Call for proposals

SSPCR 2022 warmly welcomes contributions from different research fields: urban and regional planning, environmental and social sciences, economics, transportation, engineering and energy-related studies, computer science and geomantic as well as from the professional community.

You have four options to contribute to the conference: you can submit a proposal to 1) organise a session, 2)  organise a side event, 3) give a presentation of your research, or 4) display a poster.

Please identify and indicate the thematic track to which you would like to apply.

    1. ORGANISE A SESSION – Traditional discussion of at least 5 research papers with a moderator. The registration fee is waived for the session organiser only. Session organisers are responsible for the publication of the works presented during their session (read the submission template carefully). (CLOSED)
    2. ORGANISE A SIDE EVENT – Formats other than traditional presentations are encouraged. This includes point-counterpoint, panel discussion, moderated debate, interactive workshop, world café, testbed for tools and apps, etc. Selected side event proposals will be invited to bilaterally discuss details with the conference organisers. The side event will be included in the conference program only upon confirmation of logistic and budgetary details (read the submission template carefully). (CLOSED)
    3. GIVE A PRESENTATION – Research and project contributions to be discussed in thematic tracks. Your presentation shall last about 15’ + Q&A session. Submitting a paper for conference proceedings is optional, but highly recommended. Further information
    4. DISPLAY A POSTER – Early stage research contributions or project results are welcome in the poster session. Posters will be displayed for the whole duration of SSPCR 2022. Further information


November 25, 2021 – Deadline for submission of special sessions (CLOSED)100%
January 31, 2022 – Deadline for submission of side events (CLOSED)100%
April 8, 2022 – Extended deadline for submission of abstracts (CLOSED)100%
July 19-22, 2022 – SSPCR 2022 Conference75%


Proposals for sessions and side events must be sent to the address within the given deadline.

Naming convention – Please use this structure: Surname_Type (e.g. Smith_Session; Smith_Side Event; Smith_Paper; Smith_Poster)

Template – Please use the official conference template. Proposals not complying will be rejected.

Language – The official language of SSPCR 2022 is English. All contributions must be written in English. Please consider that no interpreting service is foreseen in the conference sessions.

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Abstract submission for single presentation or poster is now open. The extended deadline for submission is April 8th 2022. Acceptance of abstracts will be notified no later than mid-May.


Contributions for conference presentations or posters shall be submitted using the conference official submission system through the following link. Only abstracts submitted through the online submission system will be considered for the conference. Each author can submit no more than two abstracts.

Important notice:

  • The usage of the official template is mandatory. Each proposal must be submitted as a doc. or docx. file. If you are not able to download the template, please update your browser / try to switch to a different browser (Mozilla Firefox, Edge, or Google Chrome).
  • If the proposal has been submitted correctly you will receive an automatic response via e-mail. This confirms that your contribution has been filed for review. If you do not receive the confirmation email, check your spam folder. Check the step by step guide for submission
  • If you still have issues with the submission, please contact us at

The abstract shall be at least 200-300 words long and shall not exceed 3,000 characters (including spaces). This is the maximum length the online submission system will accept.

Please write your text in English (American English is preferred).

Proposals must cover one of the following topics:

  1. Will the climate-neutral city please stand up?
  2. The hidden potential: untapping the benefits of urban transformations
  3. Tackling what remains to be done: environmental sustainability in cities and regions
  4. Strengthening democracy in the energy transition
  5. Leave no place behind: policy making for smart and sustainable regions
  6. Planning for ever-changing mobility: mind the gap!
  7. Discover the internet of cities: from data to knowledge

Consent to publish: by submitting an abstract you give consent for publication on the conference materials, including but not limited to, the conference website, conference handbook, email promotions, etc. Furthermore, you give permission to publish the e-mail address of the main author in the conference handbook.

Further details on publication opportunities are listed here.


A good abstract is short but impactful, so make sure every word counts. Each sentence/paragraph should clearly communicate one main point.

Four relevant things you are encouraged to highlight are:

The purpose of the abstract is to stress the original contributions of your research and novelty, so avoid discussion of others’ work.

Please note that a good abstract can be understood by someone without prior knowledge of the topic.

Writing an effective abstract will improve the chances of your submission being accepted, encourage delegates to attend your presentation and increase the impact of your work!


The evaluation of the abstracts will be done by anonymous members of SSPCR 2022 Scientific Committee.

The abstracts will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Potential interest to conference audience
  • Novelty of the research / project / topic
  • Appropriateness of methodology
  • Final suggestions on how to translate research findings / demo cases into planning policies and tools

Within the evaluation process, the Scientific Committee may change the thematic track of the abstract and invite the author(s) to present it in a different form (e.g. poster instead of oral presentation). You will be informed on the result of the evaluation process via e-mail by mid-May.

Please note that a full paper submission is not requested to present at SSPCR 2022.


At least one author per each accepted abstract is required to register and attend the conference on a relevant day and pay the corresponding fee in order to ensure their work is included in the SSPCR 2022 program.

Only presenters that have completed the registration process will be included in the programme. Please note that the programme is continuously updated. We suggest to check the conference webpage frequently.

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