Introduction

The 11th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability addresses all aspects of the urban environment, aiming to provide solutions leading towards sustainability. The Sustainable City 2016 Conference follows a series of very successful meetings that started in Rio (2000), followed by Segovia (2002), Siena (2004), Tallinn (2006), Skiathos (2008), A Coruña (2010), Ancona (2012), Kuala Lumpur (2013), Siena (2014) and Medellin (2015).

The Conference addresses the multidisciplinary aspects of urban planning; a result of the increasing size of the cities; the amount of resources and services required and the complexity of modern society. Most of earth’s population now lives in cities and the process of urbanisation still continues generating many problems deriving from the drift of the population towards them. These problems can be resolved by cities becoming efficient habitats, saving resources in a way that improves the quality and standard of living. The process however, faces a number of major challenges, related to reducing pollution, improving main transportation and infrastructure systems. New urban solutions are required to optimise the use of space and energy resources leading to improvements in the environment, ie reduction in air, water and soil pollution as well as efficient ways to deal with waste generation. These challenges contribute to the development of socialand economic imbalances and require the development of new solutions. Large cities are probably the most complex mechanisms to manage. However, despite such complexity they represent a fertile ground for architects, engineers, city planners, social and political scientists, and other professionals able to conceive new ideas and time them according to technological advances and human requirements. 

The challenge of planning sustainable cities lies in considering their dynamics, the exchange of energy and matter, and the function and maintenance of ordered structures directly or indirectly, supplied and maintained by natural systems.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Sustainable City 2016. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Urban strategies
  • Urban planning and design
  • Urban development and management
  • Urban conservation and regeneration
  • The community and the city
  • Eco-town planning
  • Landscape planning and design
  • Environmental management
  • Sustainable energy and the city
  • Transportation
  • Quality of life
  • Socio-economic and political considerations
  • Cultural quarters and interventions
  • Waterfront development
  • Case studies – sustainable practices
  • Architectural issues
  • Cultural heritage issues
  • Appropriate technologies for smart cities
  • Planning for resilience
  • Disaster and emergency response
  • Urban safety and security
  • Waste management
  • Urban infrastructure
  • Urban metabolism

 

Prigogine Award 2016

The Prigogine Gold Medal 2016 Award Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 13th July 2016 in Alicante.  This prestigious event is sponsored by the University of Alicante, on the occasion of the 11th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (The Sustainable City).

The Prigogine Medal was established in 2004 by the University of Siena and the Wessex Institute of Technology to honour the memory of Professor Ilya Prigogine, Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry.

ILYA PRIGOGINE

Ilya Prigogine was born in Moscow in 1917, and obtained his undergraduate and graduate education in chemistry at the Free University in Brussels.  He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his contribution to non-equilibrium thermodynamics, particularly the theory of dissipative structures.  The main theme of his scientific work was the role of time in the physical sciences and biology.  He contributed significantly to the understanding of irreversible processes, particularly in systems far from equilibrium.  The results of his work have had profound consequences for understanding biological and ecological systems.

Prigogine’s ideas established the basis for ecological systems research.  The Prigogine Medal to honour his memory is awarded annually to a leading scientist in the field of ecological systems.  All recipients have been deeply influenced by the work of Prigogine.

Previous Prigogine Laureates were:

2004   Sven Jorgensen, Denmark                         

2005   Enzo Tiezzi, Italy                                      

2006   Bernard Patten, USA                                

2007   Robert Ulanowicz, USA                             

2008   Ioannis Antoniou, Greece                         

2009   Emilio del Giudice, Italy                            

2010   Felix Müller, Germany

2011   Larissa Brizhik, Ukraine

2012   Gerald Pollack, USA

2013   Vladimir Voeikov, Russia

2014   Mae-wan Ho, UK

2015   Bai-Lian Larry Li, USA

 

The 2016 Medal is to be awarded to Brian Fath, Professor at Towson University, USA.

BRIAN FATH

Brian D. Fath is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA) and Research Scholar within the Advanced Systems Analysis Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria).  His research is in the area of systems ecology and network analysis applied to the sustainability and resilience of socio-ecological systems.  His interests range from network analysis to ecosystem theory to urban metabolism to systems thinking and environmental philosophy. Dr. Fath has taught courses on ecological networks and modeling in many different locations around the world. He holds visiting faculty appointments at the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University and at the State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences both in Beijing, China.  He was also Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Parthenope University of Naples, Italy.

He has published numerous research papers, reports, and book chapters. He co-authored three books: He is Editor-in-Chief for the journal Ecological Modelling; President of the North American Chapter of International Society for Ecological Modelling and, among other appointments, he is a member and past Chair of Baltimore County Commission in Environmental Quality.

