Introduction

The 10th 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), Penang (2016) and the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK (2017).

Planners, environmentalists, architects, engineers, policymakers 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 2018 will bring together academics, policymakers, 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.

All published papers from previous meetings are permanently archived in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are freely available to the international community

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at the conference. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the meeting 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 2018 are to be published by WIT Press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning.

Reviews
To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check.

Open Access
WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work. All WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free from the WIT eLibrary (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 Web of Science, Google Scholar and Scopus. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings
At registration, delegates will be given copies of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. Following the Conference, delegates will receive an electronic copy of the final publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive
All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are permanently and freely available to the International Scientific Community.

Networking
Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as 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 its 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.

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Sustainable Development and Planning 2018 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an 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 permanently and freely 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.

Location

Siena1

The historic city of Siena is located in the beautiful region of Tuscany in central Italy. Self-contained behind its medieval walls, the attractive Gothic cityscape rises at the meeting point of three hills. The focal point of city life is the spectacular Piazza del Campo, its fan-like shape fits the natural slope of the ground and is surrounded by renaissance buildings and local restaurants. This provides a splendid backdrop for the Corsa del Palio, a fast and furious bareback horse race held twice yearly, which dates back to the 15th century and a tradition representing neighbourhood pride which is taken very seriously by the Sienese.

Things to do

Some of Siena’s most beautiful architectural structures are the Palazzo Pubblico, which was originally Siena’s City Hall, The Duomo, a Romanesque cathedral and Piccolomini Palace, located in the Piazza del Campo, one of the many Florentine style palaces located in Siena which was crafted by Bernardo Rossellino.

Castelnuovo Berardenga

This region located 14km East of Siena is famed for its Chianti wine production. Castelnuovo Berardenga is the municipality of Montaperti, Pianella, Ponte a Bozzone, Quercegross, San Gusme & Vagliagli.

Monteriggioni

This area borders the Castelnuovo Berardenga and is a small walled town with 14 towers to identify the community. Monteriggioni is known best for its wine production and is surrounded by vineyards.

Travel Information

Conference Venue:

Santa Chiara Lab,
Via Valdimontone, 1
53100 Siena (ITALY)

VISA - Please ensure that you are aware of the entry requirements to visit Italy and apply for VISA if necessary. For further information visit http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en

By Air

The following three airports are the closest to Siena:

  • Florence ‘Peretola’ Airport – formerly ‘Amerigo Vespucci’(80km)
  • Pisa ‘Galileo Galilei’ Airport (172km)
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport (266km)

From Florence ‘Amerigo Vespucci’ Airport to the conference venue

Florence Airport is very well connected to Europe’s major airports. Airlines flying to Florence include Iberia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, KLM amongst others.

For full information on all airlines operating and destinations please visit http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/en/

From Florence Airport there is a shuttle service (Volainbus) that goes directly to Florence city centre. The bus departs every half hour from 05:30 to 00:30. A single ticket cost around 6€ and takes approximately 30 minutes travelling time. From here you can either travel by train or bus to Siena.

  • From Florence to Siena by Rail: After arriving at the main rail station in Florence (Firenze in Italian), you can take a train to Siena. The train station is across the road and the journey will take 1.5 hour. The cost approximately €9. See http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en
  • From Florence to Siena by by Bus: Buses leave every hour from 7:00 to 20:00 and will take approximately over one hour. The bus ‘Rapida’ will cost €6.50 and will take you directly to Siena.
  • From Florence to Siena by car rental: There are several car rental companies at Florence airport. The journey would take 1-1.5hrs.

From Siena Train and bus stations, a taxi to the conference venue will cost around 10 Euro.


From Pisa ‘Galileo Galilei’ Airport to the conference venue

Pisa Airport is served by several major airlines offering regular flights from airports across Europe, as well as from New York (JFK) with Delta Airlines.

For full information on all airlines operating and destinations please visit http://www.pisa-airport.com/

  • From Pisa to Siena by train: The airport is 1km away from the central train station. The shuttle service People Mover leaves every 5/8 minutes every day, from 06:00 – 00.00 hrs. From Pisa Central Station to Siena there is a train service to Siena train station. Journey takes just under 2 hours. You can check fares and timetables at http://trenitalia.com.
  • From Pisa to Siena by bus: Autostradale provides the run the service Pisa Airport – Florence (Firenze) every hour from 9:00 to 19.00 hours www.airportbusexpress.it.

Once in Florence, you can take the “Linea Rapida” bus which leaves every hour from 7:00 to 20:00 and will take approximately over one hour. The bus ‘Rapida’ will cost €6.50.

