Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (URS) - 3rd Edition
Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (URS) - 3rd Edition

Conference Overview

  • 12, Dec / 14, Dec 2022
  • Hybrid conference In collaboration with Barleti University, Albania
Conference Email
[email protected]

Urban regeneration is the rehabilitation of land areas that are subject to high-density urban land use. It is a strategy that aims to transform and renovate areas to be upgraded in housing, public and private buildings, infrastructure, and services. This entire process is an effective way to improve urban performance by targeting areas with high rates of poverty, pollution, and congestion, leading to a complete economic and regional development of the area. Urban regeneration programs are only proven successful when sustained.

As a result of its successes, urban regeneration is now known as the attempt to reverse declining cities. It does so by improving physical structures through new urbanization models and methods and by working to enhance the economy of those cities. These new urbanization models and methods must be highly enduring systems that prove sustainability, which is reached by covering all aspects of the four interconnected domains which include ecology, economics, politics, and culture.

Today, the process of urbanization continues to generate many problems deriving from the constant migration of more populations towards already highly populated cities. Resolving these issues is possible by turning them into efficient habitats, saving resources in a way that improves the standard of living. The process, however, faces a number of major challenges related to reducing pollution, improving main transportation and infrastructure systems. New urban solutions are required to optimize the use of space and energy resources leading to improvements in the environment, i.e. reduction in air, water, and soil pollution as well as efficient ways to deal with waste generation. These challenges contribute to the development of social and economic disproportions and require the development of new solutions.

The level of difficulty of managing such problems with found solutions in several cities differs from one city to the other depending on several variables which mainly include the size of said cities. However, despite such complexity, they offer a generative ground for architects, engineers, city planners, social and political scientists, and other professionals the ability to conceive new ideas and time them according to technological advances and human requirements.

IEREK invites you to join the next third edition of the International Conference on "Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (URS)" We believe that it is our duty and responsibility to offer the space and opportunity to discuss and present solutions and scientific theories in the presence of reputed professors specified in the field.

Conference Topics

Including but not limited to

  • 1. Aspects and Principles of Urban Regeneration

    1.1. Urban Regeneration: Definition, Purpose, and Evolution

    1.2. The Role of Urban Design in Cultural Regeneration

    1.3. Principles of Urban Sustainability, Ecology, and Resilience

    1.4. Planning of Mixed Land Use

    1.5. Living Standards: Urban Sprawl, and Slum Areas

  • 2. Designing and Development of Urban Regeneration

    2.1. The Art of Sustainable Urban Design Paradigm

    2.2. Sustainable Urban Design for Waterfront Development

    2.3. Neighborhoods, Housing, and Economic Development

    2.4. Production and Regeneration in Regional Development

    2.5. The Impact of New Urbanism Models: Planning and Design Strategies to Improve Urban Performance

    2.6. Strategy for Evolving Public Spaces

    2.7. Transportation Planning, Safety, and Traffic Modeling

    2.8. New Urbanism Models Planning and Designing

    2.9. Industrial Area Agglomeration and Corporate Strategy

    2.10. Management and Conservation of Energy Resources Overview of Urban Transformation

    2.11. Compact Cities: Issues and Solutions

    2.12. Transformation to Sustainable City

    2.13. Livable Communities: Cities for People  

    2.14. Environmental Efficiency for Better Life

    2.15. Public Involvement in Sustainable Development

    2.16. New ways for learning

    2.17. Innovation in Education

  • 3. Challenges of Urban Regeneration

    3.1. Urban Renewal: Issues and Challenges

    3.2. Pollution of Urban Heat Island (UHI)

    3.3. Climate Change and Sustainable Landscapes

    3.4. Green Infrastructure: Building and Designing with Nature

    3.5. Urbanization and Urban Poverty: Effects, Awareness, and Solutions
    Computational Design for Urban Regeneration

    3.6. Digital Tools in Urban Regeneration

    3.7. Optimization and Decision-making tools for Urban Regeneration

    3.8. Data informed Urban Regeneration

  • 4. Preservation and Conservation

    4.1. The role of historic buildings in regeneration process

    4.2. Urban regeneration and sustainability

    4.3. Adaptive Reuse of existing buildings  

    4.4. The role of technology in the co-living spaces

  • 5. Urban Identity and City Branding

    5.1. City Branding, Urban Planning and Urban Regeneration

    5.2. Urban Branding and Sustainability

    5.3. Urban Competitiveness and Urban Marketing

    5.4. Urban Planning and Tourism

    5.5. Resident Satisfaction and Urban Regeneration

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).

