Pathways to Resilient Zero Carbon Cities (RZCC-2021)
Organised by Zero Carbon Lab, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire
Dates: 12-13 July 2021
Venue: virtual conference
About the conference
Due to the increasing risks from global warming, optimising our cities to cut carbon emissions to zero before 2050 is seen as one of the prerequisites for a sustainable world. In response to this challenge, a number of world cities have declared carbon emergency and an aspiration to achieve zero emissions, in some cases as early as 2030, but there are no clear pathways towards that goal. Simultaneously, all cities have been caught unprepared by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, testing their resilience to extremes. As the worldwide urban population is expected to grow to nearly 70% by 2050, there is an overwhelming case for improving our future by transforming cities into resilient zero carbon communities.
The conference will gather an international audience of researchers, designers, experts, and policy makers to provide a forum for exchange of knowledge in the complex issues of multiple pathways towards resilient zero carbon cities.
Urban design innovations and methods for zero carbon
Computational methods to improve zero carbon (analysis, design, post-occupancy analyses etc.)
Innovation in teaching and learning for zero carbon design
Human-Building Interaction (HBI) for zero carbon
Human-City Interaction (HUSCI) for zero carbon
Pathways to zero carbon retrofit of buildings
Pathways to zero carbon communities
Pathways to zero carbon transport infrastructure
Developing resilience to emergencies
Information technology in reducing carbon emissions
Digital twins in design and management of resilient zero carbon communities
New business and economic models
Legislation and policy
Social aspects and culture change
Call for Papers
The conference will consolidate the state of the art and a trajectory of the future development in the field. This call is for papers reporting on high quality work not published elsewhere, and aligned with at least one of the conference themes. The first stage of submission will be the submission of abstracts, and the authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers or work in progress papers. Both abstracts and papers will be double blind reviewed.
Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length, detailing the aims and objectives of the work, methods and the main findings. They should be aligned with at least one of the conference themes, and should be based on original and high quality work not published elsewhere. The submissions are via a dedicated web site, where the contribution title, the contents, the keywords and the corresponding conference theme are entered directly into the submission page. The deadline for abstract submissions is 1st February 2021 via this link.
A paper formatting template is provided in the form of a Word file, available from this link. All papers will need to comply with these formatting guidelines. Two types of papers are invited: full papers, and work in progress papers. The full papers will report on completed work, and will not exceed 8 pages of A4. Work in progress papers will help the authors to benefit from sharing their ongoing work in front of an international audience and receiving feedback, and will not exceed 4 pages of A4. All papers will be submitted as PDF documents. Papers submitted for peer review will not show the names and affiliations of authors in order to facilitate double blind review.
The deadline for paper submission for peer review is 3rd May 2021, by invitation subject to the outcome of abstract reviews, via a link to be announced here. The final paper submission, which will show the names and affiliations of authors, will be upon acceptance of the reviewed papers. Authors will be asked to accept a copyright agreement on submission of the final paper. The deadline for final paper submission will be 1st July 2021.
Oral presentation will be 30 minutes in length for full papers and 15 minutes in length for work in progress papers, to include 5 minutes for questions and changeover. Presentation should be accompanied by slides either in PowerPoint or PDF format.
All accepted papers presented at the conference will be published in an electronic book of conference proceedings with an appropriate ISBN/ISSN number.
The conference organisers are working with a publisher to establish a special issue in a suitable journal where a selection of papers will be considered for publication. Details will be announced in due course.
Abstract submissions for peer review: 1st February 2021
Abstract review notification: 1st March 2021
Paper submissions for peer review: 3rd May 2021
Paper review notification: 1st June 2021
Final paper submissions: 21st June 2021
Final decision: 30th June 2021
Conference: 12th-13th July 2021
One day: £30 per person
Two days: £50 per person
Free with a proof of student status
Registrations via a link to be announced here will close on 9th July 2021.
In keeping with the ethos of a resilient zero carbon future, the conference will be held using a virtual platform.
The conference is organised by Zero Carbon Lab, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire
Conference Chair: Professor Ljubomir Jankovic, University of Hertfordshire