Introduction

The 9th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning builds upon a series that started in 2003 in Skiathos, Greece, followed by other meetings in Bologna (2005), Algarve (2007), Cyprus (2009), New Forest – home of the Wessex Institute, UK (2011); Kos, Greece (2013), Istanbul (2015) and Penang (2016).

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 2017 will bring together academics, policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss the latest advances in the field. The conference will discuss new academic findings and their application in planning and development strategies, assessment tools and decision making processes.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Sustainable Development and Planning 2017. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Regional planning
  • City planning
  • Sustainability and the built environment
  • Cultural heritage
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental policies and planning
  • Education for Sustainable Development 
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Resources management
  • Impact assessment of urban expansion
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Rural developments
  • Sustainable solutions in emerging countries
  • Transportation
  • Energy resources and savings
  • Urban utilities networks
  • Climate change
  • Urban mining
  • Urban architecture
  • Waste management
  • Urban flooding and drainage
  • Smart systems
  • Sustainable development indicators
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Governance
  • Resilience
  • Social and political issues
  • Community planning
  • Planning for equality
  • Quality of life
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers Papers presented at Sustainable Development and Planning 2017 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.

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.

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.

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 2017 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.

Bristol, UK

bridge 612790Bristol, the European Green Capital 2015, is located in the south west of England. It is one of the most populated cities in the region and is the eighth largest in the UK. With settlements in the area dating back to the Iron Age, Bristol has a rich history. The city was one of the most important in the country between the 13th and 18th Centuries after which the towns in the North began to expand during the industrial revolution. Bristol has much to offer visitors with architecture ranging from the medieval to present times, museums dedicated to the city’s past, galleries and a cathedral.

Travel Information

By Air


The following airports are closest to the Conference Venue:

 

From Bristol Airport to the Conference Venue
Bristol airport is served by flights from a wide range of European cities with EasyJet and Ryanair amongst others. For information on all airlines flying to Bristol, visit the following website link: http://www.bristolairport.co.uk/

Bus: Airport Express Link Buses depart the airport towards the bus station at Bristol City Centre 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, departing up to every 8 minutes at peak times. The 30 minute journey costs £7.00.

Onward travel to the conference venue from the city centre can be continued via First Group Buses UWE and bus number 71. The journeys take around 30 minutes. Visit the link below for full timetables.
UWE - https://www.firstgroup.com/uploads/maps/UWE%20TT%20Bklt%20DL%20WEB.pdf
71 - https://www.firstgroup.com/uploads/maps/70%2071%20WEB.pdf

Taxi: Taxis are readily available outside the terminal building and cost approximately £30.00 for travel from the airport to the conference venue.

Hire Car: Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Enterprise operate at the airport. The conference venue is approximately 21km from the airport (approximately 30 minute journey.) Take the A38 North towards Bedminster & Bristol. Continue onto the A4044, then the A4032. Continue onto the M32. Leave at Junction 1 and take the A4174 and turn left into the UWE Frenchay campus. Should you wish to travel by car and require parking, please contact us so we can arrange a space for you.

 

From Cardiff Airport to the Conference Venue
Cardiff airport is served by flights from a wide range of European cities. For information on all airlines flying to Cardiff, visit the following website link http://www.cardiff-airport.com/

Rail: The Cardiff Airport Express bus service travels between Cardiff Airport and Cardiff Central train station in Cardiff city centre. The service runs every 20 minutes, from early morning to late at night 7 days a week. Tickets cost from £5, and you can also pay in Euros - €7 one way and €10 return

From Cardiff Central rail station, trains run direct to Bristol Parkway station. The journey takes around 35 minutes and tickets cost around £12.00

Once at Bristol Parkway station you can take Severnside Transport Bus 312 which will take you directly to the conference venue. Journey time is approximately 7 minutes and tickets cost around £2.50 for a single journey or £3.70 for a return.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the station to the conference venue which will cost around £5.00

Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport however it is very expensive to travel from Cardiff Airport directly to the conference venue costing about £110.00 (around €140.00)

Road: Several hire car companies operate at the airport, and the 66km drive will take approximately 50 minutes. There are various routes you can follow from the airport to the conference venue. We recommend you travel via the M4. Directions can be found in Road Travel below.

