Smart Urban Development and Blue Growth Opportunities for Cities, Communities and Islands in the Mediterranean Basin
countdown to the 2nd edition of "SmartBlueCity" 2017
The Organizing Committee is currently evaluating a number of offers from Mediterranean Cities to host the conference.
Thanks for the wonderful organization of the conference.
Me and the group from University of the Aegean, we all
have very nice memories of the conference and Limassol.
TRAKASOL was a very "smart" choice of venue
with good location and nice facilities, very close to local amenities.
The selection of keynote-Speakers and presenters was also
very interesting with a good balance between academic, local governance and
private sector speakers.
Finally, I am impressed by the supporting staff of the
event, as all of them were very helpful, polite and friendly!
Dr. Dimitris Kavroudakis, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, www.dimitrisk.gr, ☎ +30-22510-36404
I would like to congratulate you again
for your excellent work in organising the first SmartBlueCity conference.
Below, some comments about possible future improvements:
As the conference growths it would be
useful to organise parallel sessions under some basic themes instead of just
one main session (plenary) with all the presentations. This would allow the
attendees to be directed towards topics of their interest.
It would be useful to organise the
peer-review process of the papers prior to the conference, and to provide a
copy of all the finalised papers during the conference.
Dr. Ioannis Lampropoulos | Postdoctoral researcher | Energy & Resources | Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University | Heidelberglaan 2, 3584 CS Utrecht | Room 9.12a | P.O. Box 80115, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands | www.uu.nl/copernicus
Why attend the smart blue city conference and exhibition
transfer European and International experience to cities and islands in the Mediterranean...
Learn about the challenges of smart and blue growth listening to selected speakers.
Explore smart products and services demonstrated by selected industry participants.
Meet and network with professionals and industry experts from Europe and the rest of the world.
Projects and Funding
Find partners to
co-develop projects and to submit applications for funding.
About the Conference
The focus of the Conference is primarily on coastal small and medium-sized cities and communities in the Mediterranean. These are considered as of crucial importance for a number of reasons, with the most important being:
The largenumber of such small and medium-sized cities spread across the Mediterranean coast.
commonalities of the general features
of such cities and communities, particularly their human scale, liveability and social cohesion, conviviality of their neighborhoods, and their geographical cohesion and historical character, factors that constitute an ideal of sustainable urbanism in many ways.
Their role as natural but also cultural heritage poles, developed by close interaction and historical bonds shared by the Mediterranean coastal cities through centuries, rendering them, among others, attractive tourist destinations at a global scale.
Their role as nodes of interaction in the context of sea routes -ports- crossing the Mediterranean sea, rendering them commercial nodes too, while placing also additional problems and challenges that such a role implies.
Their common destiny in respect of a number of challenges related to climate change, migration, deterioration of sea environment, austerity, water scarcity etc., which underlines the necessity of implementing smart solutions towards a more sustainable and smart profile of resource management.
Based on the multiple nature of the above presented challenges, the Conference is expected to host a variety of participants from the academia, SMEs, industry and professionals as well as decision makers, regional authorities and city representatives in order that, a fruitful dialogue among these groups to be developed and new ideas and technologies, capable of coping with key challenges, to be put at the service of urban settlements in the Mediterranean.
Who can participate
The conference aims to create a platform for interaction and knowledge exchange among the key actors involved in urban development issues, namely: (a) citizens and policy makers; (b) scientific community; and (c) industry and local stakeholders. This interaction will support the building of bonds of both horizontal nature (within the above groups, e.g. cities, industry, academia) and vertical nature (among cities, academia and industry), opening up a range of new opportunities and challenges for future cooperation.
City and Citizens / Authorities
City Councils Government Departments Regional authorities Chambers and Associations
Industry/ Service providers/ SME's Startups/ Professionals/ Experts
Energy Transport ICT Water Environment Spatial planning Buildings Tourism
Meet the Team
Smart Blue City 1st Euro-Mediterranean Conference and Exhibition 2016
Smart Urban Development and Blue Growth Opportunities for Cities, Communities
and Islands in the Mediterranean Basin
Papers presented in the conference will undergo a peer review process in order to be considered for publication in a book to be published by Springer Publications
The Conference is under the auspices of:
His Excellency the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades
Chrysses Nicolaides, Founder Smart Cities Mediterranean Cluster (SMART-MED) - CEO CNE Business Development Ltd, Cyprus (firstname.lastname@example.org), CYPRUS.
Anastasia Stratigea, Assoc. Prof., National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Dept. of Geography and Regional Planning, Greece (email@example.com), Founding member/ Advisor Smart Cities Mediterranean Cluster (SMART-MED), GREECE.
Marios Papadopoulos, Director of Papadopoulos &Schinis Productions Ltd, Chairman of Diastasis Cultural Association, CYPRUS.
Panicos Schinis, Chairman of Papadopoulos &Schinis Productions Ltd, CYPRUS.
Elias Kyriakides, Prof., KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks, University of Cyprus, Cyprus, (firstname.lastname@example.org), CYPRUS.
Heily Ferrer, Director of GAINN Cooperative Innovatiion, Member of Smart Cities Mediterranean Cluster (SMART-MED), SPAIN.
Nicos Nicolaou, Head International Relations Strategy-Communication, Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA), CYPRUS.