Health & Environmental Resilience and Livability in Cities (HERL) - The challenge of climate change
Health & Environmental Resilience and Livability in Cities (HERL) - The challenge of climate change

Conference Overview

  • 20, Jan / 21, Jan 2022
  • Online conference in collaboration of University of Perugia, Italy
Conference Email
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The 21st century has seen significant shifts in climate variables, reflected in the form of extreme weather conditions and events. Coupled with infectious diseases and viruses, it has and is still presenting societies and organizations today with major, and occasionally unprecedented, challenges. Consequently, the resulting disruptions and their consequences are changing the Built Environment (BE), forcing the world to rethink buildings and urban areas as well as leverage innovative sustainable solutions. In light of the extraordinary risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change impacts escalated in the form of an increased frequency of natural hazard occurrences in cities. Therefore, current research is now highlighting the importance of the role of the Built Environment in supporting public health measures, thus reducing the risk of infections and creating a positive force for the development of healthy urban centers.

The Built Environment is, indeed, of major importance within the context of the wider social and economic environment and its quality is directly correlated to the emergence of serious diseases such as respiratory ones, and others that are psychological or psychiatric. Recent predicaments have shown the limitations of building efficiency, comfort conditions, and deficiencies of the different dimensions of the Built Environment in, both, the indoors and outdoors. As a result, well-referenced solutions are now emerging and developing, ranging from proposed alterations to the space organization, building materials, and design of urban areas, in an effort to increase resilience, improve air quality and lower energy requirements of using materials. However, there are more lessons to be learned and efforts to be made towards a more sustainable and resilient environment, by means of a multidisciplinary scientific and policy-making effort.

For the importance and urgency of this theme, IEREK is organizing the first international conference on “ Health & Environmental Resilience and Livability in Cities - The challenge of climate change " in collaboration with the Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, Italy to be held online. By focusing on sustainable and comfortable urban built environments, with an emphasis on the correlation between architecture, engineering, and medicine facets in regards to comfort and wellbeing, we find the need to further pursue advancements in this conference's field. This conference brings together researchers and practitioners from the Engineering and Health sectors to involve them in a conversation that emphasizes what it is to take part in the science of built environment and climate change and human resilience.



Because the conference embraces active participation and a welcoming atmosphere, it will be followed by a comprehensive and constructive workshop that aims to provide insight and enlightenment to all who wish to broaden their horizons on the subject and take part in its propulsion. The workshop features acknowledged scientists from different parts of the world to discuss the correlation between environmental issues and health consequences. Medical science and engineering contribute to this aim through a discussion on recent scientific findings, as well as operative solutions thanks to keynote lectures and round tables.
Conference Topics
  • 1. Urban systems design

    1.1 Urban climate

    1.2 Climate change mitigation

    1.3 Urban tactic design and planning

  • 2. Livability at the heart of a City’s Urban Planning

    2.1 Green Infrastructure and Climate Strategy

    2.2 Social Bonds and Healthy Behaviors

    2.3 Medical management and urban issues

  • 3. Environmental quality, wellbeing and comfort

    3.1 Indoor and outdoor comfort

    3.2 Building energy efficiency

    3.3 New and smart mitigation strategies

  • 4. Smart Cities

    4.1 Environmental monitoring

    4.2 Citizen science in smart cities

    4.3 IoT in smart cities

    4.4 Big data analytics in smart cities

  • 5. Health Implications in a Changing Environment

    5.1 Urban environmental impact

    5.2 Urban environment and health issues

    5.3 Urban heat islands and heat waves

    5.4 Urban resilience to climate change

Important Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submissions Deadline 20 Oct 2021
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 30 Oct 2021
Full Paper Submission Deadline 20 Nov 2021
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 30 Nov 2021
Early Payment Deadline 30 Nov 2021
Regular Payment Deadline 30 Nov 2021
Late Payment Deadline 10 Jan 2022
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 20 Nov 2021
Letter of Final Acceptance 01 Dec 2021
Conference Program 21 Dec 2021
Conference Launch 20 Jan 2022
Keynote Speakers

Luisa F. Cabeza

Professor, Department of Computer and Industrial Engineering, Universitat de Lleida | UDL.

Luisa F. Cabeza received her PhD in Industrial Engineering in 1996 from the University Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain. She also holds degrees Bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering (1992) and in Industrial Engineering (1993), as well as an MBA (1995) from the same University.
Dr. Cabeza joined the University of Lleida in 1999 where she created the research group GREA and started her research on thermal energy storage (TES). 
Her interests include the different TES technologies (sensible, latent and thermochemical), applications (buildings, industry, refrigeration, CSP, etc.), and social aspects.
Prof. Cabeza is very active in the storage implementing agreement (ECES IA) of the International Energy Agency. She also acts as subject editor of the Renewable Energy and Solar Energy journals.
She has co-authored over 100 journal papers and several book chapters.


Riccardo Paolini

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Asutralia.