  • 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.

Asti Book Editors

Haşim Altan

Professor at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Design, and the Director of Research Centre – ARUCAD, Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design.

Professor of Sustainable Design and Architectural Engineering. He is a Chartered Architect (RIBA) and a Chartered Engineer (CIBSE) with over 20 years of academic and practice experience in the field of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) through the Built Environment in the UK, Europe, Middle East, and North Africa (MENA) regions. Prof. Dr. Altan sits on several editorial boards and reviews project proposals for the European Commission, UK Research Councils, and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) by Qatar Foundation. Since 2004, he has, singly or jointly, secured and directed 32 research grants worth over £21 million. He is a founding member of the International Network on Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH), which has so far organized seven international conferences, several design workshops, and numerous technical visits. As well as having supervised 16 successful Ph.D. students, Prof. Dr. Altan has published over 200-refereed journal and conference papers in related fields.


Cristina Piselli

Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, CIRIAF – Interuniversity Research Centre on Pollution and Environment “Mauro Felli”, Via G. Duranti 67, 06125 Perugia, Italy.

Born in Umbertide (Perugia), Italy, in 1988. Master's degree in Building Engineering - Architecture at University of Perugia, Italy, in 2014. Ph.D. in Energy and Sustainable development at CIRIAF - University of Perugia, Italy, in 2018. Research Fellow at CIRIAF - Interuniversity Research Centre on Pollution and Environment “Mauro Felli”, Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, Italy, as member of the EAP Lab (Environmental Applied Physics Laboratory) team, dealing with building energy efficiency and, specifically, dynamic analysis of building energy performance, occupant behavior, human comfort in the built environment, urban heat island mitigation, and energy systems. More details on https://www.eaplab.eu/.


Osman Balaban

Professor at Department of City and Regional Planning, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

Dr. Balaban is an urban planner and currently Professor of Urban Planning at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. He holds a Ph.D. in City Planning from METU (2008) and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in Yokohama, Japan between 2009 and 2012. He has participated in various research projects at international and national levels that focused on such topics as climate change, climate adaptation, co-benefits approach, urban sustainability, urban regeneration and local governments. Dr. Balaban has published several research papers in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in edited books as well as research and expert reports. He is currently the Editor of the METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture and the Editorial Board Member of the npj Urban Sustainability and the Journal of Planning Literature.

Etleva Dobjani

Head of the Department of Architecture and Lecturer at the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Creative Industries,Barleti University, Albania.

PHD. Etleva Dobjani, is an architect and urban designer. At the same time, she is part of ArkiLab, assistant of the Creative Europe [Temporaneity] project, as well as organizer of the ""Smart City"" forum. Among the engagements within the department, are also pursuing MSc degrees. Architecture and coordination of Erasmus + projects at department level. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy in 2008. In 2011, he completed his master's degree in ""Urban Design and Landscape"" at POLIS University in collaboration with Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2016, she received the title ""Doctor of Science"" at La Sapienza University in Rome (Italy), in the department ""Architecture, Theory and Project"" with the topic ""Quality of living space in Tirana. Analysis and critical evaluation of living space in the postdictatorial period in Tirana. New strategies for sustainable development. "" From 2008, for several years she has worked in the Metropolis architecture studio in Tirana, but has also developed her activity as a freelance professional and energy auditor in Albania. With a contribution of 13 years in the academic field as a lecturer at POLIS University she has been engaged in several national and international research projects.

Gerdi Papa

Lecturer and head of the department of Creative Industries at the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Creative Industries, Barleti University, Albania.

Gerdi is an architect who is passionate about computational and algorithmic design topics as well as digital fabrication. His first steps in the computational design field are taken as his high school education is focused on electronics. He finishes his master studies in Architecture and Urban Design at Polis University in 2014 where he deals with a thesis in Interactive Architecture. His main fields of interest from that point on focus on the digital aspects of designing architecture with a professional master in Parametric Design finished at Polis University in 2016. During this time, he also practiced as an assistant lecturer at Polis University in the corses of Information Architecture as well as Computer Aided Design. He started his PhD studies in the joint doctorate program between Polis University and Ferrara in 2016-2017 where he is now developing a thesis on Digital Fabrication and Emergency Shelters.