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers Papers presented at Sustainable City 2016 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN:1743-7601; Digital ISSN:1743-761X).

Reviews Abstracts and papers are reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts.

Open Access WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work.  WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary). 

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Thomson Reuters Web of Science, Google Scholar*, Scopus and ProQuest. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings Delegates will receive a copy of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. The USB will, in addition, contain papers from previous conferences in this series. Following the Conference, authors will receive an electronic copy of the publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com) where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Networking Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, becoming part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at their conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much reduced conference fee.

 



*Google Scholar Indexation  
WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.

Registration

To register online for this conference please complete the registration form by clicking on the 'Register' button at the top or bottom of this page. If you would prefer to print out a copy of the Registration Form, please download the PDF Registration Form below and return to the Conference Secretariat.

PDF Registration Form

Conference Fees

Includes conference proceedings, other documentation and refreshments.

Registration Fee, €890

Conference Chairmen, WIT Fellows and members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, €780

Students, €500

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Sustainable City 2016 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN:1743-7601; Digital ISSN:1743-761X).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com) where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

Alicante, SpainAlicante. Vista de la ciudad y castillo

Located on the east coast of Spain and a part of the Costa Blanca, Alicante is a city which combines history with a lively coastline and beaches. The popular Postiguet beach and excellent climate attract many tourists every year; however the city has much more to offer with an old centre containing historic churches, art and archaeological museums, and traditional narrow shopping streets with many bars, restaurants and cafes. Close to the old town, the dramatic Castillo de Santa Barbara offers excellent views of the city and coastline from its elevated position, and is one of the Spain’s largest medieval fortresses. The city also plays host to many varied events and fiestas throughout the year.

Travel Information 

By Air

Alicante Airport
Alicante Airport is located 11km from the Conference Venue. It offers direct flights from most countries in Europe and it is easily connected to Madrid and Barcelona Airports for delegates flying from America, Asia, etc. The airport website provides information on all destinations available and the airlines that provide the service.
http://www.aena.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Alicante/es/Page/1056529998298//Destinos-del-aeropuerto.html

From the Airport to Alicante city:

Bus: Delegates wishing to use public transport, bus line C6 runs daily every 20 minutes. If you are taking the bus from the airport to your hotel, we suggest you ask your hotel which is the closest stop or feel free to email the conference coordinator. If you are going from the airport directly to the conference venue, you should stop at “Loring, Estacion de Autobuses” (main bus station) and then take bus n. 24 to the University.

Taxi: Taxi's are readily available outside the arrival area at the airport. The official taxi service is Radio Taxi Elche and is available 24 hours from the airport. The cost from the airport to the city centre or the University should be around 19€, the price could go up if you arrive late at night or depending on the number of passengers.

Hire Car: There are many car rentals available from Alicante Airport including: Hertz, Solmar Rent-A-Car, Goldcar, Europcar, National Atesa. If you are driving directly to the conference venue, there is plenty of parking space at the University.

 

Madrid Barajas Airport (aka Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas)
Delegates attending from countries outside Europe may need to fly via Madrid Airport. For information on routes and airlines flying to Madrid Barajas Airport, please follow the link below:
http://www.aena.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Madrid-Barajas/es/Page/1049727006261//Destinos-del-aeropuerto.html

From Madrid Airport to Alicante:

Air: Air Europa and Air Nostrum operate flights to Alicante daily. For information on how to arrive to the conference venue once you have arrived to Alicante airport, please see information provided under Alicante airport section.

Train: Madrid Barajas Airport is connected to Madrid Puerta de Atocha train station via a suburban train (C1) from 5:59 to 22:28, every 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the airport for 2.60€. From Madrid Puerta de Atocha station you can take a direct train to Alicante train station. You can buy your ticket in advance in the following link: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html

Taxi: If you prefer, you can take a taxi from the terminal to Madrid Puerta de Atocha station, the journey time to the city centre will be around 30 minutes and will cost around €25. Passengers are advised to use official taxis which are white in colour with a red stripe. From Madrid Puerta de Atocha station you can take a direct train to Alicante train station. You can buy your ticket in advance in the following link: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html
Once you have arrived to Alicante train station we suggest you take a taxi to the conference venue or your hotel.

 

Barcelona El Prat Airport
Delegates attending from countries outside Europe may need to fly via Barcelona El Prat Airport. For information on routes and airlines flying to Barcelona El Prat Airport, please follow the link below:
http://www.aena.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Barcelona/en/Page/1045569607363//Airport-destinations.html 


From Barcelona El Prat Airport to Alicante:

Air: Iberia and Vueling operate flights to Alicante daily. For information on how to arrive to the conference venue once you have arrived to Alicante airport, please see information provided under Alicante airport section.

