• 10 April / 12 April 2018
  • Netherlands
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The world is in critical need to search for alternative and renewable energy, where the importance of its technologies have been growing significantly. Due to a number of reasons, this is extremely important for the future of our society. Renewable energy still has a long way to go, in order to replace fossil fuels and become a primary source of energy consumption, but current policies, social awareness and academic research are definitely moving in the right direction.

This trend is especially relevant in the field of on-site implementation. From territorial to building scale, the energy question has turned to be essential in physical planning and design. The integration of alternative energy technology in Cities, Districts and Buildings will significantly decrease the current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, thus having a positive environmental impact for our entire planet.

The “2nd Alternative & Renewable Energy Quest, the AREQ conference organized by IEREK seeks to promote and disseminate knowledge of the integration of technologies of renewable and alternative energy in physical design. The AREQ conference is the extended version of the first conference in Spain, that aims to showcase to the international community, the groundbreaking results of the work in the fields of renewable energy research, development, application or design. It will provide a platform for researchers, scientists, manufacturers, institutions, world agencies, and societies to keep up with new developments in theory and physical design applications and to provide alternative energy solutions to current issues such as the greenhouse effect, sustainable and clean energy issues.

AREQ conference is a unique chance that provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration.

Conference Topics
  1. Renewable Energy harvesting & Biophysical Matrix
  2. Production of Alternative Energy Sources and Thermal Application.
  3. Biomass Utilization and Conversion.
  4. Solar Wind Energy, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Applications.
  5. Renewable Energy production at community scale.
  6. The building as a Renewable Energy Plant.
  7. City infrastructure and Renewable Energy distribution
  8. Energy distribution from centralization to territorial distribution.
  9. District and Block, distribution on demand.
  10. Grid Interactive Systems.
  11. The near zero energy building concept.
  12. Innovative Bioclimatic Architecture.
  13. Green Building, Green Facades and Passive Designs.
  14. ICT in city scale energy use & optimization.
  15. Energy use enhancement in the Smart City discourse.
  16. Renewable Energy System in Smart Cities.
  17. Energy Management in District Energy Systems.
  18. Modelling Energy flow and District Performance Simulation.
  19. Energy Savings and Performance in Buildings.
  20. Analysis and monitoring of renewable energy systems in buildings.
  21. Public Awareness & Education on Renewable Energy.
  22. The role of institutions in Renewable energy social outreach.
Conference Program

Coming Soon!!

Benefits of Attending

Attending conferences is very beneficial on the professional level Conferences are full of people promoting new ideas which will expand your knowledge and undoubtedly help your career.

You not only get to hear presentations but also converse with other researchers from different universities and even countries you may have only heard or read about.You learn from experts in the field. It is a great opportunity to find more about your field and listen to ideas that could help inspire research ideas of your own.

Not to mention, you will get an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learn about its people and culture.

Conferences also can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research. Moreover, they let you test them out, share teaching tools and techniques, or even obtain samples of textbooks.

It is an opportunity to engage with respectable professors and discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on.

Delegates will have the choice of receiving the conference proceedings as either a hard copy book or in digital format on a USB flash drive. The USB flash drive will additionally contain proceedings from previous conferences in this series.

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at IEREK conferences regularly appear in notable reviews, publications and databases, including referencing and abstract.

Participation Procedures

Once an abstract is submitted, it will be sent to the reviewers committee to go through the revision process:

  • Elementary Review:

Once an abstract has been submitted to our website, it is assigned for review by the reviewers using the abstract review sheet and validation of publication. This is based on four criteria:

· Accepted as is for publication (with minor editing changes).

· Conditionally accepted for publication (with revisions provided to authors).

· Rejected but encouraged for re-submission with major modifications.

· Rejected as inappropriate or unworthy of publication in this certain conference.

The criteria for accepting abstracts for the conference are as follows; a relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented as well as a sound literature and methodology of work.

  • First Acceptance:

Authors will receive a notification message to know the feedback of the reviewers committee. If an author receives the acceptance of his or her abstract, he or she has to continue writing the full-length paper using the requested templates.

