Interactive Breakout Sessions

During the day there will also be cross-stream interactive break-out sessions exploring business-focused topics, market drivers and opportunities and brownfield skills development in smaller workshop-style discussion groups – some aimed at business leaders, some at early career professionals.

These sessions will give delegates the opportunity to discuss a key topic of interest to them in a more participative format. Each session will be led by a facilitator who will lead the discussion and encourage maximum debate and sharing of ideas.

Leadership Roundtables - For Business Leaders


Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and debate. Seats at the roundtables will
be reserved for business leaders from environmental consultancies and
remediation contractors, allocated on a first come first served basis.

Management Meeting

Brownfield Skills Workshops - For Early Careers Professionals 

Bring along your rising stars, expose them to the latest thinking and insights concerning the brownfield industry. Suitable for early-career professionals and others seeking to top up their knowledge. Seats at the workshops will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Session topics:

These topics may be subject to alteration and other topics will be added as the programme content develops.

A. “What does the Next Generation Brownfield Professional Look Like?” Determining the Right Balance of Skills Required
to Work Effectively in a Changing Industry Sector 

Discussing the current skills shortage and ways to tackle it, strategies for future-proofing your skills capability, and how best
to manage the increase of digitalisation in the sector and its impact on recruitment, training and development.

B. Effective Risk Communication Strategies for Improved Stakeholder & Community Engagement 


Natalyn Ala, Director, Strategy - Major Projects, Copper Consultancy

C. Developing a Robust & Workable Conceptual Site Model (workshop) 

Identifying all the necessary characteristics of a site including all possible pollutant linkages; sources, pathways and receptors, is crucial to developing a comprehensive CSM. This workshop will look at the latest techniques being used to effectively assess a contaminated site and optimise the process from desk study through to site investigation - risk management - validation. Having confidence in your site investigation enables you to better justify decisions to the regulator and develop a cost- and time-effective remedial strategy. 

D. Delivering the Digital Revolution on the Ground – Innovative Data Collection, Analysis & Management (workshop)

How can we best respond to the challenges of digitalisation and the opportunities presented by new technology? How can
new digital innovations help us to achieve cost savings, efficiencies and added-value insights? This workshop will look at some of the latest techniques and their potential to transform the work that we do and the services we can offer.  


E. Project Management Skills for Early Career Brownfield Professionals – Translating On-Site Experience into Effective
Project Management


F. Selecting the Most Appropriate Laboratory Analysis for Different Contaminants to Achieve Optimum Cost-Efficiency 


G. Exploring the Impact & Consequences of Increased Self-Regulation in the Contaminated Land Sector & the Appropriate
Future Direction

Exploring the move towards greater self-regulation in the sector and the implications of this, including: LA and client view of industry certification and regulation schemes (eg NQMS & SQP); responsibilities and liabilities and likely potential risk of litigation; restoring trust and confidence to the risk assessment & reporting process.

H. Improving the Quality of Contaminated Land Reports to Increase Confidence in Risk Assessment & Remediation Proposals


Other topics will be added as the programme content develops.