Coasts, Marines Structures & Breakwaters 2021
September 16, 2026
Coasts, Marines Structures & Breakwaters 2021, taking place on 13-16 September 2021 in Portsmouth, UK.
‘Resilience & Adaptability in a Changing Climate’ is the overarching theme for the twelfth ‘Breakwaters’ conference. Known for offering the best international forum for the discussion of the latest developments as well as informed debate, every event in the ‘Breakwaters’ series has ensured that advances in coastal engineering are appropriately highlighted.
For a full list of topics and themes please visit the website
Following several requests for an extension of time to provide abstracts for ‘Breakwaters’ 2021, the Organising Committee have moved the deadline for submission forward by two more weeks to Monday 17 November.
Submissions are still encouraged as soon as possible ahead of the new deadline, as the review of abstracts received is already underway and this will provide more time for consideration ahead of the conference.
The latest in the quadrennial Breakwaters conference series will be held in Portsmouth, UK, between 13 and 16 September 2021, with abstracts now being requested for consideration.
As with previous iterations of Breakwaters, the 2021 event will include a site visit on Thursday 16 September, immediately after the main 3 day conference. Details of this will be finalised shortly but please do make a note in your diary!
The 2021 edition will cover the latest developments across maritime engineering topics from coasts to ports and waterfronts to breakwaters, while focusing on the full spectrum of research and study, design, construction and operations.
Given the heightened attention on the ‘climate emergency’, next year’s conference will place a big focus on how resilience and adaptability is being addressed by the maritime sector.
The two previous conferences both attracted over 400 delegates from more than 40 nations and showcased over 100 papers, while also including ‘Spotlight on Innovation’ presentations.
Appreciating the uncertain and difficult time currently facing prospective delegates from across the world, along with a need to be able to respond to changing circumstances, planning for the conference will also explore a range of different opportunities for remote participation. We are aiming for a physical, in-person event in Portsmouth, but in case that is not possible due to Covid-19 restrictions, Breakwaters will take place virtually, or as a hybrid event taking place live but with some online/virtual content. Either way, Breakwaters will happen!
This event qualifies you for CPD points.