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Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED)
Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED)

Call For Abstracts

  • 11, Dec / 13, Dec 2024
  • Università degli Studi Mediterranea, Italy
Conference Email
[email protected]
Introduction

Always a cultural crossroads, the Mediterranean Region is attracting increasing international attention for its rich history, unique biodiversity, and socio-economic complexity. These elements are fueling the debate on how to address current and future challenges in the Region and beyond.

The first edition of the International Conference "Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED)" in 2024 aims to highlight sustainable development issues related to the cultural landscape in the Mediterranean Region.

The cultural landscape in the Mediterranean Region is the result of the historical combination of the work of man and nature, an essential part of the European heritage and an indispensable element for the quality of life of human communities.

In a global context that is increasingly aware of the need to address complex challenges, the conference aims to provide a multidisciplinary platform characterized by the breadth and depth of its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach, attracting the interest and participation of scholars, experts, and academics from different fields of expertise to explore, share and develop innovative and sustainable ideas that will make a significant contribution to understanding this important issue.

This approach is based on the recognition that environmental, social, and economic challenges require an integrated and in-depth understanding, exploring the deep links between cultural history, the natural environment, and social dynamics, and outlining a comprehensive framework that can guide sustainable policies and innovative practices. Through the contribution of a variety of disciplines, the conference aims to lay the foundations for a comprehensive view of Mediterranean landscapes, considering them as interconnected systems that involve both humans and the environment.

The challenge of reconciling development and conservation requires a multi-focal and synergistic approach that involves knowledge sharing and in-depth study of issues related to social sciences, environmental sciences, architecture, economics, information technology, infrastructure, energy, environment, agro-forestry and many other related sectors, capable of offering different and complete perspectives on issues that require an integrated understanding of cultural, environmental and economic dynamics.

Through the presentation of innovative research, the exchange of practical experiences and active collaboration, the conference will seek to define strategies that can guide policies and practices to preserve the cultural and natural richness of Mediterranean landscapes, and to shape a future in which development and conservation coexist harmoniously, allowing Mediterranean landscapes to flourish for generations to come.

The topics of the conference cover issues of global relevance. Climate change, sustainable resource management, cultural heritage conservation and the promotion of equitable economic development are just some of the issues that will be addressed. The conference aims to contribute not only to the well-being of the Mediterranean region, but also to the global debate on how to preserve and responsibly manage Mediterranean landscapes in an increasingly interconnected world.

Aims

The first edition of the International Conference "Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED)" aims to foster links between scholars, experts and academics by encouraging collaboration and the exchange of ideas, according to the following objectives:

- Multidisciplinary Innovation: To provide a platform for the presentation and discussion of innovative research and interdisciplinary projects that contribute to the understanding and resolution of contemporary challenges in Mediterranean landscapes.

- Scientific advancement: To promote scientific progress through the presentation of high-quality research results, stimulating critical reflection and collaboration between the various disciplines involved.

- Sustainable development: To explore sustainable solutions for the management and conservation of Mediterranean landscapes, taking into account social, economic and environmental aspects.

- Training and education: To provide training and educational opportunities through workshops, interactive sessions, and seminars by internationally renowned experts.

Conference Topics
  • 1. Part 1: Landscape Conservation, Enhancement and Management

    1. Sustainable landscape planning
    2. Ecosystem restoration and management
    3. Cultural heritage preservation in landscapes
    4. Climate change adaptation in Mediterranean landscapes
    5. Urban green spaces and parks
    6. Landscape and tourism development
    7. Monitoring and assessment of landscape changes
    8. Agricultural-scape and Sustainable Farming Practices
    9. Plant biodiversity for sustainable cropping system.

  • 2. Part 2: Infrastructure and Landscape Integration

    1. Sustainable and landscape connectivity
    2. Sustainable Mobility and Intelligent Transport Systems
    3. Green infrastructure and urban design
    4. Landscape approaches to water management
    5. Coastal and marine infrastructure planning
    6. Integrating infrastructure with natural ecosystems
    7. Smart cities and advanced infrastructure design
    8. Landscape-based solutions for climate resilience

  • 3. Part 3: Architecture and Built Environment

    1. Sustainable architecture in the Mediterranean
    2. Traditional and vernacular architecture
    3. Urban design and placemaking
    4. Low-impact and energy-efficient design
    5. Architecture and social equity
    6. Innovative materials and construction techniques
    7. Urban regeneration and revitalization
    8. Architectural responses to climate change

  • 4. Part 4: Natural Resources Management

    1. Water resource management in the Mediterranean
    2. Sustainable agriculture and land use
    3. Forest management and conservation
    4. Marine and coastal resource management
    5. Integrated watershed management
    6. Soil conservation and erosion control
    7. Sustainable mining and extractive industries
    8. Maritime-scape and Sustainable Coastal Management

  • 5. Part 5: Climate Change and Resilient Landscapes

    1. Climate change impact on Mediterranean landscapes
    2. Adaptation strategies for changing climates
    3. Resilient design and planning for landscapes
    4. Coastal and marine resilience measures
    5. Urban heat island mitigation and green infrastructure
    6. Water management in the face of climate change
    7. Ecosystem-based approaches to climate resilience
    8. Climate-scape and the Mediterranean's Response to Climate Change
    9. Energy Transition strategies for climate change adapting settlements

  • 6. Part 6: Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Preservation

    1. Conservation and management of archaeological sites
    2. Intangible cultural heritage in landscapes
    3. Traditional land use practices and landscape preservation
    4. Cultural tourism and sustainable development
    5. Cultural landscape interpretation and storytelling
    6. Conflict resolution in managing cultural landscapes
    7. Preservation of vernacular architecture and settlements
    8. Adaptive reuse and heritage buildings

  • 7. Part 7: Sustainable Tourism and Recreation in Landscapes

    1. Ecotourism and nature-based tourism
    2. Sustainable tourism planning and management
    3. Cultural and heritage tourism in landscapes
    4. Sustainable practices in adventure tourism
    5. Sustainable transportation in tourism
    6. Tourism impacts on fragile ecosystems and biodiversity
    7. Sustainable practices in coastal and marine tourism

  • 8. Part 8: Social Equity and Community Engagement in Landscape Planning

    1. Inclusive landscape planning and design
    2. Participatory approaches in landscape decision-making
    3. Socioeconomic disparities and landscape interventions
    4. Community-based natural resource management
    5. Environmental justice and landscapes
    6. Social impact assessment in landscape planning
    7. Access to green spaces and equitable distribution of landscape benefits

  • 9. Part 9: Innovative Technologies for Landscape Design and Management

    1. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in landscape analysis
    2. Remote sensing and satellite imagery in landscape monitoring
    3. Digital tools for landscape visualization and simulation
    4. Digital twin approach in landscape management
    5. Building Information Modeling/Management (BIM) in landscape architecture
    6. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in landscape design
    7. Drones and aerial surveys for landscape assessment
    8. Internet of Things (IoT) applications in smart landscapes
    9. Artificial Intelligence for Landscape Management
    10. Risks and opportunities of advanced technologies

  • 10. Part 10: Mediterranean value-scapes. Exploring the Contents and Forms of Axiological Reform

    1. Natural-scape and space-time consumption
    2. Urban-scape and suburbanization.
    3. Real Estate-scape and housing deprivation
    4. Tourism-scape and social-environmental impacts
    5. Cultural-scape and local identities dissolution
    6. Coastal-scape and public functions abdication
    7. Energy-scape and land entropy

  • 11. Part 11:Landscape Integration of European Green Deal Strategies

    1. Landscape Resilience and the European Green Deal
    2. Political Economy of Green Infrastructure in Landscapes
    3. International Relations and Landscape Conservation Efforts
    4. Safety Measures for Climate-Resilient Landscapes
    5. Energy Transition in Mediterranean Landscapes
    6. Green Business Ventures: Landscape Perspectives
    7. Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Landscape Management
    8. CAP Reforms for Sustainable Agricultural-scapes
    9. Waste Management Solutions for Landscape Sustainability
    10. ESG Implementation in Landscape Development

Important Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submission Deadline 16 Jun 2024
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) *payment required 01 Oct 2024
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance & Approval to present 30 Jun 2024
Early Payment Deadline 10 Aug 2024
Regular Payment Deadline 25 Sep 2024
Extended Abstract / Short Paper Submission Deadline 15 Sep 2024
Notification of acceptance/ rejection of submitted extended abstract/ short paper 01 Oct 2024
Late Payment Deadline 09 Nov 2024
Conference Program 11 Nov 2024
Conference Launch 11 Dec 2024

 

Registration & Fees

A. Physical Attendance

 
Type of Registration Early Payment Deadline
10 Aug 2024
Regular Payment Deadline
25 Sep 2024
Late Payment Deadline
09 Nov 2024
Scopus indexed-ASTI Book or SUCI Book by Springer
Student 300 € 350 € 400 €
Academic 350 € 400 € 450 €
Professional 400 € 450 € 500 €
Co-author/ Audience 150 € 200 € 250 €
SLNR Book by Springer
Student 250 € 300 €  350 € 
Academic
Professional
Co-author/ Audience 150 € 200 € 250 €
Open Access IEREK Press Journals
Student 200 € 250 € 300 €
Academic 250 € 300 € 350 €
Professional 300 € 350 € 400 €
Co-author/ Audience 150 € 200 € 250 €
  • The registration fee does not cover accommodation or travel expenses. A list of accommodation options can only be suggested by our team here. 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. Online Attendance

Type of Registration Early Payment Deadline
10 Aug 2024
Regular Payment Deadline
25 Sep 2024
Late Payment Deadline
09 Nov 2024
Scopus indexed-ASTI Book or SUCI Book by Springer
Student 250 € 300 € 350 €
Academic 300 € 350 € 350 €
Professional 350 € 400 € 400 €
Co-author/ Audience 50 € 100 € 150 €
SLNR Book by Springer
Student 200 € 250 €  300 € 
Academic
Professional
Co-author/ Audience 50 € 100 € 150 €
Open Access IEREK Press Journals
Student 150 € 200 € 250 €
Academic 200 € 250 € 300 €
Professional 250 € 300 € 350 €
Co-author/ Audience 50 € 100 € 150 €
The online fee covers:
  • A softcopy of the abstracts book and/ or hard copy (excluding shipping)

  • IEREK Participation/ Contribution Certificate in softcopy

  • Acceptance Letters in softcopy

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

  • Access to conference recordings

C. 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: 

Attendance

Second

Third

Fourth

Fifth

Discount

5%

10%

15%

20%

*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.

