Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) – 2nd Version
Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) – 2nd Version

Conference Overview

  • 25, Oct / 27, Oct 2017
  • Palermo University - Italy
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The 2nd Conference on “Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development” (UPADSD), to be held in Italy, follows the success of the first version which took place in Lecce, Italy during the year of 2015.

It has become apparent that plannersenvironmentalistsarchitectsengineerspolicy makers and economists have to work together in order to ensure that planning and development can meet our present needs without comprising the ability of future generations.

Problems related to planning and development, which affect rural and urban areas, are present in all regions of the world. Accelerated urbanization has resulted in deterioration of the environment and loss of quality of life. Urban development can also aggravate problems faced by rural areas such as forests, mountain regions and coastal areas, amongst many others. Taking into consideration the interaction between different regions and developing new methodologies for monitoring, planning and implementation of novel strategies, can offer solutions mitigating environmental pollution and non-sustainable use of available resources.

Energy saving and eco-friendly building approaches have become an important part of modern development, which places special emphasis on resource optimization.Planning has a key role to play in ensuring that these solutions, as well as new materials and processes, are incorporated in the most efficient manner.

UPADSD 2017 aims to bring together, scientistsurban plannersarchitects and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss the latest scientific advances in the field.

Conference Topics

  1. 1. City Planning.
  2. 2. Regional Planning.
  3. 3. Rural Developments.
  4. 4. Sustainability And The Built Environment.
  5. 5. Sustainability Indicators.
  6. 6. Policies And Planning.
  7. 7. Environmental Planning And Management.
  8. 8. Energy Resources.
  9. 9. Cultural Heritage.
  10. 10. Quality Of Life.
  11. 11. Community Planning And Resilience.
  12. 12. Sustainable Solutions In Emerging Countries.
  13. 13. Sustainable Tourism.
  14. 14. Learning From Nature.
  15. 15. Transportation.
  16. 16. Social And Political Issues.
  17. 17. Community Planning.
Benefits Of Attending

Since conferences are the places where new science results are typically first presented, attending conferences organized by IEREK can be very rewarding due to below reasons:

  1. Open Discussions: We bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development.
  2. Internationally Accredited  Certificate: The Participants are granted internationally recognized certificates which will be added to their certificates of experience or could be presented to the official authorities concerned.
  3. Conference Proceedings Material: Delegates will have the choice of receiving the conference proceedings as either a hardcover book or in digital format on a USB flash drive. The USB flash drive will additionally contain proceedings from previous conferences in this series.
  4. Publication: The conference proceedings will be published by one or more journals since Authors can choose to publish their research paper either in ARChive hosted by IEREK Press or in CRC Press / Balkema, Taylor & Francis Group. Besides, High-quality manuscripts based on scientific committee evaluation will be published either in Environmental Sciences & Sustainable Development (ESSD) by IEREK Press or Resourceedings by Springer.
  5. Venue: Getting an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learning about its people and culture.
  6. Research Technologies: Conferences also can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research. Moreover, they let you test them out, share teaching tools and techniques, or even obtain samples of textbooks.
  7. Networking: Conferences help in networking which often increases your chances of collaboration in future projects.
  8. Academic Reputation: Attending many conferences will make you a known figure in academic circles, not to mention the benefits for your C.V as it will create an impression that you are an active member of the academic community.
Participation Procedures

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

  • Elementary Review:

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

· Accepted for publication (with minor editing changes).

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

· Rejected but encouraged for re-submission with major modifications.

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

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

  • First Acceptance:

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

  • Uploading Full-Length Paper:

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

  • Second Acceptance:

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

  • Payment:

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

  • Inspections and Final Approval of Full Papers:

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

(1) Is the topic relevant to the conference?

(2) Are the writing and structure clear?

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

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

(5) Are the objectives of the study achieved?

(6) Is the literature review relevant and adequate?

(7) Has the author used an appropriate methodology and has it been clearly explained?

(8) Has the author interpreted the findings correctly?

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

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

Conference Fees
  • Each research paper should have at least one main author who should pay the full fees (Author’s fees + Publication Fees), even if the main author is a Master’s or a Ph.D. candidate, and even if the author won’t be able to attend the conference. These fees include the registration of only one author to the conference. (As shown in the table, row 1).
  • The fees of Conference book (hard copy + flash memory) for audiences and co-authors, is shown in the table row 4.
  • In case students or interested audience want to attend the conference without presenting a paper, they must pay the specified fees. (As shown in the table, row 5).

Cancellations / Refunds

  • Delegates who cancel their registration due to special circumstances less than 60 days before the start of the conference and do not have a paper published in the proceedings will receive a complete refund minus a $100 administration charge. If the proceedings book is already published, the fees cannot be refunded.
  • Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa (if needed), by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

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

  • Academic Research Community Archive (ARChive): € 100 for a maximum of 12 pages (extras will be charged €15 each).
  • Selected papers will be published in:

    1) A book Series by, one of the leading international scientific

    publishing companies, Springer


    2) CRC Press of Taylor & Francis

    All other conference proceedings will be published in Academic Research

    Community (ARChive).

    *Selected papers may undergo an additional revision process. 

Special discount:

1- For the authors who intend to participate with more than a research paper, they will automatically enjoy a 40% discount on the second paper. The discount does not apply to the publication fees.

2- For the authors who belong to the hosting partner Univesity, they will enjoy a 25% discount on their conference’s fees, excluding the publication fees.

3- For the authors who are part of the scientific committee and actively participating in the revision process/session moderators or Organizing Committee, they will enjoy a 40% discount, excluding the publication fees.

