Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries (ISCDC)
Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries (ISCDC)

Conference Overview

  • 05, Dec / 07, Dec 2015
  • Cairo
Conference Email
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The International Conference on Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries was held in Grand Nile Tower Cairo, one of the best hotels with the best views on the Nile. The conference was chaired by Professor Claudio Gambardella (Architecture & Industrial Design Dept. “Luigi Vanvitelli” / Second University of Naples, Italy) and organized by IEREK.

The opening session was held right after the arrival of the delegates, which was opened by a welcoming word from Mourad Amer (CEO of IEREK), Claudio Gambardella a (Architecture & Industrial Design Dept. “Luigi Vanvitelli” / Second University of Naples, Italy).

The plenary session titled “Setting the Scene” was run by the following professors;

– Prof. Claudio Gambardella (Architecture & Industrial Design Dept. “Luigi Vanvitelli” / Second University of Naples, Italy)

– Dip. Architect Seif Allah A. Alnaga, (President of SEA, Formal Vice President of International Union of Architects UIA)

– Prof. Fabio Naselli (Kore University of Enna, Italy)

– Architect Nikos Fintikakis (Director UIA ARES WP, Athens GR)

– Prof. Nabil Mohareb (Beirut Arab University, Tripoly Branch, Lebanon)

– Prof. Ahmed Shehata (Umm Al-Korra University, Saudi Arabia)

– Prof. Iman Abdelgawad (Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Egypt)

– Architect Hany El-Miniawy (CEO, ADAPT Egypt)

A great lecture/presentation titled “Geopolitics of Sustainable Energy Sources in Developing countries” was given by Jhelum Bagchi (American Australian Association International Security Observer Horizon Intelligence), all the attendees were amazed by the lecture.

After an introduction about the conference and its delegates was made, the conference officially started, and allowing for the sessions to begin.

Moving on to the parallel sessions which was held at the two halls “Laylaty I” and “Laylaty II” led and moderated by great and reputable professors who were of great help in organizing this conference and its sessions. The topics discussed during the conference are of great interest to the goal and aim of this conference.

A remarkable discussion took place during one of the sessions, amongst the professors leading the sessions, and the Authors presenting the papers, such as Dr. Randa A. Mahmoud, causing an uproar in the discussion, making it a wonderful session.

 Conference Topics

A wide range of topics was covered by the conference papers, they were grouped into sections, and the conference topics are as follows;

  • Sustainable Urban Design.
  • Mobility in Urban Design.
  • Energy Consumption. (In Buildings and Urban Spaces).
  • Energy Performance Simulation in Design Process.
  • Materials and Technology.
  • Life Cycle Assessment for Materials.
  • Occupancy Comfort.
  • Energy Efficiency in (Heating – Cooling – Lighting).
  • Waste and Water recycling.
  • Economic Efficiency and Life Cycle Cost in Building.
  • Nature and Green Building Challenges.
  • Ecological and Cultural Sensitivity.
  • Planning Coastal Areas and Waterfronts.
  • Sustainability Indices in Architecture.
  • Green Facades.
  • Education and Sustainability.
  • Protect and Restore Water Resources.
  • Promote sustainable and Regenerative Material Resources Cycles.
  • Build a Greener Economy.
  • Enhance Social Equity, Environmental Justice and Community Quality of Life.

Conference’s Media Coverage

The conference was covered by a number of TV channels, local and private channels, and was also posted on a number of Electronic Webpages, and was published on the Newspapers, kindly check the following links;







Conference’s Gala Dinner

Some of the delegates, committee members and organizers were able to get together during the conference days, on the gala dinner which was organized beforehand, to allow the authors and organizers to get together and discuss the conference.

During the gathering of the delegates at the gala dinner, they were able to discuss many topics of the conference, furthermore, they were able to exchange ideas about their papers and their cultural backgrounds.

The conference’s Gala dinner took place On-board Le Marquise provided by the Hotel Grand Nile Towerwhich had the delegates on a Nile Cruise around the city of Cairo at night, where there were entertainment acts, such as having singers, dancers, and art shows.

