The 8th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning, to be held in Penang, Malaysia, follows the success of previous meetings which started in Skiathos, Greece (2003), and continued in Bologna, Italy (2005); the Algarve, Portugal (2007); Cyprus (2009); the New Forest, UK, home of the Wessex Institute (2011); Kos, Greece (2013) and the Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture in 2015.

It has become apparent that planners, environmentalists, architects, engineers, policy makers and economists have to work together in order to ensure that planning and development can meet our present needs without comprising the ability of future generations.

Problems related to development and planning, which affect rural and urban areas, are present in all regions of the world. Accelerated urbanisation has resulted in deterioration of the environment and loss of quality of life. Urban development can also aggravate problems faced by rural areas such as forests, mountain regions and coastal areas, amongst many others. Taking into consideration the interaction between different regions and developing new methodologies for monitoring, planning and implementation of novel strategies, can offer solutions mitigating environmental pollution and non-sustainable use of available resources. 

Energy saving and eco-friendly building approaches have become an important part of modern development, which places special emphasis on resource optimisation. Planning has a key role to play in ensuring that these solutions as well as new materials and processes are incorporated in the most efficient manner.

Sustainable Development and Planning 2016 aims to bring together scientists and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss the latest scientific advances in the field.

Conference Topics

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

  • City planning
  • Regional planning
  • Rural developments
  • Sustainability and the built environment
  • Sustainability indicators
  • Policies and planning
  • Environmental planning and management
  • Energy resources
  • Cultural heritage
  • Quality of life
  • Community planning and resilience
  • Sustainable solutions in emerging countries
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Learning from nature
  • Transportation
  • Social and political issues
  • Community planning

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers Papers presented at Sustainable Development and Planning 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 ( 

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 ( 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 ( 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.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible by clicking on the 'Submit an Abstract' button found at the top and bottom of this page. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

Once your abstract has been reviewed, you will be notified of the acceptance of your abstract and be given a submission date as well as instructions on how to prepare your paper.

Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference.

We encourage early submission of abstracts and papers to facilitate registration and travel arrangements.

The language of the conference will be English.


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 Development and Planning 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 ( 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.

Penang, Malaysiapenang

Penang is both a state and an island of Malaysia, with a rich heritage, multicultural society and vibrant culture. The capital, George Town, is a bustling city of modern high rise buildings, cathedrals, mosques, government offices, temples, bazaars, shops and cafes. The older part of the city is a labyrinth of narrow lanes and alleyways, which makes it a pleasure to walk and sight-see, or while riding on a trishaw. Street art, including murals and exhibitions of wrought iron caricatures, can be spotted around George Town.

Travel Information

By Air

There are direct flights to Penang airport from the following locations:

  • China – Guangzhou, Nanning
  • Indonesia - Banda Aceh, Medan, Jakarta, Surabaya
  • Malaysia - Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kuantan, Kuching, Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah
  • Singapore - Singapore Changi
  • Thailand – Phuket, Bangkok
  • Hong Kong - Hong Kong
  • Japan - New Tokyo International, Osaka Kansai International
  • Philippines - Manila Ninoy Aquino International
  • Taiwan - Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan International

Outside of these countries, if flying from Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe, it is advisable to travel to Kuala Lumpur International Airport and take a connecting flight to Penang. Malaysian Airways and Air Asia are the two main airlines flying to Kuala Lumpur, offering daily direct flights from cities such as: Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Osaka, Paris, Perth, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

Other airlines flying directly to Kuala Lumpur include:

  • AirFrance – Paris Charles de Gaulle
  • British Airways – London Heathrow
  • Emirates – Dubai International, Melbourne
  • Lufthansa - Frankfurt, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta
  • Malindo Air – Bandung, Bangkok-Don Mueang, Delhi, Dhaka, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Kochi
  • Turkish Airlines – Istanbul Ataturk

For more information on all airlines serving Kuala Lumpur visit the following website: 

When you reach Kuala Lumpur International Airport, there are 15 airlines who offer direct flights to Penang airport several times a week. The flight is approximately 326 Kilometers which is 203 Miles and you should expect a flight time of around 58 Minutes. There are around 18 flights per day.

For more information, visit the following website: 

By Train

You can also travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang by train. There are two trains per day on this route. The first one leaves at 16:15 and arrives at 22:00, while the second is an overnight train that leaves at 21:35 and arrives at 05:30 the next day.

As well as Kuala Lumpur, Penang can also be reached by train from the following destinations:

  • Bangkok
  • Hat Yai
  • Ipoh
  • Johor Bahru
  • Melaka
  • Singapore
  • Surat Thani (Koh Samui)
  • Taiping

Visit the following website for more information:

By Bus

Rapid Penang Bus 401E travels directly from Penang airport to the conference venue. The journey takes around 1 hour 40 minutes and costs around RM 1.70. The service runs every 25 – 30 minutes between 05:30 and 23:00.
You should leave the bus at Weld Quay Bus Terminal in George Town. From here the conference venue is a short 5 minute walk heading North East on Pengkalan Weld toward Gat Lebuh.

Visit the following website for more information: 

Getting Around Penang by Bus:

RapidPenang operates frequent and extensive routes covering the island and mainland. It is a cheap way to travel, and you can purchase a Rapid Penang Tourist Passport which allows unlimited travel on these buses for a week.

Routes 10 and 11 are both loop line services from Weld Quay Bus Terminal that take in large parts of Penang Island and are great for sightseeing on a budget.

MPPP Rapid Penang CAT is a free shuttle bus service that travels the streets of George Town. CAT covers a route from Weld Quay to Penang Road and back. Along the way it makes 19 stops at major landmarks, shops and city events including Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, Fort Cornwallis, Penang War Memorial, City Hall, Penang Supreme Court Building, Cathedral of the Assumption, Penang State Museum, Goddess of Mercy Temple, The Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Church Street Pier, Mahamariamman Temple, Khoo Kongsi, Cheong Fatt Sze Mansion, Francis Light's grave.  The service runs from 6:00 am in the morning until 12:00 am midnight at 15 minute intervals.

Visit the following website to see the bus route: 

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

Conference Venue

The four star Royale Bintang Penang hotel is situated within the UNESCO Heritage site in Geroge Town, within walking distance of the major historic sites and shopping district. Offering contemporary luxury, a range of services and restaurants, part of the hotel is a restored British Colonial style building built in 1892. With a pool, spa, gym and choice of rooms and suites the hotel has much to offer guests.


Special accommodation rates have been negotiated at the Royale Bintang Penang. Please ensure that you book your accommodation by completing the Accommodation Booking Form which can be found on the link below. We highly recommend that delegates stay at this hotel for ease of attendance to the meeting.

The Royale Bintang Penang
Pengkalan Weld
George Town
10300 George Town
Pulau Pinang

Please note: All delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation and settling their own accounts.

Visa Information

Citizens of the following countries don’t require a visa to enter and temporarily stay in Malaysia: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, Tunisia, Turkey, U.A.E., Uruguay, and Yemen.

There is no Malaysia visa requirements for citizens of The Commonwealth countries (except Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria), and British protected persons or citizens of the Republic of Ireland and citizens of Switzerland, the Netherlands, San Marino and Liechtenstein.

Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements. For Malaysian embassy contact information, please click the following link:

Passports should be valid for at least six months after the date of arrival in Malaysia.

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

Additional Information

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