Saimir Kristo

Architect & Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Creative Industries at Universiteti Barleti. Albania.

PhD. Ark. Saimir Kristo is an architect and urban designer. He is also part of Maker Space - ArkiLAB, Creative Europe projects (LINA and Temporaneity), coordinator of Erasmus + projects at the Faculty level and open forums. Other commitments include pursuing MSc Architecture degrees. He graduated from POLIS University in 2011 in the MSc program in Architecture and Urban Design and completed his studies in the MSc Applied Design in 2013. He has been engaged in a series of activities in the field of art, design and architecture, as well as in the role of curator of the Architecture Week in Tirana 2014 entitled ""[For] Imaging the Cities of the Future""; Design Week in Tirana 2015 (Design NOW!) Until the selection as European Young Curator at the ""CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators"" in 2019. Continuing his professional and academic engagements, he completes his doctoral studies in the joint program of POLIS University (Albania) and the University of Ferrara (Italy) focused on ""Urban Catalysts"" and creative ways of interaction in public space, based on the accumulated experience as leaders in Urban and Development Regulatory Plans in Albania.

Conference Venue

The 3rd edition of the International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (URS) will be held in collaboration with Barleti University, Rruga Frang Bardhi, Tirana, Albania.
Hall: Forum Theater, Ground Floor.

please download the map from here: https://we.tl/t-6cp9J2eFI7



Participants’ Instructions


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

They must also refer to, and abide by, the following instructions in registering and 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 Barleti University, Albania, offering a Physical attendance option for your convenience. That said, participants will have a chance to present their research, at Barleti University, 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 Full paper is accepted, it may be published in the conference proceedings book in the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation Book Series by Springer (indexed in Scopus) even if you are not attending the conference. In this case, the accepted work will not be included in the final conference program 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.

Authors' Instructions

Important Note:

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.

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 (250/300 words) through the website and before the abstract submission deadline.
  • The abstract should clearly state the purpose, results, and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.
  • 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 to submit the abstract file accordingly.

To download the Abstract Writing Template, Click Here

Step 2: Abstract Review

  • Upon submission, an abstract will undergo a preliminary evaluation process by members of our scientific committee.
  • A relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented and sound literature and methodology of the work.
  • The author will receive a notification by email, within 2 weeks, of:
  • A relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented and sound literature and methodology of the work.
  • The author will receive a notification by email, within 2 weeks, of:
    • Approval, after which they will be requested to prepare and submit their full/short paper submissions.
    • Rejection, if the topic proposed does not fit the theme of the conference.

Step 3: Paper Submission & Preliminary Review

  • The Full/ Long paper submission is 4,000 – 6,000+ words in length.
  • The paper should state the major issue(s) addressed, the potential significance of the work, the theoretical and methodological approach(es) pursued, major findings, conclusions, implications, and relevant scholarly references.
  • Upon participation type selection and payment confirmation (see conference fees and participant’s instructions), a full/long paper will be included in the conference abstracts book as well as be considered for publication with and in the selected publisher/ journal/ volume.
  • The author must submit the paper using the writing template and through our online system or conference email before the paper submission deadline. 
  • The full paper should be written in English to be considered for publication in ASTI or IEREK Press Journals (ESSD, ARChive, Resourceedings only).
  • 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.
  • All presentations must be prepared and presented in the English language as it is the official language of the conference.

Step 4: Similarity Check/ Plagiarism Detection

All Chapters will be screened for similarity using iThenticate; a Turnitin Plagiarism detection software, used for academic publishers. Springer Similarity guidelines are as follows:

  • Max. % from all sources: 10-15%
  • Max. % from one source: 3-5%
  • Higher than 30% (all sources): Reject completely
  • Lower than 30% (all sources): Ask for revision to decrease the similarities  

To download Paper Writing Template, Click Here

Step 5: Payment Completion & Confirmation

Once Preliminary approval for presentation at the conference and/or consideration for publication is granted, authors will be expected to complete payment in reference to the Conference Fees before the peer review process can begin.

