Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks – 3rd Edition
Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks – 3rd Edition

Conference Overview

  • 30, May / 02, Jun 2023
  • Malta
Conference Email
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The 3rd edition of the International Conference on “Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks” was held at the University of Malta and took place physically and virtually on 30 May, the conference was alongside The International Awards for Liveable Communities/LivCom Awards (launched 1997). This event has been supported by The Birgu Local Council and the International Institute on Ageing United Nations-Malta

It highlighted the importance of transportation in history and modern ways of life. A multitude of disciplines concerning transit is discussed within the conference, including governmental policies, utilization of renewable energies & green/biofuels, urban transit planning, sustainable network systems, and challenges in the implementation of environmentally conscious transit systems.

The conference covered topics concerning innovative methods of public transport that focus on climate change mitigation and shift away from automobile reliance in cities:

    1. Trading and Economic Transportation
    2. Technology in Urbanization in Traffic and Transportation
    3. Green and Sustainable Transportation
    4. Policies and Laws Maintaining Safety and Environmental Sustainability
    5. Urban Planning and Roads Infrastructure

Welcoming Session:

The Opening Ceremony started with online registration and welcoming speeches from GUEST SPEAKER:Dr. Ganesh Raj Joshi, Researcher, United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), Japan, whose speech was entitled: ““Transforming our cities and communities through safe, efficient, people-and environment-friendly mobility solutions: Key challenges and opportunities”.

Our keynote speaker was  Dr. Ehab Diab, Assistant professor at the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan, whose speech was entitled:“Improving public transport? Travel behaviour and user perceptions during, before, and after transportation projects”.

After the keynote speeches the presentations of the Authors started. The session was moderated by Dr.Vimal Gahlot, Urban Transport Engineer/ Key Note Speaker Sustainable and SMART Transport Advocate/ Road Safety Auditor.

Q&A session was held following the authors’ presentations.

Wrapping up, final remarks, and a closing ceremony were held, and the conference was concluded after feedback was discussed in a panel session.


From the Silk Road to the Cape of Good Hope, human beings toured the globe to find better routes to travel and deliver goods. The urge to move and discover the world has taunted them to construct routes that connect cities and countries together. These routes were constructed on land mainly for trade reasons and human transportation. However, sea navigation also helped make travel and goods transporting across countries much easier.

Nowadays, with the advancements in technology and navigation, people are able to create routes in cities and form networks between distant places. The successful planning of urban routes and networks helps decrease the commute time for everyday trips and ease the transit of human beings and goods.

However, while keeping these concepts in mind, architects who construct such routes should be aware of the environmental impacts. For instance, there must be no contradictions between constructing routes and saving the environment. In many countries, governments may need to eradicate forests or natural habitats to construct shorter routes between cities. This does not only endanger animal and plant species, but it also affects Earth’s weather and increases pollution.

Therefore, there must be rules to regulate these constructions and sustain the lives of human beings and animal species by preventing pollution and protecting natural habitats. Urbanization should not risk life on Earth.

IEREK, through the 3rd edition of the International Conference on Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks (UTSN), aims at finding contemporary solutions to facilitate the construction of land routes to preserve man’s first instinctual habit to connect and network. The conference will also discuss ways for the transit of humans and goods through seaways. This should be done while maintaining clean oceans and keeping the environment safe.

Join the world researchers, scientists, and architects to draw paths and find solutions to a better-connected society. Accepted papers will be published in IEREK’s and Springer’s Scopus-indexed ASTI book series.


The 3rd edition of the Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks (UTSN) conference covers topics concerning innovative methods of public transport that focus on climate change mitigation and shift away from automobile reliance in cities. It highlights the importance of transportation in history, and modern ways of life, and analyses several modes of transport, while measuring their relevant significance and trends of usage across time. A multitude of disciplines concerning transit is discussed within the conference, including governmental policies, utilization of renewable energies & green/biofuels, urban transit planning, sustainable network systems, and challenges in implementation of environmentally conscious transit systems.