  • Uploading Full-Length Paper:

Authors who are allowed to upload their full-length paper(s) should use the same account details to upload their full paper(s).

  • Second Acceptance:

The final paper will proceed to the primary revision to be checked if it meets the conference proceedings standards. Once it gets accepted, the author will be informed to pay the fees so that it could be sent for the final revision by the scientific committee.

  • Payment:

In this step, and to proceed paper(s) that passed to final revision process and to get the final approval, authors have to pay the requested fees. Otherwise, the final revision process will not be considered for their papers.

  • Inspections and Final Approval of Full Papers:

The full papers that paid the requested fees will get finally inspected, either scientifically or linguistically. There will be a rigorous review process of full papers following the previous process according to the following criteria:

(1) Is the topic relevant to the conference?

(2) Is the writing and structure clear?

(3) Are graphics, photos, illustrations used where needed?

(4) Are the aims of the study clearly stated?

(5) Are the objectives of the study achieved?

(6) Is the literature review relevant and adequate?

(7) Has the author used appropriate methodology and explained them clearly?

(8) Has the author interpreted the findings correctly?

(9) Is the paper a significant contribution to the field?

These are the registration and revision procedures for publication that all authors should follow.


The conference proceedings will be published in full in the “ARChive” International Journal of Science.

Publication in the ‘Resourceedings’ Journal by Springer will only be applicable to the selected papers that will be supervised by highly professional members of an International Editorial Board to ensure a high-quality publication material. Thus, such outstanding material will lead to indexing of the series in well-known indexing databases such as Scopus and Thomson Reuters.

Publication in the ESSD international journal on Environmental Science & Sustainable developmentis also only applicable for high quality manuscripts.

*For the selected papers to be published in “Resourceedings” or “ESSD”, another revision process will be added to the selected manuscripts.

Author's Instructions
Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper. A maximum of a 300- word abstract is to be reviewed. 

After you have received the acceptance of your abstract, please continue to write your full paper with the requested template (please download). To meet ELSEVIER’s instructions, make sure that your abstract in your full paper does not exceed 100 words (extra words could be moved to the introduction).


Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper (maximum 12 pages, and any extra page will be charged 50 USD). For publication, the accepted papers must be presented at the conference.

English will be the official language of the conference “Conservation of Architectural Heritage”.

Important Dates
Date From Date To Notes
Abstract Submission Deadline May 3, 2017
Last Notification of First Acceptance May 15, 2017 Acceptance is issued once a positive feedback is received from the reviewing committee.
Full Paper Submission Deadline July 24, 2017
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance November 23, 2017
Payment Deadline May 30, 2017
Late Payment Deadline February 13, 2018
Letter of Visa (for delegates whom need visa entry) February 21, 2018
Final Approval of Full P March 17, 2018
Conference Program March 15, 2018
Conference Days April 10, 2018 April 12, 2018
Conference Venue


Visa Application

For participants who need Entry Visas, IEREK will issue a visa letter for applicants who are accepted to present at our conferences.

Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

Conference Fees

To be announced soon!!

Refund Policy

For Authors;

-If for any personal reason, you will not be attending the conference, you’ll be asked to provide a presentation and contact one of our scientific committee members for an extra fee, in order to present your work instead of you.

-If your visa got rejected, or if you weren’t able to get a security clearance for travel, kindly provide us with the rejection letter from the embassy/consulate or the office responsible for security clearances, and we will assign a member of the scientific committee for free to present your paper, after you’ve completed a PowerPoint presentation, only if a co-author will not be able to provide a presentation in your place, where in order for the co-author to present he will be required to pay the co-author fees as well.

-Once a visa letter and an acceptance letter has been issued, a refund will not be possible.

For Co-Authors, Audience, and Workshop attendees;

-Refund before the event with a duration of 45 days will be allowed in full, only deducted the fees for the transaction.