In preliminary evaluation, the research paper will be inspected against its readability, originality, structure, and relevance to the conference theme/ topics. If the paper gets acceptance by one reviewer, a preliminary acceptance notification will be sent to the author in addition to a proforma invoice requesting payment. As soon as payment is confirmed and done successfully, corresponding official documents can be issued from our end such as:

  • A signed/stamped preliminary acceptance letter
  • Receipt of Payment
  • Visa Invitation Letter

Step 6: Rigorous Peer Review Process 

Only after payment is confirmed,

- and the full paper submission deadline reached, a submitted full-length paper is assigned to an Editor from the Editorial Board, in alignment with IEREK’s and the respective publisher’s revision SOP (double-blind process).

- Each paper 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.

- Once a decision is made by the Editors, IEREK Editors will communicate one of the following three final decisions:

  • Accepted without comments
  • Revise and Resubmit – Minor or Major revision
  • Final Rejection

- If modifications are in order, authors will be sent the relevant instructions and a deadline will be set. Missed deadlines may result in complete exclusion/ rejection from the final publication.

  • A back and forth process: modifications will be sent back to the responsible Editor/ Series Editor and another round of evaluation conducted where needed. Authors should regularly check their emails (Junk/ Spam folders).
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Keynote Speakers

Mr. Reinier de Graaf

 A partner in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Rotterdam

Reinier de Graaf (1964, Schiedam) is a Dutch architect and writer. He is a partner in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), where he leads projects in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Reinier is the co-founder of OMA’s think-tank AMO and Sir Arthur Marshall Visiting Professor of Urban Design at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession and the recently published novel The Masterplan

Ivan Blasi

Coordinator at European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, Barcelona 

Ivan Blasi is an architecture curator, moderator, teacher and publisher. He is the director of programs and prizes at the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona where he is in charge of the organization of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Awards, and of the Interventions program in the Barcelona Pavilion. He teaches at the Barcelona Architecture Centre and has been invited to KU Leuven, TU Delft, Georgia Tech, Texas AM and Montevideo among others. Aside from regularly contributing to international architecture events, he has leaded the publication of about 20 books on contemporary architecture and culture published by Fundació Mies van der Rohe, and the curatorship of exhibitions which have been presented in La Biennale di Venezia, German Architecture Museum, Architekturzentrum Wien, Tbilisi Biennial, and La cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris among others. Among the interventions in the Barcelona Pavilion that he has organized there have been artists such as SANAA, Ai Weiwei, Muntadas, Luftwerk-Iker Gil, Andrés Jaque, Luis Martínez Santamaría, Laura Martinez de Guereñu, Sabine Marcelis and Anna & Eugeni Bach.

Your Trip To Albania

Albania is located in the heart of the Mediterranean and lies alongside the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. The country is one of the most interesting tourism destinations in the region. A country explored by very few people, Albania is an exciting place to visit. Its increasing number of visitors can find here an inspiring blend of civilizations and cultures that make this European country attractive for tourists.

The country has a beautiful, mostly sandy, coastline stretching along the Adriatic Sea from the Montenegrin border south to the Bay of Vlora. From here southwards the coast is rugged, with rocky coves characteristic of a narrow coastal strip that rests against a dramatic backdrop of steeply rising tall mountains.

Albania’s numerous mountains and rivers offer many possibilities for sports tourism, including many outdoor activities—parasailing, climbing, hiking, canoeing, cycling, swimming, diving—as well as for simply enjoying the beauty of nature.

The country’s history and culture is fascinating. Several Albanian cities retain an appearance that has changed little over many generations and that conserve in their midst remains that date back more than two thousand years. Numerous archeological sites make the country very attractive for special interest tourism.

Visiting Albania’s capital will delve into the past and present of a country that has seen intense turmoil since it was founded in the 1600s. Tirana has disintegrating soviet-era buildings, brand new projects and proud historic monuments side-by-side, while the wonderful upland scenery that bounds the city to the east calls for exploration.



Petrela is a village some 15 km (9.3 miles) south of Tirana that is famous for its castle and history. The Petrela castle is built upon a huge stone located on the top of a small mountain. Once here you’ll have the chance to admire gorgeous natural panoramas and try traditional Albanian food in the restaurant situated inside the castle.


Dajti Ekspres

This cable-car is a fun family day out and a superb introduction to the city, taking you up by gondola to the dramatic mountain on Tirana’s eastern edge. The cable-car spans a kilometre, making it the longest in the Balkans, and rises more than 800 metres up the mountainside. The journey will take about 15 minutes and at the top, there’s a tourism complex with restaurants and hotels. Of course the view over the city will be memorable, but there are also year-round activities on the table, including trekking and horseback riding in summer, and skiing in winter.


