Geographic Perspectives on Climate Change Mitigation in Urban and Rural Environments
Geographic Perspectives on Climate Change Mitigation in Urban and Rural Environments

Call For Abstracts

  • 29, Jan / 31, Jan 2024
  • In Collaboration with University of Salento, Italy.
Conference Email
[email protected]

The field of geographic sciences takes many forms and has been continuously evolving over the years. Physical geography specifically deals with aspects of climate, weather, wind currents, and aquatic movements. A subfield of physical geography is the field of climatology. As a recently established field under the umbrella of geographic sciences, climatology aims to address the continuous damage mankind is inflicting upon the earth’s natural atmosphere, weather, and climate by studying its causes, effects, and practical mitigation techniques.

Developments in the field are becoming increasingly needed by the day, as the devastating effects of climate change take hold, and are unleashed upon cities, and human settlements. The biggest offender that contributes to the threat of climate change is the consumption of fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources of energy, namely to meet the rising demand for energy in urban environments. In pursuit of technological advancement, economic prowess, and global success, many cities have turned a blind eye to the harmful effects of unsustainable practices in urban development. These practices cost the world, and the cities, their respective livability, habitability, and continuity. They are short-term solutions to long-term problems.

While the spotlight is often shed on urban environments when it comes to the discussion of climate change, the environment that takes on the brunt of climate change’s detriments is the rural counterpart. Isolated from the interconnected network of cities, rural areas suffer the most due to physical isolation, limited access to infrastructural services, economic stagnation, and a reliance on natural habitats and environments such as rivers, lakes, fertile land, and wildlife. The sustainability of natural habitats and ecological structures is of utmost importance for the flourishing of rural environments, and climate change poses a direct threat to them. The livelihoods of people in rural areas are in danger due to climate change, which causes degradation of coastal areas effectively inhibiting fishing activities, floods and droughts that limit agricultural developments, and so on.

Geographers and climatologists have been sounding the alarm about climate change for several years, presenting undeniable evidence of mankind’s undue influence on the climate, marine and land life, as well as the topography of Earth’s crust. Urban environments are the locus of discussion when it comes to climate change mitigation, due to housing a vast majority of humanity’s population, and the requirements of meeting the demands of a dense population. Perhaps furthering the detrimental effects of climate change, the degradation of rural areas causes migration waves to urban environments, further exacerbating climate-impacting activities, and hindering adaptation capabilities in rural environments. Sustainable techniques that aim to lessen the acceleration of climate change include shifting away from automobile dependence, the inclusion of green public spaces, incorporating energy-saving techniques in cities, and the utilization of renewable energy.

The first international conference on “Geographic Perspectives on Climate Change Mitigation in Urban and Rural Environments” will highlight advancements and innovations in geography and climatology, and their role in climate change mitigation and adaptation techniques in urban and rural environments.



The first edition of the Geographic Perspectives on Climate Change Mitigation in Urban and Rural Environments conference aims to discuss and elaborate on topics pertaining to climatic mitigation in urban and rural environments in nations and cities, specifically in a geographic context. These geographic contexts include Hydrology, Climatology, Digital Geography, and more. The conference will aggregate research that innovates and disseminates upon topics pertaining to climatic mitigation in urban and rural environments, weather forecasting, atmospheric pollution, governmental policies affecting climate change, geographic cultural shifts due to climate change, sustainable transit systems, and more.


Statement of Purpose

The first edition of the Geographic Perspectives on Climate Change Mitigation in Urban and Rural Environments conference will raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on rural and urban environments. Not only does the conference aim to shed light on this critical issue, it looks to seek out geographic solutions to this problem, discussing the contribution of hydrology, climatology, geomorphology, and many more fields of geography to this ever-emerging problem.

Conference Topics
  • 1. Applications of Climatology in Urbanism

    1.1. Urban Mapping and Environmental Spatial Data Analysis
    1.2. Satellite Imaging and Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Effects
    1.3. Effect of Weather Variability on Agriculture & Vegetation in Cities
    1.4. Natural Ventilation and Airflow in Urban Environments
    1.5. Climatic Factors Influencing Urban Planning and Development
    1.6. Mitigation of the Heat Island Effect in Urbanism
    1.7. Hydrology in an Urban Context
    1.8. Energetic Communities for Sustainability

  • 2. Meteorology and Disaster Prevention in Urban and Rural Environments

    2.1. Weather Forecasting and Predictive Analysis
    2.2. Pre-emptive Warnings and Precautions
    2.3. Monitoring Atmospheric Pollution and Particulate Matter Concentration in Cities
    2.4. Innovations in Emergency Response Tools
    2.5. Urban Climate and Decarbonization
    2.6. Climate Change: Risk Assessment
    2.7. Forestry and Agriculture to Mitigate Climate Change
    2.8. Circular Economy in Urban and Rural Areas

