The University of Iowa


Eighth International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM8)

"Lowering Risk by Increasing Resilience"

The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
August 9 - 11, 2021


Dear ICFM8 Friends,

Placing the health and safety of the conference participants as first priorities, the ICFM8 event was postponed for August 9-11, 2021 in a hope that by then we will settle in a more orderly life style. The re-scheduled conference is practically a rolled over version of the initially planned event. Fortunately, all the main conference supporting bodies (i.e., the International Scientific Committee, the organizers of the Special Sessions, the plenary speakers, and the National Science Foundation’s young investigator awardees) have confirmed their commitments to attend the 2021 ICFM8 event! 

The present letter notifies you that the updated website is finalized and published at: and will be officially re-opened on July 1, 2020.  As described in a previous letter to all submission authors, we would very much hope that the conference will be held as a face-to-face event. However, we explore alternatives for a virtual conference delivery in case that the evolution of the worldwide disturbance produced by the COVID-19 pandemic continues.


What does the re-opening of the ICFM8 conference cycle practically mean?


For authors with accepted abstracts

All accepted submissions (for parallel and special sessions – open and by invitation only-, and NSF-ICFM8 awards) remain valid with the decision details provided to authors through prior correspondence. Authors with accepted abstracts can choose one of the following options:

  • If there is nothing to be changed with your current abstract (i.e., content or authorship), you have to do nothing at this time.
  • If you intend to update or enhance your initial submission, please login in the conference management system and revise the exiting submission.
  • If you would like to make a new submission, please do so by adding the paper with the known protocol.
  • If you cannot attend the conference in August 9-11 (2021), please withdraw your contribution and notify us too.


For authors with new submissions
The one-year postponement of our conference allows us to welcome new submissions. The step-by-step procedure for submitting abstracts to the ICFM8 conference is described at: We already have a record number of submissions that in itself is a convincing argument that ICFM8 will be a memorable event!  Please join us!


Important note for accepted and new participants. The generous extension of the re-scheduled ICFM8 allows each group of authors to prepare full papers that will considerably increase the scientific prestige of the conference. Please note that we seek to produce not only impactful conference proceedings but also quality papers ready for publication in special issues for peer-reviewed journals.


The new timeline and key dates for ICFM8 can now be found on our website: We encourage you to keep the conference and its new dates on your agenda while confronting these challenging times. Please watch for updates and news as often as your agendas allow. For any registration-related issues (deadline, cancellation conditions, fees, etc.) please contact us directly at Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


Thank you for your understanding as we work together to deliver a new successful edition of the ICFM conference series! We hope you will all mark your calendars for August 9th-11th, 2021.

Please stay safe and healthy!

On behalf of the ICFM8 Local Organizing Committee,

Marian Muste


Update regarding ICFM8 email address. Please direct your correspondence to: 
ICFM 2020 (

The National Science Foundation has awarded, to the University of Iowa, the grant: "Support for Young Investigator Participation at ICFM8".
More information for interested Graduate Students and Post-doctoral applicants.


 The 8th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM8) offers a platform to discuss a range of flood related issues and stimulate progress in the management of flood risk.

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Key Dates & Registration

Key Dates

New Abstract submission:
July 1, 2020 - November 15, 2020

New Notification of acceptance:
February 5, 2021

New Full paper submission:
February 6, 2021 - May 14, 2021


* (Currently Accepted Authors) Full paper submission:
Can submit at any point until May 14, 2021



Early-bird registration:
August 31, 2020 - April 19, 2021

Standard/student registration:
April 20 - July 2, 2021

Late registration:
July 3 - July 26, 2021

Early-bird: $590
Standard: $690
Student Early-bird: $350
Student Standard: $450
Single Day: $275

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The 8th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM8) seeks to further advance global research, practice and policy in flood management. With an emphasis on ‘resilience’, the theme for ICFM8 marks the further progress of integrated approaches to flood management which were first embraced as the International Symposia on Flood Defence (Kassel 2000, Beijing 2002, Nijmegen 2005 and Toronto 2008), the precursor of the subsequent ICFM series (ICFM5 - Tokyo, 2011; ICFM6 - São Paulo 2014; ICFM7 - Leeds, 2017).

ICFM8 will be held in Iowa City, Iowa, USA on August 9 - 11, 2021, and will be hosted by the Iowa Flood Center, a research group of the century old IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering (IIHR) at The University of Iowa.  The theme of ICFM8 is ‘Lowering Risk by Increasing Resilience’ and will focus on building resilience into current and future flood management strategies and approaches as envisioned by the United Nations programmatic documents Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai agreement on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) adopted in 2015. 

This website offers a range of information about the conference and will be continually updated in the run up to the conference so please do keep coming back to find out more or contact us using the form below.


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