Train: Barcelona El Prat Airport is connected to Barcelona Sants train station via a suburban train (R2) from 5:42 to 23:38, every 20-30 minutes. The journey takes around 20 minutes and tickets can be purchased at the airport for 4€. From Barcelona Sants train station you can take a direct train to Alicante train station. You can buy your ticket in advance in the following link: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html

Taxi: If you prefer, you can take a taxi from the airport terminal to Barcelona Sanst train station, the journey time to the city centre will be around 30 minutes and will cost around 24.€ From Barcelona Sants train station you can take a direct train to Alicante train station (4.30-5hrs). You can buy your ticket in advance in the following link: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html
Once you have arrived to Alicante train station we suggest you take a taxi if you are going to your hotel; if you are going to the conference venue, you can take bus n. 24 from the station to the University.


By Rail 

Alicante is well connected to the main Spanish rail network via its train station. Train tickets can be purchased on the following link:
http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html 
Once you have arrived to Alicante train station we suggest you take a taxi if you are going to your hotel; if you are going to the conference venue, you can take bus n. 24 from the station to the University.


By Road

Alicante is well connected with the rest of Spain by road. With AP-7 connected the city with the north and south of Spain and the A-31 connecting the city with Madrid.  If you are driving to the conference venue, please be aware that you will need to leave your car in one of the city carparks as the conference venue doesn’t provide parking space.

 

Please note that all information included above is correct at August 2015. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the University of Alicante (San Vicente Campus). Since the university is out of town, a bus will be taking the delegates from the city centre to the University every morning and coming back in the afternoon after the end of the sessions. Further information on the exact building where the conference will take place, bus stop location and times, will be available nearer the time of the conference.

Address:
University of Alicante
Aularrio II (Building)
San Vicente del Raspeig s/n
03690 San Vicente del Raspeig
Alicante
Spain

Accommodation

Below you can find a list of hotels in the city centre within 10 min from the bus pick up point (Plaza Puerta del Mar).

Hotel Meliá Alicante (4*) http://www.solmelia.com
Plaza del Puerto 3, 03001, Alicante

Hotel Spa Porta Maris (4*) http://www.hotelspaportamaris.com
Plaza Puerta del Mar 3, 03002 Alicante

Hotel Eurostar Mediterranea Plaza (4*) www.eurostarsmediterraneaplaza.com
Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 6 03002 Alicante

Hotel Tryp Ciudad Alicante (3*) http://www.melia.com/es/hoteles/espana/alicante/tryp-ciudad-de-alicante-hotel/index.html
Gravina, 9 03002 Alicante www.solmelia.com

Hotel Gravina Cinco (3*) http://www.hotelgravinacinco.es/EN/hotel.html
C/ Gravina, 5 03002 Alicante

Please note that you are responsible for booking your own accommodation and settling your own account.

Visa Information

A Schengen Visa is the document issued for visiting/travelling in and within the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Schengen visas are issued by the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. If you intend to visit one of the Schengen countries for business, as a tourist or for a personal/private visit, you must first obtain a Schengen visa, unless your country is part of the Shengen territory or has a special agreement. You can check which whether citizens of your country require Shengen VISA here: http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/who-needs-schengen-visa/


Where to apply:

  • You should apply to the Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence (unless you are resident in Ireland). 
  • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, apply to the Embassy or Consulate of that country. 
  • If you intend to visit several of the Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which your main destination is situated (longest duration of stay).


Processing time: Your application should be lodged at the Embassy or Consulate at least 2 weeks before the proposed journey is undertaken. Requirements for a Schengen visa may vary slightly between the different Schengen countries. Please visit the following link for further information: http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/


Important information: Please notice that although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, it is your responsibility to check that the visa and travel requirements with the corresponding Embassy in your country.

Invitation Letters

If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please submit a request for a letter of invitation to the conference secretariat.
Registration fees must be paid in order to be issued an invitation letter. Please make sure you read the cancellation policy stated in the registration form before sending your payment.


All letters of invitation will be sent to you by email and regular mail unless otherwise specified.
Please provide the following information in your request:

  • Title (Dr., Professor, Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms, etc.)
  • Your full name (Please specify family name and given name)
  • Organization
  • Full mailing address
  • Additional information such as if you are presenting a paper at the Conference
  • We cannot provide visa letters for spouses or guests, however we can include their name on your letter