Benefits Of Attending

Why Italy is the ideal choice for hosting the Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED) Conference:

Italy is renowned for its rich history, vibrant culture, and diverse academic and professional landscape.

With its esteemed status as a global leader in responsible architecture and Landscape, Reggio Calabria has become renowned for its substantial contributions to groundbreaking discoveries and innovations. It is undeniably the ideal choice for a host city.

The Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED) conference is an excellent opportunity to enhance your resume and maintain a strong academic profile. It provides a valuable platform for scholars and students to connect with industry professionals and like-minded peers who share a passion for the subject. Additionally, it offers a golden chance for learners to stay updated with the latest developments in their field of interest.

Although students from various countries have the opportunity to attend the conference, the one held in Italy provides distinct advantages. The CrossMed conference is known for its exceptional speakers and participants, as well as its ability to showcase newly discovered areas within the field. Therefore, it is highly recommended to attend this conference as it offers valuable insights that should not be missed.

Attending the conference allows you to explore Reggio Calabria, the city where the conference is taking place, and immerse yourself in its rich culture and meet its welcoming people. As part of our support, IEREK provides a curated list of amazing places you can visit in Reggio Calabria. Discover these great recommendations here.

Benefits of attending

 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 Partnering Organizations.

3. Publication: Selected high-quality manuscripts will be published, after peer review, in the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) book series by Springer or by IEREK Press Journals, both of which are indexed in world-renowned databases.

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 both hardcover and digital format on a CD. Shipping fees may apply.

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).

 

  • Sustainable Landscape Planning and Natural Resources Management (SLNR), an IEREK Interdisciplinary book series published by Springer Nature.

About SLNR

Sustainable Landscape Planning and Natural Resources Management (SLNR) is a peer-reviewed book series that presents groundbreaking research through the intersection of two main areas that of which are ‘Sustainable Landscape Planning’ and ‘Natural Resources Management’. The series initially covers a wide range of academic disciplines in sustainability, including landscape ecology, green urbanism, urban regeneration, land restoration and renaturation, energy management, and nature conservation. Moreover, it also incorporates the latest developments and research in engineering topics that contribute to more sustainable cities, such as Geosciences, infrastructure, civil engineering, geology, mining, water, and natural resources conservation and management.

By showcasing methods for discovering, managing, and employing natural resources, the series aims to provide approaches that enable the responsible use of these resources. Ultimately, the SLNR series is committed to advancing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Read More.

  • Sustainable Civil Infrastructures (SUCI), an IEREK Interdisciplinary book series published by Springer Nature.

About SUCI

Sustainable Civil Infrastructures (SUCI) is a series of peer-reviewed books and proceedings based on the best studies on emerging research from all fields related to sustainable infrastructures and aiming at improving our well-being and day-to-day lives. The infrastructures we are building today will shape our lives tomorrow. The complex and diverse nature of the impacts due to weather extremes on transportation and civil infrastructures can be seen in our roadways, bridges, and buildings. Extreme summer temperatures, droughts, flash floods, and rising numbers of freeze-thaw cycles pose challenges for civil infrastructure and can endanger public safety. We constantly hear how civil infrastructures need constant attention, preservation, and upgrading. Such improvements and developments would obviously benefit from our desired book series that provides sustainable engineering materials and designs. The economic impact is huge and much research has been conducted worldwide. The future holds many opportunities, not only for researchers in a given country, but also for the worldwide field engineers who apply and implement these technologies. We believe that no approach can succeed if it does not unite the efforts of various engineering disciplines from all over the world under one umbrella to offer a beacon of modern solutions to the global infrastructure. Experts from the various engineering disciplines around the globe will participate in this series, including: Geotechnical, Geological, Geoscience, Petroleum, Structural, Transportation, Bridge, Infrastructure, Energy, Architectural, Chemical and Materials, and other related Engineering disciplines.
SUCI series is now indexed in SCOPUS and EI Compendex.  

 

  • 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.

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.
Participants’ Instructions

Registration

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 submitting their abstracts/ papers:

Types of Participation

  1. Attend/ Present Virtually and Publish in Conference proceedings

Organized from the comfort of your own home, the conference offers a virtual attendance option for your convenience. That said, participants will have a chance to present their abstract/research, online, and have their work considered for publication in the proceedings.

Virtual presenters are required to submit an abstract and extend this abstract following the “author instructions” below and before the deadline (see Important Dates). At least one author must pay the registration fee (see Conference Fees).

For any reason, authors may wish to submit pre-recorded video presentations no later than 15 days prior to the conference. Alternatively, they may wish to record a voice-over PowerPoint presentation for submission to the conference organizers.

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

Organized at the University of Portsmouth, UK, offering 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.

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

If your extended abstract (short 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 and the fee will cover the cost of editorial handling and peer-review evaluation of your paper (See Author Instructions and Publishing Opportunities)

  1. 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.

Your Trip To Italy

Discover Reggio Calabria: The Perfect Host for the Landscapes Across the Mediterranean Conference. Have you ever dreamt of attending a conference amidst breathtaking landscapes, enjoying the charm of a Mediterranean city, and experiencing the warmth of Italian hospitality? Well, look no further! we'll explore why Reggio Calabria, the enchanting city in southern Italy, is the ideal choice for hosting the prestigious Landscapes Across the Mediterranean (CrossMED) Conference.

Reggio Calabria, boasting a population of around 180,000 residents, takes the crown as the largest city in Calabria. It is located in the southernmost part of the region, specifically on the eastern side of the Strait of Messina.

Reggio is an ancient settlement that still bears visible signs of its Greek and Roman past. It had a long period as a Byzantine city and was later dominated by the Arabs before becoming Norman in the 11th century. The Abbey of S. Maria di Terreti belongs to this period and was unfortunately damaged during the 1908 earthquake. However, some remnants can still be seen in the present-day Church of the Ottimati and the National Museum of Magna Graecia.

From the 12th century onwards, Reggio passed through different periods of dominion, including the Swabians, Angevins, and Aragonese. In 1500, the city came under Spanish rule, which lasted until the War of Spanish Succession. This war marked the end of the viceroyalty and the beginning of the Bourbon period. There were some interruptions during this time, such as Napoleon's brief domination. The Bourbon period it was continued until 1861 when the peninsula was united under the Kingdom of Italy.

Reggio Calabria has undergone several reconstructions due to the frequent earthquakes that have damaged the city, with the most devastating one occurring in 1908. Today, the city showcases a modern urban layout, thanks to the complete redesign of its city center as part of the post-earthquake reconstruction plan. The new layout of the city center follows a checkerboard pattern, with orthogonal axes that extend from the coastline towards the inland areas.

The city center is therefore mainly characterized by the architecture of the first decades of the 20th century and presents interesting examples of Art Nouveau, neo-Gothic ( Palazzo Zerbi), neoclassical (the Teatro Comunale Francesco Cilea), eclectic (Palazzo Mazzitelli) and of the so-called "fascist" one ( the Railway Stationthe National Museum of Magna Graecia, designed by Piacentini, the former barracks of the Young Fascists). Furthermore, in the urban context, some important factories emerged such as the Aragonese Castle (16th century), in the upper part of the city, the nearby Duomo, completely rebuilt after the destruction of the previous building which occurred in the 1908 earthquake, the aforementioned Church degli Ottimati, the Church of S. Maria della Cattolica, the Church of Graziella (17th century), which at least partially survived the earthquake of 1908. The city is also home to a National Museum which, after that of Berlin, is the largest and an important museum that preserves the artifacts of Magna Graecia and which includes, among other valuable artifacts, the famous "Riace Bronzes" and the "Head of the Philosopher".

As mentioned before, Reggio Calabria has a beautiful seafront that overlooks Sicily. One of the highlights of the seafront is the botanical gardens, which are home to various species of tropical plants and stunning centenary ficus trees. Behind the city, you'll find the impressive Aspromonte massif, reaching a height of 1,800 meters. It is also home to the Gambarie ski resort, perfect for winter sports enthusiasts.

To the north, along the coast, lies Scilla, a charming fishing town steeped in Homeric history. One of its most iconic areas is Chianalea, which is situated on a rocky outcrop that emerges from the sea. Chianalea is the oldest and most well-preserved part of Scilla, exuding a unique charm. In the upper part of the town, you will find the Ruffo Castle of Calabria, a majestic fortress that overlooks the Strait.

The city has a Mediterranean climate with varying microclimates due to its unique geographical position where different meteorological areas intersect, including the Ionian, Tyrrhenian, and Sicilian channels. Reggio Calabria is well-connected to the rest of the world through various transportation systems. It serves as the terminus for one of Italy's main railway lines, the Rome-Reggio Calabria axis, and is easily accessible by the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway. The city also has the Strait National Airport, located just a few kilometers away from the city center, as well as ferry and hydrofoil systems that provide convenient transportation to Sicily.

The University Citadel is in the Feo di Vito area on the hill in front of the port.