Closing session

The closing session, was mainly about the deliverance of the Certificate of attendance, and the exchange of ideas, opinions, and comments on the paper and the conference, marking the end of the international conference on “Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries”.


Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries, organized by IEREK, is considered to be the first step in spreading science and knowledge through this organization.

The main goal of this conference is to enhance and spread the role of sustainable architecture in improving the quality of the built environment in developing countries by saving energy, using renewable energy, and using efficient sustainable building materials and other aspects that achieve the environmental efficiency.

In addition, the conference emphasizes also using energy performance simulation in the design process of sustainable architecture. Using simulation tools facilitates achieving accurate and innovative results for studying energy consumption in buildings for both new and existing buildings as well.

The target of this conference is to exchange knowledge and experience between architects, scientists, engineers, environment experts, students and stakeholders in order to evolve our built environment and also innovate new approaches that contribute in improving sustainability in developing communities.

Conference Topics

  1. 1. Sustainable Urban Design.
  2. 2. Mobility In Urban Design.
  3. 3. Energy Consumption. (in Buildings And Urban Spaces).
  4. 4. Energy Performance Simulation In Design Process.
  5. 5. Materials And Technology.
  6. 6. Life Cycle Assessment For Materials.
  7. 7. Occupancy Comfort.
  8. 8. Energy Efficiency In (heating – Cooling – Lighting).
  9. 9. Waste And Water Recycling.
  10. 10. Economic Efficiency And Life Cycle Cost In Building.
  11. 11. Nature And Green Building Challenges.
  12. 12. Ecological And Cultural Sensitivity.
  13. 13. Planning Coastal Areas And Waterfronts.
  14. 14. Sustainability Indices In Architecture.
  15. 15. Green Facades.
  16. 16. Education And Sustainability.
  17. 17. Protect And Restore Water Resources.
  18. 18. Promote Sustainable And Regenerative Material Resources Cycles.
  19. 19. Build A Greener Economy.
  20. 20. Enhance Social Equity, Environmental Justice And Community Quality Of Life.
Conference Program

The Conference’s detailed program is now available on IEREK‘s website, with a detailed schedule as well for the Events and the conference sessions. Please click on the following link to download the ISCDC exclusive program:

Download Full ISCDC Program 


  1. This Program is not the Final one and can be changed According to many Changes
  2. The Gala Dinner is Optional and will Cost 40$ including an Open Buffet DinnerSailing Trip in the Nile for 2 hours and an Egyptian Traditional Dancing Show.
  3. The Visit Tour on the Last Day is Optional and will Cost 45 $ including a Visit to the Giza Plateau, a Visit to the Egyptian Museum and a Lunch in Abu-Shakra Restaurant.
Important Dates

Title Date Notes
Abstract Submissions Deadline 9th August 2015
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 6th August 2015 Acceptance is issued once a positive feedback is received from the reviewing committee.
Full Paper Submission Deadline 1st October 2015
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 6th October 2015
Early Payment Deadline 5th September 2015 Late payment fees are mandatory after this date.
Regular Payment Deadline 5th October 2018
Late Payment Deadline 5th November 2015
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 30th September 2015 Will not be issued without completing the conference fees.
Letter of Final Acceptance 28th October 2015 Will not be issued without completing the fees, and approval of the Full Paper.
Conference Program 1st November 2015
Conference Launch 4th December 2015
Benefits Of Attending

Attending conferences is very beneficial on the professional level. Conferences are full of people promoting new ideas that 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, getting an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learning 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 cover 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.

All conference papers will be digitally archived online in sciencedirect.com by ELSEVIER where they are immediately and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Journal participants may be asked after the conference to submit an enhanced version of their research for possible publication at procidea journal and sciencedirect.com website.

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 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.


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) Are 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 the 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 by ELSEVIER at the Procedia journal “Social and Behavioral Sciences”.Also, ELSEVIER shall include the journal as a part of (Sciencedirect.com) services as open access. The participants are granted internationally recognized certificates from IEREK that they have attended the conference and presented their papers. Moreover, their papers being published by ELSIEVIER can be added to their certificates of experience and can be presented to the official authorities concerned.
Author's Instructions

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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 changed 50 USD). For publication, the accepted papers must be presented at the conference.
English will be the official language of the conference “Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries”.
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.