  • 3. Climatic Impacts and Response Methods in Rural Environments

    3.1. Geographic Obstacles Hindering Rural Areas’ Climatic Adaptation
    3.2. Rural to Urban Migration and Social Geographic Shifts as a Result of Climate Change
    3.3. Climatology within a Rural Context
    3.4. Ecological Geographic Shifts and Natural Habitat Destruction in Rural Areas due to Climate Change
    3.5. Rural Economies’ Influence on Climatic Adaptation
    3.6. Governmental Policies, and NGO’s Influence on Rural Climatic Adaptation

  • 4. Environmental Impacts on Human Geography and Culture

    4.1. Cultural Habits and Their Environmental Effects
    4.2. Social Norms’ Contributions to Climate Change Mitigation
    4.3. Reciprocal Environmental Relation Establishment
    4.4. Revitalization of Green Public Spaces and Livability in Cities
    4.5. Integration of Greenery in Urban Development
    4.6. Creative Expression and Media for Promoting Climate Change Awareness

  • 5. Sustainable Transportation and Transit Systems

    5.1. Minimizing the Carbon Footprint of Urban Transportation Systems
    5.2. Utilization of Geographic Data and GIS in Transit System Design
    5.3. Shifting Away from Automobile Reliance
    5.4. Designing Pedestrian-Centric Urban Environments
    5.5. Sustainable Pathways of the City

  • 6. Sustainable Governmental Policy and Leadership

    6.1. Governmental Influence Towards Carbon Neutrality in Cities
    6.2. Implementation of Sustainable Energy Infrastructures and Networks
    6.3. Geographic Measurement, Assessment, and Analysis Tools and Design Methods
    6.4. Data-driven Green Policy and Decision making
    6.5. Food Policies in Urban Space

Important Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submission Deadline 30 Oct 2023
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) *payment required 30 Dec 2023
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance & Approval to present 10 Nov 2023
Start Payment Date 30 Oct 2023
End Payment Date 30 Dec 2023
Extended Abstract / Short Paper Submission Deadline 20 Jan 2024
Notification of acceptance/ rejection of submitted extended abstract/ short paper 25 Jan 2024
Conference Program 10 Jan 2024
Conference Launch 29 Jan 2024
Registration & Fees

A. Physical Attendance

Type of Registration ASTI Book by Springer Scopus indexed Open Access IEREK press Journals Co-author/ Audience Payment Deadline
Student 300 € 250 € 150 €


30 Dec 2023

Academic 350 € 300 € 200 €
Professional 400 € 350 € 200 €
  • The Confirmation/Payment Completion period will take place from 30 October 2023 to 30 December 2023.
  • The registration fee does not cover accommodation or travel expenses. A list of accommodation options can only be suggested by our team if available. Contact [email protected] to inquire.

The physical fee covers:

  • The conference Kit inclusive of: a printed abstracts book, a softcopy of the abstracts book on a USB/CD, Conference notebook, IEREK pen, Conference Flyers/ Printouts.

  • IEREK Participation/ Contribution Certificate

  • Preliminary Acceptance Letters

  • Consideration for publishing in the IEREK ASTI series by Springer or IEREK Press

  • Lunches and Coffee Breaks

  • If multiple abstracts are submitted by the same first author submitted to the conference, a 25% discount is applied to each additional submission.

  • Each research paper should have one main author who should pay the full fee (Author fees) regardless of attendance. Co-authors, each, have their own fees to pay to attend the event. This applies to online attendance as well as physical attendance.

  • A research paper fee allows only one author, whether main or co-author, to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference Abstract book in both hard and soft copies. Extras can be requested for an additional fee.

  • Professionals are categorized as participants who are not affiliated with universities such as practitioners, policymakers, entrepreneurs etc.

  • Students must provide proof of enrollment in a university by providing an enrollment certificate or a valid university ID (with issue/ expiry date) etc.

  • Additionally, you have the option to present your submitted abstract as a presentation without the intention of publishing your work, for information about the fees and additional details, please feel free to get in touch with us at: [email protected].

B. Extra Fees

*Authors may request that their kits be delivered, for an additional fee decided by the courier, and upon request. Alternatively, authors located in Egypt can pick them up from Cairo/ Alexandria office.

Additional Conference Kit (Excluding Delivery) *Contact us for a quotation on shipping fees.   

100 €

Loyalty Membership Discounts

The more you attend, the more you're rewarded! 
IEREK offers its loyal participants with the following discounts depending on his/her attendance: 











*The aforementioned discounts are only applicable during Regular and Late Payment times. For more information, please refer to 'Important Dates'.