City of Reggio Calabria

National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria

 How to move around in Reggio Calabria:

You have several options for getting around Reggio Calabria. The city has a public transportation system called ATAM, which manages transportation in the city and surrounding areas. They also offer special services for tourists. Additionally, ATAM provides a car-sharing service throughout the area, which is a convenient way to explore. If you prefer biking, there are new bike-sharing services available in Reggio Calabria, offering a unique and enjoyable way to see the city. Another alternative to consider is the ChiamaBus service, which allows you to book and arrange transportation in advance.

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Conference Venue

Conference Sessions: Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy (Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria), also referred to as Mediterranea University or University of Reggio Calabria, or simply UNIRC

Location: Via dell'Università, 25, 89124 Reggio Calabria RC, Italy (view on Google maps).

 

Travel Instructions

Travel to Reggio Calabria

It's simple to get to Reggio Calabria. There are multiple ways to reach the area, whether you choose to drive, take a ship, fly, or hop on a train. The most important thing is that you arrive and make the most of all the amazing things this land has to offer. Have a fantastic Conference and trip!

 

By plane

The Tito Minniti Strait airport is located about 8 kilometers from the town of Reggio, near the Ravagnese district. It is served by airlines such as Alitalia, Blue Panorama, and Blue Air. To reach the city from the airport, you can use the ATAM line services or take a train from the Reggio Calabria Airport Railway Station. Another option is to fly into Lamezia Terma airport, which is 130 km away from Reggio Calabria. You can reach this airport by using the Starbus shuttles

By train

You can easily reach Reggio Calabria by train through the Piazza Garibaldi train station, which is well-served by national trains. From here, you can also take regional trains to reach popular tourist destinations. The train station is conveniently connected to the rest of the city through the efficient ATAM public transport system.

By ship

Reggio Calabria boasts a port that offers excellent facilities for leisure boats. This bustling harbor serves as a departure point for ships and ferries heading to the mesmerizing Aeolian Islands and charming Messina. Additionally, both the Reggio Calabria and Villa San Giovanni ports provide convenient access to the Aeolian Islands, Messina, and even Malta, making it a convenient hub for exploring these stunning destinations.

By car

If you are traveling from the north, you can easily reach Reggio Calabria and the surrounding area by car using the A2 motorway (Autostrada del Mediterraneo). On the other hand, if you are arriving from the south, you can take the SS106 Jonica State Road (Reggio Calabria-Taranto). This state road spans 481 kilometers, passing through Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria. It provides convenient access to various tourist destinations, allowing you to avoid crowded and busy streets.

Accommodation

Hotels

Grand Hotel Excelsior 4*
Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 66, 89123 Reggio Calabria RC
Website: www.grandhotelexcelsiorrc.it
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +39 0965 812211

 

è Hotel 4*
Address: Via Giunchi 6, 89121 Reggio Calabria RC
Website: www.ehotelreggiocalabria.it
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +39 0965 893000

 

Medinblu Hotel 4*
Address: Via Demetrio Tripepi 98, 98125 Reggio Calabria RC
Website: www.hotelmedinblu.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +39 0965 312982

 

LH Hotel Lido 4*
Address: Via Francesco Cananzi 6, 89123 Reggio Calabria RC
Website: lido.reggio-di-calabria.hotels-in-it.com
Tel: +39 0965 25001


Torrione Hotel 4*
Address: Via del Torrione 67, 89125 Reggio Calabria RC
Website: www.torrionehotel.it
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +39 0965 1892380

 

Hotel Continental 3*
Address: Via Vincenzo Florio 10, 89123 Reggio Calabria RC
Website: www.hotelcontinentalrc.it
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +39 0965 812181

 

Hotel Lungomare 3*
Address: Viale Zerbi 13/b, 89121 Reggio Calabria RC
Website: www.lungomarehotelrc.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +39 0965 20486

 

Hotel Palace Masoanri’s 3*
Address: Via Vittorio Veneto 95, 89123 Reggio Calabria RC
Website: www.hotelpalacemasoanri.it
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +39 0965 28326

 

Siracusa Luxury Apartment
Address: Via II Settembre 10, 89125 Reggio Calabria RC
Website: www.siracusaluxury.it
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +39 324 5509242

 

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Grigorios L. Kyriakopoulos

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA),
Greece

Dr. Grigorios L. Kyriakopoulos was born in 1972 in Greece and he is of Greek origin: Kalamata (Peloponnese) Greece and Evia (Aegean Island) Greece. He holds 2 PhDs and he is Teaching and Research Associate at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. He has also accumulated a more than 25 years teaching service at NTUA (from 1996 onwards) and ten-years teaching service at other University Schools, including: Hellenic Naval Academy (2 years), Merchant Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos, Greece (2 years), and School of Pedagogical and Technological Education of Athens (ASPAITE) (4 years).

Professor Patrizia Lombardi

Full Professor Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST),
Vice-Rector for Sustainable Campus and Communities
Green Team Coordinator
Member of Interdepartmental Center R3C - Responsible Risk Resilience Centre,Italy

Full Professor in Decision making for sustainable development goals and Deputy Rector of Politecnico di Torino. She has served as head of the Interuniversity Department of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning since 2018. She is President of the Italian network of universities for sustainable development and currently in charge of the Sustainable Campus management of the University since 2015. She is an established figure in the field of Evaluating Sustainable Development and has been active in the field for over 25 years. She has coordinated or served as lead partner in several Pan-European Projects on urban sustainability, cultural heritage and Information Technologies. She is member of several International Scientific Committees and associations, including SYDIC, Urban@IT, SIEV, and author and editor of a number of national and international books in the field of Sustainable development evaluation and has published over two hundreds of papers in specialized textbooks and international journals.

Professor Georgios Maris

Associate Professor, Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean

Georgios Maris is Associate Professor in Political Economy of International Relations at the University of the Aegean (Department of Mediterranean Studies). He was Lecturer at the University of Neapolis Pafos on European Political Economy and Governance and Visiting Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Center for International Studies (University of Oxford).  His academic research focuses on Political Science, European Studies and Governance, and International and European Political Economy. He has completed post-doctoral research at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). He received his doctorate in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Peloponnese with excellent. He holds a MA in European Studies from King’s College London, MSc in Political, Economic and International Relations in the Mediterranean from the University of the Aegean and a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the Panteion University (Athens). Georgios has also served as a consultant for the provision of technical assistance to the Greek authorities to support the establishment and implementation of an action plan for an effective SME policy in Greece at the Task Force for Greece (European Commission). Georgios held numerous fellowships and grands, including from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY). He is also a member of the editorial board and reviewer in various peer-review journals.

Selected Publications

1. Maris, G., Sklias, P., & Maravegias, N. (2022). The political economy of the Greek economic crisis in 2020. European Politics and Society, 23(4), 447-467.

2. Maris, G., & Manoli, P. (2022). Greece, Germany and the Eurozone crisis: Preferences, strategies and power asymmetry. German Politics, 31(2), 281-301.

3. Maris, G., Flouros, F., & Galariotis, I. (2022). The Changing Security Landscape in South-Eastern Mediterranean: Assessing Turkey’s Strategies as a Rising Power. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 24(5), 795-814.

4. Maris, G., & Flouros, F. (2021). The green deal, national energy and climate plans in Europe: Member States’ compliance and strategies. Administrative Sciences, 11(3), 75

Special Issue Editor

1. 2023-2024: «Comparative Political Economy in Europe» to be published in the journal «Social Sciences».

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci/special_issues/2G5CCSJ8TH

2. 2022: "Eurozone and the Greek Economic Crisis in 2020: Current Challenges and Prospects" published in the journal "European Politics and Society", Volume 23, Issue, 4 (Taylor and Francis) https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rpep21/23/4

3. 2022: "The economic and political conditions of the crisis in Greece. Contemporary challenges a decade later", published in the journal "Science and Society: Review of Political and Ethical Theory" (EKT) (together with Professor Panagiotis Liargovas) https://ejournals.epublishing.ekt.gr/index.php/sas/issue/view/1845 

 

Professor Constantinos Vassiliades

Assistant Professor Department of Architecture, Land and Environmental Sciences, Neapolis University Pafos, 2 Danais Avenue, Paphos 8042, Cyprus

Full Professor in Decision making for sustainable development goals and Deputy Rector of Politecnico di Torino. She has served as head of the Interuniversity Department of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning since 2018. She is President of the Italian network of universities for sustainable development and currently in charge of the Sustainable Campus management of the University since 2015. She is an established figure in the field of Evaluating Sustainable Development and has been active in the field for over 25 years. She has coordinated or served as lead partner in several Pan-European Projects on urban sustainability, cultural heritage and Information Technologies. She is member of several International Scientific Committees and associations, including SYDIC, Urban@IT

Dr. Constantinos Vassiliades is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, Land and Environmental Sciences, Neapolis University of Pafos. He studied with a scholarship at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where in 2012 got the Diploma of Architect Engineer with an excellent performance and was awarded as the best graduate. In 2018 he completed his Doctoral Dissertation at the Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus, which deals with the building integration of photovoltaic and solar thermal systems. He is a Research Associate of the University of Cyprus and the Cyprus University of Technology, a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Naples “Federico II” and a Visiting Lecturer at the Division of Architecture and Water of Luleå University of Technology (LTU), as well as a partner at “Vassiliades Architects”.

Constantinos deals extensively with the sustainability, technology, and energy efficiency of buildings on the architectural side, both professionally and within his research. He participated in relevant research projects, where he made publications, participated in conferences, taught in training schools in Barcelona and Warsaw, and he is selected as one of the 26 Rising Researchers of the ACU British Council Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort.

