International Conference on Evolving Cities

(ICEC 2022)

University of Southampton, 13 – 15 July 2022

Hybrid conference 

The 3rd International Conference on Evolving Cities (ICEC 2022) had over 150 delegates who participated either online and in-person. The conference chairs would like to take this opportunity to thank the participants for helping to make ICEC 2022 a success.

In the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27 conference in Egypt), ICEC 2022 brought together leading academics, policy-makers, regional and non-governmental organisations and the private sector to debate the major role of cities in tackling the climate crisis and accelerating the transition to net-zero carbon. These issues are reflected in the below conference themes.

Over the course of the three days of the ICEC2022, there were 11 keynotes48 oral presentations and 10 posters by delegates from over 60 international and national organisations. Session topics covered planning and policy, low carbon comfort, artificial intelligence, modelling and local/community/municipal responses and solutions to sustainability targets. Participants were able to discuss ways to develop multi-stakeholder partnerships and implement innovative solutions to propel our cities towards healthier and low carbon pathways. 

Keynote Speakers

Laura Bishop 

Chair – Ground Source Heat Pump Association

Chris Cooper

KnowNow Information Ltd, UK

Paul Copping 

Chief Technology Officer, Fawley Waterside 

Lord Toby Harris

Chair of the National Preparedness Commission

Dr. Charlotte Johnson

Head of Research Programmes at the Centre for Sustainable Energy

Cllr Satvir Kaur

Leader of Southampton City Council

Eng. Isaac Kiva

Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, Kenya

Dr Jens Madrian

Executive Director NEOM Energy

Chitra Nadarajah 

Head of Climate Change and Environmental Strategy at Hampshire County Council

Prof Alan Penn

Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, University College London

Prof Nick Tyler

Director of UCL Centre for Transport Studies, University College London

Dr Alan Whitehead MP

Shadow Minister for Energy and the Green New Deal

Alongside the main conference sessions, ICEC hosted a Residential Heating Forum to discuss available engineering solutions for residential heating, considering aspects such as housing typology, scalability, inclusivity and the impact on energy networks. This was undertaken by a panel representing the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Hampshire County Council, Switched on Portsmouth and the Environment Centre (tEC).

The Centenary Building (B100) on Highfield Campus at the University of Southampton provided an excellent space for the conference with the facilities allowing for the successful real-time filming, production and broadcast of the proceedings online through our virtual event platform. A separate area provided space for the poster exhibition and for delegates to network (see photo gallery).

Conference Awards

A closing award ceremony took place with five sponsored awards. The gold rating for the best presentation award (sponsored by the Open access Journal Energies) was awarded to Eleonora Baccega, from University of Ferrara, for her presentation ‘Improvement of building envelope performance through phase change materials (PCMs): Results of experimental activities’. The silver and bronze rating awards, sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, were awarded to Maria Jangsten from Chalmers University of Technology for her presentation on ‘District Cooling – assessment of price models supporting the efficiency’’ and Gregory Sewell, University of Southampton for his presentation on ‘Utilising children as agents of change to reduce heating use in domestic dwellings’. Two poster prizes, Best Poster and Best Poster Pitch Video, also sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, were awarded to Rebecca Presswood, University of Southampton for ‘Stainless steel composite beams for sustainable bridge construction’ and to Amblessed Akam and Breanna Vekeria ,both from University of Southampton, for their poster pitches entitled ‘A specification for a low-cost housing solution for the slum community in Bargia, Lagos’ and ‘Investigation of a pure hydrogen pipeline for the Solent region’.

Conference abstracts

The conference abstracts will be compiled in an ICEC 2022 book of abstracts which will be published shortly. Abstract authors are invited to submit their papers for the ICEC 2022 conference proceedings and also special issues of the supporting journals.

ICEC 2022 awards

An award ceremony took place, awarding cash prizes for the best presentaions and posters at ICEC 2022 sponsored by Energies and IET. See ICEC 2022 award gallery.

Partner Journals

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to submit a full paper?

The ICEC 2022 conference will only require an abstract to be submitted prior to the conference which will be peer reviewed by the Scientific Panel.

All abstracts will be published in a ICEC 2022 Book of Abstracts which will be indexed with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). 

Authors of accepted abstracts are invited to submit full papers to be included in the ICEC conference proceedings which will also be indexed with a DOI. Click here for further information

See the Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Evolving Cities for the conference proceedings from ICEC 2021.

Will there be conference proceedings?

ICEC 2022 will have a conference proceedings, all authors of accepted abstracts are invited to submit full papers to be included in the  proceedings which will be indexed with a DOI. Further infomration, including a paper template can be found here.

See the Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Evolving Cities for the conference proceedings from ICEC 2021.

Is financial support available for international students?

The conference is run on a non-profit basis and therefore we cannot offer financial support to attendees, please check the registration rates for the prices and see ICEC 2022 terms and conditions.

What accommodation is available?

There are many hotels in Southampton which are listed on the accomodation page.

We strongly advise participants planning to attend in person assure that their bookings can be cancelled before the conference as unfortunately the ICEC organising committee cannot be held liable for possible losses. See ICEC 2022 terms & conditions

Will the conference provide a letter of invitation for visa applications?

The ICEC 2022 management committee will provide a letter of invitation once you have confirmed your registration. We strongly recommend that you apply for a visa at least two months before your planned travel date to the UK. Please check with your local British High Commission or Embassy for visa processing times and other requirements. Please see ICEC 2022 terms & conditions

Will the cost of virtual and in-person attendance differ

Registration costs are shown on the registration page. The costs shown reflect the conference taking place as a hybrid event with conference fees the same for remote and on-site participation. This is to accommodate for the high cost of professional tools and services required for a smooth event ensuring that we offer an excellent experience for all attendees.