Payment Methods

 Payment of the registration fee can be made via the following methods (only after online registration):

1. Bank transfer 

Kindly send a request to the conference coordinator/ email and CC [email protected] to receive bank details to complete the payment.

2. Online payment gateway (PayPal)

Participants who would like to complete their payments online must send a request to the conference coordinator/ email and CC [email protected] to receive a customized link to complete their payments.

3. Cash in IEREK branches

Payment in person can be arranged. Please contact the conference coordinator/ Email to receive further information.

Payment Terms and Guidelines:

  • Read more on Important Dates. For information on payment dates, kindly send a request to the conference coordinator/email and CC [email protected] to receive payment details to complete the payment.

  • Authors who have registered and completed payment for virtual attendance CAN request a change to physical attendance. However, a change from physical to virtual is NOT possible.

  • After online registration and payment, the registration fee cannot be reimbursed.

  • Final Acceptance/ rejection of your full/ extended paper (if submitted) can only be given after the peer review process.

  • Inclusion in the conference program, acceptance letters issuance and consideration for publication must be preceded by registration and payment completion.

  • Online Payment (only) should only be completed once a proforma invoice is issued with respective instructions for successful payment.

  • Contact our Financial Department for inquiries/ requests.

Publishing Opportunities

All accepted submissions to the conference, after a rigorous double-blinded peer-review process by the respective and a highly-extinguished Editorial Board, will be published in one of the following:

  • Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI), an IEREK Interdisciplinary book series published by Springer Nature. (Scopus indexed)  

About ASTI

Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) is a series of peer-reviewed books based on important emerging research that redefines the current disciplinary boundaries in science, technology and innovation (STI) in order to develop integrated concepts for sustainable development. It not only discusses the progress made towards securing more resources, allocating smarter solutions, and rebalancing the relationship between nature and people, but also provides in-depth insights from comprehensive research that addresses the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as set out by the UN for 2030.

The series draws on the best research papers from various IEREK and other international conferences to promote the creation and development of viable solutions for a sustainable future and a positive societal transformation with the help of integrated and innovative science-based approaches. Including interdisciplinary contributions, it presents innovative approaches and highlights how they can best support both economic and sustainable development, through better use of data, more effective institutions, and global, local and individual action, for the welfare of all societies. The series particularly features conceptual and empirical contributions from various interrelated fields of science, technology and innovation, with an emphasis on digital transformation, that focus on providing practical solutions to ensure food, water and energy security to achieve the SDGs. It also presents new case studies offering concrete examples of how to resolve sustainable urbanization and environmental issues in different regions of the world. Read More.

The ASTI series is fully indexed in Scopus and any chapter/ paper published as part of this series will be seen on the Scopus database. Some titles have been successfully indexed or submitted for indexation in Web of Science (ISI).

A special issue at the International Journal on

  • Journal of Namibian Studies; a Q1 Scopus-indexed journal (ISSN print 1863-5954; ISSN online 2197-5523) which focuses on topics related to history, culture, politics, society, and the environment. Authors are invited to submit their extended papers to the Journal to be published in a special issue.

  • About the Journal of Namibian Studies
    The Journal of Namibian Studies - History Politics Culture is an interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and the only academic journal focusing on humanities and social sciences devoted exclusively to Namibian Studies. Papers submitted to be considered for publication will be thoroughly and anonymously peer-reviewed. The issues published by the journal contain research articles, reports and analyses, primary sources, and book reviews. JNS also serves as a forum for scholarly debates.



      • IEREK Press Journals, a multidisciplinary publisher that aims to cultivate and disseminate research.

Environmental Science & Sustainable Development (ESSD)

ESSD is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that aims to systematically develop the research-driven curiosity and evidence-based discourse of aspiring scholars that seek to contribute to the academic community. As the world is currently living in an age of information where sources are widely available on the Internet, we at ESSD seek to efficiently utilize the available information to help create robust and evidence-based knowledge. In the process, we offer researchers, in general, and young and aspiring ones in particular a quicker way to get their work published and gain exposure through online open access. We pride ourselves on getting submitted work to be published quickly, through the use of our worldwide pool of subject specialist peer reviewers. Find out more about ESSD International Journal here.


The Academic Research Community Publication (ARChive)

ARChive is an open-access journal that publishes conference proceedings on a wide range of topics relating to social sciences. Consequently, it accepts original research papers on a wide spectrum of subjects. ARChive is a journal published on behalf of researchers that perpetually make an effort to contribute to their fields and provide them with high visibility of research submitted. The series publishes, both, theoretical and experimental high-quality papers of current and perpetual interest. It serves to cultivate, propagate, and essentially archive academic research that has been authored and submitted for academic conferences.

