Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries – 4th Edition
Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries – 4th Edition

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  • 06, Apr / 08, Apr 2020
  • Cairo Egypt
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Over the past few decades, Sustainability concept has evolved from (good to have) to (must have) priority in order to secure the livable future for us and the next generations. The 4th International Conference on "Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries" (ISCDC) emphasizes on using technology and simulation tools which are very important in order to achieve better results and have a more sustainable environment through the usage of eco-friendly materials for buildings, recycling water, using renewable energy resources and by using energy efficient appliances. As technology is continuously evolving and improving day by day, sustainable products in the market have become more efficient and have started to compete against products which operate through conventional methods. Explore 4th ISCDC Conference Topics for a more comprehensive understanding of the 4th International ISCDC Conference’s mission.

In this regard, IEREK is organizing this conference in Cairo, Egypt, and is proudly inviting architects, environmentalists, engineers, students, planners and everyone in between to participate and contribute their efforts in this conference in order to exchange knowledge and experience. Indeed, it is a great opportunity in order to evolve our built environment and also explore new and different approaches hoping to improve sustainability in different developing communities and countries. For more information about how to participate, please check the 4th International ISCDC conference Participation Procedures.

Why the 4th ISCDC?

The 4th international ISCDC conference in Cairo, Egypt will discuss how to improve sustainability in developing countries and the current system of development research to meet new development challenges and facilitate sustainability. It will showcase high level, truly inclusive evidence-based debates on current development challenges and priorities. It will also share knowledge on development by highlighting innovative, high-quality, original and topical research, and providing developing and transition countries with a voice in shaping global policy debates on sustainable development.

All accepted peer-reviewed papers from 4th ISCDC conference and after following the Author`s instructions, will be either published as a book chapter in the Advances in science, technology and innovation (ASTI) series by springer, or published in The International Journal of Proceedings of Science and Technology (Resourceedings) online by IEREK Press.  , check IEREK`s Publishing service for more information.

You will find our Previous publications from 2nd and 3rd ISCDC conferences under the title of “Advanced Studies in Energy Efficiency and Built Environment for Developing Countries”  in ASTI book Series by springer.

Conference Topics
  • 1. Principles of Sustainable Development

    1.1 Formulating the Basic Principles of Sustainable Development
    1.2 Dimensions of Sustainability: Economic, Social, and Ecological
    1.3 The Role of Technology in Sustainable Development
    1.4 Education and Sustainable Development: Role and Objectives
    1.5 Advancing Sustainable Industrial Development

  • 2. Designing Solutions for Sustainable Architecture

    2.1 Sustainable Architectural Design: Definition and Examples
    2.2 Integrating Architectural Design under the Concept of Sustainable Development
    2.3 Energy Efficiency in Sustainable Architecture
    2.4 Urban Design Planning and Climatology
    2.5 Criticisms in Architectural Design and Planning

  • 3. Sustainable Environmental Preservation and Management

    3.1 Environmental Protection and Sustainability
    3.2 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Environmental Dimensions
    3.3 The Importance of Preservation and Conservation of the Environment
    3.4 Improving Sustainability through Development of Green Areas
    3.5 Planning and Managing Land Resources for Sustainable Development

  • 4. Sustainable Strategies for Developing Countries

    4.1 Promotion and Diversification of Crop Production
    4.2 Tree planting as a Contribution towards Sustainable Development
    4.3 Building Reuse for Sustainable Cities
    4.4 Sustainable Waste and Energy Management Solutions
    4.5 Smart Infrastructure Development

  • 5. The Challenge of Sustainability

    5.1 Climate Change and Energy Security
    5.2 The Challenge of Water Scarcity
    5.3 Preventing Loss of Biodiversity
    5.4 Sustainable Soil and Land Management Challenges
    5.5 Climate and Planet's Natural Resources Preservation

Important Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submissions Deadline 09 Oct 2019
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 08 Nov 2019
Full Paper Submission Deadline 07 Jan 2020
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 06 Feb 2020
Early Payment Deadline 07 Jan 2020
Regular Payment Deadline 06 Feb 2020
Late Payment Deadline 07 Mar 2020
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 06 Feb 2020
Letter of Final Acceptance 06 Feb 2020
Conference Program 07 Mar 2020
Conference Launch 06 Apr 2020
Conference Venue


Conference Fees


- Each research paper should have one main author who should pay the full fee (Author fees) regardless of attendance.

- Each co-author (1-5 max) has his/her own separate fees to pay as shown in a table below.