Several of his studies have been published in architectural and research journals and he is the author of the book “Building Integration of Active Solar Systems: A Handbook”. He is a Qualified Building Energy Efficiency Expert for Buildings Used as Houses of the Cyprus’ Ministry of Commerce, Energy, Industry and Tourism, member of ETEΚ (Technical Chamber of Cyprus) and of the Cyprus Architects Association.

Book Editors

Prof. Eric D. van Hullebusch
Full Professor of Biogeochemistry of Engineered Ecosystems, Institute of Earth Physics of Paris, France

Prof. Eric D. van Hullebusch received his PhD (Aquatic Chemistry and Microbiology) from Université de Limoges (France) in 2002. From November 2002 until October 2004 he was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellow at Wageningen University & Research (the Netherlands) where his research focused on the optimization of anaerobic granular sludge reactors by studying the speciation, bioavailability and dosing strategies of trace metals. In 2005, he was appointed as associate professor in biogeochemistry of engineered ecosystems at Université Paris-Est (France).

In 2012, Eric van Hullebusch obtained his Habilitation qualification in Environmental Sciences from Université Paris-Est (France). The title of his Habilitation thesis is “Biofilms in the environment: from anaerobic wastewater treatment to material bioweathering”. From September 2016 until August 2018, he worked at IHE Delft as chair professor in Environmental Science and Technology and head of the Pollution Prevention and Resource Recovery chair group. In September 2018, he joined Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (France) as full professor in Biogeochemistry of engineered ecosystems.

Dr. Grigorios L. Kyriakopoulos
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA),
Greece

Dr. Grigorios L. Kyriakopoulos was born in 1972 in Greece and he is of Greek origin: Kalamata (Peloponnese) Greece and Evia (Aegean Island) Greece. He holds 2 PhDs and he is a Teaching and Research Associate at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. He has also accumulated a more than 25 years teaching service at NTUA (from 1996 onwards) and ten-years teaching service at other University Schools, including: Hellenic Naval Academy (2 years), Merchant Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos, Greece (2 years), and School of Pedagogical and Technological Education of Athens (ASPAITE) (4 years).

Dr. Kyriakopoulos is a reviewer for 400 scientific journals, having reviewed more than 5200 manuscripts. A subtotal of 2003 manuscripts was reviewed for 156 journals, having weighted impact factor 7.281 (cumulative impact factor: 14583).
-Scopus database: The top-250 highly cited papers (out of 5200 manuscripts reviewed) gather 12118 citations: h-index: 60 and i-10 index: 250.
-Scopus database: The top-50 most cited papers (out of the top-250 highly cited papers) have been cited 66-335 times and gather 6331 citations, having a mean value of 127 citations per top-50 most cited paper.


Prof. Helder I. Chaminé
School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal

Helder I. Chaminé is a skilled Geologist and Professor of engineering geosciences at the School of Engineering (ISEP) of the Polytechnic of Porto, with over 33 years of experience in multidisciplinary geosciences research, consultancy, and practice. He studied geological engineering and geology (BSc, 1990) at the Universities of Aveiro and Porto (Portugal), respectively. He received his PhD in geology at the University of Porto in 2000 and spent his postdoctoral research in applied geosciences at the University of Aveiro (2001-2003). In 2011, he received his Habilitation (DSc) in geosciences from Aveiro University.

Before joining the academy, he worked for over a decade on international projects for mining, geotechnics and groundwater industry and/or academia related to geodynamics and regional geology, hard-rock hydrogeology and water resources, engineering geosciences and applied geomorphology, rock engineering and georesources. His research interests span fundamental to applied fields: GIS mapping techniques for applied geology, structural geology and regional geology, engineering geosciences and rock engineering, slope geotechnics, mining geology and hydrogeomechanics, hard-rock hydrogeology, exploration hydrogeology, urban groundwater and hydromineral resources. In addition, he has interests in mining geoheritage, history of cartography, military geosciences and higher-education dissemination, skills, and core values.


Dr. Domenico M. Doronzo
Ph.D, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, 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.


Prof. Ioannis Vardopoulos
Harokopio University | HUA · Department of Economics and Sustainable Development
BEng, MSc, MSD, PhD

Studied civil engineering, and did his postgraduate studies first in environmental management and conservation and later in sustainable development with honors distinction. Holding a doctorate in applied urban sustainability, he conducts high-quality research toward addressing key concerns of the contemporary built environment through principles of applied sustainability. His research interests include a wide range of urban sustainability aspects. Among the top five authors in the field of building reuse (adaptive reuse) according to Scopus (data for the year 2022). He is One of the three most representative works in the field: My individually authored research paper titled “Critical sustainable development factors in the adaptive reuse of urban industrial buildings. A fuzzy DEMATEL approach” according to Scopus (data for the years 2021, 2022) . Best submitted research was awarded with The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) Scholarship to be presented at The IAFOR Conference On Heritage & The City - New York (HCNY2018). Harokopio University awarded the Summa Cum Laude Honors Distinction Scholarship (Highest Ranking Graduate). AHP Pro Application granted by Transparent Choice Limited represented by CEO Stuart Easton to perform masters’ thesis research experiments. ErasmusPlus Masters’ Courses Scholarship to study Environmental and Management Systems at the Universidade Aberta (UAb) in Lisbon, Portugal.

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The Print ISSN for “Landscape Across the Mediterranean ” Is “2974-458X”
The Online ISSN for “Landscape Across the Mediterranean” Is “2974-4598”
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Conference Committee

Honorary Committee:

Rector Professor Giuseppe ZIMBALATTI

Rector of the University of Reggio Calabria, from August 3, 2022.

Full Professor of Agricultural Mechanics at the University of Reggio Calabria since 2007, Associate Professor from 2000 to 2007 and Researcher from 1990 to 2000.
He holds a degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Naples Federico II and is a member of the Order of Agronomists and Foresters of the Province of Reggio Calabria.
Zimbalatti has carried out extensive research on agricultural and forestry mechanisation, machinery and equipment for the agri-food and forestry industries, and equipment for the production, conversion, use and saving of energy for agro-industrial production systems. In order to deepen his understanding of these topics, he has undertaken research stays in leading foreign university centres (England, United States, Scotland, Poland, Ireland, Slovakia). He has coordinated and participated in numerous national, public, private, and international research programmes in these fields.
He has been the scientific director of numerous research congresses and has also been the director of several level I and II masters programmes.
With more than 180 publications, including 49 in Scopus-indexed journals with an h-index of 15 and 543 citations, Zimbalatti is included in the list of commissioners of the National Scientific Qualification (ASN).
From 2007 to 2010 he was Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural and Forestry Science and Technology at the University of Reggio Calabria. In addition, from 2018 to 2021, he was Vice President of the National Conference for Undergraduate Teaching of AG.R.A.R.I.A (Agriculture, Forest Resources, Environment, Animal Resources, Land Engineering, Food).
He was the coordinator of Italian full professors for SSD Agr/09 - Agricultural Mechanics from 2019 to 2021.
He is Corresponding Academician of the Accademia dei Georgofili in Florence, Italy, a Full Academician of the Italian Academy of Forestry and an Ordinary Academician of the National Academy of Olives and Olive Oil. Since 2022 he has held the position of Vice President of the Italian Association of Agricultural Engineers (AIIA).
He has held various management positions in public administration, with institutional responsibility for the adoption of administrative acts and measures, financial, technical, and administrative management, and the organisation of human, instrumental, and control resources:
- Director General of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria from 5 May 2021 to 20 June 2022;
- Director of the Ministry of Agriculture for the three-year period 2015-2018 and for the three-year period 2018-2021;
- Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Forestry of the Region of Calabria from May 2010 to February 2015. He also briefly held this position on an interim basis for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Universities.

Vice-Rector Professor Francesca Fatta

Architect, PhD, Full Professor of Representation at the Department of Architecture and Territory of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria.

Coordinator of the Doctorate Course in Architecture from cycle XXXIV to XXXVII; President of UID (Unione Italiana Disegno) from 2019 and for the three-year period 2021-24; Director of the scientific journal diségno and of the scientific series diségno ed. Franco Angeli; Member of the ASN SC 08/E1 DISEGNO Commission 2012/14 and 2021/23; Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for internationalisation for the three-year period 2022-2025. She conducts research in the fields of design, representation and communication for Cultural Heritage. She is enrolled in REPRISE for ERC areas: Cultural studies, cultural identities and memories, cultural heritage (SH5_8), Computational modelling and digitisation in the cultural sphere (SH5_12), Visual and performing arts, film, design (SH5_4), Historiography, theory and methods in history, including the analysis of digital data (SH6_1), Computer graphics, computer vision, multi media, computer games (PE6_8).
Keywords topics: indirect survey methodologies, 3D data acquisition and modelling, modelling, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, visual communication tools and techniques.

Local Coordinating Scientific Committee:

Professor Lucia DELLA SPINA

Architect, Ph.D. in Evaluation Methods in Urban Planning and Architectural Design.

