This year’s IFM specialist conference will be focused on the issues facing fish and fisheries from climate driven changes and the corresponding management actions.

Following a year of record temperatures, low rainfall and greatly reduced water levels in rivers, reservoirs and groundwater supplies the Institute felt the time was right to dedicate is annual specialist conference to this important field of work.

The conference will bring together speakers and delegates from across the UK and Europe for two days of talks, posters and networking.

Conference sessions will cover

  • Fish in a changing climate (double session)
  • Extreme flows
  • Protecting and restoring aquatic environments
  • Impacts on fish communities
  • Management of flows
  • Flows and fish migration


This event is CPD Certified

Keynote Presentation

Dr. Harriet Orr – Fish flows and climate resilience: setting the scene

We are pleased to say that Dr. Harriet Orr will provide the Keynote presentation on the opening morning of the conference. Harriet is the Theme Lead for the Climate Change and Resource Efficiency team within the Environment Agency and her talk will cover the effects of climate change across the UK and its impacts on aquatic ecosystems and environmental resilience.

Organisations represented on the programme also include Natural England, Cefas, Scottish Beaver Project, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Marine Scotland Science along with a number of consultancies, universities and River Trusts

The programme can be viewed here

There will also be a number of trade stands for delegates to speak to

Conference Dinner

The dinner will be held in the 13th Century, Grade II listed, Bedern Hall which is a short walk from the conference venue and sits in the shadow of York Minister. As with many of the halls of York Bedern Hall is now home to the The Company of Cordwainers, the Guild of Freemen and the York Guild of Building.

The dinner will be a three course meal with drinks on arrival, wine and coffee.








The conference is very kindly supported by the

IFM Fish and Environment Specialist Section