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,

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is profoundly disturbing every aspect of our daily lives. We hope that you are all doing what is needed to keep yourself and your families safe.

After much dialogue with the ICFM8 Ad-Hoc Committee and ICFM8 Local Organizing Committee (ICFM8 LOC) we would like to announce our decision to postpone ICFM8 until August 9th-11th, 2021. There were many factors involved in making this difficult decision and we thank you for your understanding and patience. Our hope is that the new conference schedule will not conflict with your other professional and personal activities and we will meet in good health and spirit in 2021!

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. We will however re-open the window for submissions in order to give you a chance to update, enhance, or even make major changes to your exiting submissions. By re-opening the submission window we hope to also attract new participants to our conference.

For convenience, we will provide below specifications for two distinct groups: Authors with accepted abstracts, and, new authors with new submissions.

Authors with accepted abstracts. You 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 change 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.

Authors with new submissions.
The postponement with more than one year 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!

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.

There are obviously a number of issues that arise from postponing the conference during these trying times and we hope that we addressed all of them. 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 LOC,

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 - October 23, 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. 

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