Introduction

The 5th International Conference on Environmental and Economic Impact on Sustainable Development follows the success of four previous meetings held in the New Forest, UK, (home of the Wessex Institute of Technology) in 2012; Ancona, Italy in 2014; Valencia, Spain in 2016; and Naples, Italy in 2018.

The meeting will provide an international forum to discuss the most serious problems affecting sustainable development. The Conference will consider the impact of economic constraints on the environment, taking into account the social aspects as well as the over-use of natural resources. Uncontrolled development can also result in damage to the environment in terms of the release of toxic substances and hazardous waste.

The meeting will examine issues related to whether some forms of development are compatible with environmental protection, particularly in cases of possible serious contamination and toxicity.

The conference will address problems of great importance discussing more constructive and progressive approaches to ensure sustainability. A major motivation for the meeting is to learn from past failure, to avoid repeating similar mistakes, while attempting to prevent emerging threats to environmental and ecological systems.

Fundamental to these concepts are the analysis of the inherent risk and the development of appropriate strategies.

All published papers from previous meetings are permanently archived in the Wessex Institute e-library (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are freely available to the international community

Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Environmental Impact 2020. Papers on other topics related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Environmental policies and planning
  • Environmental assessments
  • Human factors
  • Sustainable cities
  • Economic issues
  • Natural resources management
  • Energy and the environment
  • Food production systems and policies
  • Ecosystems preservation
  • Soil pollution
  • Remediation strategies
  • Decommission planning
  • Hazardous plants
  • Brownfields rehabilitation
  • Air and water pollution
  • Health effects
  • Public communication and involvement
  • Legislation and regulations
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Life cycle assessments
  • Irrigation
  • Food recovery
  • Stakeholders involvement
  • Institutional issues
  • Environmental management systems
  • Consumption vs sustainability
  • Social ecological issues
  • Sustainability appraisals
  • Environmental strategies and tactics
  • Food waste reduction and impact on the environment
  • Adaptation to environmental damage
  • Coastal zones impacts
  • Social participation of environmental licensing
  • Nonlinear regression analysis
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

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

Publication

Papers presented at Environmental Impact 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment(ISSN: 1743-3541). 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 Environmental Impacts (ISSN: 2398-2640; Digital ISSN: 2398-2659)

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 Environmental Impact 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1743-3541). 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 Environmental Impacts (ISSN: 2398-2640; Digital ISSN: 2398-2659)

Location Information

Seville

Seville is the capital and largest city of southern Spain’s Andalusia region and is situated on the river Guadalquivir. The city is approximately 2,200 years old and has a distinct personality and a large and well-preserved historical centre. The old town contains three world heritage sites: the Minaret of La Giralda, the General Archive of the Indies and the Alcázar Palace. The city is also home to many convents, churches, palaces, museums and gardens including the Museum of Fine Arts, Parque de María Luisa and the Gothic Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede). It is believed that flamenco dance originated in Seville, and there are many flamenco shows on offer all over the city, as well as the Flamenco museum dedicated to the soulful art form.

Seville is known to have very hot summers from late June to September and mild winters. During the summer months, there is also very little rainfall. The average daily temperature for both June and September is 25 degrees Celsius, but for the months in between it can be as hot as 36 degrees Celsius.

Things to do

One of the main attractions is the Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus. You can also climb to the top of the Giralda which provides spectacular views of Seville. Tickets to enter the Cathedral are €9.

The Alcázar Palace, or Royal Palace, was built for Pedro the Cruel of Castille in the 1360’s. The Palace was built by Moors and is one of the best surviving examples of Mudejar architecture in the world today. King Felipe VI of Spain, the current ruler, stays at the Palace when he visits Seville. Tickets to enter the palace are €9.50, with free admission on Mondays after 18:00.

The Parque Maria Luisa (Maria Luisa Park) is a large green space to the South of the city centre, close to the river, with hundreds of exotic trees lining shady avenues, and historic, fairytale buildings, with exotic touches provided by colourfully tiled benches, and Moorish fountains and pools. The park’s centrepiece is the Plaza de España, which was the site of the historic world fair in 1929 for which Seville is famous, Expo 29.