 

From London Heathrow Airport to the conference venue
Heathrow is the UK's largest international airport with regular arrivals from major cities worldwide.
For information on all airlines flying to Heathrow visit the following website link:
http://www.heathrowairport.com

Rail: The Heathrow Express train connects the airport terminals to London Paddington rail station where trains depart for Bristol Parkway Station. Tickets from Heathrow to Paddington cost £27.00 for a single journey, or £36.00 return, and the journey takes around 15 minutes. Train frequency is every 15 minutes.
https://www.heathrowexpress.com/

Direct Trains from London Paddington depart for Bristol Parkway Station every 30 minutes between 06:45am and 10:45pm. Tickets cost between £20.00 – £40.00 depending on the time of day that you travel and the journey takes around 90 minutes.
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

Once at Bristol Parkway station you can take Severnside Transport Bus 312 which will take you directly to the conference venue. Journey time is approximately 7 minutes and tickets cost around £2.50 for a single journey or £3.70 for a return.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the station to the conference venue which will cost around £5.00

Coach: National Express coaches travel throughout the day from Heathrow Airport to Bristol Coach Station. Tickets cost around £40.00 but this may vary depending on what time of day you travel. The journey takes around 2 hours and buses run from 07:00am to 01:00am.
http://www.nationalexpress.com

Onward travel to the conference venue from the city centre can be continued via First Group Buses UWE and bus number 71. The journeys take around 30 minutes. Visit the link below for full timetables.
UWE - https://www.firstgroup.com/uploads/maps/UWE%20TT%20Bklt%20DL%20WEB.pdf
71 - https://www.firstgroup.com/uploads/maps/70%2071%20WEB.pdf

Road: Most major car hire companies operate at Heathrow. Join the M25 at Junction 14. Exit at Junction 15 and take the M4 towards Reading / Slough. At Junction 19 take exit for M32 towards Bristol. Directions from here can be found in Road Travel below. If you prefer to travel by taxi, you should expect to pay a considerable amount.

 

By Rail


The nearest major train station to the conference venue is Bristol Parkway, approximately 3.5km away from the conference venue. Bristol Parkway provides rail connections to London, Wales, Swindon and Reading.
Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for more details on train times and fares.

Once at Bristol Parkway rail station you can take Severnside Transport Bus 312 which will take you directly to the conference venue. Journey time is approximately 7 minutes and tickets cost around £2.50 for a single journey or £3.70 for a return.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the rail station to the conference venue which will cost around £5.00

 

By Road


From M5 - Leave the M5 at junction 15. Take the M4 towards Bristol. Leave M4 at junction 19 and join M32. Leave at Junction 1 and take the A4174 and turn left into the UWE Frenchay Campus.
From M4 - Leave M4 at junction 19 and join M32. Leave at Junction 1 and take the A4174 and turn left into the UWE Frenchay Campus.

 

Please note that all information included above is correct at September 2016. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Conference Venue

The Conference will be held at the University of the West of England Bristol, the larger of the city’s two universities, in collaboration with the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment. UWE Bristol has around 30,000 students and 3,000 academic staff with its main campus situated outside the city centre to the north.  

University of the West of England Bristol
Frenchy Campus - Q Block
307 Coldharbour Lane,
Bristol
BS16 1ZH

Accommodation

The HOLIDAY INN AT BRISTOL FILTON is the nearest hotel to the conference venue (approximately 5-10 minutes’ walk).

Holiday Inn Bristol – Filton
Filton Road,
Bristol,
BS16 1QX,
United Kingdom

Special accommodation rates have been negotiated at the Holiday Inn at Bristol Filton on behalf of our delegates:

Single Room Inc. VAT & Breakfast 26th June 27th June 28th June 29th June
Price per room per night £125.00 £125.00 £125.00 £80.00

To benefit from this rates call +44 (0)1179104271 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and quote “OVS”.

Please note that reservations should be made as soon as possible. The deadline for booking to guarantee benefiting from these rates is 1st May 2017.

If you wish to make alternative accommodation arrangements, we recommend that you take into consideration the location of your hotel in relation with the conference venue before making your booking.

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

Visa Information

Citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area and Commonwealth, don’t require a visa to enter the UK. There are other countries which also do not require a visa for a short visit, please follow the link below if you are a citizen of a country not mentioned above https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.

Should you not require a visa to enter the UK, you will still require a valid Passport (or EU National identity card). Please check with the corresponding embassy for specific requirements citizens of your country may need in addition to the passport. If citizens of your country require a visa to enter the UK, you will have to contact the correspondent Embassy in your country and start the application process at least 5 months before your trip.

https://www.gov.uk/find-a-visa-application-centre

Find out the required documentation for your VISA application at:2014_08_Visitor_Documents.pdf

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

Additional Information

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