Riccardo Paolini is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Built Environment at UNSW. His research mainly focuses on the performance of buildings and the built environment considering the energy response and indoor environmental quality in buildings during heatwaves and extreme heat in general. Also, he extensively investigated the performance assessment of urban heat-mitigation technologies, including the aging of cool materials.


Conference Scientific Committee

Ilaria Pigliautile

Post-doc Research Fellow Engineering Department, CIRIAF - Interuniversity research center.

Ilaria Pigliautile, a post-doc research fellow at the University of Perugia (Italy), is passionate about the existing mutual relationship between people and the built environment, at different scales: from deepening indoor comfort theories and occupants’ behavior affections, up to urban morphology and metabolism impact on the environment and citizens well-being. Graduated cum laude in Building Engineering and Architecture at the University of Perugia in 2015. Ph.D. in Energy Engineering in 2020. Her interest in human nature is depicted by her interest in performing arts and theatre and also by being directly involved in several laboratories since 2008. 


Conference Fees


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

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

- A research paper fee allows only one author, whether main or co-author, to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference Abstract book in both hard and soft copies. Extras can be requested for a fee shown below.

Loyalty Membership Discounts

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












Conference Fees:  

Covid-19 Conference attendance Fees: Held online from the comfort of your own home, the fees below guarantee your virtual attendance for all days of the conference date above.

Physical attendance may be presented as an option in upcoming months and will be announced in due course if possible and depending on travel restrictions at the time.

Non-Unipeg Participant Fees

Author fees

*Applicable to non-Unipeg participants. *Covers paper submission processing fees, consideration for publication, virtual attendance, and virtual social program.

EUR 250

Attendance Fees (Co-authors & Audience Members)

*Covers virtual attendance, virtual social program, and contribution certificate.

EUR 50

Unipeg Participant Fees
ID/ proof must be shown.

Author fees

*20% Discount ONLY applicable to Unipeg faculty members and staff.

EUR 200

Attendance Fees


Co-Author Fees

*Attending and non-attending. Covers inclusion in abstracts book, publication upon approval, and contribution certificate.

EUR 50

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.

Shipping Fees for Conference Abstract book and certificate (Depends on Location) Contact Us
Additional Conference Kit (Excluding Delivery) EUR 100
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:

  • 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

There are 2 types of paper submission at this conference:

  • Short Paper 
  • Full/Long Paper 

Short Paper:

- A short paper submission consists of 4–5 pages and suits researches that make significant contributions, but still in progress or can be reported briefly.

- The structure of a short paper should contain its abstract, keywords, introduction, problem statements, and the hypothetical solution along with further studies that they will go through when they want to extend their paper to be published online.

- A short paper is only included in the conference Abstracts book and will not have a chance to be published online by Springer or by IEREK’s Journals unless the author extends their work to a full-length paper and pay the corresponding fee.

Full-Length Paper:

- The Full/ Long paper submission is 8 – 12+ pages in length.

- The full 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.

- A full/long paper will be included in the conference abstracts book as well as get published online by Springer or by IEREK PRESS Journals.

- The author should submit the full/short paper written on the writing template, through our online system before the paper submission deadline.

- The full/short paper should be written in English as it's 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.

In this phase of revision, the research paper will be evaluated based on its originality, structure, and relativity to the conference theme. If the paper gets acceptance by one reviewer, a paper preliminary acceptance notification will be sent to the author accordingly.

- 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 (Full-length papers only)

Only after payment is confirmed,

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

- 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.

- 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 from the final publication/ final rejection.

- A back and forth process, modifications will be sent back to the responsible Editor/ Series Editor and another round of evaluation conducted.

Asti By Springer

Publishing in ASTI by Springer (Scopus indexed)                  

After the conference, the submitted manuscripts of authors interested in publishing in the ASTI book series will undergo a rigorous peer-review process resulting in a final decision made by the editors. Only accepted research will be published as a chapter in the Book Series entitled “Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation” (ASTI) by Springer. The ASTI Book Series is by managed highly professional members of an International Editorial Board to ensure high-quality material for online publication.

The ASTI Book Series is fully indexed in Scopus. Some titles have been successfully indexed or submitted for indexation in Web of Science (ISI).

About the ASTI series

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.

The series is intended for professionals in research and teaching, consultancies and industry, and government and international organizations. Published in collaboration with IEREK, the Springer ASTI series will acquaint readers with essential new studies in STI for sustainable development.

About Springer:

Springer is a leading global scientific, technical and medical portfolio, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content through innovative information, products and services. Springer has one of the strongest STM and HSS eBook collections and archives, as well as a comprehensive range of hybrid and open access journals. Springer is part of Springer Nature, a global publisher that serves and supports the research community. Springer Nature aims to advance discovery by publishing robust and insightful science, supporting the development of new areas of research and making ideas and knowledge accessible around the world. As part of Springer Nature, Springer sits alongside other trusted brands like Nature Research, BioMed Central, and Palgrave Macmillan.

Click on the below image to learn more about the editors

Asti Book Editors

Anna Laura Pisello

Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Perugia in Italy.