Associate Professor of Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation of Plans, Programmes and Projects, at the Department of Architecture of the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy.
Visiting Professor at University of Granada (Spain) 2023, University of Salford, Manchester (UK) 2017, Universida de Trás-os-Montes Alto Douro (Portugal) 2016, and School of Public Affairs San Diego University (USA) 2013.
Member of the International Scientific Committee of IEREK - International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange (since 2014).
Member of the SIEV - Italian Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Decision Society.
Invited speaker at national and international conferences, doctoral schools, and Italian and foreign universities.
Co-scientific coordinator of the International Symposium "New Metropolitan Perspectives".
Scientific Director of the LaborEst – Economic Evaluations and Real Estate Appraisals, university research laboratory of Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Italy).
Editor-in-Chief of the journal "LaborEst" (E-ISSN 2421-3187 ) scientific open access journal of LaborEst Lab.
Member of the Scientific Editorial Board of the journal "Valori e Valutazioni. Teorie e esperienze" (ISSN 2036-2404), open access scientific journal of the SIEV Society, indexed by SCOPUS (Elsevier).
Member of the Thematic Advisory Board of the journal BUILDINGS (ISSN 2075-5309), indexed by Scopus (Elsevier) and WoS (from 2022). Member of the Scientific Editorial Board of the following MDPI Open Access scientific journals, indexed by SCOPUS and WoS; Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309); Land (ISSN 2073-445X); Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Scientific coordinator and member of research groups in national and international research projects.
She carries out research in the fields of Real Estate Appraisal and Multidimensional Evaluations in hybrid, collaborative, and interactive decision-making contexts, typical of urban design and territorial planning, developing decision support systems for the valorization of cultural heritage and landscape, for urban regeneration and territorial transformation, integrating specific methods and tools for economic, multi-criteria and multi-actor evaluations.
Main areas of expertise: SDG_Goal 11-Sustainable cities and communities. SH1_5-Competitiveness, innovation, research, and development. SH1_6-Econometrics; operations research. SH2_6-Sustainability sciences, environment, and resources. SH3_1-Environment and sustainability. SH3_8-Urbanization and urban planning, cities. SH6_12-Cultural heritage.

Professor Aurora PISANO

Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy since 2005.

 Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy since 2005. In 1995 she graduated (MS) cum Laude in Civil Engineering at the School of Engineering, University of Palermo, Italy and in 1999 she obtained a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering – Structures, at the University of Pavia, Italy. current academic position: Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics.

Professor Pisano has been a visiting researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU) in Throndeim (Norway) at the Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon, (Portugal), and at the National Technical University of Athens (Greece). Member of the editorial board of several International Journals and member of National and International associations of structural Mechanics.

Her main research interests are: Non-local elasticity theory: Analytical solutions of non-local problems. Non-local Finite Element methods. Non-local formulations and Numerical solutions. Composite Materials: Mechanical characterization and numerical modelling of industrial prototypes. Limit analysis of prototypes for marine and aeronautical. Reinforced concretes: Concrete structures reinforced with FRP and/or steel.  Limit analysis of prototypes for civil applications. Biomechanics: Limit analysis of human femur. Evaluation of the seismic vulnerability at territorial scale.

Teacher in Courses of Statics, Design, Solid and Structural Mechanics for undergraduate students in Architecture and Engineering. Board Member of the International and National Doctoral Courses.

She authored more than 100 publications and Co-Editor of two books.

Webpage: http://www.pau.unirc.it/scheda_persona.php?id=680

Professor Marina TORNATORA

Architect, associate professor in Architectural Design at the Department of Architecture and Territory – dArTe – within the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, curator of the Egypt Pavilion at the 18th Biennale di Venezia 2023.

She is a member of the Doctorate Board and responsible for international relations. She coordinates the Double Degree Program with the Ain Shams University from Cairo, and she became Visiting Professor at the London Metropolitan University (2019). The focus of her theoretical, design and teaching activities is the relationships between city, landscape and architecture, that are evident in her numerous publications, curated exhibitions, as well as the interventions in workshops and conferences developed also within the Research Laboratory Landscape_inProgress (LL_inP) founded together with Ottavio Amaro in 2014.
Some of her recent publications: DESTRATIFICATION ’29 ’65 ’sk14 ‘2020 16th Biennale di Venezia 2018; 99FILES, Brutalism Skopje 2019; H2O_Scapes. Agro Urbe Nature; Learning from Pavilion. 

Local Scientific Committee:

Professor Francesco SUNSERI

Professor of Plant Genetics and Breeding at the Dipartimento Agraria, Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy.

 The research activity is actually focused on genetics and molecular assisted selection on horticultural crops such as asparagus, tomato and eggplant. The expertise includes plant breeding methodologies and new technologies such as molecular markers, genomics and proteomics which allow to shorten the classical time-breeding program with particular emphasis on vegetables such as tomato and eggplant. The analysis, characterization and exploitation of plant genetic resources is another key research area.
From 1990 Member of the Italian Society of Plant Genetics (S.I.G.A.) and from 2000 of the International Society Horticultural Science (I.S.H.S.). Associate Editor for BMC Plant Biology and Frontiers in Plant Science. Author of 88 scientific publications indexed in ISI and Scopus databases. H-index=27
Research Interest :Genetic structure of plant biodiversity. Genomics and Transcriptomics. Genomic Wide Association Selection and Mapping (GWAS). Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS). Molecular Assisted Selection (MAS). QTL analysis and cloning. Plant abiotic stress with particular interest to Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE).

Professor Giovanni SPAMPINATO

Professor of Environmental and Applied Botany (SSD BIO/03) at Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria.

He received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Sciences, Phytogeography of the Mediterranean Territories from the University of Catani with a essay on the ecology and vegetation of watercourses. His research interests lie in the broad areas of on biodiversity at the level of species and plant communities with original research to improving the knowledge on flora, vegetation, and habitat of the Mediterranean territories. Specifically, his research focuses on several areas of Environmental and Applied Botany as floristic, phytogeography, biodiversity monitoring and mapping, conservation status assessment of species and habitats, sustainable management of natural heritage, vegetation science, plant taxonomy, climate change effects plant distribution.
More than 200 publications (124 Scopus documents, 24 h-index) testify to Spampinato's scientific research activity. Recent projects for which he was scientific coordinator include: GYPWORLD Project, funded by the European Commission under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme/MSCARISE-2017 Grant Agreement n. 777803 (2018 – 2023); - "Scientific Support to the Monitoring Activities of natural and semi-natural habitats of the flora and fauna species of the Natura 2000 Network in Calabria" POR Calabria FESR-FSE 2014-2020. Action Plan - Axis 6 - Protection and Enhancement of the Environmental and Cultural Heritage: Actions 6.5.A1. (2017– 2020); "Sistema Carta Natura" POR Calabria FESR-FSE 2014-2020. Action Plan - Axis 6 - Protection and Enhancement of the Environmental and Cultural Heritage: Actions 6.5.A1. (2020 – 2023); PRIN 20222 PNRR “Nature-based solutions for resilient cities using green surfaces in buildings” (2023 – 2025).
Giovanni Spampinato is a member of various scientific societies, including the Italian Botanical Society (SBI), the Italian Society of Plant Sciences, the Organisation for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area (OPTIMA), the Federación International de Phytosociologiae (FIP), he has been an associate editor and is on the editorial board of several journals, such as "Plant Sociology", and is a reviewer for many journals.

Professor Mariateresa RUSSO

Deputy Rector and  Professor at Department of Agriculture - Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Italy

PhD Food Biotechnology, professor of Food Chemistry, Deputy Rector with responsibility for University Major Projects and Research Infrastructures.  Delegate for Research, Technology Transfer, and Third Mission - Department of Agriculture. Member of the Board of International PhD ICT Engineering -Topic: Innovative Tools for Food Safety- PhD School at University of Reggio Calabria. Vice-president of Italian Society of Food Chemistry,  Scientific Director of the Food Chemistry, Safety and Sensoromic Laboratory (FOCUSS LAB), University research laboratory of Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria and Scientific Coordinator of Research Infrastructure Diaita. Visiting professor at Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador (2019). Since 2018 Member of the Quality Assurance Group of the LM26 - Food Science and Technology Course, she was  National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research System (ANVUR) VQR Referee during 2004-2010, 2011- 2014, 2015-2019   - GEV 03 Chemistry.

She is an Academic member of the International Academy of Sensory Analysis; a founding member of “Italian-Latin American Society of Ethnopharmacy, Food and Health” SILAE Foundation, an international research network with researchers from research institutions and universities in 104 countries and founding member the Scientific Association Nutriketo.  Member, representing Italy, of the Presidential Office of the scientific society “Mediterranean Group on Pesticide Research” (MGPR), a scientific network involving universities from Mediterranean Area.  She is, reviewer for many journals, and, also, member of Editorial Board of the Journal indexed by SCOPUS and WoS: Exploration of Foods and Foodomics, Plants and Pharmacology online. She has been member of scientific and Organizing committees of national and international meetings and president of international congress; co-Project designer, scientific coordinator and member of research groups in national and international research projects and scientific supervisor (principal investigator) of many projects. 

She is member of the board of directors, representing the University of RC, of the Tech4You Innovation Ecosystem and co-Leader of Spoke 3.  

Included in the Register of Scientific Experts of: Horizon (n. EX2017D302118), European Commission, Research & Innovation, MIUR-REPRISE (sections: Basic research; Industrial research and development; Economic and financial evaluations) and Technological Innovation Ministry of Economic Development.

She carries out research in the fields of development of analytical methods with high resolution instruments food profiling and fingerprinting,  and food contaminants studies; Food Computing for biotraceability and the development of innovative devices for the fight against counterfeiting; development of biomimetic sensor techniques (olfactory, gustatory, optical sensors). She authored more than 190 publications and Co-author of two books.