If you are into modern architecture, visit the Metropol Parasol, which is located in Plaza Encarnacion: it's at the centre of the city, between the main shopping area to the south and Calle Feria to the north; Plaza del Duque to the west and Plaza Ponce de Leon to the east. This is the largest wooden structure in the world and has a number of attractions including an archaeological museum in the basement, Antiquarium, a food market and restaurants on the ground floor; an open-air shaded concert space on the first floor; and a walkway and more restaurants on the second and third floors. The Metropol Parasol offers views of the city from 30 metres up, including a large mirador, viewing area, at the very top of the building, and is worth visiting after dark for the views. There is a small charge for entry.

There are many museums in Seville, including the Museo De Bellas Artes (Museum Of Fine Arts), the Museum of Archaeology, Museo Del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum), Centro Andaluz De Arte Contemporáneo (Andalusian Contemporary Art Centre). The latter used to be the Santa María de las Cuevas Monastery, one of the most important monasteries of the city. It was built in the 15th century and housed the cloistered order of San Bruno.

Within Seville, you can also visit the city’s aquarium, which holds over 400 different species of sea creatures and reptiles. The main attraction is the shark tank which is 9 metres deep and is home to two bull sharks. This tank also has a walk-through tunnel so you can view the sharks up close.

Seville’s relationship with water is important because Seville is one of the few cities in Spain where the river is navigable. The museum Pabellón De La Navegación (Navigation Pavilion) is located right on the river bank of the Guadalquivir.

Food in Seville

Breakfast is usually light and late (9 am onwards) and could be something like churros (fried sugared doughnut strands) with hot chocolate, or a classic Andalucían breakfast of mollete, a toasted bread roll topped with olive oil, crushed tomatoes and garlic, and milky coffee.

Lunch is usually eaten late (2 pm) and can be tapas (small dishes served with drinks) in a bar or the main meal of the day. Then to stave off hunger later on at around 5 pm something like coffee and cake would be eaten. The main meal or more tapas would not be eaten until late evening, sometimes as late as 11 pm. Local specialities to look out for include huevos a la flamenca (eggs baked with chorizo and tomato sauce); seafood, especially squid, from nearby Atlantic waters; and gazpacho, a cold tomato-based soup made with bread, garlic and olive oil. For main meals, local classics include espinacas con garbanzos (spinach with chickpeas), a dish with Moorish origins, and wafer-thin slices of sweet, nutty Andalucían hams. Another Seville speciality is solomillo al whiskey (pork cooked in whisky).

Venue InformationMelia Sevilla Hotel

The conference will take place at the Hotel Meliá Sevilla, located in the heart of Seville and situated in a privileged location opposite the Parque de Maria Luisa and Plaza España. The hotel has good transport links by bus, tram and train. The hotel also has an outdoor pool and fitness area.

The address of the hotel is:

Hotel Meliá Sevilla
Calle Dr. Pedro de Castro, 1,
41004 Sevilla, Spain

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the conference venue, Hotel Meliá Sevilla in Seville.

A booking form will be made available once confirmed with the hotel, check back here for details.

Melia Hotel LobbyMelia Hotel BedroomMelia Hotel Pool

 

Additional Information

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Here's what our delegates have to say...

The conference was very high level. The papers have been interesting since each country addresses various problems in the context of air pollution. The coordination was perfect, the communication with the organizers (Mr. Giorgio Passerini, Mr. Giovannilo Perillo, Mr. James Longhurst, Ms. Stephanie Everest and other people from UWE Bristol) and the lecturers were very pleasant. Overall, the conference was a very pleasant experience for me, not only for the conference program but also for the people who were there. I would love to visit this conference again.

Lenka Frišhansová, Czech Republic (attended Air Pollution 2018)


The organisation of events by WIT are of the highest standards, which bring together multi disciplines of the Rail Industry. Delegates at these events are of a very high standard. The equipment provided was adequate for the presentaions. The locations are chosen with a good ease of access and the catering was of good quality.

