Introduction

The International Conference on Coastal Cities and their Sustainable Future was held for the first time in 2015 in the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute. Following its success, it was decided to reconvene the event after the second conference being held in Cadiz, Spain in 2017.

The growth of world population and the preference for living in coastal areas has resulted in their ever-increasing development.

Coastal areas are the most common destination, which brings in economic growth but implies additional urban development and increases the need for resources, infrastructure and services.

The strategic location of coastal cities for instance, facilitates transportation and the development of related activities, but this requires the existence of large ports, with the corresponding increase in maritime and road traffic and all its inherent negative effects.

The above-mentioned activities and others common to coastal cities require the development of well-planned and managed urban environments, not only for reasons of efficiency and economics, but also to avoid inflicting environmental degradation that causes the deterioration of natural resources, quality of life and human health.

To mitigate these problems it is necessary to consider coastal cities as dynamic complex systems which need energy, water, food and other resources in order to work and generate diverse activities, with the aim of offering a better socio-economic climate and quality of life.

As a consequence, the integrated management and sustainable development of coastal cities is essential, with science, technology, architecture, socio-economics and planning, all contributing to provide support to decision makers.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Coastal Cities 2019. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • The coastal city and its environments
  • Landscape and urban planning
  • Infrastructures and eco-architecture
  • City heritage and regeneration
  • Urban transport and communications
  • Commercial ports, fishing and sports harbours
  • City/Waterfront interaction
  • Coastal city beaches
  • Marine industries
  • Energy systems
  • Water resources management
  • Quality of life and city leisure
  • Tourism and the city
  • Water pollution
  • Air pollution
  • City waste management
  • Acoustical and thermal pollution
  • Coastal risk assessment
  • Coastal flooding
  • Coastal processes
  • Landslides
  • Emergency plans
  • Health services management
  • Intercity issues
  • Socio-economic issues
  • Legal aspects
  • Ports accessibility
  • Urban logistic
  • Smart cities and IT applications
  • Ships supply management
  • Services for crews

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at Coastal Cities 2019 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

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

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.

Networking

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

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN: 1743-7601; Digital ISSN: 1743-761X).

Publication of Papers

Peer review

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

Publication

Papers presented at Coastal Cities 2019 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN: 1743-7601; Digital ISSN: 1743-761X).

Location Information

Rome

The Italian capital, Rome, lies within the Lazio region of Italy and is known as the as ‘Eternal City’. Rome boasts an unrivalled 3,000-year heritage of globally influential art, architecture and culture. The city is home to iconic historic landmarks, including the ancient ruins of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and is bursting with world-class museums such as the Vatican Museums and Borghese Gallery. As well as substantial Roman remains, significant Baroque and Renaissance buildings pepper the city centre.

Arguably, the most well known tourist attraction is the ancient Colosseum. Construction started in 72AD and it was inaugurated in 80AD. The Colosseum was large enough for theatrical performances, festivals, circuses, or games, which the Imperial Court and high officials watched from the lowest level, aristocratic Roman families on the second, the populace on the third and fourth.

The Vatican City is located within the city of Rome and is the smallest state in the world both by area and population. It is less than half a square kilometre in size with most of it enclosed by the Vatican walls. Within the walls are the Vatican palace and gardens, St. Peter's Basilica, and St. Peter's Square, an area ruled by the Pope, supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church. Although compact, the Vatican offers much for tourists to see, from its museums and the great basilica itself.

The best preserved monument from Roman antiquity is the Pantheon and is remarkably in fantastic condition considering is was constructed around 2000 years ago, although its exact age is unknown. At the beginning of the 7th century, the building was donated to the Pope Boniface IV, who transformed it into a church, in which function it currently finds itself in a perfect state of preservation.

Despite its wealth of culture attractions, Rome is not only a cultural centre, but also a commercial, financial and education hub that has successfully retained its traditional culture and regional cuisine.

Travel Information

Conference venue address:

Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering
University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’
Via Eudossiana, 18
Rome


By Air

Rome is served by two international airports:

  • Rome Fiumicino ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ Airport (30 Km)

  • Rome Ciampino Airport (15 Km)

From Rome Fiumicino ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ to the Conference Venue

Fiumicino Airport is the main airport serving Rome from a variety of international destinations. The main airlines operating at this airport include:

  • Air Italia – from many European cities
  • KLM – flights from Amsterdam
  • Air France – flights from Paris
  • Iberia and Vueling – flights from Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Split, Prague, Munich
  • EasyJet – flights from London Gatwick, Nice, Bristol, Lyon
  • British Airways – flights from London Heathrow
  • Etihad – flights from Abu Dhabi
  • Delta – flights from Miami, Toronto, Los Angeles
  • American Airlines – flights from New York
  • Air Canada – flights from Toronto and Montreal
  • Air China – flights from Beijing and Shanghai
  • Qatar Airlines – flights from Doha
  • Emirates – flights from Dubai

There are several options to travel from the airport to the conference venue.