Professor Massimiliano FERRARA

ICRIOS - Bocconi University & Decisions_LAB - Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Massimiliano Ferrara received the master’s degree (cum laude) in economics from the University of Messina, the master’s degree (cum laude) from the University of Naples Federico II, the master’s degree (cum laude) from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and the Ph.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Messina. He has been a Research Affiliate with the ICRIOS–Invernizzi Center for Research on Innovation, Organization, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University Bocconi of Milan, since 2013, the President of Scientific Committee of the MEDAlics Research Center, and the Scientific Director of the DECISIONS Lab. He was a General Counsel of the Fondazione Banco di Napoli, the Vice Rector with the University for foreigners “Dante Alighieri’’ of Reggio Calabria, and the Head of Region Calabria Department for Cultura, Research and Education. He was a Visiting Professor with Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, Western Michigan University, USA, Morgan State University, Baltimora, MD, USA, the Northeastern University di Boston, USA, and recently with the Center for Dynamics of Dresden University of Technology, Germany. He is currently a Full Professor of mathematical economics, business analytics & decision theory, applied economics with the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, where he was also the Chairman of the Department of Law, Economics & Human Sciences, and a Member of the Academic Senate. He is an author of more than 220 research papers published in peer-reviewed Journals edited by Nature, IEEE, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley and etc. He has been Knight Order of Merit of the Italian Republic since 2010 “for international scientific merits”. He also received the “Hepites Award” by Romanian Academy of Science in 2010, the Silver Medal by Universiti PUTRA Malaysia in occasion of Invention, Research and Innovation Exhibition (PRPI) in 2016, and recently he was listed as the 2% top scientists released by Stanford University- Elsevier in 2022 and 2023.
He serves as Editor, Co-Editor, Associate Editor several Journals. In particular: NATURE-Scientific Reports (Editorial Board Member), Mathematics - MDPI Section Financial Mathematics (Editor in Chief), Applied Sciences (Editor), Soft Computing, Dynamic Games and Applications, Mathematical Problems in Engineerings (Associate Editor). He is actually serving as Referee over 200 international scientific Journal in economics, pure and applied mathematics indexed by SCOPUS, WoS, MathSciNet.

Professor Marina MANCINI

Associate Professor of International Law at the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, teaches European Union Law (since 2015).

She is also Adjunct Professor of International Criminal Law at LUISS University (since 2007).
She is a member of the Human Rights Review Panel of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo – EULEX KOSOVO (since April 2023).
She has published widely in the areas of human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. She is the author of the books “Stato di guerra e conflitto armato nel diritto internazionale” [State of War and Armed Conflict in International Law] (Turin, Giappichelli, 2009) and “Statualità e non riconoscimento nel diritto internazionale” [Statehood and Non-Recognition in International Law] (Turin,
Giappichelli, 2020). She is also a member the Board of Editors of the Italian Yearbook of International Law.
Marina Mancini has substantial experience in funded research projects in the fields of human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. She is the principal investigator of the research project “Advancing Accountability for International Crimes through Universal Jurisdiction: Challenges for the European Union
and its Member States and Proposals for Action (UNIJUR)” (2023-2025), funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (PRIN 2022). Moreover, she is the Italian member of the Management Committee of the COST Action CA18228 - Global Atrocity Justice Constellations (2019-2023).
Professor Mancini earned her degree in Law, summa cum laude, from LUISS University,
in 1998, and received her PhD in International Law from Sapienza University of Rome, in 2003. She was Postdoctoral Fellow in International Law at LUISS University (2003-2005) and Senior Lecturer in International Law at the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria (2005-2015).
She was admitted to the Rome Bar Association (Ordine degli Avvocati di Roma) in 2002 and regularly provides advice on international law issues, including human rights violations.

Professor Felice ARENA

Professor of Ocean Engineering at the ‘Mediterranea’ University of Reggio Calabria, where he is Director of the Natural Ocean Engineering Laboratory NOEL

Since 2022, he has been Vice Rector of the ‘Mediterranea’ University.

He is author of more than 300 papers, published in international Journals, books and in Conference Proceedings.

He is: in the Editorial Board of “Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics”, by Elsevier;  Associate Editor of “ASME Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering”; Associate Editor of the “Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy”, by Springer; Specialty Chief Editor in Wave and Tidal Energy in “Frontiers in Energy Research”.

He has been scientific supervisor (principal investigator) of many Italian and international projects, on offshore engineering and marine energy (including project supported in the programs FP7 - TEN-T – Horizon 2020).

He was in the “ISSC Ocean Space Utilization Committee (V.6)”, of the ISSC (2018-2022). At present he is in the “ISSC Environmental Committee” that operates from 2022 up to 2025.

Since 2003 he is in the High Counsel of Public Works, in Rome (Italy). He is a member of the National Commission for Forecasting and Preventing Major Risks, in the Ministry for Civil Protection and Marine Policies (Rome, Italy)

He is Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of MaREI (Ireland) for 2019-2025.

He founded WAVENERGY.IT, a Spin Off of the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Italy), which is established for developing devices for wave energy exploitation (www.wavenergy.it).

Since 2018, he is in the Technical-Scientific Committee of the Italia Cluster BIG (Blue Italian Growth).

Professor Matilde Mariarosa Consolata PIETRAFESA

Professor at Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Department of Civil Engineering, of Energy, of the Environment and Materials (SAY)

Graduated in Physics at the University of Messina

Full Professor of Environmental Technical Physics at the Department of Civil, Energy, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICEAM) of the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, where she holds the courses of Energy and Renewable Energy Sources

Director of the Energy and Environment Laboratory of the University

Coordinator of the PhD in Civil, Environmental and Industrial Engineering of the University

Member of the Scientific Board of the Italian Energy Management Association

Member of the Scientific Committee of the Inter-university Research Center on Pollution from Physical Agents

Member of the Scientific Committee of SDEWES Conferences (Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems)

Founding member of Italian section of IBPSA (International Building Performance Simulation Association) At the Mediterranean University she held various management positions:

  • Director of Department of Informatics, Mathematics, Electronics and Transport (DIMET)
  • Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
  • Deputy Director of the Department of Information, Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Engineering (DIIES)
  • Delegate of the Rector for Relations with the didactic, research and service University structures
  • Delegate of the Rector for the promotion and protection of individual rights, equal opportunities and the prevention and removal of all forms of discrimination
  • Delegate of the Rector in the Scientific Board of the Sicilian Center for atmospheric research and environmental physics
  • Delegate of the University in the Inter-university Consortium for Applied Physical Sciences
  • Coordinator of the School of Specialization in Environmental Engineering
  • Director of the Master in Environmental Engineering
  • President of the Didactic Observatory
  • Coordinator of the Quality Assurance Group of the DIIES Department
  • Member of the joint professors-students commission of the DICEAM Department
  • Department Representative within the University Quality Assurance Presidium
  • Member of the MIUR panel of experts for the evaluation of project proposals
  • President of competition commissions for full and associate professors, researchers
  • President of commissions for the awarding of the PhD title
  • Reviewer of international scientific journals
  • Member of the scientific committee of international conferences
  • Responsible of local PON, POR and PRIN units in research projects
  • Responsible for research agreements with the Municipality of Reggio Calabria
  • Coordinator of training courses with professional associations

Author of more than 150 scientific publications in journals and international conference proceedings regarding: environmental sustainability in construction, renewable energy sources and energy storage systems, hydrogen, environmental comfort, acoustics, sustainable mobility,waste.

Professor Gianluca LAX

Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy

 In 2005, he received his PhD in computer science from the University of Calabria. In 2018, he got the habilitation as a Full Professor of Computer Science. Since 2018, he is the Coordinator of a master’s degree in Information Technologies for Telecommunications Engineering. His research interests include privacy, information security, and social network analysis. Since 2017, Gianluca Lax is chair of the International Workshop on Frontiers in Availability, Reliability and Security (FARES). He is an author of more than 150 papers published in leading international journals and conference proceedings.

Professor Antonino VITETTA

Associate Professor at Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria. Reggio Calabria, Italy

In the 1994 he has the ph.d. in Transport Engineering. From 1994 to 2001 he was researcher and since 2001 he has been associated professor at University of Reggio Calabria, in the scientific sector of the Transportation Engineering.
He has been involved in research projects in management, planning and design of transportation systems. In the area of road transport system he has studied different aspects connected to the: transport demand and supply; transport system assessment, design and planning; risk assessment and management.

Editorial Board

Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI):

Professor Lucia DELLA SPINA

Architect, Ph.D. in Evaluation Methods in Urban Planning and Architectural Design.

Associate Professor of Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation of Plans, Programmes and Projects, at the Department of Architecture of the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy.
Visiting Professor at University of Granada (Spain) 2023, University of Salford, Manchester (UK) 2017, Universida de Trás-os-Montes Alto Douro (Portugal) 2016, and School of Public Affairs San Diego University (USA) 2013.
Member of the International Scientific Committee of IEREK - International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange (since 2014).
Member of the SIEV - Italian Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Decision Society.
Invited speaker at national and international conferences, doctoral schools, and Italian and foreign universities.
Co-scientific coordinator of the International Symposium "New Metropolitan Perspectives".
Scientific Director of the LaborEst – Economic Evaluations and Real Estate Appraisals, university research laboratory of Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Italy).
Editor-in-Chief of the journal "LaborEst" (E-ISSN 2421-3187 ) scientific open access journal of LaborEst Lab.
Member of the Scientific Editorial Board of the journal "Valori e Valutazioni. Teorie e esperienze" (ISSN 2036-2404), open access scientific journal of the SIEV Society, indexed by SCOPUS (Elsevier).
Member of the Thematic Advisory Board of the journal BUILDINGS (ISSN 2075-5309), indexed by Scopus (Elsevier) and WoS (from 2022). Member of the Scientific Editorial Board of the following MDPI Open Access scientific journals, indexed by SCOPUS and WoS; Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309); Land (ISSN 2073-445X); Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Scientific coordinator and member of research groups in national and international research projects.
She carries out research in the fields of Real Estate Appraisal and Multidimensional Evaluations in hybrid, collaborative, and interactive decision-making contexts, typical of urban design and territorial planning, developing decision support systems for the valorization of cultural heritage and landscape, for urban regeneration and territorial transformation, integrating specific methods and tools for economic, multi-criteria and multi-actor evaluations.
Main areas of expertise: SDG_Goal 11-Sustainable cities and communities. SH1_5-Competitiveness, innovation, research, and development. SH1_6-Econometrics; operations research. SH2_6-Sustainability sciences, environment, and resources. SH3_1-Environment and sustainability. SH3_8-Urbanization and urban planning, cities. SH6_12-Cultural heritage.