Find out more about ARChive International Journal here.


Proceedings of Science and Technology (Resourceedings)

Resourceedings is an open access journal that publishes conference proceedings. Conference proceedings compromise of different disciplines, ranging from Engineering including built environments, architecture, and sustainability. Disciplines also include Technology and Energy. Resourceedings is a journal that publishes research articles that shed light on different crucial issues in order to provide them with solutions and suggestions. The journal publishes articles submitted by researchers of interest in different fields.

Find out more about Resourceedings International Journal here.


BAHETH International Journal - Arabian Researchers Database (Arabic Papers only)

“BAHETH” in Architecture, Engineering, and Technology, is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original academic research in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Technology. The journal welcomes research in the Arabic Language with an English Abstract. Papers submitted to this journal in Arabic must be presented in the English Language in the conference.

Find out more about BAHETH International Journal here.

Participants’ Instructions

Participants’ Instructions


To help the organizers plan for inter-disciplinary dialogue, participants are requested to choose from the conference themes/ Topics upon registration.

They must also refer to, and abide by, the following instructions in registering and/ or submitting their contributions:

NOTE: If you are contributing as an Author of a submitted abstract (for publishing consideration and/or presentation), and regardless of attendance, the fee for the registration is the same. See and Conference Fees for more information.

Types of Participation

1. Attend/ Present in-person or Online and Publish in indexed Conference proceedings

The conference offers a Physical attendance option for your convenience. That said, participants will have a chance to present their abstract/research, on campus, and have their work considered for publication in the ASTI Series by Springer as part of the conference proceedings.

See Author Instructions and Conference Fees for more information.

2. Registration to publish in the proceedings without presenting/ attending

If your full paper is accepted, it may be published in the conference proceedings book in the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation Book Series by Springer (indexed in Scopus) even if you are not attending the conference. In this case, the accepted work will not be included in the final conference program. See Author Instructions and Publishing Opportunities for more information.

3. Non-presenting participant

Non-presenting participants may also wish to attend the conference as Audience Members or Co-authors contributing to an already submitted abstract/ paper. See Conference Fees for more information.

Notes to consider:
Attendance online and in-person are possible upon confirmation with the conference secretariat/ coordinator at [email protected] and following Conference Fees covered.

* The participation fee is uninform for all options presented above.

* For participants wishing to attend in-person, a visa invitation letter will be provided upon request, for which case a copy of your passport will be required. The invitation letter can only be provided after acceptance and full payment.

* Before planning your trip, be sure to check travel restrictions to the conference’s hosting country. Visit travel information and restrictions, and send in your questions if you have any to the conference coordinator at the email [email protected]

Authors' Instructions

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, based on the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism.

Authors must refer to, and abide by, the following instructions in submitting their abstracts/ papers:

Step 1: Abstract Submission Process

  • The author should prepare and submit an Abstract of at least 150 – 300 words through the website.
  • The abstract should be concise and clearly state the proposed research study's purpose, results, and conclusions.
  • The author should select the most relevant topic for the paper from the corresponding conference topics.
  • The author can use/download an Abstract Writing Template prior to submission
  • To submit your abstract, you first need to (1) click on the “Register” button on the conference page, (2) click on “Submit Now” and:
    • Select the Topic in which you are making the submission
    • Insert the title of your study in the "Paper Title" section
    • Insert the full abstract in the "Abstract" section/upload a file in the .pdf, .doc, .docm, or .docx format
    • Add in writing 3 – 5 keywords that define the field, subfield, topic, and research area covered by the article to help other researchers understand and find your work.
    • Provide the names, affiliations, and E-mails of all authors/ co-authors involved
    • Confirm your submission by ticking having read the instructions and “submit Abstract”

Step 2.1: Abstract Acceptance

  • After acceptance of your abstract of at least (150 – 300 words), you will receive a proforma invoice and specific instructions to complete the payment online or by bank transfer (See Conference Fees) to confirm your participation,
  • Once your abstract has been accepted, please refer to the important dates tab and carefully review the announced dates to avoid late payment, as late payment comes at an extra charge (early bird/regular/late).
  • After successfully completing payment, you will be issued upon request with the following:
    • A signed/ stamped abstract acceptance letter
    • Please note that acceptance of participation, abstract submission, and extended abstract/short paper submissions all have different deadlines. To stay up to date and avoid paying extra fees, or delaying your paper, please carefully review the important dates tab.
    • Receipt of Payment/ Payment Invoice
    • Visa Invitation Letter, if needed
  • After abstract acceptance, you may be given the option to extend the abstract to publish your work in the conference proceedings in ASTI published by Springer Nature (indexed in Scopus/SCImago) (optional not obligatory).