Train: You can take the "Leonardo express" with Trenitalia that runs from the airport to the main rail station, Roma Termini, every 15 minutes non-stop. The journey takes 32 minutes and the fare should cost around € 15. From Roma Termini station, it is about 1 km to the conference venue. You can walk to the conference venue which takes about 15 minutes or take the Metro Line B and get off at Cavour or Colosseo stations.

For further information about the bus services available from the Airport please visit: http://www.adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en-/pax-fco-train

Bus: There are various bus services leaving from Fiumicino Airport Terminal 3 to Roma Termini station. The journey takes about 60 minutes and costs around € 5.

For further information about the bus services available from the Airport please visit: http://www.adr.it/web/aeroporti-di-roma-en-/pax-fco-bus

Taxi: Taxis are available at the exit of the airport terminal. A taxi from the airport to the conference venue costs approximately € 50, the price for authorized taxis are fixed and not on a meter. Please be aware that unauthorized taxis could be waiting outside the airport terminal and may try to over-charge you.

Car Hire: national and international companies such as Avis, Europcar or Hertz are located outside the airport terminal easily reachable via the pedestrian tunnels which connect the terminal buildings to the Multilevel-Comfort Parking structure. Signs to the rental car area are located in the arrivals area. We recommend that you book your hire car in advance.
There are several ways to drive to the conference venue. The shortest trip is to proceed along the Fiumicino-Rome motorway, direction EUR, and continue along Via Cristoforo Colombo, direction CENTRO (Colosseo area).

From Rome Ciampino to the Conference Venue

Located Southeast of Rome city centre, Rome Ciampino is the second largest airport in the city offering mostly European flights. The main airlines operating at this airport include:

  • Ryanair – flights from London Stansted, Eindhoven, Lisbon, Gothenburg, Prague, Valencia, Berlin, Madrid, Brussels, Athens, Paris and Copenhagen
  • Wizz Air – flights from Katowice, Bucharest
  • ASl Airlines Belgium – flights from Liege

There are several options to travel from the airport to the conference venue.

Bus: There are various bus services leaving from Ciampino Airport to Roma Termini station. The journey takes about 45 minutes and costs around € 5. From Roma Termini station, it is about 1 km to the conference venue. You can walk to the conference venue which takes about 15 minutes or take the Metro Line B and get off at Cavour or Colosseo stations.

Taxi: Taxis are available at the exit of the airport terminal. A taxi from the airport to the conference venue costs around € 35. You should check the approximate price with the driver before starting the journey and check that the meter is running. The official taxis are white and identified by the illuminated Taxi sign on the roof. Please be aware that unauthorized taxis could be waiting outside the airport terminal and may try to over-charge you.

Car Hire: National and International companies such as Avis, Europcar or Hertz are located outside the airport terminal. Signs to the rental car area are located in the arrivals area. We recommend that you book your hire car in advance.
There are several routes you can take to drive to the conference venue. The shortest trip is to proceed along Via Appia Nuova, direction CENTRO (Colosseo area).


Travelling to Rome from other Major Italian Cities

By Rail

Rome has three major stations, Roma Termini, Roma Tiburtina and Roma Ostiense, which are connected to the conference venue. Roma Termini is the main terminus for long distance trains from European countries and High-Speed services. This is also the closest train station to the conference venue. From Roma Termini station, it is about 1 km to the conference venue. You can walk to the conference venue which takes about 15 minutes or take the Metro Line B and get off at Cavour or Colosseo stations.

You can search and book your journey online using the following link: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en

By Road

It is easy to reach Rome from northern or southern Italy via the A1 motorway (Autostrada del Sole). Once you have arrived in Rome, follow directions to the city centre or Roma Termini station. The University is located 1 km from the station in the Colosseo area.

Map

A map of the conference venue area is available at the following link:
https://web.uniroma1.it/cdaingtrasporti/location/location


Please note that all the information included above is correct as of August 2018. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue Information

LaSapienzaUniversityofRome

The conference will take place at the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’.

Conference venue address:

Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering
University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’
Via Eudossiana, 18
Rome

Accommodation

Recommended accommodation is available at the Monti Palace Hotel which is a short walk from the conference venue.

Please see the booking form available here: Accomodation Booking Form (PDF)

Additional Information

Please use the links below to access additional information related to the conference. All links open in a new window.

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

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