National Historic Museum

Tirana and Albania have a very complicated past. So if you need a point of entry this is the place to get some context. The museum is organised by pavilions, each covering a different period in the region’s history, from ancient times up to the 21st century. The most valuable in terms of archaeological wealth is the Pavilion of Antiquity, where there’s a great collection of almost 600 items spanning the late Palaeolithic to the Early-Middle Ages.


Cave of Pellumbas

If you need to see more of the Mount Dajtit National Park that looms to the east of the city, spend a day around the village of Pellumbas. Here you can take hikes and scramble your way up to a beautiful natural monument. There’s a trail from the village that meanders through the mountains for two kilometres before you get to a cave packed with stalagmites and stalactites, but also with evidence of human activity going back than 300,000 years. It descends 350 metres into the mountainside, and during the Second World War made a refuge for the villagers of Pellumbas.



Sometimes you need a break from city life. The good news is that there are plenty of great places to visit within a half-hour drive from Albania’s capital. Whether you love nature, enjoy visiting ancient towns, or want to know more about local culture.

There are buses every half an hour to this Adriatic port city, which is replete with Roman and Byzantine heritage. The first place to go is the amphitheatre, which is from the 2nd century, was once able to seat 20,000 and is the largest in the Balkan region. It was hidden to the world for more than a millennium before being rediscovered in 1900. What really adds to the site is the small chapel attached to the building, which has fantastic Early-Christian mosaics and frescoes depicting saints.  


Benefits Of Attending

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

  1. Open Discussions: We bring together leading academic scientists, from different universities and countries, to exchange and share their experiences and research results.
  2. Internationally Accredited Certificate: The participants are granted internationally recognized certificates acknowledged by IEREK, the University, and Partner Organizations.
  3. Publication:Selected high-quality manuscripts will be published, after peer review, in index journals/ book series. See Publishing Opportunities for more information.
  4. Research Technologies: Conferences can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research.
  5. Networking:You can engage with industry experts to discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on and increase your chances of collaboration in future projects.
  6. Academic Reputation: Attending many conferences will make you a known figure in academic circles and an active member of the academic community.
  7. Conference Abstracts Material:Delegates will receive the conference Abstracts book in hardcover (physical attendance for which Shipping fees may apply) and/ or digital format (online attendees). See the conference fees tab.
Important Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submissions Deadline 31 Aug 2022
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 01 Sep 2022
Full Paper Submission Deadline 01 Oct 2022
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 12 Nov 2022
Early Payment Deadline 15 Sep 2022
Regular Payment Deadline 15 Oct 2022
Late Payment Deadline 12 Nov 2022
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 12 Oct 2022
Letter of Final Acceptance 12 Oct 2022
Conference Program 12 Nov 2022
Conference Launch 12 Dec 2022
Conference Committee

Local Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr. Suzana Guxholli, Rector of Barleti University

Prof. Dr. Artan Shyti, Vice Rector for Student Affairs

Prof. Asoc.  Semiha Loca, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs

Prof. Asoc. Zamira Cavo, Dean of  Faculty of Economics, Governance and Law

Prof. Assoc. Dr Robert Gjedia, Head of Department of Educational Sciences & Professional Training

Prof. Assoc. Dr Erika Melonashi, Head of Department of Behavioral and Health Sciences

Ph.D. Kejda Nuhu, Institutional Coordinator for Research and Development

Dr. Rezart Prifti, Head of Department of Economics, Entrepreneurship and Finance

Dr. Florina Pazari, Head of Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation

Dr. Teuta Cerpja, Lecturer, Department. of Economics, Entrepreneurship and Finance

Dr. Erion Kristo, Lecturer, Department of Governance, Political Science and Communication

Ph.D. Saimir Kristo, Deputy Dean Faculty of Applied Sciences and Creative Industries, 

Prof. Dr. Armand Vokshi, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Polytechnic University of Tirana.

Prof. Asoc. Gjergji Islami, Associate Professor in the Polytechnic University of Tirana.

Prof. Asoc. Denana Veizaj, Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Tirana.

Dr. Juljan Veleshnja, Polytechnic University of Tirana.

Dr. Entela Daci, Polytechnic University of Tirana.