Regular Attendance Fees
Fees for Audiences / Students / Listeners EUR 200
Author fees for Regular Payment (Before October 11, 2017) + Publication EUR 600
Co-Authors Fees
Fees for Attending Co-Author EUR 200
Fees for Non-Attending Co-Author EUR 50
Authors & Publication Fees
Publication Fees in ARChive EUR 100
Publication Fees in CRC Press / Balkema EUR 150
Author fees for Early Payment (Before June 11, 2017) EUR 300
Author fees for Regular Payment (Before September 20, 2017) EUR 400
Author fees for Late Payment (Before October 11, 2017) EUR 500
Other Services Fees
Customized Payment Ticket ( Administrative Fees ) EUR 100
Refund / Withdrawal Policy

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

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

Cancellation Policy Up to 60 days before the event Up to 50 days before the event Up to 40 days before the event 39 days before the event
Penalty 20% 50% 70% 100%


A refund is not possible if

-An acceptance letter has been issued (Authors only)

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

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

Visa Rejection Cases

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

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

*Final Acceptance Letter (Authors only)

*Visa Invitation Letter

*Invoice/proof of payment

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

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

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

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

Author Instructions

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

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


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

English will be the official language of the Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) 2nd Version.

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

To download Academic Research Community Archive (ARChive) template, Click Here!

To download CRC Press / Balkema, Taylor & Francis Group template, Click Here!

Selected papers will be published in: 1) A book Series by, one of the leading international scientific publishing companies, Springer or 2) CRC Press of Taylor & Francis All other conference proceedings will be published in Academic Research Community (ARChive). *For more information on publication fees, please visit our Conference Fees tab. *Selected papers may undergo an additional revision process. *All Author participants are expected to write their manuscripts papers using the templates provided in the author instructions tab. *Once, and if, your paper is selected for publication in Springer’s book Series, you will be contacted and asked to use the template of the selected journal accordingly.
Important Dates

Title Date Notes
Abstract Submissions Deadline 17th April 2017
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 30th April 2017 Acceptance is issued once a positive feedback is received from the reviewing committee.
Full Paper Submission Deadline 30th August 2017
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 6th September 2017
Early Payment Deadline 10th June 2017 Regular payment fees are mandatory after this date.
Regular Payment Deadline 19th September 2017
Late Payment Deadline 24th October 2017
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 4th October 2017 Will not be issued without completing the conference fees.
Letter of Final Acceptance 19th September 2017 Will not be issued without completing the fees, and approval of the Full Paper.
Conference Program 24th September 2017
Conference Launch 24th October 2017
Plagiarism Policy

IEREK has an unyielding policy regarding plagiarism. We believe that copying/taking the ideas and work of other Authors without permission and credit, is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process,  on the basis of the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism. Duplicating any content, even if it is one sentence or one table without the consent of its original Author, will lead to the paper’s refusal upon the complaint of the plagiarism victim.

Conference Venue

Conference at Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata


Accommodation at CampusX Roma


IEREK will hold The International Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD) at Palermo University. Accordingly, IEREK  made prior arrangements with Journeyhop to provide all hotel solutions near the venue.

Participants needing a hotel room can benefit from a conference cashback (5%) by booking through Journeyhop. There are also options on Journeyhop for you to easily share a hotel room with another attendee going to UPADSD conference if you wish to.


Conference Partners

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Translation Service New

If you need your research to be translated, we now offer professional translation for your research From Arabic and Italian to English.
The fees for the translation are as follows:

Arabic  English
Paper upto 8 PagesEGP 800
Each extra pageEGP 150
Italian  English
Paper upto 8 Pages€160
Each extra page€25

Conference Program

*The Conference Final Program has been announced, to download

Conference Program Schedule


For the purpose of presentation, kindly use the template attached below on the link.
In addition, note that the presentation should not exceed 15 – 20 minutes or about 10 – 15 slides, which is the time assigned for each research presentation.

To download the presentation template Click Here!

Entertainment Program

In line with this unique occassion of launching The 2nd International Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD)‌, IEREK is announcing the follwoing interactive, specially prepared entertatinment program during the conference days:

1- Gala Dinner | October 25, 2017

A Gala Dinner in a special restaurant neer to Palazzo Riso where keynote speakers, conference committee and researchers will gather together in a fubulous evening.

Ticket Price: EUR 50

2- Tour of Palermo Historical Centre | October 26, 2017

A tour with an official guide around the main districts of the historical centre. Departure from the Cathedral, walk along corso vittorio Emanuele towards Quattro Canti, piazza Pretoria, Piazza Bellini, and the district of Kalsa, Piazza Sant'Anna, Piazza Rivoluzione.

Ticket Price: EUR 20

3- Streaty Tour by Night | October 27, 2017

A tour to the historical markets of Palermo which allows you to taste the main delicacies of Palermo's famous street food. Paticipants will taste panelle (checkpeas fritters), crocchè (potato croquettes), pani ca meusa (sandwich with spleen), sfincione (local pizza), arancina (fried rice ball), glass of local wine and dessert (ice cream or cannolo), and will also receive the Streaty passport.

Ticket Price: EUR 40

Participation Procedures & Regulations

- Registration and payment for any of entertainmnet trips will be at the conference venue in cash (on desk).

- Acceptable currencies are  USD and EUR only.

- Each particiapnt can join to more than one trip (up to the 3 trips).


For the purpose of presentation, kindly use the PowerPoint template that could be downloaded from the button below...

Moreover, please take into consideration that your presentation should not exceed 15 minutes, which is the time assigned for each research presentation.

 *To download the PowerPoint template

Conference Program Schedule

Conference Program

The details of the conference program will be announced very soon.