Call for abstracts now open! Deadline for abstract submission: 1 March 2017.
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. Topics include:
- Cities and climate change: Opportunities and threats (resilience, mitigation, adaptation, innovation, environmental stresses and plant ecophysiology, urban planning and policies, conservation and habitat preservation)
- Smart horticulture for sustainable cities:
- Practices (good agriculture practices, composting and recycling, hydroponics, irrigation and nutrient management, organics);
- Innovation technologies (vertical gardens, rooftop greening, indoor farming);
- Pest control (integrated pest control, procedures);
- Short Supply Chain (local agriculture tools, direct marketing/farmers markets, urban food strategies; peri-urban horticulture);
- Managing and rehabilitating remnant bushland.
- Green infrastructures for more efficient ecosystem services:
- Water (use efficiency and recycling, uncertainty and drought, flood management);
- Energy (use efficiency, thermal mitigation);
- Environmental footprint (air filtering, waste management, CO2 assimilation, pollutants removal, sustaining and rehabilitating degraded soils);
- City liveability (physical and emotional health);
- Food security (food production, food safety, food miles);
- Biodiversity (urban green corridors, community gardens, useful fauna, heirloom plant varieties, invasive exotic species removal and revegetation).
- Designing and engineering greener cities: bridging visions:
- Cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary studies on urban planning, landscape architecture, civil and water engineering, horticulture and social sciences;
- Knowledge transfer, education and training: thematic workshops;
- Entrepreneurship opportunities;
- Methods for quantifying sustainability.
The objective of the symposium is to provide a discussion forum to scientists, entrepreneurs, practitioners and policy makers. The symposium will be organized as a cluster event, including traditional scientific sessions, business sessions and training and research networking sessions.
The peer-reviewed proceedings of the symposium will be published in a special volume of Acta Horticulturae. For further information including details for submission of abstracts, please visit the symposium website available at https://www.greencities2017.org/ or email the Organizing Secretariat on greencities2017 [at] sistemacongressi [dot] com