Introduction

The 14th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability addresses all aspects of the urban environment aiming to provide solutions leading towards sustainability. The Sustainable City 2020 conference follows a series of very successful meetings that started in Rio (2000), followed by Segovia (2002), Siena (2004), Tallinn (2006), Skiathos (2008), A Coruña (2010), Ancona (2012), Kuala Lumpur (2013), Siena (2014), Medellin (2015), Alicante (2016), Seville (2017) and Valencia (2019).

The meeting always attracts a substantial number of contributions from participants from different backgrounds and countries. The variety of topics and experiences is one of the main reasons behind the success of the series.

Urban areas result in a series of environmental challenges varying from the consumption of natural resources and the subsequent generation of waste and pollution, contributing to the development of social and economic imbalances. As cities continue to grow all over the world, these problems tend to become more acute and require the development of new solutions.

The challenge of planning sustainable contemporary cities lies in considering the dynamics of urban systems, exchange of energy and matter, and the function and maintenance of ordered structures directly or indirectly supplied and maintained by natural systems. The task of researchers, aware of the complexity of the contemporary city, is to improve the capacity to manage human activities, pursuing welfare and prosperity in the urban environment. Any investigation or planning on a city ought to consider the relationships between the parts and their connections with the living world. The dynamics of its networks (flows of energy-matter, people, goods, information and other resources) are fundamental for an understanding of the evolving nature of today’s cities.

Large cities are probably the most complex mechanisms to manage. They represent a fertile ground for architects, engineers, city planners, social and political scientists, and other professionals able to conceive new ideas and time them according to technological advances and human requirements.

The Sustainable City Conference addresses the multidisciplinary components of urban planning, the challenges presented by the increasing size of the cities, the number of resources required and the complexity of modern society.

Topics

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

  • Urban strategies
  • Planning, development and management
  • Urban metabolism
  • Quality of life
  • The community and the city
  • Infrastructure and society
  • The S3 city: smart, sustainable and safe
  • Eco-town planning
  • Spatial conflicts in the city
  • Urban transportation and planning
  • Architectural issues
  • Sustainable energy and the city
  • Cultural heritage sites
  • Urban conservation and regeneration
  • Environmental management
  • Flood risk
  • Waste management
  • Urban air pollution
  • Health issues
  • Water resources
  • Landscape planning and design
  • Urbanization of rural areas
  • Urban agriculture
  • Intelligent environment
  • Planning for risk and natural hazards
  • Waterfront development
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

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

Publication

Papers presented at Sustainable City 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 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 Sustainable City 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 Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN: 1743-7601; Digital ISSN: 1743-761X)

Location Information

RomeThe Italian capital, Rome, lies within the Lazio region of Italy and is known as the ‘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.

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 it 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 cultural attractions, Rome is also a commercial, financial and educational hub that has successfully retained its traditional culture and regional cuisine.

Travel Information

Conference Venue Address:

Sapienza University of Rome

Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5,

00185 Roma RM, Italy

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 – from Amsterdam
  • Air France – from Paris
  • Iberia and Vueling – from Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Split, Prague, Munich
  • EasyJet – from London Gatwick, Nice, Bristol, Lyon
  • British Airways – from London Heathrow
  • Etihad – from Abu Dhabi
  • Delta – from Miami, Toronto, Los Angeles
  • American Airlines – from New York
  • Air Canada – from Toronto and Montreal
  • Air China – from Beijing and Shanghai
  • Qatar Airlines – from Doha
  • Emirates – 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: Taxi 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 either walk to the conference venue, which takes about 15 minutes or take the Metro Line B and disembark 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).

By Rail

Rome has three major stations, Roma Termini, Roma Tiburtina and Roma Ostiense, which are connected to metro stations near 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 either Cavour or Colosseo stations, which are a 5 minute walk away.

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 information included above is correct at August 2019. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue Information

LaSapienzaUniversityofRome

The conference will take place at the Sapienza University of Rome. Founded in 1303 it is one of the oldest Universities in history. The University has its own museum network (Sapienza Museum Network) which is often open to a general audience. The Alessandrina University Library, built in 1667 by Pope Alexander VII, is the main library housing many important collections. The university has significant research programmes in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, biomedicine and humanities.

Accommodation

Below you can find a list of hotels that are within a 5-minute walk of the conference venue.

Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation and settling your own account.

Monti Palace Hotel
Via Cavour, 185,
00184 Rome
https://www.montipalacehotel.com/en/

Grand Hotel Palatino
Via Cavour, 213/M,
00184 Rome
https://www.hotelpalatino.com/

Duca d'Alba Hotel
Via Leonina, 14,
00121 Rome
https://www.hotelducadalba.com/en/

Hotel Centro Cavour
Via Cavour, 237,
00184 Rome
http://www.hotelcentrocavour.it/it/home

This information was last updated 16/08/2019.

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)