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

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

Bologna, Italy

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 or email the Organizing Secretariat on greencities2017 [at] sistemacongressi [dot] com