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Webinar series

A monthly webinar series commenced in October 2023 focussing on areas of interest to the iPACT network.

Each webinar will include a guest speaker from the network or wider community who will present their research or current challenges during an informal lunchtime webinar. These will be hosted on TEAMs between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Recordings available of past webinars.


  • 3rd October – ‘Geodesign & Environmental Resilience’ Dr Paul Cureton, ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University – Webinar recording
  • 7th November – ‘Mapping Port City Territories’ Professor Carola Hein, TU Delft – Webinar recording
  • 5th December – ‘An Introduction to Coastwise’ Dr Sophie Day, North Norfolk District Council – Webinar recording
  • 6th February – ‘Nature Based Solutions for a Coastal Context’ Dr Grainne El Mountassir, University of Strathclyde
  • 5th March – ‘The Rising Tide: monitoring sea levels change to guide adaptive flood management in one of the world’s most important coastal cities – London, UK’ Prof Ivan Haigh, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton – Webinar Recording
  • 14th May – ‘Engaging coastal communities: the WeValue approach’ Prof Marie Harder, University of Brighton Webinar Recording
  • 9th July – ‘Climate change and its implications for coastal areas‘ Prof Robert Nicholls, University of East Anglia Webinar Recording
  • 9th September ‘Port adaptation to climate change in the UK’  Dr Katie Jenkins, Tyndall Centre Research Lecturer
  • 8th October – TBC
  • 5th November – TBC
  • 3rd December – TBC
Prof Ivan Haigh presenting on 5th March 2024

Funding Sandpits

The iPACT funding sandpits brought together researchers and research users and beneficiaries from the iPACT network to hear about local challenges and opportunities and develop potential solutions. 

Each funding sandpit was held over two days allowing opportunities for delegates to network, form project groups and discuss ideas with each other. Our funding sandpits were held in 3 case study locations: Morecambe on 12-13 December 2022, Norfolk on 10-11 January 2023 and in Southampton on 20-21 March 2023.

Q&A with Council officers Southampton
Ideas discussion in Norfolk
Morecambe Bay
Walking tour of Southampton

Each Sandpit ran from late morning on Day 1 to mid-afternoon on Day 2 and included a short tour from a local guide highlighting points of interest or concern at the location.  Academics met local experts, including council officers and local interest groups who presented issues affecting the case study location and opportunities for research projects. We provided hospitality and accommodation for the event, there were also grants available for travel to the venue. 

Following the sandpits project groups discussed their ideas further and submitted proposals for consideration as pilot projects.

iPACT Connect days

At in-person showcase events we will hear from the pilot project teams, they will inform the network of their progress and challenges faced during the project so far.

The first Connect Day was held in Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde on 27th November 2023 details here. The second Connect Day was in Norfolk on 11 & 12 June 2024, details here. Further events will be announced for the autumn of 2024 and spring 2025 in university locations around the UK. The Connect days appeal to the wider network including networking sessions, collaboration workshops and funding call ideas will be included in these interactive days. They are open to all the iPACT network members, local council officers and stakeholders to attend.

Attendees of the iPACT Connect day in Glasgow
William Powrie introducing a session at Norfolk Connect day
Group walk to West Runton beach at high tide

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