Inara Watson, UK (attended COMPRAIL 2018)


The first conference papers I published during my PhD studies were through WIT, which helped me gain a solid footing in the academic world.

Tamas Pardy, Estonia (attended Complex Systems 2018)


Absolutely, it is an impressive and meaningful conference, which provides a platform for the researchers from different fields to communicate.

Yuping Dong, China (attended Eco-Architecture 2018)


I have been a regular attendee of many congresses organized by WIT and I must say that this is the most professional of all (congress) organisations I have experienced. The combination of content, people and location is always exciting. Thank you.

Jaap Vleugel, Netherlands (attended Environmental Impact 2018)


Excellent communication, high professional adviser, high level of the oral presentations, very good organization.

Teodor Tranca, Romania (attended HPSM/OPTI 2018)


The conference was organized and the trips were very well thought of. The conference personnel were friendly and cooperative, and made it smooth and enjoyable. It was one of the best conferences I have ever attended.

Lina M Kattan, Saudi Arabia (attended Islamic Heritage 2018)


Very interesting topics, invigorating discussions, and thought provoking papers. This well organized conference offers a good opportunity for publication.

Samar H Aljahdali, Saudi Arabia (attended Islamic Heritage 2018)


The conference was well organized. The topics were very interesting. The breaks provided the nice breathing room for discussions and networking with other participants. Merci beaucoup :)

Julius Bangate, France (attended Risk Analysis 2018)


Very well organized, as well as in the communication before the conference as during the conference itself. My compliments for the professional approach and the informal, good atmosphere among delegates!

RH Zomerman, Netherlands (attended Sustainable Development and Planning 2018)


I have attended more than 12 conferences since 2007 and can appreciate the excellent organization and the high quality of the research presented in all of them. Congratulations for the organizers!

Antonina Ivanova, Mexico (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


Efficient conference management and family-like atmosphare

Hiroshi Kato, Fiji (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


The Wessex institute is amazing, for me as a new academic it provided me the opportunity to learn and more so meet people that are working on interesting and relevant topics. I particulary enjoyed the variety of research topics presented. It is well organised, precise and to the point. Would really like to attend more of their conferences. Irene is also the best.

Jacqueline Mangwane, South Africa (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


The Wessex Institute provided an excellent conference organisation and a sound style of communication. The conference venue was also great and support before and during the conference was very nice.

Lorenz Poggendorf, Japan (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


I haven't thought that I could present my paper at an international conference. I had the greatest experience in my life. Thank you so much for organising the conference. I have learned a lot.

Nga Nguyen Thi Thanh, Vietnam (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


I am very grateful for this wonderful experience. It was my first conference and I am sure that I gained more experience. It was very motivating, a lovely opportunity to meet new people and to learn from their old experience as well. I was surprised to see experts from countries from all over the world and this creates union. Thank you. I had a great time and the surroundings are beautiful.

Carla Ana-Maria Tudorie, Spain (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


My experience with the Wessex institute was one of a people who are keen in the fields of agricultural research and engineering programmes. The hosts were really warm, kind and receptive. The conference venue was great, the neighbourhood was serene, and it offered a very good opportunity for creating global networks. The management was good, so was the hospitality. And the people of New Forest are great. Priscilla stood out as a very caring and warm face of the conference. The other staff from Wessex were very interactive and cordial. The trip to the urban farms was a rich experience. The conference was a great success and I look forward to the next.

Scholastica Mathenge, Kenya (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


This was the most interesting, most interdisciplinary, most international conference I have attended. I enjoyed meeting delegates working on urban agriculture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. I look forward to the next conference.

Gaston "Chip" Small, USA (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


My experience was decidedly postive. Urban Transport 2018 is the ideal place to have a cross-section of research from both academics and the business world. The ideal place to develop a network capable of stimulating future work.

Nicola Aldo Cabras, Italy (attended Urban Transport 2018)


A great opportunity to meet new colleagues and to make new contacts. Very good science level of the presentations.

Vasi Minzatu, Romania (attended Water Pollution 2018)