    This is not a prerequisite for presenting your work at the conference. Meaning, you can present your submitted abstract without intending to publish your work.

Step 2.2: Abstract Extension / Short Paper (Optional)

  • Your short paper / extended abstract should be 4 – 6 pages long and submitted before the paper submission deadline, in English, and fit within one of the conference topics.
  • The Extended abstract i.e., the short paper should follow the research paper structure as follows: Abstract (+keywords), Introduction, problem statement, and study aim, Review of the Literature, Methodology, results and conclusion/ discussion, References list using the Paper Writing Template.
  • The submission (short paper i.e. extended abstract) should be made following the same procedure followed for the abstract or sent to the conference email.
  • Here: Authors may need more pages than the allotted maximum of 6 to insert figures, tables, appendixes, etc. In this case, they can submit regular papers (max. 12 pages) with the same fixed fee. For a detailed outline of the fees, please refer to the payment table in the conference fees tab.
  • The conference does welcome Arabic submissions (with abstracts written in the english language), which will only be considered for publication in BAHETH by IEREK Press.

يمكنك تقديم بحثك باللغة العربية (مع كتابة الملخص باللغة الأنجليزية)، وسيتم نشرها بعد المراجعة في مجلة باحث (مجلة علمية محكمة تنشر أبحاثا أكاديمية في مجالات الهندسة والتكنولوجيا)

Step 3: Rigorous Peer Review Process (double-blind)

This process can only be initiated after payment completion and confirmation:

  • If submitted, the extension (short paper) will be preliminarily checked (iThenticate plagiarism/ similarity screening Software, readability, and scope) and it will be peer-reviewed. If similarity issues are detected, the following will apply:
    • % from all sources: 10-15%
    • % from one source: 3-5%
    • Higher than 30% (all sources): Reject completely
    • Lower than 30% (all sources): Ask for revision to decrease the similarities
  • 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.
  • Each paper/ chapter is evaluated by a minimum of two reviewers, after which a final decision by the responsible Editor is made. There is no maximum to the number of times a paper can be reviewed, depending on the quality of the submission.
  • If your short paper is accepted by the Editors for publishing with comments/ requested modifications, our Editors (publishing department) will contact you once a decision is made and you will be asked to revise and correct it. After resubmission, it will be re-checked. Note: There may be more than one round of peer review and the decision rests with the editors of the title. Missed deadlines may result in complete exclusion/ rejection from the final publication.
  • If your short paper is accepted for publishing without edits/ comments, the corresponding author will be contacted to provide the final version of their chapters/ papers following Springer Guidelines and sign the Springer consent-to-publish (CTP) form to authorize publication in the conference proceedings.
  • A back-and-forth process: modifications will be sent back to the responsible Editor/ Series Editor and another round of evaluation conducted where needed. Participants/ Authors should regularly check their emails (Junk/ Spam folders).
  • If you are not interested in publishing an extended abstract in the proceedings in ASTI by Springer Nature, please inform the conference support ([email protected]).

Step 4: Extended paper 

  • After the conference, the authors of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their research, 8 – 12+ pages in length, (optional) of their short papers for publishing in an edited volume to be published by Springer Nature.
  • Publishing your short paper (i.e., extended abstract) in the conference proceedings does not prevent the submission of the full version for publishing consideration after the conference if the similarity percentages (SR%) in Step 3 are taken into account.
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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Lars Gaiser

Prof. Dr. Lars Gaiser is the Director of the Orient Institute for Intercultural Studies and Senior Manager of the regional studies section at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences.

Prof. Dr. Lars Gaiser is the director of the Orient Institute for Intercultural Studies and Senior Manager of the regional studies section at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences. He teaches Bachelor and Master students at the Faculty of International Business who want to specialize in Arab-German or in Franco-German relations and prepares them for a future cross-cultural doing business. His interest in and passion for the Arab world was awaken during his youth. He got in-depth insights in Arab societies from different perspectives: during his studies at Erlangen university in the frame of an interdisciplinary research and teaching program of Middle Eastern Studies, during field studies in Cairo and Alexandria, as visiting student in different Arab universities, as lecturer in Egypt, visiting researcher at AUC and in the field of international collaboration.

Asti Book Editors

Fabio Pollice

Geographer, Rector of the University of Salento.

