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11th International Conference on Innovation in Urban and Regional Planning
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11th International Conference on Innovation in Urban and Regional Planning (INPUT)

Integrating Nature-Based Solutions in Planning Science and Practice
University of Catania, 8-10 September 2021, Catania (Italy)

The 11th Edition of the International Conference on “Innovation in Urban and Regional Planning” will focus on how to integrate Nature-Based Solutions in urban and regional planning processes and science. Previously planned for September 2020, due the Covid-19 pandemic the Conference will be hosted in 2021 by the University of Catania.

There is growing evidence that Nature Based Solutions (NBS) are strategic instruments to restore or improve the functionality of urban ecosystems toward more liveable, healthier and resilient cities. Despite their many advantages, NBS are not widely implemented because the evidence of their effectiveness is not yet sufficiently diffused among policy makers, city-planners and residents and because NBS are often overlooked due to the complexity of their design and lack of normative instruments supporting planning choices.

In order to permanently incorporate NBS into planning instruments, more research and international discussion is required to consolidate the fragmented evidence that NBS can significantly improve the overall degree of environmental sustainability of contemporary cities.

INPUT2020 will gather international scholars in the field of planning, civil engineering and architecture, ecology and social science, to build and consolidate the knowledge and evidence on NBS and to help an efficient implementation and replication of solutions.

Furthermore, INPUT 2020 will also present the state of art of modelling approaches and innovations employed in urban and territorial planning, with a trans-disciplinary, boundary-less character to face the complexity of today socio-ecological systems and following a practice-oriented approach aimed to problem solving.

INPUT is a group of Italian academic researchers working in many fields related to the exploitation of informatics and innovation in urban and regional planning. See the Input Section for further information.

INPUT2020 is organized by LAPTA, a research laboratory of Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture.

Call for Papers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Wei-Ning Xiang
University of North Carolina (USA)

Wei-Ning XiangWei-Ning Xiang is a Professor of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.
His current scholarly activities are in the emerging area of ecopracticology—the study of socio-ecological practice. He is the founding editor-in-chief of Socio-Ecological Practice Research (2018—present), and from 2011 to 2018, he served as the co-editor-in-chief of Landscape and Urban Planning.
Dr. Xiang was a research fellow at a number of research institutions and programs, including the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) at the University of California at Berkeley, USA; the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; the Oxford Scenarios Program (OSP) at the University of Oxford, UK; and the Robert Black College at the University of Hong Kong. He is a National Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Socio-Ecological Practice Research at Tongji University, Shanghai, China since 2016.

Prof. Stephan Pauleit
Technical University of Munich (Germany)

Stephan PauleitProfessor Stephan Pauleit, PhD, holds the Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management at the Technical University of Munich. He is an expert in landscape planning and urban ecology with emphasis on city regions where he has developed a special interest in green infrastructure planning, adaptation strategies to climate change in the urban environment, urban forestry and trees. Research projects include, among others, EU funded projects GREEN SURGE and Los_Dama! on green infrastructure planning while other studies have been undertaken in Asia and Africa.
At present, Stephan Pauleit is the director of the “Centre for Urban Ecology and Climate Change Adaptation” at the Technical University of Munich, awarded by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection. The Centre has given new insights on integrated strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Prof. John Henneberry
University of Sheffield (UK)

John HenneberryJohn Henneberry is Professor of Property Development in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield and Visiting Professor of Political Economy, Keele University, UK. A former Head of Department and Dean, John has forty years’ experience in higher education and was appointed a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2010 for his contribution to the field of planning and development.
His research focuses on the structure and behaviour of the real estate market and its relations with the wider economy and polity. John has a particular interest in calculative practices such as valuation and investment appraisal and the way that they help to shape the physical environment. This critical perspective underpins his work on natural capital accounting and the evaluation of investments in green infrastructure. He is currently exploring the implications of biodiversity offsetting and the relations between valuing nature and environmental justice.

Conference Sessions and Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Abstract Submission (before 15th March, 2021).
Submit your abstract (max 300 words) by using the abstract section and specifying the session to which you want to contribute (please indicate two preferences).