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Conference Fees

– Instructions

– Every research paper should have at least a main author who should pay the full fees, even if the main author is a Master’s or a Ph.D. candidate. These fees include the attendance of only one author to the conference. (As shown in the table, row1),

– In case there is a co-author who is either a student or professor and wants to attend the conference and participate in its activities, he or she has to pay the specified fees. (As shown in the table, row 2),

– In case students or interested audience want to attend the conference without presenting a paper, they pay the specified fees. (As shown in the table, row 3).

To benefit from a 25% discount only for Author fees, Please proceed the payment before the 15 August 2015. Read more at Special Discount.

– Kindly Note, that once the payment deadline ends, you will have to pay $100 as late payment till the 5th of November, 2015. Once the deadline for the Late payment ends, all papers and audience attendance will be automatically canceled for the ones who did not pay the required fees.


– Delegates who cancel their registration due to special circumstances more than 60 days before the start of the conference and do not have a paper published in the proceedings will receive a complete refund minus the list price of the conference book and a $100 administration charge. Fees remain payable in full for cancellations received within 60 days of the start of the conference.

– 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.

Regular Attendance Fees
Fees for Audiences (Learners, Interests) EGP 1200
Fees for Audiences (Learners, Interests) USD 300
Co-Authors Fees
Fees for a Co-Author (Students, professors) EGP 800
Attending Fees for a Co-Author (Students, professors) USD 200
Authors & Publication Fees
Authors fees with 25% Discount for Early Payment (Before 15 August 2015) (Expired!) EGP 1200
Authors fees with 25% Discount for Early Payment (Before 15 August 2015) (Expired!) USD 300
Fees for publication online open access at sciencedirect.com EGP 800
Fees for publication online open access at sciencedirect.com USD 100
Fees for Authors (Paper fees) EGP 1500
Fees for Authors (Paper fees) USD 400
Other Services Fees
Late payment after 21 October 2015 EGP 500
Late Payment after 21 October 2015 USD 100
Special Discount

Special Discount For NON- Egyptians:

To benefit from a 25% discount only for Author fees (The paper fees)

A 100 hundred dollars ($100) OFF.

To benefit from a 25% discount only for Author fees (The paper fees)- a hundred dollars ($100):

–  Please proceed with the payment before the 15th of August, 2015. The system will allow you to pay the authors fees ($300) instead of ($400) only until this date.

In addition

– For the online open access at sciencedirect.com, it has fixed fees that do not get the discount offer, even if they are paid early.

Late Payment

$100 will be added to the author fees, the system will ask you to pay ($500) instead of ($400)

In addition

– ($150) for late payment for the online open access at sciencedirect.com instead of ($100).

Special Discount For Egyptians:

To benefit from a 25% discount only for Author fees (The paper fees) Three hundred seventy-five Egyptian Pounds (L.E. 375) OFF.

– Please attempt to pay before the 15th of August, 2015. The system will allow you to pay the author fees (L.E. 1125) instead of (L.E. 1500) only. until this date.

In addition

– For the online open access at sciencedirect.com, it has fixed fees that do not get the discount offer, even if they are paid early.

Late Payment 

L.E. 500 will be added to the author fees, the system will ask you to pay (L.E. 2000) instead of (L.E. 1500)

In addition

– ($150) for late payment for the online open access at sciencedirect.com instead of ($100).

Venue And Location


The luxurious landmark Grand Nile Tower is poised directly on the magnificent Nile on the tip of Roda Island with a prime location in central Cairo, close to many cultural and tourists attractions. It is located in the Garden City area close to the center of modern Cairo. The Cairo International Airport is approx. 20 km away from the hotel.

City Information
The largest city in Africa, Cairo is a vast, exotic city that stretches along the banks of Nile River in Egypt. The majority of the city lies to the east of the Nile Although most visitors come to Cairo to visit the only surviving ancient wonder of the world, the magnificent pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx which are about 11 miles southwest of the center of Cairo. The three colossal pyramids can be explored by means of tunnels that go deep inside the interior of the pyramids and by night there is an atmospheric Sound and Light Show, which is well worth seeing.

