Introduction

The 12th 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), the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK (2017), Siena (2018) and Online in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Planners, environmentalists, architects, engineers, policymakers and economists have to work together to ensure that planning and development can meet our present needs without compromising 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 the 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 2022 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 archived in the Wessex Institute eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are easily and permanently available in Open Access format to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Sustainable Development and Planning 2022. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

    • Regional planning
    • City planning and urban growth
    • Rural areas developments
    • Circular economy
    • Sustainability and the built environment
    • Eco-architecture
    • Sustainable Infrastructures
    • Heritage conservation
    • Sustainable tourism
    • Governance and policies
    • Education for sustainable development
    • Sustainable development indicators and indexes
    • Sustainable development goals
    • Natural Resources management
    • Sustainable supply chains
    • Sustainable solutions in emerging countries
    • Sustainable mobility
    • Sustainable energy resources
    • Energy efficiency
    • Waste management
    • Carbon and ecological footprint
    • Smartgrid and microgrid
    • Climate change
    • Safety aspects
    • Community and social planning
    • Quality of life
    • Socio-economic issues
    • Water pollution
    • Air contamination
    • Noise pollution
    • 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 Development and Planning 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (Electronic 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 the 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 one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

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 Development and Planning 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (Electronic 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 the 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 one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

Location Information

TallinnAs the capital city of Spain and one of the largest cities in Europe, Madrid is the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain. The city is located on the Manzanares River and has so much to offer to its visitors. Since Philip II made Madrid the capital of Spain in the 16th Century, the city has grown to become one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, While possessing modern infrastructure, it has maintained most of its magnificent architecture through the centuries, preserving the look and feel of many of its historic neighbourhoods and streets. Madrid's cultural highlights include the "El Prado" and "Reina Sofia" museums, which show works from Picasso, Velazquez and Gaudi as well as many other international artists. Other sights are the Royal Palace and gardens, as well as tree-lined avenues, which add to the charm of the city. Madrid town hall square or Plaza Mayor is one of the best places to enjoy the famous Spanish gastronomy and nightlife.

Places of interest:

museo del pradoThe Museo del Prado: This is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid in the eponymous street. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture in 1819, El Prado is considered one of the greatest museums of art in the world. Its dazzling display of works by the great European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch (among other major Spanish, Italian and Flemish artists), is housed in an 18th-century Neo-Classical building. Its collection comprises 8,600 paintings and over 700 sculptures.

Parque del Buen Retiro: Not far from the Prado Museum, located at the edge of the city centre is the Buen Retiro Park, one of the largest parks in Madrid. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century when it became a public park. Littered with marble monuments, landscaped lawns, the occasional elegant building, abundant greenery and a lake, it is peaceful during the week but comes to life on weekends as host to a variety of cultural, leisure, and sports activities to all people.

Reina Sofía Museum: Spain's national museum of 20th-century art, the museum was officially inaugurated on 10th September 1992 and is named after Queen Sofía. Pablo Picasso’s great masterpiece Guernica is a highlight, as well as excellent works by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Antoni Tàpies. International artists include Georges Braque, Julian Schnabel and Richard Serra. The central building of the museum was once an 18th-century hospital and underwent an expansion in 2005 with a new section designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.

The Palacio Real de Madrid: The royal palace is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family in the city of Madrid but is only used for state ceremonies and the royal family do not reside here. The origin of the palace dates from the ninth century when the Muslim kingdom of Toledo built a defence that was later used by the Kings of Castilla, which in the sixteenth century, they built the old Alcázar. It has a central interior courtyard, whilst another courtyard, the "Plaza de Armas", on the south side, acts as the principal entrance to the palace. The interior of the palace is notable for its wealth of art and the use of various types of fine materials in the construction and the decoration of its rooms including paintings by artists such as Caravaggio, Velázquez and Francisco de Goya and frescoes by Corrado Giaquinto, Juan de Flandes, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Anton Raphael Mengs.

Weather:

The Madrid region experiences a Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature is 19.9°C (67.8°F) with hot summers and very mild winters. There is only light rainfall mainly in autumn and the beginning of spring.

 

Further information can be found at https://www.esmadrid.com/en

Travel Information

By Air 

Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD)

The airport is located approximately 17km from the conference venue and offers direct flights from most international airports in Europe, America and Asia. Airlines servicing this airport include Air Europa, Air France, Iberia, British Airways, Alitalia, American Airlines, Brussel Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Easyjet, KLM, Qatar and Ryanair amongst others. For a full list of airlines and destinations, visit the following link: http://www.aena.es/en/madrid-barajas-airport/index.html

From the Madrid Barajas Airport to the conference venue:

    • Taxi: A taxi from the airport to the hotel would take 20-30 minutes and cost around €30. Passengers should make sure the meter is turned on at the beginning of the journey and they are advised to use official taxis which are white in colour with a red stripe. Avoid people who offer taxi services inside the terminals.