Statement of Purpose

The world is continually morphing and changing due to mankind’s influence, the greenhouse effect that is currently taking place and ravaging some continents cannot continue to be ignored. One of the highest contributors to climate change is exhaust fumes ejected by automobiles. A surprising majority of modern cities completely rely on automobiles for traversal which is not only costing us the safety and continuation of our planet, but also the health and well-being of residents within said cities. This conference brings attention to perhaps the most crucial topic humanity needs to address today, analyzing the effects of unsustainable transit methods, and shifting away from them towards sustainable modes of transport, and green energy utilization, ensuring a safe future for mankind upon Earth.


IEREK is hosting the 3rd edition of the UTSN conference alongside The International Awards for Liveable Communities/LivCom Awards (launched 1997). This event is supported by The Birgu Local Council and the International Institute on Ageing United Nations-Malta. The conference will welcome VIPs such as:

  •    Mr. John Boxall, Mayor of Birgu
  • Ms. Angela Kane, former UN Under-Secretary-General
  •    Prof. Marvin Formosa, Director of the International Institute on Ageing United Nations-Malta (UN-INIA)
  •    Mr. Choudhury Mohanty, Environment Programme Coordinator of the United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD)
  •    Mr. Pietro EIisei, President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)
  •    Dr. Arab Hoballah, Ex-Chief of UNEP SCP
  •    Dr. Khalid Adli, Former Vice President of ISOCARP & Former Governor of Gîza
  •    Mr. John Crowley, Section Chief of UNESCO
  •    Ms. Laurie Buys, Former Chairman of the Australian Association of Gerontology, AAG
Conference Topics
  • 1. Trading and Economic Transportation

    1-1 Supply Chain and Goods Delivery

    1-2 Dry Ports and Sustainable Freight Transport Strategies

    1-3 Advances in Logistics and Communication

    1-4 City Gateways Developments

    1-5 Planning Sustainable Networking Systems

  • 2. Technology in Urbanization in Traffic and Transportation

    2-1 Public Transport Analysis and Transit Hubs

    2-2 Using Smart Technologies and Sustainable Means in Transportation Infrastructure

    2-3 Using GIS in Planning Networks and Optimizing Proximity

    2-4 Urban Transport as a Tool for Driving City Growth

    2-5 Planning Tools, Modeling, and Simulation

  • 3. Green and Sustainable Transportation

    3-1 Green Fuel Used in Transport Vehicles

    3-2 Electronic Mobility for Better Environment

    3-3 Designing and Planning Roads for All; Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Vehicles

    3-4 Land Use, Travel Behavior, and Transportation Systems Integration

    3-5 Environmental Impact of Transportation Systems

  • 4. Policies and Laws Maintaining Safety and Environmental Sustainability

    4-1 Government Policies and Regulations

    4-2 Transportation Safety

    4-3 Planning to Overcome Road Accidents and Disasters

    4-4 Traffic Management Strategies

    4-5 Networks Simulation and Overcapacities Solutions

  • 5. Urban Planning and Roads Infrastructure

    5-1 Vehicles and Roads Infrastructure

    5-2 Designing of Bridges, Tunnels, and Highways

    5-3 Planning of Ring Roads and Inner-City Main Roads

    5-4 Planning Compact Cities’ Transportation Systems

    5-5 Underground Systems Planning and Barriers

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

Rui Alexandre Castanho

WSB University, Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland)

Rui Alexandre Castanho holds an International Ph.D. on Sustainable Planning in Borderlands. Nowadays, he is a Professor at the WSB University, Poland, and a visitor Professor at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Besides, he is a post-doc researcher on the GREAT Project, University of Azores, Ponta Delgada, Portugal. Furthermore, he collaborates with the ECIDES Research Group - University International of La Rioja (UNIR), Spain; VALORIZA - Research Center for the Enhancement of Endogenous Resources, Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre (IPP), Portugal; CITUR - Madeira - Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation, Madeira, Portugal; and AQUAGEO Research Group - University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Moreover, he has Graduated in Green Spaces Engineering and Agricultural Engineering and holds a Master's Degree in Planning, Audit, and Control in Urban Green Spaces.

