New Metropolitan Perspectives
New Metropolitan Perspectives

Conference Overview

  • 18, May / 20, May 2016
  • University of Reggio Calabria
Conference Email
[email protected]

The second edition of the “NEW METROPOLITAN PERSPECTIVES” International Symposium will be specifically dedicated to the main topic: “Strategic planning, spatial planning, economic programs and decision support tools. Contributions for a multidisciplinary integrated approach, through the implementation of Horizon/Europe2020” (ISTH2020).

The Symposium is part of the scientific debate that the University Lab “LaborEst” in partnership with a qualified international network of an academic institution and scientific societies, promotes on issues related to the competitiveness of metropolitan cities and inland areas in the least developed and developing regions.

The event is organized with the aim to receive contributions from national and international scientific community on integrated development strategies and research according to the directions of Europe 2020 and Horizon 2020.

The final reflections of the first edition of ISTH (2014) round table have demonstrated that the debate on strategies to effectively implement the EU 2020 goals aiming at a greater involvement of cities and regions in the European policies is still open. The territorial cohesion policy at global and local level, including through the assumption by the Commission of the ‘smart specialization’, better known as approach ‘RIS3’, has led to controversial discussions, such as on the relationship between specialization and diversification up to question on the current role of knowledge and technologies to the European economy. In addition, the recent European documents, among others the Leipzig Charter, the VI Report on Economic and Social Cohesion, and EU 2020, identified a number of major challenges, such as: the challenge of competitiveness, the knowledge society, the domestic and international accessibility, and the inclusion and social cohesion. In the contest of the second edition of “New Metropolitan Perspectives”, reflections are welcome on cities’ ability to implement metropolitan dynamics and to improve their competitiveness while exploiting the virtuous and synergic linkage between urban and rural areas.

The aims of the Symposium are:

  1-Contributing to the international dialogue, promoting joint research activities according to the objectives of the 2014–2020 programming period 

   2- Stimulating the multi-disciplinary scientific debate on the new frontiers of strategic planning, spatial planning, economic programs and decision support tools, within the urban-rural areas networks and the metropolitan cities, best laying in least developed and developing regions. 

 3-Promoting a holistic approach, through specialized inputs, to resource allocation decision-making and urban/rural spatial organization. 

Conference Topics
  1. 1. Urban Regeneration - Community-led Practices And Ppp.

    Transforming, Participating, Consultation, Negotiating, Cooperating, New Governance, Marginal areas, Social Housing.

  2. 2. Inland And Urban Areas In Territorial Cohesion Strategies.

    Competitiveness, Intersect orality, Cohesion, Value Chains, Local Production Systems. 

  3. 3. Mobility, Accessibility, Logistics, Infrastructure.

    Domestic and International Transport, Inter-modality, Management Plan, Smart Mobility.

  4. 4. Heritage And Identity As Driver For Sustainable Local Development.

    Preservation, Conservation, Enhancement, Management, Tangible and Intangible Heritage, Tourism. 

  5. 5. Risk Management - Increasing Resilience To Human/natural Hazards

    Seismicity, Hydrogeological Imbalance, Soil Protection, Pollution, Hazard, Vulnerability, Exposure. 

  6. 5. Future Smart Cities
  7. 6. Envinronment And Energy.

    Green and Blue Economy, Consumption and Energy Saving, Renewable Sources, Climate Change, Waste Management. 

  8. 7. Ict E Smart City

    Decision Support System, Mobile Systems, Social Networking, Big Data, Municipal Resource Planning.

  9. 8. Other


“edoardo Mollica” Award

In order to encourage the participation of early career researchers, the LaborEst launches the ‘Edoardo Mollica’ award to reward the most innovative and original papers written and presented by young scholars.

For young scholar is meant who has not yet turned 35, at the starting date of the symposium.

The Edoardo Mollica Awards Committee will select and reward successful early career researchers’ papers. More details to follow shortly on the official website.

Important Dates

Date FromDate ToNotes
Thematic Session proposals deadlineJanuary 10, 2016
Paper submission deadlineFebruary 29, 2016
Notification to authorsMarch 28, 2016
Author Registration deadlineApril 11, 2016
SymposiumMay 18, 2016May 20, 2016

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 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 the 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 of the paper 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 the 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:

Those with full papers and who have 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 an appropriate methodology and has it been clearly explained?

(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.

Accepted papers will be published in Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences (ISSN: 1877-0428) by ELSEVIER, indexed by ScienceDirect, and submitted for indexing by Scopus and Thomsons’s Web of Science (CPCI). The Proceedings from the past edition of this Symposium (New Metropolitan Perspectives_2014 available at: http://www.isth2020.org/proceedings2014) are already indexed in the Thomson Reuters (WoS) Conference Proceedings Citation Index. Among other publication opportunities, the Organizing Committee will submit a special issue proposal to Regional Studies: The Journal of the Regional Studies Association, published by Taylor & Francis. Regional Studies is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original re-search. 2014 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.372 (2015 Thomson Reuters, 2014 Journal Citation Re-ports) link: Regional Studies Website. Decisions on focus and selection criteria of the Special Issue Proposal will be taken by the Scientific Committee collectively. If selected, authors will be asked to submit an extended versions of the accepted papers.  
Author Instructions

Download writing template from Here!

Please, use .doc or .docx format to save your paper, and submit it, according to the call for papers deadline (preliminary abstract submission is not needed due to the close deadline).


Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, Full-text paper (the total length of the published paper should be between 4 and 6 pages including figure, legends, tables, and references). For publication, the accepted papers must be presented at the conference. Papers with less than 4 pages will be automatically rejected.

Please note that the registration fee includes the publication of one accepted paper of up to 6 pages in the symposium proceeding. For each additional sheet, there’s a charge of € 40, 00, maximum of pages: 8.

Please, make sure your paper has a file name, as “(Topic field) Paper title.doc” before submission.

Plagiarism Policy

IEREK has an unyielding policy regarding plagiarism. We believe that copying/taking the ideas and work of other Authors without permission and credit, is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process,  on the basis of the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism. Duplicating any content, even if it is one sentence or one table without the consent of its original Author, will lead to the paper’s refusal upon the complaint of the plagiarism victim.

Conference Venue

Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Salita Melissari, 89124 Reggio Calabria (Italy).



University of Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Province of Reggio Calabria, Italy


Conference Fees


The registration fee includes Paper Presentation, Proceedings’ file, Attendance to all Sessions and coffee breaks, one paper to be published in “Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences” (ISSN: 1877-0428) by ELSEVIER, ASTRI membership for the event.

The length of each camera-ready paper will be limited to 6 pages.

The registration fee includes the publication of one accepted paper of up to 6 pages, in the symposium proceeding. For each additional sheet, there is a charge of € 40,00, maximum of 8 pages.

For each additional paper by the same author, there is a charge of € 290,00.

Payment instructions for authors and participants will be given by 15th March 2016.

The registration fee for Accompanying Guests is € 60,00.


Regular Attendance Fees
Co-Authors Fees
Authors & Publication Fees
Other Services Fees
Fees For Early Career 170
Fees For Accompanying 60
Fees For Senior 290
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, a 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, a refund will occur with transaction fees deducted.
Visa Application

For participants who need Entry Visas, IEREK will issue a visa letter by Mediterranea University 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.

However, you are required to prepare your papers according to the regulations of your country’s embassy/consulate. To do this, you will need to visit the embassy/consulate website or by contacting them.

In case of any missing document during the appointment or any other unfortunate incident that leads to your rejection, IEREK clears its responsibility as we will have done our part in providing the documents we can provide to ease the process.