Professor Aurora PISANO

Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy since 2005.

Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy since 2005. In 1995 she graduated (MS) cum Laude in Civil Engineering at the School of Engineering, University of Palermo, Italy and in 1999 she obtained a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering – Structures, at the University of Pavia, Italy. current academic position: Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics.

Professor Pisano has been a visiting researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU) in Throndeim (Norway) at the Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon, (Portugal), and at the National Technical University of Athens (Greece). Member of the editorial board of several International Journals and member of National and International associations of structural Mechanics.

Her main research interests are: Non-local elasticity theory: Analytical solutions of non-local problems. Non-local Finite Element methods. Non-local formulations and Numerical solutions. Composite Materials: Mechanical characterization and numerical modelling of industrial prototypes. Limit analysis of prototypes for marine and aeronautical. Reinforced concretes: Concrete structures reinforced with FRP and/or steel.  Limit analysis of prototypes for civil applications. Biomechanics: Limit analysis of human femur. Evaluation of the seismic vulnerability at territorial scale.

Teacher in Courses of Statics, Design, Solid and Structural Mechanics for undergraduate students in Architecture and Engineering. Board Member of the International and National Doctoral Courses.

She authored more than 100 publications and Co-Editor of two books.

Webpage: http://www.pau.unirc.it/scheda_persona.php?id=68

Professor Salvatore GIUFFRIDA

Associate professor of Appraisal and project evaluation at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University of Catania

Salvatore Giuffrida – Messina (Italy) 30th May 1965 – Architect, Ph.D., is associate professor of Appraisal and project evaluation at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University of Catania.
He graduated in Architecture in 1992 and got Ph.D. in 1997
His main scientific interests concern project valuation and in particular urban recovery valuation-programming processes, land and landscape valuation, real estate market analysis and real estate appraisal, cultural asset evaluation and assessment; multi-criteria decision-making processes; energy-building retrofit projects; seismic vulnerability reduction processes; land-urban equalisation-compensation processes.
He is a professor of: Environmental Economics and Estimation in the Architecture degree course, and Applied Engineering Economics in the Engineering Economics degree course.
He is an editorial board member of the following journals: Values and Valuations. Theories and experiences, ISSN 2036-2404, covered by Scopus (Elsevier) from 2016; Sustainability, MDPI, ISSN 2071-1050, covered by Scopus (Elsevier).
He is author (or co-author) of about 120 papers (journal articles, book chapters, papers in conference proceedings).
He has been a court consultant in some trials concerning property appraisals and environmental damage valuation, an advisor in many urban development equalisation processes, in a development and real estate valorisation plan for two football sports centers.

Professor Maria Rosa TROVATO

Assistant professor of Real Estate Appraisal and Evaluation at the University of Catania (Italy)

Maria Rosa Trovato is assistant professor of Real Estate Appraisal and Evaluation at the University of Catania (Italy). Her principal research interests and publications are focused on environmental economics, real estate economics, urban economics, historic centres recovery assessment, urban and land management, urban and land sustainability, cultural resources valuation, Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), Data mining, and GIS. Invited speaker at national and international conferences, doctoral schools.Member of the SIEV member: Italian Society of Assessment and Evaluation (since 2008), IPSAPA/ISPALEM Interregional Association Participation and Studies in Landscape and Environment Agribusiness (since 2013).
Participates in the work of the EWG-MCDA Group (since 2008); Participates in the work of ERES European Real Estate Society (since 2014).
Member of the Editorial Board: (from 2014 to today) of the Book series: The Landscape-cultural Mosaic - IPSAPA / ISPALEM International Scientific Conference, Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge ISI Conference Proceedings database; (from 01-11-2017 to 31-12-2020) of the scientific journal: “Valori e valutazioni. Teorie ed esperienze” Official journal of the SIEV - Italian Society of Estimation and Evaluation ISSN 2036-2404, Journal Indexed in the SCOPUS database; (from 2019 to today) of the scientific journal: Sustainability, MDPI, Journal Indexed in the SCOPUS database; (from 01-08-2019 to today) of the scientific journal: Land, MDPI, Journal Indexed in the SCOPUS database; (from 01-01-2023) of the Journal of Infrastructure, Policy and Development (JIPD). EnPress Publisher, LLC, Journal Indexed in the SCOPUS database; (from 02-06-2020 to today) Members Topical Advisory Panel of Environments, MDPI, Journal Indexed in the SCOPUS database; (from 01-01-2017 to 01-08-2019) Member of the Topic board of Land, MDPI, Journal Indexed in the SCOPUS database; (from 01 -01-2023 to today) Frontiers in Built Environment, Journal Indexed in the SCOPUS database; from 01-01-2019 to today) LABOREST- Economic Evaluations and Real Estate Appraisals Lab. Guest Editor of Special Issue: (from 01-07-2019 to 15-04-2022) “Efficiency, Fairness and Sustainability in Social Housing Policy and Projects", Sustainability, MDPI (EISSN 2071-1050), https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/real_estate_landscapes; (from 01-07-2020 to 26-03-2023) “People and the City: Real Estate-Scape as a Sustainable Citizenship Project”, Sustainability; MDPI, (EISSN 2071-1050).https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/real_estate_landscapes/people-city-scape;(from 01-12-2020 to 31-05-2023) “Landscapes at Risk. Social Capital Asset in the COVID-Scape Climate”, Land, MDPI (EISSN 2073-445X) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/land/special_issues/landscapes_at_risk.; (from 25-10-2022 to today)“Sustainability and Innovation in Building Materials and Technologies: Resource Efficiency and Life Cycle Analysis”, Sustainability, MDPI. https:// www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/66SUX0X6C0; (from 15-09-2023 to today) “The other perspective. The cities’ network and the territorial justice: landscape vs environment” Land, MDPI,https:// www.mdpi.com/journal/land/special_issues/2RUQ50B713.ns and Co-Editor of two books.

Professor Massimiliano FERRARA

ICRIOS - Bocconi University & Decisions_LAB - Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Massimiliano Ferrara received the master’s degree (cum laude) in economics from the University of Messina, the master’s degree (cum laude) from the University of Naples Federico II, the master’s degree (cum laude) from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and the Ph.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Messina. He has been a Research Affiliate with the ICRIOS–Invernizzi Center for Research on Innovation, Organization, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University Bocconi of Milan, since 2013, the President of Scientific Committee of the MEDAlics Research Center, and the Scientific Director of the DECISIONS Lab. He was a General Counsel of the Fondazione Banco di Napoli, the Vice Rector with the University for foreigners “Dante Alighieri’’ of Reggio Calabria, and the Head of Region Calabria Department for Cultura, Research and Education. He was a Visiting Professor with Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, Western Michigan University, USA, Morgan State University, Baltimora, MD, USA, the Northeastern University di Boston, USA, and recently with the Center for Dynamics of Dresden University of Technology, Germany. He is currently a Full Professor of mathematical economics, business analytics & decision theory, applied economics with the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, where he was also the Chairman of the Department of Law, Economics & Human Sciences, and a Member of the Academic Senate. He is an author of more than 220 research papers published in peer-reviewed Journals edited by Nature, IEEE, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley and etc. He has been Knight Order of Merit of the Italian Republic since 2010 “for international scientific merits”. He also received the “Hepites Award” by Romanian Academy of Science in 2010, the Silver Medal by Universiti PUTRA Malaysia in occasion of Invention, Research and Innovation Exhibition (PRPI) in 2016, and recently he was listed as the 2% top scientists released by Stanford University- Elsevier in 2022 and 2023.
He serves as Editor, Co-Editor, Associate Editor several Journals. In particular: NATURE-Scientific Reports (Editorial Board Member), Mathematics - MDPI Section Financial Mathematics (Editor in Chief), Applied Sciences (Editor), Soft Computing, Dynamic Games and Applications, Mathematical Problems in Engineerings (Associate Editor). He is actually serving as Referee over 200 international scientific Journal in economics, pure and applied mathematics indexed by SCOPUS, WoS, MathSciNet.

Professor Felice ARENA

Professor of Ocean Engineering at the ‘Mediterranea’ University of Reggio Calabria, where he is Director of the Natural Ocean Engineering Laboratory NOEL

Since 2022, he has been Vice Rector of the ‘Mediterranea’ University.

He is author of more than 300 papers, published in international Journals, books and in Conference Proceedings.

He is: in the Editorial Board of “Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics”, by Elsevier;  Associate Editor of “ASME Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering”; Associate Editor of the “Journal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy”, by Springer; Specialty Chief Editor in Wave and Tidal Energy in “Frontiers in Energy Research”.

He has been scientific supervisor (principal investigator) of many Italian and international projects, on offshore engineering and marine energy (including project supported in the programs FP7 - TEN-T – Horizon 2020).

He was in the “ISSC Ocean Space Utilization Committee (V.6)”, of the ISSC (2018-2022). At present he is in the “ISSC Environmental Committee” that operates from 2022 up to 2025.

Since 2003 he is in the High Counsel of Public Works, in Rome (Italy). He is a member of the National Commission for Forecasting and Preventing Major Risks, in the Ministry for Civil Protection and Marine Policies (Rome, Italy)

He is Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of MaREI (Ireland) for 2019-2025.

He founded WAVENERGY.IT, a Spin Off of the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Italy), which is established for developing devices for wave energy exploitation (www.wavenergy.it).

Since 2018, he is in the Technical-Scientific Committee of the Italia Cluster BIG (Blue Italian Growth).