Abstract Submission

Full Paper Submission (after abstract acceptance)

Full Papers are due before June, 1st, 2021.
All papers must be submitted by email to indicating in the subject of the email your name and chosen session.
Paper must not exceed 8 pages, including list of references.
Please pay attention to the guidelines and template to be used for the preparation of your article, available at:


INPUT2020 will host the following Sessions (TBC):

Enhancing the use of Nature-based solutions in urban planning
Davide Geneletti (University of Trento) and Chiara Cortinovis (Lund University)

Modelling to innovate planning solutions for socio-ecological systems
Antonio Leone (University of Salento), Angioletta Voghera (Polytecnic of Turin)

Input Visions: new technologies, data and hybrid models for spatial planning
Romano Fistola (University of Sannio)

Urban metabolism and simulation for decision making in spatial planning
Francesco Nocera, Riccardo Privitera, Vincenzo Costanzo, Gianpiero Evola (University of Catania)

Perfomance-based planning
Raffaele Pelorosso (Tuscia University), Bao-Jie He (University of South Wales)

Computational planning
Bernardino Romano, Alessandro Marucci, Francesco Zullo, Lorena Fiorini (University of L'Aquila), Beniamino Murgante (University of Basilicata)

Geodesign for informed collaborative spatial decision-making
Michele Campagna (University di Cagliari), Ana Clara Mourao Moura (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), Francesco Scorza (University of Basilicata)

Planning and Design of ecosystems services: Assessment frameworks, models, mapping, and implications
Corrazo Zoppi, Sabrina Lai (University of Cagliari)

Green infrastructure for planning healthy urban environments
Junxiang Li, Caiyan Wu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Daniele La Rosa (University of Catania)

The mitigation of peripheralization risk in urban and regional planning
Roberto Gerundo, Alessandra Marra (University of Salerno)

Strategies and Actions for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in mediterranean regions
Francesco Martinico (University of Catania), Marialuce Stanganelli (University of Naples), Luca Barbarossa (University of Catania)

Analysis and planning of Rural Landscapes
Andrea de Montis (University of Sassari)

Accessibility in urban planning: moving towards innovative approaches
Rosa Anna La Rocca (University of Naples)

Maintenance, upgrading and innovation in Cultural Heritage
Chiara Garau (University of Cagliari), Giampiero Lombardini (University of Genova), Anna Maria Colavitti (University of Cagliari)


Publishing Policies

All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and published in Lecture Notes on Civil Engineering series (Springer) Conference, indexed in SCOPUS and WoS.

Special Issues in peer review ISI/Scopus journals will be announced for particular themes and topics.

Further possibilities of publication will be discussed during the conference sessions.

Key dates - NEW!


    15th March, 2021


    Notification of abstract acceptance

    30th March, 2021


    Paper Submissions

    1th June, 2021


    Notification of full papers acceptance

    15th July, 2021


    Conference Registration
    Early Bird

    30th July, 2021



    8-10 September, 2021


Scientific Committee

Ginevra Balletto - University of Cagliari
Luca Barbarossa - University of Catania
Ivan Blecic - University of Cagliari
Dino Borri - Polytechnic di Bari
Marta Bottero - Polytechnic di Torino
Domenico Camarda - Polytechnic di Bari
Michele Campagna - University of Cagliari
Arnaldo Cecchini - University of Sassari
Donatella Cialdea - University of Molise
Anna Maria Colavitti - University of Cagliari
Valerio Cutini - University of Pisa
Andrea De Montis - University of Sassari
Romano Fistola - University of Sannio
Chiara Garau - University of Cagliari
Carmela Gargiulo - University of Napoli “Federico II”
Davide Geneletti - University of Trento
Roberto Gerundo - University of Salerno
Federica Gobattoni - Tuscia University
Paolo La Greca - University of Catania
Daniele La Rosa - University of Catania
Sabrina Lai - University of Cagliari
Giuseppe Las Casas - University of Basilicata
Antonio Leone - University of Salento
Giampiero Lombardini - University of Genova
Giulio Mondini - Politecnico di Torino
Beniamino Murgante - University of Basilicata
Silvie Occelli - IRES Piemonte
Raffaele Pelorosso - Tuscia University
Alessandro Plaisant - University of Sassari
Riccardo Privitera - University of Catania
Bernardino Romano - University of l’Aquila
Francesco Scorza - University of Basilicata
Maurizio Tira - University of Brescia
Angioletta Voghera - Torino Polytechnic
Corrado Zoppi - University of Cagliari
Francesco Zullo - University of l’Aquila

Local Organizing Committee

LAPTA - Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture - University of Catania
Daniele La Rosa
Riccardo Privitera
Luca Barbarossa
Viviana Pappalardo
Eliana Fischer
Francesco Martinico
Paolo La Greca


The conference will take place at the Monastero dei Benedettini, the oldest and most prestigious facility of the University of Catania and located in the historical center.

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Standard fee - Early Bird (registration by 30th July 2021): 200 €
Standard fee (registration after 30th July, 2021): 250 €
Reduced fee - under 40 - Early Bird (registration by 30th July 2021y): 150 €
Reduced fee - under 40 (registration after 30th July 2021): 200 €
Additional paper (€ 50 per paper)
Social dinner: 30 €
Field Trip: 35 €


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