Ph.D. Etleva Dobjani, Head of the Department of Architecture and Lecturer at the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Creative Industries

Ph.D. Gerdi Papa, Lecturer, Department of Creative Industries

Ph.D. Saimir Shtylla, Lecturer in the Department of Creative Industries

Prof. Dr. Ismail Kocayusufoglu

Prof. Dr. Florian Nepravishta, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Polytechnic University of Tirana.

Organizational Committee

Olta Murataj, Lecturer, Department  of Educational Sciences & Professional Training

Eurona Leka, Lecturer, Department of Governance, Political Science and Communication

Conference Fees

A. Physical Attendance

  Student Academic Professional Deadline
  *ID must be shown *Affiliation must be provided *Affiliation must be provided  
Author Participation (Consideration in the ASTI Book by Springer)
Early Bird 300 € 350 € 400 € 15 Sep 2022
Regular Payment 350 € 400 € 500 € 15 Oct 2022
Late Payment 450 € 500 € 600 € 12 Nov 2022
Author Participation (Consideration in the IEREK Press Journal)
Early Bird 200 € 250 € 300 € 15 Sep 2022
Regular Payment 250 € 300 € 400 € 15 Oct 2022
Late Payment 350 € 400 € 500 € 12 Nov 2022
Co-author/ Audience
Regular Payment 150 € 200 € 250 € 15 Oct 2022

Registration Guidelines:

  • If multiple abstracts by the same first author are 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 Abstracts 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 a copy of their university ID and/or register using a university email. 
  • Authors who cannot attend the conference can:
    • Virtually present their work (Table B) above.
    • Nominate one of their co-authors, or a single external individual, to present on their behalf.
  • The registration fee does not cover any site visits or additional services or accommodation expenses. A list of accommodation options can only be suggested by our team if available.
  • The conference registration fee covers: The conference Kit (for authors) inclusive of: a printed abstracts book, a softcopy of the abstracts book on a USB/CD, Conference notebook, IEREK pen, Conference Flyers/ Printouts, Lunches and Coffee Breaks (in-person attendance), IEREK Participation/ Contribution Certificates & documentation, Consideration for publishing in the IEREK ASTI series by Springer or IEREK Press.
  • Authors interested in only presenting their work at the conference or only registering for publication purposes  can refer to table C below. In both cases, the author(s) must register through the website.

B. Online Attendance

  Student Academic Professional Deadline
  *ID must be shown *Affiliation must be provided *Affiliation must be provided  
Author Participation (Consideration in the ASTI Book by Springer)
Regular Payment 200 € 250 € 250 € 15 Oct 2022
Late Payment 300 € 350 € 350 € 12 Nov 2022
Author Participation (Consideration in the IEREK Press Journal)
Regular Payment 100 € 150 € 150 € 15 Oct 2022
Late Payment 200 € 250 € 250 € 12 Nov 2022
Co-author/ Audience
Regular Payment 50 € 50 € 50 € 15 Oct 2022


C. Present/ Publish Only

Presentation Only
Physical 200 € 15 Oct 2022
Online 100 € 15 Oct 2022
Publish Only
Author (ASTI) 250 € 15 Oct 2022
Author (IEREK Press) 150 € 15 Oct 2022

D. Extra Fees

Additional Conference Kit (Excluding Delivery) *Contact us for a quotation on shipping fees. 100 €
If applicable: Paper Extension fees for publishing ASTI (Springer) upon selection 200 €

Loyalty Membership Discounts

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











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

  • Authors may request that their kits be delivered, for an additional fee decided by the courier, and upon request through the conference email. Alternatively, authors can pick them up from one of IEREK’s offices in Germany or Egypt provided here with no additional charge.
  • For full paper extensions (if applicable), please read more in the Author Instructions tab.

Payment Terms and Guidelines:

  • 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, payment and consideration for publication, the registration fee cannot be reimbursed. See the ‘Refund Policy’ tab.
  • Final Acceptance/ rejection of your full/ extended paper can only be given after the peer review process.
  • If a submission has not been selected / has been rejected during peer review for the ASTI series by Springer, a refund will not be possible. However, its author(s) can choose to re-submit it to IEREK press for consideration.
  • Inclusion in the conference program, acceptance letters issuance and consideration for publication must be preceded by registration and payment completion.
  • Payment of the registration fee can be made via the following methods (only after online registration):
    • Bank transfer
    • Online payment gateway (PayPal, JCB, AMEX)
    • Cash in IEREK branches
  • Contact our Financial Department for inquiries/ requests.
Previous Editions

Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (URS) 1st Edition

The 1st Edition of the Urban Regeneration & Sustainability conference was held in one of IEREK's partner universities: The University of East London, the Docklands Campus. It was chaired by Professor Hassan Abdalla; the Dean of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering of UEL.

