• 27 November / 29 November 2017
  • Thessaloniki, Greece
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Following in the footsteps of IEREK’s first successful version of the AREQ Conference, IEREK is proud to introduce its Alternative and Renewable Energy Quest Symposium: a second version. This symposium is organized by IEREK and seeks to disseminate knowledge of the integration of technologies of renewable and alternative energy in physical design.Since the world is in dire need of finding alternative sources of energy for the future of our society, this symposium will be discussing Alternative and Renewable energies as a method to stabilizing the climate and battling global warming in a world where technologies have been growing significantly. The Symposium will be an attempt at social awareness and will allow for the presentation of academic research that will be relevant to 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 on our entire planet.

The AREQ symposium is a platform for all researchers, academics, institutions, and societies to keep up with new developments and exchange ideas and solutions in theory and practice.


The conference proceedings will be published in full in ARChive International Journal. Only selected papers will be published in a book series by Springer or ESSD - the international journal on Environmental Science & Sustainable development..

Conference Topics
  1. Renewable Energy harvesting & Biophysical Matrix.

    • Production of Alternative Energy Sources
         • Biomass Utilization and Conversion .
         • Solar Energy and Thermal Application .
         • Wind Energy .
         • Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Applications .

  2. Renewable Energy production at community scale.

    • The Distributive Design discourse
         • Geothermal Energy and ground-­‐source heat pump .
         • Solar Energy and Thermal Application .

  3. The building as a Renewable Energy Plant.

         • Geothermal Energy and ground-­‐source heat pump .
         • Solar Energy and Thermal Application .

  4. City infrastructure and Renewable Energy distribution

         • From centralization to territorial distribution .

  5. District and Block, distribution on demand.

         • Grid Interactive Systems .

  6. The near zero energy building concept.

    • On the track of energy consumption control
         • Innovative Bioclimatic Architecture .
         • Green Building, Green Facades and Passive Designs .

  7. ICT in city scale energy use & optimization.

    • Energy use enhancement in the Smart City discourse
         • Renewable Energy System in Smart Cities .

  8. Energy Management in District Energy Systems.

         • Modelling Energy flow and District Performance Simulation .

  9. Energy Savings and Performance in Buildings.

         • Analysis and monitoring of renewable energy systems in buildings .

  10. New Trends & Research in Renewable Energy.

    • Applied research as powerhouse for the RE economy
         • Applications .
         • Novel Energy Conversion .
         • Case Studies .

  11. Eco-friendly modes of transportation.

    Reduce emission from vehicles.

  12. Public Awareness & Education on Renewable Energy.

         • The role of institutions in RE social outreach .

  13. Governance & Policy Making for Renewable Energy.

    • State of art in RE policies. Future Challenges
         • Financing in RE and implementation .

  14. Infrastructure Transportation Networks,and Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Development

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

Publication in a book series 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 by Springer or “ESSD”, another revision process will be added to the selected manuscripts.

All Author participants are expected to write their manuscripts /papers using the ARChive template provided in the author instructions tab.

Once, and if, your paper is selected for publication, you will be contacted and asked to use the template of the selected journal accordingly.

Conference Fees

-The fee of the conference cannot be waved.
-co-authors who do not complete the payment mentioned above will have their names removed from all published material both in print and online.
-Payment on desk is not allowed.

In addition to the conference fees, Authors are required to pay a mandatory publication fee for their papers to be published as per the above instructions:

  • ARChive : € 100 for a maximum of 12 pages (extras will be charged €15 each)

For High-quality manuscripts:

  • ESSD or Springer’s book Series
Fees for Authors with video streaming € 300
Fees for Authors € 250
Publication Fees in ARChive € 100
Video Streaming Fees € 50
Fees for Attending Audience Members and co-authors € 150
Fees for non-attending co-authors € 50
Travel Information

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is located near the city center, you can reach it from the Thessaloniki Airport by either the following means:

  • Bus: You can take the line 78 bus that can be found just outside the terminal and departs each 30 minutes. The ticket costs about €2 and can be bought inside the bus.
  • Taxi: You can take a taxi directly to the university location by taxi which will cost approximately €18 –  €20, however at midnight and after, the fare may be higher.
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.

Author Instructions

Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results, and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

After you have received the acceptance of your abstract, please continue to write your full paper with the requested template (please download).

Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper. For publication, the accepted papers must be presented at the conference.

English will be the official language of the Alternative & Renewable Energy Quest – Symposium.

Writing Templates: Authors are strongly encouraged to use the formatting style described below for submitting an abstract as this format is required for the full paper.

Note: Only selected papers will be published by Springer in the Resourceedings Journal, and the writing Template will be sent by Email to the corresponding Author

To download Archive’s template, Click Here!


Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace, literally “the co-capital”.

The municipality of Thessaloniki, the historical center, had a population of 385,406 in 2007, while the Thessaloniki Urban Area had a population of 800,764. And the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area had 1,104,460 inhabitants in 2011.

Thessaloniki is a popular tourist destination in Greece. For 2013, National Geographic Magazine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while in 2014 Financial Times FDI magazine (Foreign Direct Investments) declared Thessaloniki as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle.

Thessaloniki is home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments, including the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as several Roman, Ottoman and Sephardic Jewish structures. The city’s main university, Aristotle University, is the largest in Greece and the Balkans.

Thessaloniki, Greece

Visa Application

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.

Important Dates
Date From Date To Notes
Abstract Submission Deadline April 30, 2017
Last notification for Abstract Acceptance July 31, 2017
Full Paper Submission Deadline August 21, 2017
Last notification for Full Paper Acceptance September 30, 2017
Full Paper Acceptance August 31, 2017
Early Payment Deadline June 19, 2017
Late Payment Deadline September 27, 2017
Letter of Visa September 27, 2017
Letter of Final Acceptance September 27, 2017
Conference Program October 27, 2017
Conference Launch November 27, 2017 November 29, 2017
Scientific Committee
Name Organization Country
Mehrdad Hadighi
Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at Pennsylvania State University, USA.
United States
Anna Laura Pisello
PhD in Energy Engineering in 2013. Visiting scholar at Columbia University and City University of New York in 2010-11. Post-doc fellow in 2013, and currently Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at University of Perugia. Winner of three international academic awards in 2013-2014.
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.
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
Veronica Lucia Castaldo
PhD candidate in Energy Engineering, she is from Perugia, Italy. From 2015 to present she is a Visiting PhD professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, and a Visiting researcher in the field of CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis applied to urban built environment.
Gloria Pignatta
Post-Doctoral researcher at CIRIAF – Inter-university research center, Perugia, Italy. She recently finished a three-years PhD program in Energy Engineering
Chiara Delmastro
Design components, equipment and systems for the generation of thermal, mechanical and electrical energy through innovative processes involving fossil and renewable sources.
Cristina Piselli
PhD candidate in Energy and Sustainable Development, University of Perugia, CIRIAF – Interuniversity Research Centre on Pollution and Environment, Italy
Wael Mohamed Yousef Elsayed
Professor of Urban Planning, Faculty of Engineering at Cairo, Al-Azhar University, Egypt
Mohammad Arif Kamal
Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, INDIA and Adjunct faculty at Shushant school of Art& Architecture, Ansal University, Gurgaon, INDIA