- 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 proceedings book in both hard and soft copies. Extras can be requested for a fee shown below.

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'.

Conference Fees:


Author Fees (Short Paper)

Author fees for Early Payment          |   2020-01-07

EUR 250
Author fees for Regular Payment      |  2020-02-06 EUR 300

Author fees for Late Payment            |  2020-03-07

EUR 400

Author Fees (Long Paper)

Author fees for Early Payment           |    2020-01-07

EUR 400
Author fees for Regular Payment      |    2020-02-06 EUR 500

Author fees for Late Payment            |    2020-03-07

EUR 600

Regular Attendance Fees

Fees for Audiences (Co-authors, Learners, and Interests)

EUR 250

Fees for NON-Attending Co-Authors

EUR 50
Extra Fees
Conference Book (Hard copy + CD) EUR 100

Springer/Journal Publication (Extended Paper)

EUR 200

Egyptian Fees


Fees for Audience Members/ Students / Listeners 

EGP 1000
Attending Fees for a Co-Author (Students, professors) EGP 1000

Non-Attending Fees for a Co-Author (Students, professors)

EGP 500
Refund Policy

Please note that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa if needed, by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

- Delegates in any event who cancel their registration due to special circumstances for any reason will receive refunds according to the following plan and according to the number of days from the start of the event:

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
Penalty 20% 50% 70% 100%


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 of 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 of 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.


All accepted papers of the fourth Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries (4th ISCDC) after the peer-review process will be either published as chapters in the Book Series “Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation” (ASTI) by Springer or in The International Journal of Proceedings of Science and Technology (Resourceedings) online by IEREK Press.

To publish your research in the online Journal or Book by 'Springer' and provide it with world-wide visibility, authors must submit an extended version of their short papers that are 10 -12 pages long.

The ASTI Book Series by Springer is by highly professional members of an International Editorial Board to ensure a high-quality publication material to be eventually published online and printable.

The ASTI Book Series will be submitted for indexation in Web of Science (ISI), EI-Compendex, and Scopus databases.


Note that only authors of accepted papers who will register before the deadline of 07 January 2020 will be allowed to present during the conference sessions (see Important Dates and Conference Fees). The Previous proceedings of the 2nd and 3rd Conference of Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries (2nd & 3rd ISCDC) are published in the ASTI book titled “Advanced Studies in Energy Efficiency and Built Environment for Developing Countries”. As for the rest of the proceedings they are published online in the international journal of Proceedings of Science and Technology (Resourceedings).

If you are not sure whether you or one of your co-authors will be able to attend the conference, you should bear in mind that there is a fee to be paid for Audiences (Co-authors, Learners, and Interests). The accepted paper will not be included in the conference proceedings without paying the fee (see Conference Fees for more details). 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 proceedings book in both hard and soft copies. Extras can be requested for a fee shown below.

The proceedings of the Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries (4th ISCDC) will consist of 5 sections (or Parts), each edited by the following group of Chief Editors:

Ferdinando Trapani

Associate professor in Urban Planning, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy

Nancy Clark

Associate Professor School of Architecture University of Florida; Program Coordinator UF Global Lab

Antonella Versaci

Assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, University "Kore" of Enna

Hocine Bougdah

Reader in Architectural Technology; The Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, UK.

Nabil Mohareb

Head of Faculty Branch of Architecture - Design & Built Environment, Tripoli Campus, BAU University, Lebanon.

Marco Migliore

Coordinator and Tutor of Ph.D. Course in Engineering and Economics of Transport at the University of Palermo.

Participation Procedures

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

Elementary Review:

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

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

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

 Rejected but encouraged for re-submission with major modifications.

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

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

First Acceptance:

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

Uploading Full-Length Paper:

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

Second Acceptance:

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


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

Inspections and Final Approval of Full Papers:

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

(1) Is the topic relevant to the conference?

(2) Is the writing and structure clear?

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

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

(5) Are the objectives of the study achieved?

(6) Is the literature review relevant and adequate?

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

(8) Has the author interpreted the findings correctly?

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

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

Authors' Instructions

Short Papers

To download the writing template for a Short paper,Click here 
Extended Papers 
- 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 from the link provided below).


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

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.

- English will be the official language.

To download the writing template for a full-length paper,Click here

Abstract and full paper submission instructions,Click here

English Editing Service

- IEREK provides you the English Review service; where we will be responsible for the language review process of your paper. This service will get your paper revised in terms of grammar, punctuation, and language structure; without changing the scientific content.

- This service will ensure you have the perfect language structure, to get your perfect paper published. This will help you increase the number of citations and make it easier for others access the information provided in your paper.

