map

 Politechnico Milan map showing bus and tram stop

Please note that all of the information included above is correct as of September 2021. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue Information

The Polytechnic of Milan will host the conference at their Milano Leonardo Campus. This campus hosts the University's main management and administrative structures as well the School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering amongst others.

 

Conference Venue Address:

Politecnico de Milano (Building number to be confirmed)
Milano Leonardo Campus
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano

 

The map below shows the University Campus as well as the nearby Underground and Bus Stop stations.

Reaching the university by Metro: Piola metro station, on Line 2 (green) is the closest to the university. See the University map below showing the metro stop.

Reaching the university by Tram: Tram Lines 19 and 33 stop at the Leonardo Campus.

On the ATM website, you can see where you can catch these trams. See the University map below showing the tram stops at the Leonardo Campus.

 Politechnico Milan map showing bus and tram stop web

For other further travel information, visit the “Travel” section of the conference website.

Accommodation Information

Should you wish to book your accommodation near the conference venue (Leonardo Campus), we have collected a list of hotels that are within walking distance of the University Campus.

For those of you who prefer to stay in a different part of town, we have included below a map of the Campus showing the underground and bus stops near the venue so you can easily reach the venue by public transport.


Hotel Dieci 4* (600m to university campus)
http://www.hoteldieci.it/en/


Largo Rio de Janeiro, 122, 20133 (+39 02 70608180)
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21WOL Milano Centro (700m to university campus)
https://www.21wol.it/en/


Via Enrico Nöe 24, 20133 (+39 02 5656 8715)
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Oasi Village Hotel 3* (550m to university campus)
https://www.oasivillagehotel.it/


Viale Lombardia, 20 – 20131 (+39 02 23951472)
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Hotel Montecarlo 3* (800m to university campus)
http://hotelmontecarlomilano.it/en/index.asp


Via Vallazze, 39 – 20131 (+39 02 70601382)
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Hotel Lombardia 4* (1.1Km to university campus)
https://hotellombardia.com/en/


Viale Lombardia, 74/76 – 20131 (+39 02 2824849)
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Polytechnic of Milan, Leonardo Campus

Politechnico Milan map showing bus and tram stop

Additional Information

Please use the links below to access additional information related to the conference. All links open in a new window.

COVID-19 Measures and Alternative Plans

We are looking forward to meeting our delegates face-to-face again after two years of online meetings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, we are aware that there is still a degree of uncertainty with regards to attending in-person events in 2022 and for this reason, we want to assure you that we have carefully planned our events to be as safe as possible:

  • Venues: We have chosen trusted partners to host our events and we have made sure that social distancing can be introduced to conference rooms if required.
  • Cancellations: We have updated our cancellation policy, taking into consideration possible changes to the conferences due to the pandemic. Please view the cancellation policy in the registration section of this page.
  • Online Conference: We have mechanisms in place to allow a swift change to an online conference format should travel restrictions prevent the conference from taking place in-person as planned.

For the latest information on Coronavirus restrictions to enter Estonia, please follow this link: 

COVID-19 and travelling to Italy (external website)

Please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Coordinator should you require any further information.

 

Please click here for information on WIT activities and updates on COVID-19

Here's what our delegates have to say...


"The experience in the conference was very good. Organising these kind of conferences takes a lot of effort. I am immensely pleased and acknowledge Ms Marta Graczyk for her immediate responses and help throughout the conference. "
Amit Passi, India (attended Air Pollution 2021)


"It was the first time that I, A. Silva, attended a conference, and the experience couldn't be better. Very well organised, structured, and interesting. It was a great opportunity to know what it has been done so far concerning air quality, and to understand what can be done in the future."
Ana Silva, Portugal (attended Air Pollution 2021)


"The online conference was perfectly organized."
André Buchau, Germany (attended BEM/MRM 44 2021)


"In July 2000, I attended the Urban Transport Conference which was held in Cambridge UK. It was the first international conference in which I presented one of my research works. After that, I regularly attended the annual Urban Transport Conference [...] until Pisa 2011, where I had the honor of receiving the WIT Eminent Scientist Medal [...] Finally, after over twenty-one years I am still happy and proud to publish and collaborate with the Wessex Institute."
Antonio Pratelli, Italy (attended Urban and Maritime Transport 2021)


"This is my first experience in a conference of this type at the international level. I loved the openness and the welcome, they give you confidence to keep moving forward. We are going to continue participating, I congratulate you."
Bethy Merchan, Ecuador (attended Water and Society 2021)


"The review of this conference was fast and very formative and organized. The topics were different and there was a well-organized program and presentation. I would like to share in the up-coming conference. "
Deena El-Mahdy, Egypt (attended Materials Characterisation 2021)


"Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT) and its' staff are very professional and mindful toward participants and their needs before, during and after conferences. It is a great pleasure when working with with WIT."
Deena Govender, South Africa (attended Sustainable City 2021)


"Very good space to share experiences."
Jhon Chahua, Peru (attended Disaster Management 2021)


"These conferences are a good opportunity to get to know and to share research, as well as to meet other researchers in the field."
Jone Belausteguigoitia, Spain (attended Sustainable City 2021)


"Organization is perfect, namely the assistance of Marta Graczyk."
Jorge Ribeiro, Portugal (attended Sustainable City 2021)


"My experience at the SAFE conference was, as on previous occasions, excellent: you have the opportunity to present your work with the appropriate level of detail and in front of an interested, competent and international audience."
Marco Bietresato, Italy (attended SAFE 2021)


"I was more than happy to attend the Materials Characterization 2021. I was benefitted by the entire experience of it, starting from writing the paper and finally attending it online. I learnt a lot from other delegates. The Chief Academic Officer of WIT, Prof. Santiago, was very friendly and welcoming. The conference coordinator, Ms. Marta was highly cooperative and prompt in resolving any queries and overall conduct of the conference."
Pushpa Jha, India (attended Materials Characterisation 2021)


"Overall, very good. [The Conference Coordinator] did a marvelous job with helping me when needed. "
Tor Stålhane, Norway (attended SAFE 2021)


"It was a precious and unforgettable academic journey for me. The organizers of the conference are enthusiastic and thoughtful, and the scholars are talented. This conference brought me inspiration and thinking that I could not get by publishing articles in journals alone."
Zhongliang Chen, China (attended AFM/MPF 2021)


Short Course Discount Offer

A special 20% discount offer on registration for our Short Course on Water Supply is available for delegates of the FRIAR 2022 conference. Registrations will be checked against those of the conference.

The course will be held from the 13th to 15th September 2022 in the New Forest, UK. Please visit the Course page for the description, programme and registration information.