Simon Elias Bibri

Researcher—Data–Driven Smart Sustainable Cities of the Future Department of Computer Science Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Simon Elias Bibri is Assistant Professor and Researcher in the area of data-driven smart sustainable cities of the future at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Computer and Information Science and Department of Architecture and Planning, Trondheim, Norway. He has pursued a long academic journey resulting in an educational background encompassing knowledge from different disciplines at the intersection of science, technology, and society—namely computer science, engineering science, systems science, environmental science, as well as the social sciences. He has earned several Master’s degrees from different Swedish universities, namely Lund University, West University, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Malmö University, Stockholm University, and Mid-Sweden University. He graduated with a PhD degree in computer science with a major in ICT and sustainable urban development from NTNU. His PhD thesis is entitled, "A Novel Model for Data-Driven Smart Sustainable Cities of the Future: A Strategic Planning Process of Transformative Change towards Sustainability” Before embarking on his long academic journey, he had served as a green ICT and sustainability strategist, IT manager, software development engineer, researcher, and consultant. He has carried out several research and consulting projects pertaining to smart sustainable urbanism, big data analytics for urban sustainability transformation, data strategies for common good oriented urban development, sustainable business model innovation, and sustainable ICT strategies. He has authored five books, edited two book, and is currently working on his six books. His current research interests include sustainable development goals, urban planning and design, smart sustainable urbanism, data-driven scientific urbanism, large-scale Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT), environmental sustainability, environmental governance, circular economy, sustainability transitions, integrated green and smart energy technologies, futures studies, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and the future of the Internet.

Zaheer Allam

Honorary Fellow and Academic Researcher from Deakin University.

Zaheer Allam is a holder of a PhD from Curtin University (Australia), an MA in Political Economy from University of Sydney (Australia), an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University (UK) and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Architectural Science from Curtin University (Australia). Based in Mauritius, he works as an Urban Strategist for the Port Louis Development Initiative (PLDI), the Global Creative Leadership Initiative and consults on a number of projects on the thematic of Smart Cities across the African Continent and on strategies dwelling in the increasing role of technology in Culture and the Society. Zaheer is also the African Representative of the International Society of Biourbanism (ISB), member of the Advisory Circle of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), and a member of a number of other international bodies. For his contributions to society, he was made recipient of a number of awards and was elevated, by the President of Mauritius, to the rank of Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (OSK); the highest distinct order of Merit in Mauritius. He is the author of over 30 peer reviewed papers and 4 books: Cities and the Digital Revolution: Aligning Technology and Humanity (2020), Theology and Urban Sustainability (2019), Urban Governance and Smart City Planning: Case Study of Singapore (in Press), and Cities and Climate Change: Achieving Decarbonisation and Sustainable Economics (in Press). His research was featured in a Nature Journal and he was recognised among the 25 best scientists under 42 in Africa by the Next Einstein Forum (NEF); hosted by the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).

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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.

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7. Conference Abstracts Material: Delegates will receive the conference Abstracts book in both hardcover and digital format on a CD. Shipping fees may apply.

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  • 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.
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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).
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
Important Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submission Deadline 30 April 2023
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) *payment required 30 April 2023
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance & Approval to present 10 May 2023
Early Payment Deadline 01 Mar 2023
Regular Payment Deadline 30 April 2023
Extended Abstract / Short Paper Submission Deadline 15 July 2023
Notification of acceptance/ rejection of submitted extended abstract/ short paper 30 July 2023
Late Payment Deadline 15 May 2023
Conference Program 10 May 2023
Conference Launch 30 May 2023
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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ehab Diab

Assistant professor at the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Ehab Diab is an assistant professor at the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan. He received his Ph.D. in transportation planning from McGill University School of Urban Planning, which was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI). His main areas of research are public transit planning and service operations, land-use and transportation systems integration, and social equity issues in planning. He has actively engaged in interdisciplinary research that incorporates transportation planning into other disciplines such as health and epidemiology. Dr. Diab, in addition to being a program chair for different conferences, he is currently serving as an associate editor of the Journal of Public Transportation (2021 Impact Factor: 37.667). He is also a member of the US Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Transit Management and Performance (AP010) and the Standing Committee on Light Rail Transit (AP075).

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/ or submitting their contributions:

NOTE: If you are contributing as an Author of a submitted abstract (for publishing consideration and/or presentation), and regardless of attendance, the fee for the registration is the same. See and Conference Fees for more information.

Types of Participation

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

The conference offers 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.

2. 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. See Author Instructions and Publishing Opportunities for more information.

3. 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. See Conference Fees for more information.