Fabio Pollice (PhD in Political Geography) is Full Professor of Economics and Political Geography at the University of Salento; He previously taught at the Universities of Naples "Federico II" and Rome "La Sapienza". Since November 2019 is the Rector of University of Salento. He has been Director of the Department of History, Society and Human Studies at the University of Salento (2016-2019) and Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Human and Social Sciences at the University of Salento from 2014 to 2016. He has been for a long time a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Geographic Society. Actually is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European University Center for Cultural Heritage, and has the same role in Eurispes and Foundation La Notte della Taranta. He is the Director of the Placetelling ™ School that he founded in 2016. He deals with topics of economic geography applied with particular regard to the issues related to territorial development and local-global relations with insights on the relationship between tourism and culture and the role of culture in local development processes. He is the author of over 150 national and international scientific publications.

Domenico M. Doronzo

Researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy.

Dr. Domenico M. Doronzo holds a B.Sc., a M.Sc., and a Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences from Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Italy. Investigation specialties related to those degrees are physical volcanology, experimental and computational fluid dynamics, petrology, and natural hazards. Then, he has worked in volcanology and sedimentology, fluid dynamics and combustion, environmental sciences, and rock physics in the United States, Mexico, Spain, and Italy. Currently, he is a contract Researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy. Particularly, he has received the Rittmann Medal from Associazione Italiana di Vulcanologia and Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, which is assigned to the best young Italian volcanologist. His research interests focus on integrating theory, field measurements, numerical modelling, laboratory and outdoor experiments to study geological processes and products in volcanic areas (Vesuvio, Campi Flegrei, Etna, Vulcano, Colli Albani, Tenerife, Altiplano Puna, Colima) from fluid dynamic and natural hazard perspectives. He studies specifically pyroclastic energy currents, pre-eruption conditions, ground deformations, eruption forecasting, lahars and debris flows, flow- building interactions, sand and dust storms, turbidity currents, man-made environmental phenomena, and geo-resources. Recently, he has published the first comprehensive review on the famous 79 CE ‘‘Pompeii’’ Plinian eruption of Vesuvius by means of a multidisciplinary approach in volcanology. He is a Chief Editor of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology, and Volcanology.

Jesús Rodrigo Comino

Professor Assistant Doctor, Department of Regional Geographic Analysis and Physical Geography

PhD DEng Jesús Rodrigo Comino has a PhD in Geography from the University of Málaga (Spain) and the second one in Geomatics and Topography from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He is an expert on regional geography, soil geography and land degradation processes. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Air, Soil and Water Research (SAGE) and the Euro Mediterranean Journal of Environmental Integration (Springer). Currently, he is coordinating the Terra-Lab 2 (EGEMAP: Environmental Geography and Mapping ) and COST-Action Firelinks (CA18135) as a grant holder at the University of Granada (Spain).

Scientific Committee

Dr Ana Margarida Bento

Postdoctoral Researcher in the POSEIDON project (task leader), at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP

She is currently the co-coordinator of the R&D unit Offshore Structures & Foundations of Marine Energy group at CIIMAR. She developed her Ph.D. thesis in a partnership between the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC) and FEUP, under the FCT PhD Program InfraRisk -Infrastructure Risk Analysis and Mitigation. The work carried out consisted of the development of a pragmatic methodology for the assessment and rating of risk associated with bridge foundation scour, using a semi-quantitative priority factor. The scour risk assessment was based on an interdisciplinary approach that combined experimental and numerical analysis to achieve a more advanced and comprehensive understanding of the scouring phenomenon in the vicinity of bridge foundations, under clear water and live bed flow conditions. She completed her MSc in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics and Water Resources) in 2013 at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). The master's thesis focused on the characterization of dam breaching following overtopping and the work was developed at LNEC. She did an international internship at Faculdades Integradas de Aracruz (FAACZ), from IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience), about the construction of irrigation dams in the Municipality of Aracruz. In 2014, she integrated the Hydraulics, Water Resources and Environment Division of FEUP as a master researcher in the project NUMPIERS - Numerical and experimental study of the flow around complex bridge piers. In July 2021, she joined the research project InfraCrit - Development of predictive system for critical infrastructure management, as a postdoctoral researcher at ISISE (UMinho). Her role consisted of management and risk prediction of critical infrastructures subject to flood events, on a GIS integrated platform. In May 2022, she joined the national project GIIP - Intelligent Management of Port Infrastructures as the technical and financial coordinator within UMinho. During her professional work, she collaborated with national companies such as IP and EDP, and several universities such as IST (Portugal), FAACZ (Brazil), FEUP (IHRH, PT), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), University of Minho (Portugal), Universidade Agostinho Neto (Angola), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). She is a member of FOAM@PT, Order of Engineers, International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), Portuguese Association for Classification and Data Analysis (CLAD), Portuguese Water Resources Association (APRH), Specialized Committees on River Hydraulics (CEHF) and Water and Energy (CEAE), The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC), International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), RISCOS and EGU. From 2018-2020, she joined the leadership team of Young Professionals Network of the Portuguese IAHR. She co-supervised a master's student of Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL), from 2019-2020. She joined the scientific committee of 16 peer-reviewed journals (as a reviewer) and of 7 conferences, as guest editor in the SI of Ocean Engineering (Elsevier) and as associate editor in 2 international journals (of ISSN 1646-8972 and 1064-1246, respectively). Recently, she was involved in the jury committee of 3 thesis defences, including Master's and Doctorate's, and co-supervision of integrated project students. She aided the preparation of FCT R&D proposals (as a team member in 2020 and as a co-PI in 2022). She is involved in international scientific proposals, 2 as a team member and 1 as a leader. Dr Ana Margarida Bento is also the author and co-author of several peer-reviewed journal and conference scientific articles (h-index of 4 in Scopus at 05/2023).


