Greener Cities for More Efficient Ecosystem Services in a Climate Changing World

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to Friday, September 15, 2017

Bologna, 12-15 September 2017


The several effects associated with urbanization are converging in dangerous ways, with cities being, at the same time, major contributors and heavily vulnerable to climate change. Despite these risks, many cities have not yet addressed the challenge of building their resilience through relevant city policies and action plans. However, when properly planned, capacitated, and managed through the appropriate governance structures, cities can be places of innovation and efficiency.

The event will cover thematic areas ranging from horticulture to innovative technological solutions aimed at improving the efficiency and the management of urban green infrastructures. Transversal visions in which landscape architecture and environmental engineering meet the functional management of horticulture in the urban environment to maximise ecosystem service provision. The main topics of the symposium are cities and climate change, smart horticulture for sustainable cities, green infrastructures for more efficient ecosystem services and designing and engineering greener cities.​ The objective of the conference is to provide a discussion forum to scientists, entrepreneurs, practitioners and policy makers. The conference will be organized as a cluster event, including traditional scientific sessions, business sessions and training and research networking sessions.

Three keynote speakers have been already announced for the conference. Prof. Andreas Matzarakis (University of Freiburg, Germany) is the leader of the Research Center Human Biometeorology of the German Meteorological Service in Freiburg and will talk about the influence of urban green on human thermal bioclimate. Dr. Isabelle Anguelovski (Universitat Autònoma, Spain) co-directs the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability and her talk is entitled “Contradictions and tensions in urban greening: For what and for whom are new environmental amenities in cities?”. Finally, Dr. Chiara Tornaghi (Coventry university, United Kingdom) works at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience and is the chair of the Sustainable Food Planning section of the AESOP (Association of European schools of planning). She will present the results of her recent research: “Building resourcefulness in the food-disabling city: a conceptual and political pathway for resilience”.

For further information including details for submission of abstracts, please visit the conference website: or email the Organizing Secretariat on info [at] sistemacongressi [dot] com