Notes to consider:
Attendance online and in-person are possible upon confirmation with the conference secretariat/ coordinator at [email protected] and following Conference Fees covered.

* The participation fee is uninform for all options presented above.

* For participants wishing to attend in-person, a visa invitation letter will be provided upon request, for which case a copy of your passport will be required. The invitation letter can only be provided after acceptance and full payment.

* Before planning your trip, be sure to check travel restrictions to the conference’s hosting country. Visit travel information and restrictions, and send in your questions if you have any to the conference coordinator at the email [email protected]


Conference Fees

A. Physical Attendance

  Student / partner university only 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 € 01 March 2023
Regular Payment 350 € 400 € 500 € 30 April 2023
Late Payment 450 € 500 € 600 € 15 May 2023
Author Participation (Consideration in the IEREK Press Journal)
Early Bird 200 € 250 € 300 € 01 March 2023
Regular Payment 250 € 300 € 400 € 30 April 2023
Late Payment 350 € 400 € 500 € 15 May  2023
Co-author/ Audience
Regular Payment 150 € 200 € 250 € 30 April 2023

The registration fee does not cover accommodation or travel expenses. A list of accommodation options can only be suggested by our team if available. Contact [email protected] to inquire.
  • The 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.

  • Note: Student discounts are only applied to students of the university hosting the conference.

B. 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: 











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

Payment Methods

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Payment in person can be arranged. Please contact the conference coordinator/ Email to receive further information.

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 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.

Livcom Awards


The 21th International Awards for Liveable Communities

In collaboration with the 3rd UTSN Conference

The International Awards for Liveable Communities/LivCom Awards were launched in 1997 and is the World’s major Awards Competition focusing on International Best Practice regarding the management of the local environment and development. As a UN-backed international competition, the objective of LivCom is to encourage best practices, innovation and leadership in providing a vibrant, environmentally sustainable community that improves the quality of life.


IEREK collaborates with LivCom for the 4th time to help increase the international profile for your community and an opportunity to become aware of International Best Practices in the management of the local environment and development. There are five population categories in the Awards. Communities are not compared with others within their population category but are judged as to how they are performing in respect of the judging criteria within the cultural, political, economic, geographic, and climatic environment in which they are situated.


The theme of the 21st LivCom Awards will focus on age friendliness in the Post-Pandemic Era, with due attention to the increasing ageing population that requires specific considerations in relevant policies and needed actions for appropriate support for their well-being. Meanwhile, the First International Forum on Age-Friendly and Liveable Cities/AFLC will be organized in collaboration with the International Institute on Ageing United Nations-Malta (UN INIA) during the Finals.


The submission for UTSN registrants/ attendees is free of charge.


Representing Cities & Categories

Participant cities should cover the population categories of:

Category A

Up to 20,000

Category B

20,001 – 75,000

Category C

75,001 – 150,000

Category D

150,001 – 400,000

Category E

Over 400,000


LivCom Deadlines

Registration& Submissions Deadline: 28 February 2023

Finals Presentations: 30 May to 2 June 2023

Awards Ceremony: 2 June 2023


Six Judging Criteria

Communities of different sizes and in different cultures have different structures and responsibilities. If, within a Judging Criterion, there is an area of activity that is not the direct responsibility of the community, it will be expected, both in the Written Submission and in the final stages of the Awards that it is demonstrated how the community makes use of opportunities to influence policies in these areas.

Enhancement of the Landscapes and Public Spaces

Arts, Culture and Heritage Management

Environmental Protection and Green Economy

Community Participation and Empowerment

Healthy Lifestyle

Sustainable Planning and Management Policies


Registration and Submission Process in Stages

Stage 1: Register

To register for the awards, complete the Registration Form and send it to [email protected] by 28 February 2023.


Stage 2: Written Submission

The initial written submission should consist of:

Maximum of 4,500 words in English – not including titles/tables/headers etc.

Maximum of 24 photographs to be captioned and dated.

The submission should show how the city you nominated is addressing each of the above criteria. A community is defined as the whole area administered by the community criteria set out above.

The submissions submitted by the nominators should be written in accordance with the Six Judging Criteria of the LivCom Awards. Each Judging Criterion carries equal marks. It may affect score if some parts are over-elaborated and other parts are under-elaborated. Any topic relating to “age-friendliness” is encouraged to be included in the Written Submission as the bonus points, after which the LivCom jury will make a preliminary evaluation of the submissions. 