    • Bus: Línea Exprés 203 (the express bus) runs from Madrid-Barajas Airport to the Atocha-RENFE station in just 40 minutes in normal traffic conditions. The service runs every 15-20 minutes during the day and every 35 at night. A single ticket costs €5 and you can buy tickets on board by cash or card. Please notice drivers won’t accept notes bigger than 20€. Luggage is carried free. Note: The stop at Atocha-RENFE station is not used from 23:30 to 6:00. During this period the bus will stop at Plaza de la Cibeles, where there are connections for all the Municipal Transport (EMT) night buses, known as “búhos” (owls) to Atocha-RENFE Station.

    • Rail: Train C1 runs from Terminal 4 and stops at Atocha-RENFE train station (journey time: 25 minutes) A single ticket costs around €2.60. There are offices for the national rail network (RENFE) in the arrivals area of Terminals 1 and 4.

From Atocha Renfe you can take a taxi to the hotel (€7-10) or Metro de Madrid Line 1 towards Pinar De Chamartin, departing at Antón Martín. The journey will take around 5 minutes and will cost around €2.00 to travel within zone A. See www.metromadrid.es

 

By Rail

Arriving at Madrid Atocha-RENFE station

This is the largest railway station in Madrid. It is the primary station serving commuter trains, intercity and regional trains from North East, Central and Southern Spain, and the AVE high-speed trains serving direct routes to Alicante, Barcelona, Seville and Bilbao among others.

From Atocha Renfe you can take Metro de Madrid Line 1 towards Pinar De Chamartin, departing at Antón Martín. The journey will take around 5 minutes and will cost around €2.00 to travel within Zone A. See www.metromadrid.es

 

Arriving at Madrid Chamartín station

Chamartín Train Station is located in the north of the city. Chamartín train station is mainly served by trains from the north-west and west of Spain, as well as from France.

From Chamartín you can take a taxi (€20) or Metro de Madrid Line 1 towards Valdecarros departing at Antón Martín. The journey will take around 25 minutes and will cost around €2.00 to travel within zone A. See www.metromadrid.es

For more information visit RENFE – Spanish railways – http://www.renfe.es


By Road

Madrid has 6 principal highways entering and leaving the city; the A-1 to A-6. It also has three major ring roads; the inner one is known as the M30, an outer one is the M40 and the outermost is called the M50.

Once in Central Madrid, the conference venue is located 500 metres from the Atocha-RENFE railway station and the Reina Sofia Museum which are well signposted.

The conference venue does not have parking so you will need to use public parking should you arrive by car. Parking Atocha 70 is within a few minutes walk and you can book a space online https://en.atocha70.es/

ALSA operates long-distance bus services connecting Madrid to other cities in Spain including Barcelona and Valencia, northern regions of Spain and Portugal. http://www.alsa.es

 

Please note that all of the information included above is correct as of September 2021. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue Information

TRYP Atocha MadridAddress of Conference Venue

Tryp Atocha Hotel
Calle de Atocha, 83,
28012 Madrid,
Spain

Venue Information

The conference will take place at the Tryp Atocha Hotel. The hotel is built within a splendid palace dating back to 1913 and retains its original architectural detail and beauty. Located in the historical heart of the city, called “Barrio de las Letras” (Arts District), the hotel is within walking distance from the city’s main museums: the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum, delicious tapas bars, chic shops and exciting nightlife. The hotel is also within walking distance from the main train station in Madrid (Atocha station).

Book your Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Tryp Atocha Hotel. In order to book your accommodation, please complete the following booking form and send it directly to the hotel using the email address on the form no later than 6th May 2022. Bookings following this date will be subject to availability.

Accommodation Booking Form (PDF)

Tryp Atocha Hotel Room Tryp Atocha Hotel Reception Tryp Atocha Hotel Restaurant

Additional Information

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

COVID-19 Measures and Alternative Plans

We are looking forward to meeting our delegates face-to-face again after two years of online meetings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, we are aware that there is still a degree of uncertainty with regards to attending in-person events in 2022 and for this reason, we want to assure you that we have carefully planned our events to be as safe as possible:

  • Venues: We have chosen trusted partners to host our events and we have made sure that social distancing can be introduced to conference rooms if required.
  • Cancellations: We have updated our cancellation policy, taking into consideration possible changes to the conferences due to the pandemic. Please view the cancellation policy in the registration section of this page.
  • Online Conference: We have mechanisms in place to allow a swift change to an online conference format should travel restrictions prevent the conference from taking place in-person as planned.

For the latest information on Coronavirus restrictions to enter Estonia, please follow this link: 

COVID-19 and travelling to Spain (external website)

Please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Coordinator should you require any further information.

 

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