1. Vinita Vishwakarma, Prof. and Additional Dean (Research), Galgotias University, Greater Noida-203201, Delhi, NCR, INDIA

2. Mahesh Kumar Jat, Professor Dr eng., Dept. of Civil Engineering, MNIT Jaipur, water Resources Modelling & Management and Geospatial Technologies

3. Uznir Ujang, Associate Professor, Head of 3D GIS Research Group. Geoinformation, Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

4. Alkan Mehmet, Professor in the Department of Geomatics Yıldız Technical University, Turkey. He graduated from Department of Geodesy and Photogrammetry

5. Ashraf Aboulfetooh Mostafa, Professor of Geomorphology, department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, Suez University, Suez, Egypt

6. Alaa Morsy, Dean, Port Training Institute, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Specialized Organization of Arab League Consultant Engineer of Structural Engineering, Egyptian Engineers Syndicate

7. Trapani Ferdinando, Professor of Urban and Regional Spatial Planning, City and Territory Department, University of Palermo, Italy

8. Francesco Alberti, Associate Professor in Regional and Urban Planning and Design, University of Florence (Università degli studi di Firenze) Department of Architecture (DIDA)

Benefits Of Attending

Attending a conference dramatically enhances both your professional and personal development. They help you sharpen the saw, meet and converse with industry experts, expand your resources and grow your professional network. IEREK Conference will help you:

  1. Open Discussions: We bring together leading academic scientists, from different universities and countries, to exchange and share their experiences and research results.
  2. Internationally Accredited Certificate: The participants are granted internationally recognized certificates acknowledged by IEREK, the University, and Partner Organizations.
  3. Publication:Selected high-quality manuscripts will be published, after peer review, in index journals/ book series. See Publishing Opportunities for more information.
  4. Research Technologies: Conferences can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research.
  5. Networking:You can engage with industry experts to discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on and increase your chances of collaboration in future projects.
  6. Academic Reputation: Attending many conferences will make you a known figure in academic circles and an active member of the academic community.
  7. Conference Abstracts Material:Delegates will receive the conference Abstracts book in hardcover (physical attendance for which Shipping fees may apply) and/ or digital format (online attendees). See the conference fees tab.
Conference Issn Number

- The Print ISSN for “ Geographic Perspectives on Climate Change Mitigation in Urban and Rural Environment ” is 3009-7983.

- The Online ISSN for “Geographic Perspectives on Climate Change Mitigation in Urban and Rural Environment ” is 3009-7088.

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Visa Application

- For participants who need Entry Visas to the country where the conference will be held, IEREK will issue the corresponding invitation letter for accepted applicants to facilitate visa issuance.

- 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.

Invitation Letter Issuance Process

1- In case the participant is an author who has submitted a research paper to the conference, it must get accepted by the Scientific Committee

2- Required participation fees must be paid

3- The participant should send the following information to the conference's official email:

* A clear copy of passport

* Passport number

* Full name as written in your passport.

* Date of Issuing and Expiration

* Date of Birth

* Email address of the nearest Embassy/Consulate to you

* Mobile Number including country code

4- Conference coordinator will issue the needful invitation letter and send a copy to the participant's email, in addition to another one to the corresponding email address of embassy/consulate

5- The participant should print out the invitation letter along with all other required documents by the embassy/consulate and apply for VISA

Conference Venue
University of Salento
Piazza Tancredi, 7, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy.

Your Trip To Lecce

Lecce is famous with the best-knowns sights in Italy that it would take weeks to see everything in it, also it is one of Europe’s most popular cities. It has many breathtaking views and tourist attractions from museums to churches and palaces.

The following are some suggestions of places to visit while you are in Lecce, Italy:

Roman Amphitheatre in Piazza Sant’Oronzo

The highlight is the large Roman amphitheatre which once seated 14,000 spectators on its two tiers, although only the lower tier remains. Sometimes concerts still take place here.