The practice case of the city in building livable communities prepared and structured around the six criteria of the LivCom Awards should be submitted as per the above instructions (within 4500 words) to [email protected] (CC [email protected]) by 28 February 2023.


Stage 3: Interim Judging

The Panel of Judges will review each submission at the Interim Judging stage and will select cities from each population category. If your Submission was approved by interim judging, the Jury would invite you to make a Presentation at the LivCom Finals, to be held in Malta on 30 May to 2 June 2023.


Stage 4: Final Presentations

  • Presentations must be made in English.
  • Population Categories A, B, C, and D Presentations must not exceed 40 minutes and Population Category E Presentations must not exceed 55 minutes. Appropriate equipment will be provided.
  • You will be permitted to use other visual aids, e.g. PowerPoint and Video, during the Presentation. Other equipment must be supplied by the community.
  • At the end of each Presentation, the Judges will ask questions. If the assistance of an interpreter is required during the question period, you must provide the interpreter and extra time will be allowed.
  • Please confirm the city you nominate and fill out the nomination/registration form and send it to [email protected] before the deadline.

Stage 5: Awards Presenting

The winners will be released based on the Jury’s Final Judging, with the Awards Ceremony organized at the Closing Session in the afternoon or the evening of 2 June 2023.

Previous Publication


Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Series.
Urban and Transit Planning

Publication link: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030173074


The Academic Research Community (ARChive)
Vol 2, issue #1 (2018): Urban Planning and Transport

Publication link: https://press.ierek.com/index.php/ARChive/issue/view/13/showToc/a>


The Academic Research Community (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/a>





Luciano Al Porto Boutique

(within walking distance from meeting venue), St Ursula Street, Valletta

Location on map: Luciano Al Porto Boutique

Email:[email protected]    


Osborne Hotel

(within walking distance from meeting venue), 50 South Street, Valletta

Location on map:Osborne Hotel

Email:[email protected]

  Phone: +35621243656

IKYK Hotel

15 Wilga Street, Paceville, St Julians

Location on map:IKYK Hotel

Email:[email protected]


Plaza Regency Hotel

248 Tower Road, Sliema

Location on map:Plaza Regency Hotel

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +35621341295

Holiday Inn Express

St George's Bay, St Julians

Location on map: Holiday Inn Express

Email: [email protected]

Phone +35623795000

Marina Hotel at the Corinthia Beach Resort

ix-Xatt Ta' San Ġorġ, San Ġiljan, Malta

Location on map:Marina Hotel at the Corinthia Beach Resort

Email:  [email protected]

[email protected]

Phone: +35623702000

Hotel Verdi

113 The Strand, Gzira

Location on map:Hotel Verdi

Email: [email protected]


La Falconeria Boutique Hotel

(within walking distance from meeting venue)62 Melita Street, Valletta

Location on map:La Falconeria Boutique Hotel

Email: [email protected]


Waterfront Hotel

Triq ix-Xatt, Sliema

Location on map:Waterfront Hotel

Email: [email protected];

[email protected]

Phone: +35620906899

The Victoria Hotel

Gorg Borg Olivier Street, Sliema

Location on map:The Victoria Hotel

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +35621334711

Ursulino Boutique Hotel

(within walking distance from the meeting venue)St Ursula Street, Valletta

Location on map:Ursulino Boutique Hotel

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +35621228024

Radisson Blu Resort

St George's Bay, St Julians

Location on Map:Radisson Blu Resort

Email:  [email protected];

[email protected]

Phone:  +35621374894

The Palace Hotel

High Street, Sliema

Location on Map:The Palace Hotel

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +35621333444

Conference Venue
The 3rd edition of the International Conference on Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks will be held at the University of Malta, Valletta, Malta
Hall name: Aula Magna, First Floor next to the University Library.

Flyer & Poster

To Download Conference Flyer & Poster Click Here

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

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 email address of 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

Conference Issn Number

The print ISSN number of the International Conference on " Urban Transit and Sustainable Networks(UTSN) " is 2974-3745

The online ISSN number of UTSN conference is 2974-3753

Conference Program

To download Conference Program, Click Here