Fees for the editing process:

Paper Pages Papers 4-5 pages long Papers 8-12 pages long
Editing fees 80$ 150$

If you are interested in getting this service, please email us your paper on:

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.

Benefits Of Attending

Since conferences are the places where new science results are typically first presented so, it helps you sharpen the saw, meet experts & influencers face to face, learning in a new space, build your knowledge base, expand your resources and grow your professional network. Yet attending conferences organized by IEREK will not only helps you gain previous benefits but also can be very rewarding on the professional level due to below reasons:

1. Open Discussions: We bring together leading academic scientists to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of smart cities development. Furthermore, you get to converse with other researchers from different universities and countries. 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.

2. Internationally Accredited Certificate: The participants are granted internationally recognized certificates which will be added to their certificates of experience or could be presented to the official authorities concerned.

3. Publication: The conference proceedings will be published by one or more journals since authors can choose to publish their research paper either in "Resourceedings" international journal of science hosted by IEREK Press or "SSRN" by "ELSEVIER". Besides, high-quality manuscripts based on scientific committee evaluation will be published either in Environmental Sciences & Sustainable Development (ESSD) by IEREK Press or a book series by "Springer".

4. Research Technologies: 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.

5. Networking: Conferences help in networking which often increases your chances of collaboration in future projects. As you can engage with respectable professors and discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on.

6. Academic Reputation: Attending many conferences will make you a known figure in academic circles, not to mention the benefits for your C.V as it will create an impression that you are an active member of the academic community.

7. Conference Proceedings Material: Delegates will have the choice of receiving the conference proceedings as either a hardcover book or in digital format on a CD. The CD will additionally contain proceedings from previous conferences in this series.

8. Venue: Getting an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learning about its people and culture.

Moreover, all conference papers are archived online in the E-Library of IEREK‘s website where they are immediately and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Visa Application

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

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

Conference Program
DAY 1 06, April 2020
08:00—9:30 Arrival and Registration
09:30—11:30 Opening session
11:30—12:00 Coffee Break
12:00—12:30 KEYNOTE 1
12:30—13:00 KEYNOTE 2
13:00—13:30 KEYNOTE 3
13:30—14:00 KEYNOTE 4
14:00—14:30 KEYNOTE 5
14:30—15:15 Lunch

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20:00 - 23:00 Gala Dinner
DAY 2 07, April 2020

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12:40—13:30 Chairman Word
12:40—13:30 Closing Ceremony
Your Trip To Cairo, Egypt

Egypt is a spectacularly beautiful country filled with cultural gems.  A country will be lucky enough to experience and check off your bucket list. Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, with a name that means "the victorious city." It is located on both banks of the River Nile near the head of the river's delta in northern Egypt and has been settled for more than 6,000 years, serving as the capital of numerous Egyptian kingdoms. Cairo is known locally as "Misr," which is the Arabic name for Egypt, because of its centrality to Egyptian life.

The following are some suggestions of places to visit while you are in Cairo, Egypt.

  1. Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx

Visiting the most ancient of the Seven Wonders of the World (and the only wonder that survived the ages) should be on every bucket list. For me, it certainly was a dream come true.

you really have to visit the Sphinx as well. It marks the entrance to an ancient mortuary temple and many myths are told about its construction. Some claim it’s over 10,000 years old, while others believe it was built by the Pharao of the second pyramid, Khafra, around 2,500 BC. As I am no Egyptologist, I stuck to admiring the ancient landmark.

  1. Egyptian Museum

There is no place in the world where you will find more artifacts from ancient Egypt than in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Located right on the famous Tahrir Square the colonial building houses the golden hoard from the tomb of Tutankhamun and so many other old Egyptian artifacts.

  1. Khan el-Khalili (shopping quarter)

There is no finer place to go shopping than the Khan el-Kahlili district in the historic center of Islamic Cairo. It is not only incredibly pretty with all its mosques and ancient arches, it’s also a buzzing area with souvenir shops, restaurants, street cafes and quite a history. For me, it’s one of the most fun things to do in Cairo at night.

  1. Cairo Citadel

Considerably younger, but still a must-see in Cairo is the Cairo Citadel sitting on the hills on the east side of the Nile. It once served as a fortress and now houses a couple of beautiful mosques and the National Military Museum of Egypt.

our first and foremost reason to go there should be visiting the Mosque of Muhammad Ali (not the boxer!) or Alabaster Mosque how it is often called. It’s the grandest sacred building in the city and quite the iconic sight.