  • From Pisa to Siena by car rental: There are several car rental companies at Pisa airport. The journey would take 2hours

From Siena Train and bus stations, a taxi to the conference venue will cost around 10 Euro.


From Rome Laonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport to the conference venue

If travelling from outside Europe, Rome Fiumicino Airport offers flights to all major international destinations worldwide and offers good transport connections for onward travel. To see full list of airlines travelling to Rome, visit http://www.adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en

  • From Rome Airport to Siena by Rail: Take the Leonardo Express train to Rome Central Station (Rome Termini) This service runs every 30 minutes between 06:30 and 23:00 hours and costs 14 Euro. From Rome Termini, you can take a train to Siena, the journey takes around 3 hours and you need to change train once. For timetable and fares, check http://trenitalia.com.
  • From Rome Airport to Siena by car rental: There are several car rental companies at Rome airport. The journey would take 3 hours.

From Siena Train and bus stations, a taxi to the conference venue will cost around 10 Euro.

 

Conference Venue and Accommodation

Santa Chiara Lab

Venue:

The conference will take place at one of the University’s conference centres, Santa Chiara Lab, situated in the heart of the city.

Address: Via Valdimontone 1 – 53100 Siena

Accommodation:
The closest accommodation to Sta. Chiara is the Refugio Residence. Refugio has a small number of rooms available for conference delegates at a very economical price. Refugio is only a few minutes walk to the venue. We recommend you book early as there are only a small number of rooms available.

 

Other hotels near the conference venue are:

Hotel Santa Caterina 3*- 600m from the conference venue
http://www.hotelsantacaterinasiena.com/en-hotel-city-center/

Hotel Antica Torre - 300m from the conference venue
https://www.anticatorresiena.it/en/antica-torre-hotel-siena/

Siena has a good variety of accommodation options. The historical centre of Siena is not very big, and all the hotels in the centre of the city will be within walking distance to the venue.

 

Additional Information

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Comments from delegates that have attended our conferences

Excellent conference. A group of professionals concerned about the destiny of the architectural heritage. Mariolly Dávila

The overall experience was great. The conference provided a platform for international collaborations and understanding. Well done to Wessex Institute Nor Hussain

I have been having an excellent experience with Wessex Institute Israel Felzenszwalb

First and foremost, I very much like the very professional way of organising so many congresses on such a wide range of topics and levels of complexity. Second, the mix of attendants/experts from all over the world leads to nice discussions and exchanges of ideas. Every time, there are things to learn and take home. Third, I like the very friendly, rather personal, atmosphere. Fourth, the limited number of attendants means that there are no crowds or messy situations. Fifth, everything is perfectly clear, from start to finish, there are no surprises. Sixth, the key organizer is a very amiable and accessible team player. There is no complex organisation with many levels of decision making Jaap Vleugel

Very interesting conference, the papers were well researched. Ihuoma Onungwa

The conference provided us with an intercultural and scientific exchange with respect to the current relevance of water research Mariza Abrameto (UNRN Argentina)

Quite interesting, good meetings, new colleagues from other countries, professionaly good to know more about WIT Conferences Vera Maria Lopes Ponçano

Great atmosphere with extensive interaction amongst delegates Derek Northwood

It was an interesting experience, meeting participants from other countries, exchanging ideas, deducting logical solution for serious problems related to sustainability and quality of life Dr. Maged Youssef

A great experience interacting with colleagues from all over the world on a personal level. It was interesting to learn about others' projects and affirm the value of the work we are doing in sustainable planning and development Julia Murphy

It's been a great experience attending the WIT Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning. The process of abstract and paper review has been smooth and well coordinated throughout. I would highly recommend next generation scholars to engage in the future conferences organised by WIT Sarbeswar Praharah

A great experience interacting with colleagues from all over the world on a personal level. It was interesting to learn about others' projects and affirm the value of the work we are doing in sustainable planning and development Julia Murphy

Very good conference and I will attend again and encourage my Faculty to attend Thomas C. Sammons

The experience in the conference was really good. The conference was well organized and I felt very confortable. The quality of the contents was very interesting. For sure I will attend the next conference Antonio José Tenza-Abril

A very fruitful and rewarding cooperation Germán Rodríguez Rodríguez

I have been having an excellent experience with Wessex Institute Israel Felzenszwalb

This was my first conference participation organized by Wessex Institute (WI) and I intend to get involved annually Dr Shadung Moja, South Africa

As always it was a very pleasant experience and I like the wide thematic and regional spread of the participants Michael Groll

My experience with the Wessex Institute was very good Domenica Mirauda

The organization and location was excellent as always Ekkehard Christoffels