Each Day was initiated with a keynote speech delivered by speakers on the topics of the conferences as per the scheduled sessions and their respective titles.

Day 1:

A Full day visit to the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich to experience the area and get a glimpse of the different developments undertaken.

Day 2:

The second day of conference started with a welcoming word by Professor Hassan Abdalla and a brief overview of the conference topics to be discussed, the expected outcome and current and future work. Following his speech, Dr. Fulvio Wirz, MA Programme leader at UEL and Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects, took over the podium to introduce the conference. The session was then wrapped up by a speech from IEREK's Chief Executive Officer and founder, Dr. Mourad Amer and a presentation on the company, its aims & goals and events overtime, which was delivered by its General Director, Dr. Abdelaziz Sakr.


Day 3:

The third day of the conference started with a speech of the keynote speaker Professor Gabriele Sorrento “CEO and Founder of Mindesk: a VR-based design platform”.
After the keynote speech, authors (researchers) started to present a demo of their research paper in oral presentations while session chairman and moderators listen, discuss, and evaluate.

Following that, starting the speech of the keynote speaker Professor Hocine Bougdah “Reader in Architectural Technology in Canterbury School of Architecture”.


Check this conference’s overview here:



Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (URS) 2nd Edition

The 2nd International conference on the Urban Regeneration and Sustainability has been successfully held online in collaboration with University of East London.

The conference addressed all the aspects of the urban environment. Urban regeneration was discussed thoroughly in the conference by rendering it as a process and a strategy that aims at transforming and renovating areas in the hope of upgrading public housing, public and private buildings, infrastructure, and services.

Day 1:

The first day of the conference started with Short welcoming speeches were given by the conference chair Professor Hassan Abdalla, Dean of School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London, UK, and the conference co-chair, Dr. Fulvio Wirz, UEL School of Architecture, and Zaha Hadid Architects Associate, UK. After the Opening Ceremony, authors (researchers) started to present a demo of their research paper in oral presentations while session chairman and moderators listen, discuss, and evaluate. After the short break was the speech of the special Keynote Speaker Amit Gupta, Founding partner, Studio Symbiosis Architects & Former Zaha Hadid Associate, UK. The Second Session started afterwards and was moderated by Dr. Elisa Magnini, Foresight and innovation specialist at Arup, UK.


Day 2:

The second day of the conference started with the speech of the keynote speaker, Dr. Eduardo Mayoral Gonzalez, CTO Senior in City Thinking, Spain. After the keynote speech, the Third Session and the fourth edition which were moderated by Professor Hassan Abdalla, Dean of School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London, UK, and Dr. Fulvio Wirz, UEL School of Architecture, and Partner at Wirz Architects, UK.

Day 3:

The third day started with the Fifth Session which was moderated by Professor Hasim Altan, Director and Professor in Research Centre and Faculty of Design, ARUCAD, Kyrenia, Cyprus and, Dr. Fulvio Wirz, UEL School of Architecture, and Partner at Wirz Architects, UK. Following that, the third Keynote Speaker Dr. Vincenzo Reale, chartered structural engineer (ICE) and architect (ARB), senior structural engineer in the Specialist Technology + Research group in Arup, London, UK. In the end of the day, a discussion and a Questions and Answers session followed, and the conference was concluded by a Panel session where final remarks and feedback were discussed.


Check out the second edition conference’s overview here:


Previous Publications

For IEREK's Previous Publications, Please Click here

Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (URS) – 1st Edition held in London, UK in October 2018.


The Academic Research Community Publication (ARChive)

Vol 3, issue #2 (2019): Recent Studies in Urban Sustainability and Future Cities' Planning
Publication link: https://press.ierek.com/index.php/ARChive/issue/view/32/showToc


Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (URS) – 2nd Edition held in London, UK in October 2020.


Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.

Urban Regeneration and Sustainability
Publication link: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-98187-7?fbclid=IwAR2wCQQtdVANgyhYttAGuyQwtxnLrQfx_66aMjzqTZms-G8HDhs2olzAE0g


Visa Application
  • For participants who need Entry Visas to the country where the conference will be held, IEREK will issue the corresponding invitation letter for accepted applicants to facilitate visa issuance.
  • Please note that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

Invitation Letter Issuance Process

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

2- Required participation fees must be paid

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

* A clear copy of passport

* Passport number

* Full name as written in your passport.

