The focus of the conference is on “Smart, Inclusive and Resilient Small and Medium-sized Cities and Island Communities in the Mediterranean: Exploring Current Research Paths and Experience-based Evidence”.
The Mediterranean region is nowadays considered as a hotspot in many respects, with unpredicted repercussions with regards to the achievement of a sustainable future for its population. More specifically, it is perceived as:
An environmental hot spot, trapped into a resource-intensive model overexploiting local resources, especially in the marine part;
Aclimate change hotspot, associated with warming and drying that place severe risks and stresses on socio-economic and natural systems;
Abiodiversity hotspot,rating quite low as to the percentage of remaining natural vegetation;
A water hotspot, facing a constantly heightening rate of water stress;
A natural risk hotspot, showing high vulnerability as regards disastrous natural events (e.g. floods, earthquakes).
Anurbanization hotspot, with an intensive and steadily increasing urbanization pattern;
A solid waste generation hotspot, producing almost half of EU waste, depicting further increasing patterns;
An economic recession hotspot, beat mostly by debt crisis, deep recession, and austerity;
Abrain drain hotspot, with severe socio-economic consequences.
A migration hotspot, as a result of the political instability in the Mediterranean neighbourhood.
Coping with emerging risks and reverting undesirable future developments call fortrend-breaking efforts that candecrease communities’ ecological footprint and face current resource constraints.
The rapidly spreading smart city paradigm and its potential towards managing many of the above aspects in the Mediterranean Region lies at the core of the 2nd Euro-Mediterranean Conference on
“Smart, Inclusive and Resilient Small and Medium-sized Cities and Island Communities in the Mediterranean: Exploring Current Research Paths and Experience-based Evidence”, to be held in a Greek smart city, Heraklion-Crete, in September 28-29, 2017.
The Conference aims at bringing together current research efforts and evidence-based results from the Mediterranean but also the international context, with the aim to create value for small and medium-sized cities and communities as well as island territories and bring them on board for reaping the benefits of smart developments.
Based on the multiple and interdisciplinary 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
Anastasia Stratigea, Assoc. Prof., National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Dept. of Geography and Regional Planning, Greece