Doctor Anna Laura Pisello is an Assistant Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Perugia in Italy. She is the author of more than 80 papers, 50 of which are published in international peer-reviewed journals. She is the winner of five international academic awards 2013–2017. Her research falls into two main areas of interest: innovative smart materials for multifunctional optimization and thermophysical characterization of building envelopes, and indoor-outdoor microclimate for environmental comfort and energy saving, with a focus on the resilience of dense urban areas and cities to climate change. Within the framework of these two main themes, she investigates the following topics: energy efficiency and thermal-energy performance optimization in buildings; new analysis methods to estimate the effect of innovative strategies; continuous monitoring techniques to detect the thermal-energy performance of buildings; high albedo solutions for passive cooling and as a mitigation strategy against the urban heat island phenomenon; local climate boundary conditions affecting building thermal-energy behavior; indoor-outdoor microclimate analysis for the preservation of cultural heritage. 


Ashraf M. Salam

Chair in Architecture at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

Director of the Cluster for Research in Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South.

Professor Ashraf M. Salama is academic, scholar, and Chair in Architecture at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK , Director of the Cluster for Research in Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South since 2014, and Former Head of the School of Architecture (2014-2020). He holds B.Sc. MSc. and PhD in architecture and has received his education at Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. He has published over 170 outputs in the international refereed press; authored and co-edited 14 books. He is the chief editor of the Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research and Open House international. Professor Salama is the UIA 2017 Recipient of Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism. He has chaired and led three schools of architecture over the past 25 years in Egypt (1996-2001), Qatar (2009-2014), and the United Kingdom (2014-2020). He is a licensed architect in Egypt since 1987, practiced in Egypt (1987-92). He has been a consultant to a number of authorities and development agencies in the Middle East since 2004 and, from 2001 to 04, the Director of Research and Consulting at Adams Group Architects, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.  


Resourceedings by Ierek Press

Publishing in Resourceedings by IEREK Press                                  

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.

Resourceedings welcomes diverse approaches to innovative ideas that could potentially be a breakthrough in a particular field of study. To provide permanent archiving, Resourceedings is archived in the collaborative digital preservation archiving systems in LOCKSS, as they provide access to permanent and authorized digital content for electronic scholarly journals.

In accordance with the definition of open access journal provided by BOAI, Resourceedings is a model of the fully open journal that allows global open access to its content which is freely available without charge to users and institutions. They are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose for non-commercial use, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

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 Partnering Organizations.

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

4. Research Technologies: Conferences can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research.

5. Networking: You can engage with industry experts to discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on and increase your chances of collaboration in future projects.

6. Academic Reputation: Attending many conferences will make you a known figure in academic circles and an active member of the academic community.

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

Refund Policy

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
Penalty 20% 100%

A refund is not possible if

- An acceptance letter has been issued (Authors only)

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

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


Hermes Workshop

Our era has witnessed multiple substantial changes in its climate. One can see this in the many sudden or relatively new extreme weather conditions, and the multiple large scale infectious diseases and viruses that have been plighting the entire world collectively.

These inconsistencies have been changing our Built Environment (BE) and how we perceive it. Recent dilemmas have shown the physical and even mental damage that has been caused by limitations of building efficiency, living conditions, and deficits of the different dimensions of the Built Environment in, both, the indoors and outdoors. This unfortunate reality has been driving the world ttowards reinventing structures and urban settings. It also motivated the search for and application of innovative sustainable solutions.

With the COVID-19 pandemic proposing a new vantage point on the dangers and risks our current living environment forces, experts aim to produce research that attempts to highlight the importance of the role of the Built Environment in supporting public health measures, as well as provide strategies that assist in reducing the risk of infections and creating a positive force for the development of healthy urban centers.

Due to the major role the Built Environment plays in the wider social and economic environments, we are faced with a responsibility to take part in the development of the field, knowing that there is no better way to provide solutions for challenges than to prepare ahead of them. And what better way to prepare for the future than with collaboration, collective efforts and active participation?

Accompanying IEREK’s first edition of the International Conference on Health & Environmental Resilience and Livability in Cities (HERL), this intensive 1-day workshop facilitates an exploration of the different ways we can invest in our Built Environment and its structure.

Workshop Objectives:

This one-day workshop brings together a large network of high-quality participants from the European Union (EU) and the United States to discuss the role of environmental agents in urban areas on health issues and comfort, in general, and, both, in the indoors and outdoors of the built environment. Following the conference topics & themes, it will tackle topics on Urban Systems Design, Urban Climate, Climate Changes, Urban Heat Islands, and Heat Waves, Urban Resilience to Climate Change, Indoor and Outdoor Comfort, Building Energy Efficiency, Smart Cities, Urban Environmental Impact, Urban Environment & Health Issues and more –all through the delivery of lectures, simulation of fruitful discussions and the creation of beneficial and applicable strategies.

This workshop welcomes the conference participants, University of Perugia PhD students and other interested participants.

To register, please visit the Workshop Page here.


Workshop Attendance:

Authors and attendees of the conference are free to attend the online workshop free of charge.