International Conference on Evolving Cities & Towns

(ICEC 2023)

University of Southampton, 12-14 September 2023

The 4th International Conference on Evolving Cities and Towns (ICEC 2023) will take place at the University of Southampton, UK from the 12th – 14th September 2023. The aim of ICEC2023 is to present recent research and development related to cities and their evolution, debating the steps needed to propel cities towards healthier, low carbon pathways.

ICEC 2023 aims to bring together leading academics, policy-makers, regional and non-governmental organisations and the private sector to debate the major role of cities and towns in tackling the climate crisis and accelerating the transition to net-zero carbon. These issues are reflected in the below conference themes. ICEC2023 builds on the success of the 3rd International Conference on Evolving Cities (ICEC 2022) held July 13 – 15, 2022 which had over 150 delegates with 30 papers selected to go the conference proceedings and special issues.

Photos taken at ICEC 2022

For the 2023 conference we are organising the programme around three ‘meta’-themes that cut across our established eight conference topics. 

This theme is centred around inspiring stories of impact and innovation in cities and towns from around the UK and the world. The theme seeks to learn from leading responses to the challenges of the 21st century, highlighting the potential scale and pace of change.

This theme is intended to open up a discussion around the frameworks within which we understand human (and non-human) flourishing within cities and the value we place on different aspects of the built and natural environment and systems as we transition to net-zero.

The final theme will be centred around collaboration and co-creation. Recognising the urgency of the net-zero challenge, this theme will examine how relevant stakeholders can engage in the creation and implementation of processes and solutions.

The online abstract submission portal is open, where we invite submissions for oral or poster presentation within the eight conference topics. We actively encourage contributions from local authorities, researchers across academic disciplines and from post-graduate research students.

Staff attending from local authorities and charities are entitled to attend the conference free of charge (max. 2 people per organisation). A limited number of exhibitor stands are available as part of the conference activities.  

Current list of invited speakers

Debbie Chase

Director of Public Health at Southampton City Council to give a talk on health and the city

Cllr Satvir Kaur

Leader of Southampton City Council to give welcome speech 

ICEC 2023 awards

Presentation and poster awards will be selected by the Scientific Panel 

ICEC proceedings

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit papers to be published in the ICEC proceedings, which will be indexed with individual DOIs.

ICEC is supported by the following organisations

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to submit a full paper?

The ICEC 2023 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 2023 Book of Abstracts which will be indexed with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). See for the ICEC 2022 Book of Abstracts.

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

Will there be conference proceedings?

ICEC 2023 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 2023 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 2023 terms & conditions

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

The ICEC 2023 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 2023 terms & conditions