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International SSPEED Conference
Urban and Coastal Flooding: Building a Resilient Future
October 12 & 13, 2023

Please join us this October for SSPEED’s 11th Conference, where top experts from around the globe will present on a number of topics with Q&A and panel discussions. In addition, attendees will have a chance to see a demonstration of temporary flooding solutions by Dutch Water Prevention. This two-day event will be located at the Anderson-Clarke Center (Glasscock School of Continuing Studies) at Rice University. 



• How do we build a Flood Resilient Future
• Coastal Protection for Galveston Bay
• Nature-Based Flood Solutions
• Impact on Future Storms
• Flood protection and climate adaptation in the Dutch Delta
• European Approach to Flood Mitigation
• Governmental Flood Control & the Future
• Watershed Modeling to Support Water Resources Management
• Advanced Floodplain Analysis using 2d HEC-RAS
• Machine Learning for Flood Prediction and Management
• Advanced Flood Modeling for Critical Facilities
• Houston 6 Years after Harvey


The latest schedule can be found here

​Two-Day Conference Pricing

​The conference registration fee includes handout materials, breaks, lunches, and reception. The conference agenda will be posted this summer. Up to 15 hours of CEU credit available.


Early Registration               May 15 - July 15        $250 
Late Registration                On/After July 16        $300
Student Registration*         May - October            $100

*Must have valid Student ID & email. Please email


Please enter the lobby of Anderson-Clarke Center to check-in and receive your name badge on both days. On both days, Check-In opens at 8:00 a.m. and the conference starts promptly at 8:30. Grab a cup of coffee and mingle before the sessions begin. All sessions will be held in the Auditorium, unless noted in the schedule. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Parking & Directions** 

This year’s event will be held at the Anderson-Clarke Center at Rice University, home to the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. The closest parking lot is West Lot 5. Entrance #9 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Loop Rd provides the easiest access to West Lot 5 as Entrance 8 (University & Stockton) will closed for a Rice Crisis Management Exercise.


Overflow parking: Other paid parking options include: Greenbriar Lot (economical choice, $3 per each exit), Moody Lot, West Lot 2, or Central Garage underneath McNair Hall.

   ** TWO IMPORTANT UPDATES AS OF 09/21/2023**

   1. For this year only, parking will be FREE in West Lot 5.

   2. On Friday, October 13th, Entrance 8 and other roads around campus will be CLOSED as Rice Crisis Management (RCM) will

       perform a full-scale exercise involving simulated emergencies with responding field units near Anderson-Clarke. A map will be

       posted here before the conference.

Reception & Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors, Aecom, DEC Engineering, Institute for a Disaster Resilient Texas, and Walter P Moore for supporting our reception on Thursday evening, October 12 from 4:30 -5:00 p.m. We will have light bites and spirits to give our attendees the opportunity to connect with others across the industry. 

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