Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2nd international conference on Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions – SSPCR 2017 (Bolzano, Italy)


22-24 March 2017
EURAC Research Headquarters | Viale Druso 1, Bolzano/Bozen (Italy) 



International conference organised by EURAC Research 
with the support of the OECD LEED Trento Centre and its Venice Office 


Overview / Call for papers / Agenda / Contact


This second edition of “Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions” – SSPCR 2017 – faces the challenge of inspiring the transition of urban areas towards smarter and more sustainable places to live.

Towards this aim, planners and stakeholders are called to take over – in a multidimensional perspective – both the urgent issues related to climate change and energy efficiency, and the new potential changes introduced by cities’ digitalization and the integration of ICT in infrastructures, mobility, and social interactions.
In this scenario, planning requires a global overview and understanding of the past and current state of cities as well as a holistic approach in redirecting their future development and regeneration. Therefore, SSPCR 2017 warmly welcomes contributions coming from different research fields: urban and regional planning, environmental and social sciences, transportation, engineering and energy-related studies, as well as from the professional community. Alongside with oral, poster and virtual dissertations, cooperation and demonstration projects are also warmly invited to join SSPCR 2017, in the spirit of disseminating innovative approaches, implemented activities and achieved results.

SSPCR 2017 – a high level international communication platform for academics, researchers, professionals and decision-makers – is the right place to present your latest experiences and findings and to share your thoughts in a friendly atmosphere. Delegates will have also theopportunity to meet industrial and business partners and to discuss future project ideas on smart and sustainable planning. More details on “B2B” matchmaking days are available here.

SSPCR 2017’s main theme – articulated in thematic dimensions (i.e. sessions) which address specific topics during the duration of the conference – has the objective of providing delegates with a comprehensive overview of the field and to build up shared knowledge among researchers and professionals.




Abstracts, posters or papers, and presentation slides (or any other kind of visual) must be in English. English is also the official language of the conference. Please consider that no interpreting service is foreseen.


The evaluation of all submitted abstracts will be anonymous. Within the evaluation process, contributions may change their thematic dimension (session) attribution. You will be informed on the results of the evaluation process via e-mail within three weeks from the abstract submission deadline and invited to develop your poster or presentation. Please note that a full paper submission is not mandatory to present at SSPCR 2017.


Irrespective of the presentation form (oral, poster or virtual) all selected abstracts have the opportunity to be further developed into full length scientific conference papers (6 – 8 pages).

The evaluation phase of all submitted papers will start immediately after the conference and will be anonymous. Papers that pass the review process, will be included in official SSPCR 2017 conference proceedings published by Springer and to be indexed in the SCOPUS database. The revisions’ results are communicated to authors in due time. See the SSPCR 2015 proceedings.

A selection of the higher scored papers of each thematic session will be invited to be further improved in order to enter the process of publication by peer reviewed scientific journals, as an addition to the version appearing in the Conference Proceedings of SSPCR 2017.
Furthermore, young authors (under age 35) of interesting papers will be invited to publish the revised version of their manuscript, translated in Italian, in the Laborest Scientific Journal, Open Access ISSN Online 2421-3187.


If the proposal has been submitted correctly, you will receive an automatic response via e-mail. This confirms that your contribution has been filed for review.

The abstract text must be at least 500 words long and not exceeding 4,000 characters – including spaces in length. It must be without bibliography.

The contribution should report:

  • Selected thematic dimension
  • Title
  • Names and affiliation of the author(s)
  • E-mail address of the corresponding author(s)
  • Tags (i.e. keywords), between 3 and 5

The abstract should briefly highlight the major points covered by your work, concisely describe its content and scope, and review its material in an abbreviated form. The abstract must be to the point and easy to read and cover all the relevant points of your research / project. Writing an effective abstract will improve the chances of your submission being accepted, encourage delegates to attend your presentation and increase the impact of your work.

The preferred/chosen presentation type (oral, poster or virtual) should be made explicit in the abstract submission. Please note that we have a bound of only one virtual presenter per thematic session: he/she will be selected among accepted abstracts by following the submission order: first come, first served.

Contribution for conference paper or poster should be submitted using the official conference proceeding template availabe here.






For further information, please visit the official website of the event at


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