However, there is much more for visitors to Cairo to experience than the pyramids. The Egyptian Museum, located in central Cairo in Tahir Square, contains over 100,000 relics including the celebrated treasures of the Tutankhamun tomb. Discovered by Howard Carter in 1921, the collection includes the solid gold death mask, the three golden catafalques, jewelry, scarabs, diadems, weapons, ceremonial gilded coaches, and chariots, all of which were buried with the 18th-dynasty boy king.

The Cairo Tower, on El Gezirah Island, provides a panoramic view of Cairo from the restaurant, located at the top of the tower. With literally dozens of mosques and Coptic churches to discover, the Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world and is a fine example of classical Islamic architecture.

Old Cairo lies to the south of Cairo city center and the Citadel, the Coptic Museum and the Hanging Church are all in this region and should not be missed.

Cairo offers a vast range of shopping opportunities, from modern shopping centers to the famous souks. The old bazaar, Khan El Khalili, is arguably, one of the most interesting places to shop and haggle over spices, perfume, gold and silver jewelry, leather work and brass and copper ware.


  • Cairo International Airport 20 km.
  • Cairo Museum 1.5 km.
  • Khan El Khalili 4 km.
  • Giza Pyramids 20 km.
  • Egyptian Museum 5 km.
  • Cairo International Conference Centre 15 km.
  • Cairo Tower 1.7 km.
  • The Citadel 1.5 km.

    Grand Nile Tower

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.

Travel Information

Traveling to Cairo could be by different means, such as:

By Air:
For participants in the conference from outside Egypt, once you have arrived at Cairo International Airport, the easiest way to get to the venue of the conference is by taxi or car rental services. The airport is about 18 kilometers from the hotel and the trip should take about half an hour. You should expect a taxi to cost around 10 € and can be found at the exit of the building.
By Car:
Almtarali car rental companies such as Avis and Limousine are there before going out of the airport building. We suggest you make your booking in advance.
As for the participants from within Egypt, if you prefer to travel to the venue of the conference and you are a resident outside the city of Cairo, you can use public transportation, either by bus or by train.
By Bus:
There is a bus service “Super Jet” every hour to the city of Cairo, and there is a high-speed train trips from Alexandria. The trip takes about three hours by train and about three and a half hours by bus.
The cost of the train is about 4 euros, and the cost of the bus is about 3 euros.
Upon arrival in Cairo, you can reach the hotel by taxi. Its cost is about 2 euros.
Scientific Committee


Dear Colleagues, These are the suggested hotels that you can use for Accommodation during the period of the Conference. You can reserve your place by filling the form and send it back to the hotel using the contact information in the form.

Grand Nile Tower ” previously known as Grand Hayatt Hotel” (Conference Venue)
Corniche El Nile, Garden City, Roda Island, Cairo, Egypt

This is where the Conference will be held. Grand Nile Tower offers spectacular views of the River Nile from every room. Enjoy easy access to City Center businesses, as well as legendary attractions such as the Sphinx and Giza Pyramid. (recommended)

Download Booking Form for Grand Nile Tower

  • Rates for Egyptians
    Grand Room: 900 EGP (Single Room) or 1000 EGP (Double Room)
  • Rates for Non-Egyptians
    Grand Room: 148 USD (Single Room) or 165 USD(Double Room)

 Other Properties nearby with lower rates

  1. New Garden Palace Hotel
    11 Moderiat El Tahrir St Garden City, Garden City, 99999 Cairo, Egypt.
    Rates: 150 EGP ( Single Room ) or 300 EGP (Double Room)
  2. City View Hotel
    1 El Bostan Street, Al-Tahrir Sq, Downtown, Cairo., Cairo, Egypt.
  3. Pharaohs Palace Hostel
    26 Kassar El Nile St. Downtown, 99999 Cairo, Egypt.
    300 EGP (Single Room) or 450 (Double Room)
  4. King Hotel Cairo
    20 Abdel Rehim Sabri Street, Dokki, Dokki, 99999 Cairo, Egypt.