In the piazza, you can also see the column of Sant’Oronzo and an unusual 20-meter-high bronze clock, the Orologio Delle Meraviglie, created in 1955 on the wall of the Banco di Napoli.

Lecce Cathedral

Lecce’s Cathedral is on one of the most beautiful squares in Lecce, the Piazza del Duomo.

Piazza del Duomo has a more intimate feel and is enclosed by ornate buildings including the bishop’s residence and seminary.

The Cathedral was originally built in 1144 and was rebuilt in the 17th century by architect Giuseppe Zimbalo in the decorative baroque style that now characterises the city.

Lecce’s Portas

The three remaining city gates of the previously walled city are useful landmarks for navigating the city, and all are decorative and worth seeing.

Once you pass through the gates, you leave the historic centre behind for the modern part of the city which is less attractive, but it does have some good restaurants and shops.

The main city gate is Porta Napoli built in 1548 for a state visit from Charles V and modelled on a Roman triumphal arch. Just outside the arch is the obelisk and beyond this is the university area.

Basilica di Santa Croce

Lecce’s most extravagant baroque church is Santa Croce, also designed by Zimbalo. If you only visit one church in Lecce, make it this one.

The facade features intricate carved figures and a rosette window, and inside are ornate columns and a decorative ceiling, next to Santa Croce is another Zimbalo creation, the Palazzo dei Celestini, now the seat of the local government.

After admiring the exterior, you can walk through the courtyard and out the archway to reach Lecce’s park, just beyond the church and palace is a lovely little street full of wine bars—perfect for a light lunch or aperitivo.


Travel Information

By Train

You can reach Lecce easily by direct Trenitalia train from cities such as Brindisi (30 minutes), Bari (1.5 hours), Rome (5.5 hours), and Bologna (7 hours). From Naples you’ll have to change trains at Caserta (5.5 hours total).

You can check timetables and book tickets in advance for the best rates from the Trenitalia website. You need to use Italian place names (i.e. Torino not Turin). 

The Bari to Lecce Trenitalia train stops at a number of places in Puglia including Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Cisternino, and Ostuni.

By Plane

The nearest airport to Lecce is Brindisi (30-minute drive), while Bari airport is a 2-hour drive away.

You can rent a car at Brindisi airport or take a shuttle bus from the airport to Lecce (40 minutes).

By Car 

From Bari (150Km), via a freeway. Just follow the signs to Brindisi-Lecce. Rental cars are available in the main Italian airports, including the airports of Brindisi and Bari. This could be a good idea if you wish to join a visit to the South of Italy to the conference.



Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi

Address: Viale Porta D'Europa, 73100 Lecce, Italy.

Phone: +39 0832272111

Location on map: Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi

Suite Hotel Santa Chiara

Address: Via degli Ammirati, 24, 73100 Lecce, Italy.

Phone: +39 0832304998

Location on map: Suite Hotel Santa Chiara

Eos Hotel - VESTAS Hotels & Resorts

Address: Viale Alfieri, 11, 73100 Lecce, Italy.

Phone: +39 0832230030

Location on map: Eos Hotel - VESTAS Hotels & Resorts

B&B Mirage

Address: Via 47° Reggimento Fanteria, 12 (nei pressi di Piazza Mazzini), Lecce, Italy.

Phone: +39 0832 305979

Location on map: B&B Mirage

B&B The Terrace

Address: Via Di Casanello, 39, 73100 Lecce - Italy.

Phone: +39 3493169952

Location on map: B&B The Terrace

Refund Policy

A.Physical Attendance

Delegates in any event who cancel their registration due to special circumstances will receive refunds according to the following plan:

Cancellation Policy

Up to 60 days before the event

Up to 50 days before the event

Up to 40 days before the event

39 days before the event







A refund is not possible if

-An acceptance letter has been issued (Authors only)

-The proceedings of the event have been published (Authors only)

-All matters have been finalized (accommodation/travel expenses paid for)

Visa Rejection Cases

Reason and proof of rejection must be submitted. If the reason for rejection is due to an error on our part, the participant will be refunded their full fee with a deduction of a 20% administration fee.

Documents to be issued by IEREK to acquire a visa are as follows:

*Final Acceptance Letter (Authors only)

*Visa Invitation Letter

*Invoice/proof of payment

We encourage all authors and attendees to ensure their having acquired all documents (those applicable) mentioned.

If the reason for rejection is not related to any of the aforementioned and is an error on the participant’s part, the following will apply:

*Authors: may choose to let their co-author present his/her research on his/her behalf free of charge. If the author does not have a co-author, a member of the scientific committee shall present on the author’s behalf.

*Audience members/Registrants: will only be allowed to attend another similar event of their choosing that is organized by IEREK free of charge.