Professor Gianluca LAX

Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy

 In 2005, he received his PhD in computer science from the University of Calabria. In 2018, he got the habilitation as a Full Professor of Computer Science. Since 2018, he is the Coordinator of a master’s degree in Information Technologies for Telecommunications Engineering. His research interests include privacy, information security, and social network analysis. Since 2017, Gianluca Lax is chair of the International Workshop on Frontiers in Availability, Reliability and Security (FARES). He is an author of more than 150 papers published in leading international journals and conference proceedings.

Professor Francesco SUNSERI

Professor of Plant Genetics and Breeding at the Dipartimento Agraria, Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy.

 The research activity is actually focused on genetics and molecular assisted selection on horticultural crops such as asparagus, tomato and eggplant. The expertise includes plant breeding methodologies and new technologies such as molecular markers, genomics and proteomics which allow to shorten the classical time-breeding program with particular emphasis on vegetables such as tomato and eggplant. The analysis, characterization and exploitation of plant genetic resources is another key research area.
From 1990 Member of the Italian Society of Plant Genetics (S.I.G.A.) and from 2000 of the International Society Horticultural Science (I.S.H.S.). Associate Editor for BMC Plant Biology and Frontiers in Plant Science. Author of 88 scientific publications indexed in ISI and Scopus databases. H-index=27
Research Interest :Genetic structure of plant biodiversity. Genomics and Transcriptomics. Genomic Wide Association Selection and Mapping (GWAS). Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS). Molecular Assisted Selection (MAS). QTL analysis and cloning. Plant abiotic stress with particular interest to Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE).

Sustainable Landscape Planning and Natural Resources Management (SLNR):

Professor Lucia DELLA SPINA

Architect, Ph.D. in Evaluation Methods in Urban Planning and Architectural Design.

Associate Professor of Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation of Plans, Programmes and Projects, at the Department of Architecture of the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy.
Visiting Professor at University of Granada (Spain) 2023, University of Salford, Manchester (UK) 2017, Universida de Trás-os-Montes Alto Douro (Portugal) 2016, and School of Public Affairs San Diego University (USA) 2013.
Member of the International Scientific Committee of IEREK - International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange (since 2014).
Member of the SIEV - Italian Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Decision Society.
Invited speaker at national and international conferences, doctoral schools, and Italian and foreign universities.
Co-scientific coordinator of the International Symposium "New Metropolitan Perspectives".
Scientific Director of the LaborEst – Economic Evaluations and Real Estate Appraisals, university research laboratory of Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Italy).
Editor-in-Chief of the journal "LaborEst" (E-ISSN 2421-3187 ) scientific open access journal of LaborEst Lab.
Member of the Scientific Editorial Board of the journal "Valori e Valutazioni. Teorie e esperienze" (ISSN 2036-2404), open access scientific journal of the SIEV Society, indexed by SCOPUS (Elsevier).
Member of the Thematic Advisory Board of the journal BUILDINGS (ISSN 2075-5309), indexed by Scopus (Elsevier) and WoS (from 2022). Member of the Scientific Editorial Board of the following MDPI Open Access scientific journals, indexed by SCOPUS and WoS; Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309); Land (ISSN 2073-445X); Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Scientific coordinator and member of research groups in national and international research projects.
She carries out research in the fields of Real Estate Appraisal and Multidimensional Evaluations in hybrid, collaborative, and interactive decision-making contexts, typical of urban design and territorial planning, developing decision support systems for the valorization of cultural heritage and landscape, for urban regeneration and territorial transformation, integrating specific methods and tools for economic, multi-criteria and multi-actor evaluations.
Main areas of expertise: SDG_Goal 11-Sustainable cities and communities. SH1_5-Competitiveness, innovation, research, and development. SH1_6-Econometrics; operations research. SH2_6-Sustainability sciences, environment, and resources. SH3_1-Environment and sustainability. SH3_8-Urbanization and urban planning, cities. SH6_12-Cultural heritage.

Vice-Rector Professor Francesca Fatta

Architect, PhD, Full Professor of Representation at the Department of Architecture and Territory of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria.

Coordinator of the Doctorate Course in Architecture from cycle XXXIV to XXXVII; President of UID (Unione Italiana Disegno) from 2019 and for the three-year period 2021-24; Director of the scientific journal diségno and of the scientific series diségno ed. Franco Angeli; Member of the ASN SC 08/E1 DISEGNO Commission 2012/14 and 2021/23; Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for internationalisation for the three-year period 2022-2025. She conducts research in the fields of design, representation and communication for Cultural Heritage. She is enrolled in REPRISE for ERC areas: Cultural studies, cultural identities and memories, cultural heritage (SH5_8), Computational modelling and digitisation in the cultural sphere (SH5_12), Visual and performing arts, film, design (SH5_4), Historiography, theory and methods in history, including the analysis of digital data (SH6_1), Computer graphics, computer vision, multi media, computer games (PE6_8).
Keywords topics: indirect survey methodologies, 3D data acquisition and modelling, modelling, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, visual communication tools and techniques.

Professor Aurora PISANO

Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy since 2005

Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy since 2005. In 1995 she graduated (MS) cum Laude in Civil Engineering at the School of Engineering, University of Palermo, Italy and in 1999 she obtained a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering – Structures, at the University of Pavia, Italy. current academic position: Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics.

Professor Pisano has been a visiting researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU) in Throndeim (Norway) at the Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon, (Portugal), and at the National Technical University of Athens (Greece). Member of the editorial board of several International Journals and member of National and International associations of structural Mechanics.

Her main research interests are: Non-local elasticity theory: Analytical solutions of non-local problems. Non-local Finite Element methods. Non-local formulations and Numerical solutions. Composite Materials: Mechanical characterization and numerical modelling of industrial prototypes. Limit analysis of prototypes for marine and aeronautical. Reinforced concretes: Concrete structures reinforced with FRP and/or steel.  Limit analysis of prototypes for civil applications. Biomechanics: Limit analysis of human femur. Evaluation of the seismic vulnerability at territorial scale.

Teacher in Courses of Statics, Design, Solid and Structural Mechanics for undergraduate students in Architecture and Engineering. Board Member of the International and National Doctoral Courses.

She authored more than 100 publications and Co-Editor of two books.

Webpage: http://www.pau.unirc.it/scheda_persona.php?id=68

Professor Marina TORNATORA

Architect, associate professor in Architectural Design at the Department of Architecture and Territory – dArTe – within the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, curator of the Egypt Pavilion at the 18th Biennale di Venezia 2023.

She is a member of the Doctorate Board and responsible for international relations. She coordinates the Double Degree Program with the Ain Shams University from Cairo, and she became Visiting Professor at the London Metropolitan University (2019). The focus of her theoretical, design and teaching activities is the relationships between city, landscape and architecture, that are evident in her numerous publications, curated exhibitions, as well as the interventions in workshops and conferences developed also within the Research Laboratory Landscape_inProgress (LL_inP) founded together with Ottavio Amaro in 2014.
Some of her recent publications: DESTRATIFICATION ’29 ’65 ’sk14 ‘2020 16th Biennale di Venezia 2018; 99FILES, Brutalism Skopje 2019; H2O_Scapes. Agro Urbe Nature; Learning from Pavilion. 

Sustainable Civil Infrastructures (SUCI):

Professor Lucia DELLA SPINA

Architect, Ph.D. in Evaluation Methods in Urban Planning and Architectural Design.

Associate Professor of Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation of Plans, Programmes and Projects, at the Department of Architecture of the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy.
Visiting Professor at University of Granada (Spain) 2023, University of Salford, Manchester (UK) 2017, Universida de Trás-os-Montes Alto Douro (Portugal) 2016, and School of Public Affairs San Diego University (USA) 2013.
Member of the International Scientific Committee of IEREK - International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange (since 2014).
Member of the SIEV - Italian Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Decision Society.
Invited speaker at national and international conferences, doctoral schools, and Italian and foreign universities.
Co-scientific coordinator of the International Symposium "New Metropolitan Perspectives".
Scientific Director of the LaborEst – Economic Evaluations and Real Estate Appraisals, university research laboratory of Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Italy).
Editor-in-Chief of the journal "LaborEst" (E-ISSN 2421-3187 ) scientific open access journal of LaborEst Lab.
Member of the Scientific Editorial Board of the journal "Valori e Valutazioni. Teorie e esperienze" (ISSN 2036-2404), open access scientific journal of the SIEV Society, indexed by SCOPUS (Elsevier).
Member of the Thematic Advisory Board of the journal BUILDINGS (ISSN 2075-5309), indexed by Scopus (Elsevier) and WoS (from 2022). Member of the Scientific Editorial Board of the following MDPI Open Access scientific journals, indexed by SCOPUS and WoS; Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309); Land (ISSN 2073-445X); Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Scientific coordinator and member of research groups in national and international research projects.
She carries out research in the fields of Real Estate Appraisal and Multidimensional Evaluations in hybrid, collaborative, and interactive decision-making contexts, typical of urban design and territorial planning, developing decision support systems for the valorization of cultural heritage and landscape, for urban regeneration and territorial transformation, integrating specific methods and tools for economic, multi-criteria and multi-actor evaluations.
Main areas of expertise: SDG_Goal 11-Sustainable cities and communities. SH1_5-Competitiveness, innovation, research, and development. SH1_6-Econometrics; operations research. SH2_6-Sustainability sciences, environment, and resources. SH3_1-Environment and sustainability. SH3_8-Urbanization and urban planning, cities. SH6_12-Cultural heritage.

Professor Corrado RINDONE

Associate professor - Università degli Studi 'Mediterranea' di Reggio Calabria.

Corrado RINDONE PhD, has research interests relative to Transport Planning and simulation. Principal topics investigated are processes and products of planning and design of transport systems; Local Public Transport planning; models and support tools for planning and design of transport systems; models for the analysis of road accidents; transport of dangerous goods; models for analyzing mobility in emergency conditions; mobility of people and goods on an urban, regional, national and international.

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