Pietro is the Natural Hazard Expert at EDF R&D. He has been employed by EDF R&D since 2007 and leads the development of Natural Hazard activities at EDF Energy R&D UK Centre where he focuses on delivering innovative R&D and developing positive synergies on this domain at the International level of the EDF group. His PhD was on extreme rainfall events and his research interests focus on Natural Hazard (extreme weather, ocean hazard, hydrological risks, and climate change) impact characterization for energy infrastructure, in particular Nuclear and Hydroelectric EDF assets. He is co-author of more than 50 publications in international journal or conferences on these topics. He is involved in scientific networks and programmes dealing with Natural Hazard (PURE, ERIIP NERC) in the UK. He participated in, and took responsibility for, natural hazard projects across the EDF group, including ASAMPSA-E, European Project; DSIG project on Dam Safety, (CEATI); PURE (Probability, Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment) Knowledge Exchange Network and Research Programme, NERC; MADONE and ICE EDF R&D project.
Ben Gouldby is a Technical Director within the Flood Management Group at HR Wallingford. He has over 20 years’ experience in the development and application of a wide range of flood risk analysis models. These models include extreme (multi and univariate) value methods, flood defence reliability assessment, breaching, inundation simulation and consequence assessment. He has extensive experience in the production of flood hazard and risk maps from a range of different flood sources at a wide range of spatial scales. Ben is actively involved in applied research and has extensive experience of developing and applying new methods to flood risk and uncertainty analysis problems. The methods he has developed have been applied in the UK and overseas, including national, regional and local strategic flood risk management plans.
The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) is the integrated collaboration between the University of Southampton’s Ocean and Earth Science (OES) Academic Unit and the Southampton-based part of the Natural Environment Research Council’s National Oceanography Centre. The Centre hosts one of the world’s largest groups of scientists and engineers devoted to research, teaching and technology development in ocean and earth science. The impressive building is located within Southampton Docks.
Thomas is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow specialising in coastal risks and climate change within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. Through his research Thomas connects engineering and various science disciplines (e.g., oceanography, hydrology, meteorology, climatology) to better understand the vulnerability of coastal societies, built infrastructure, and fragile ecosystems under climate change conditions. He studies changes in coastal sea levels (mean and extreme), ocean waves, and freshwater flows and the associated impacts to support the development of sustainable and resilient adaptation strategies.
In December 2017 he will join the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering and the Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster at the University of Central Florida in Orlando as an Assistant Professor.
The Gala Dinner will take place on Wednesday 6th September at the Grand Cafe. The South Western House played host to many distinguished guests. Two very notable ones were Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower during the Second World War. The men planned the D Day invasion in one of the small public rooms on the first floor. There is also photographic evidence that the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother visited the Hotel and indeed danced in the Wedgwood Ballroom. In the building the main staircase was the prototype for the grand staircase on the Titanic. The building still shows evidence of the grandeur of days gone by. The mural by A Scott-Moncrieff on canvas in the Summer Dining Room, of the Pilgrim Fathers setting sail to the new world can still be seen. Outside the hotel building is still linked by a fine canopy of steel to the original station terminus building. The Restaurant itself was originally the Wedgwood Ballroom, with its traditional blue and white colour scheme seen in the plasterwork. There are only a couple of these rooms still to be seen in the UK, and most of them are in London.