* Date of Issuing and Expiration

* Date of Birth

* Email address of the nearest Embassy/Consulate to you

* Mobile Number including country code

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

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

Travel Information

The Tirana International Airport is the nearest airport to Barleti University.

Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza, often referred to as the Rinas International Airport, is the main international airport of the Republic of Albania. It serves the city of Tirana, its metropolitan area, and surrounding region in the county of Tirana.

Location on the map: Tirana International Airport

If you have familiarized yourself with the route leading to Barleti University, you may take a taxi or the bus to reach the University directly. Refer to the following:



After exiting the airport terminal, the fastest way to get to the Barleti University is by taxi. The journey from Tirana International Airport to Tirana’s center takes 20–25 minutes, depending on traffic, and costs about 2500 Leke (20 EUR) one way.


Tirana Airport taxi service is provided by Auto Holiday Albania (AHA). AHA specializes in transfers between Tirana Airport and all Albanian cities for both individuals and groups. The service offered is professional and courteous at affordable prices, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To reserve taxis in advance online, please use the website and fill out the form by clicking on the link below to book your transfer now.



Call center:





[email protected]

[email protected]


LU-NA shpk offers a shuttle service from TIA to Tirana and vice versa. The bus is stationed behind the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet. The rate for a single fare is 300 Albanian Lek (almost 3 Euros).


 Service Hours:

Tiranë - TIA: every one hour starting from 07:00 until 23:00

TIA - Tiranë:  every one hour starting from 08:00 until 24:00


To plan your trip using Tirana buses, contact via:

E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Mobile: +355 69 57 27 261 / +355 69 29 82 128


A perennial winner of the most affordable European capital, Tirana is a value-for-money destination par excellence. The Albanian capital also happens to be one of the friendliest on the continent. These two attributes come together beautifully in the hostels and hotels of the city. Hospitality is a way of life here, after all. Read our rundown of the most wallet-friendly places to stay while you’re there.

These are the suggested hotels that you can use for accommodation during the period of the conference. You can reserve your place by contacting the hotel or through their website or any booking website.

Please note:

  • Check the hotel website to know if they have special offers, and also to check the availability.
  • These are just suggestions that we found most suitable for accommodation; they are not mandatory.
  • The registration fee does not cover accommodation expenses.




Venis Hotel

Tanners Bridge Apartments 



Email: [email protected]
Phone: +355694071344 +355697565237

Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel

2.0 km from Barleti University / 10 minutes by car

Str. Pjeter Bogdani, Godina Nr. 5, Tirana, Albania, 1001

 Location on the map: Vanilla Sky Boutique Hostel


+35567 677 0770


3.7 Km from Barleti University / 17 minutes by car

Rruga Musa Maci 1, Tirana, Albania

Location on the map: Trip'N'Hostel



Hostel Albania


 3.7 Km from Barleti University / 17 minutes by car

 Rruga Kavajes 80, Njesia Nr.7, Tirana, Albania

Location on the map:  Hostel Albania


+355 696748778

ART Hostel & Apartments

2.4 Km from Barleti University / 7 minutes by car

Rr. Vllazën Huta, Nr. 79 Tirana Tirana, 1017, Albania

Location on the map: ART Hostel & Apartments


 +355 67 200 1821


Flyer & Poster

To Download Conference Flyer, Click Here

To Download Conference Poster, Click Here

Refund Policy

 A.Physical Attendance

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

Cancellation Policy

Up to 60 days before the event

Up to 50 days before the event

Up to 40 days before the event

39 days before the event







A refund is not possible if

-An acceptance letter has been issued (Authors only)

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

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

Visa Rejection Cases

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

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

*Final Acceptance Letter (Authors only)

*Visa Invitation Letter

*Invoice/proof of payment

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

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

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

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

 B.Online Attendance

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

Cancellation Policy

Up to 60 days before the event

59 days before the event




A refund is not possible if

- An acceptance letter has been issued (Authors only)

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

- A submitted manuscript is rejected by the editorial board after going through peer review.

Conference Program

To download Conference Program, Click Here

To download the Virtual background for the conference Click Here