13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Dialogue live! presents extreme weather, giving British Science Festival delegates the opportunity to contribute and help shape an open policy area connected to extreme weather.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
In August 2012 extreme weather took Britain by surprise, torrential thunderstorms caused major disruption in the north-east, with forced closures of Metro trains and motorways in the city of Newcastle. Storms and flash floods caused havoc in the region and the Swingbridge linking Gateshead and Newcastle experienced collapse, closing it for weeks. Communities of Newcastle and the north-east know firsthand the impacts of flooding and extreme weather.