-Refund after the given duration of 45 days will only occur in case of Visa rejection, proof of rejection must be submitted, and according to the rejection reason refund amount will be determined as the following;

  • If the rejection reason stated that the rejection was the applicant’s fault for not submitting the required papers for the visa, refund will occur with administrative fees deducted from the total amount ONLY if before the event’s date, no refunds after the event’s date will occur.
  • If the rejection reason was decided for reasons that the Applicant can’t be accounted for, refund will occur with transaction fees deducted.
Scientific Committee
Name Organization Country
Mehrdad Hadighi
Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at Pennsylvania State University, USA.
United States
Hashem Akbari
Professor, Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Concordia University, Montreal
Ajay Chandak
Founder & Chairperson at PRINCE (Promoters, Researchers & Innovators in New & Clean Energy).
Hassan Abdalla
Dean of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE), Professor at Cranfield University and an international authority in the field of sustainable engineering design.
United Kingdom
Konstantinos Moraitis
Professor at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
Jagat S. Jawa
Founder and Director General of Solar Energy Society of India (SESI) which he joined in 2007. Mr. Jawa was appointed in December, 2003 as Consultant in National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC).
Matheos Santamouris
Professor of Energy Physics at the University of Athens and serves as visiting professor at the Metropolitan University of London, Tokyo Polytechnic University, National University of Singapore.
Chen-Tung Arthur Chen
Director of Asia-Pacific Ocean Research Center, NSYSU, since 2006 and the Vice-Chair of International Geosphere Biosphere Program, since 2009.
Jack F. Werner
leading expert regarding the design, implementation and administration of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, is Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP)
United States
Despina Kyprianou
Professor in Bioclimatic Architecture and the Urban Environment, at the Dept. of Environmental Science and she carries out research in Architecture, Energy and Environment.
Margarida Yin
Assistant Professor at Cal Poly State University, USA.
United States
José Manuel Santa Cruz Chao
Professor at the Politechnic University of Madrid (U.P.M) , Madrid , Spain.
Chaham Alalouch
Assistant Professor in Architectural Engineering since 2013. College of Engineering. Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman.
Kulsum Fatima
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and a Registered Architect From Council Of Architecture, India.
Hatem Ibrahim
Dr. Hatem Ibrahim is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University.
Antonio Frattari
Full Professor of Building Construction and Wooden Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Trento, Italy and the Chief of the Laboratory of Buildin Design (LBD) - Chief of CUnEdI.
Emmanuel Bozonnet
Emmanel Bozonnet is an Associate professor in La Rochelle University since 2006, Specialized in building energy (agrégation teaching qualification in 2000).
Hassan Abdelsalam
Professor of Architecture and Environmental Design, Dept. of Architectural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt
Gotthilf Goetz Schierle
Professor of Architecture, USC, Los Angeles. Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, recipient of the ACSA Creative Achievement Award, NSF, HUD, & FEMA research grants and founding Director of USC’s Master of Building Science Program.
United States
Mohamed Abdelbaki Mohamed
Head of Urban Planning Department – Faculty of Engineering – Ain Shams University
Adolf Sotoca
Professor Serra Hunter and Associate Director of International & Institutional Relations of the Urbanism Department at the School of Architecture at UPC_BarcelonaTECH, Spain.
Agis M. Papadopoulos
Professor, Process Equipment Design Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, GR-54124 Thessaloniki, Greece.
Anna Catalani
Reader in Archtiecture but before she was formerly Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Salford, where she was the Programme Leader for the MA Art & Design.
United Kingdom
Fabio Pollice
Professor of Geography Economics-Politics at the University Del Salento since 2011. He is also an Associate Professor of Geography at the University Del Salento from 2003.
Hocine Bougdah
Reader in Architectural Technology; The Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, UK.
United Kingdom
Claudio Gambardella
Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design “Luigi Vanvitelli” of the Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Italy
Fabio Naselli
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Kore University of Enna, where he teaches Urban Planning, Urban Design and Regional Planning.
Iman Mohamed Abd Elgawad
Associate Prof. of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.
Sofia-Natalia Boemi
Post- Doc Researcher – Environmental Engineer at Process Equipment Design Laboratory (PEDL), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece
Ahmed Sami Abdelrahman
- Associate Professor – Urban Design & Planning Department – Faculty of Engineering , Ain Shams University. - Visiting lecturer at AAST (Arab academy for science & technology) – Department of Architecture since 2011