EU-CONEXUS EENVIRO Research Conference

Sustainable Solutions for Energy and Environment

From the 29th to the 31st of October 2024, EU-CONEXUS EENVIRO Research Conference titled “Sustainable Solutions for Energy and Environment” will cover the two disciplines from the present to the future. The event will take place in Bucharest, Romania, with the aim of facilitating collaboration between diverse research communities associated with our partner institutions, stakeholders and international partners. In addition, it is also set to boost interdisciplinary research projects.

EU-CONEXUS EENVIRO Research Conference

There will be two ways of participating:

– Abstracts

– Articles open to researchers from EU-CONEXUS partner institutions and beyond, as well as international partners. This format will foster collaboration and exchange of knowledge on subjects related to energy and environment from different points of view.

Scientific domains

Coastal and environmental engineering

Topics related to energy and environment located within this domain may concern research and innovations from the field of civil engineering (structural and materials), energy and mechanical engineering, digital solutions and computer science, or marine and environmental engineering. They should all share the purpose of finding solutions for developing sustainable and safer cities, urban infrastructure and resilient buildings.

Environmental sciences and biodiversity

Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) offer innovative approaches to various urban challenges while enhancing sustainability, resilience, and the well-being of city dwellers. Here are several topics for Nature-Based Solutions specifically tailored for urban environments: green infrastructure, natural water management, climate resilience, biodiversity conservation, health and well-being. By integrating these solutions into urban planning and development, cities can create more sustainable, resilient, and liveable environments for their residents while addressing pressing challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and public health concerns.

Life sciences and biotechnology

Recent advances in life sciences and biotechnology towards sustainability and environment protection with a special focus on (but not limited to) biotechnology for environment protection, sustainable agriculture and aquaculture, plants and microorganisms for environment protection and disaster prevention, exploitation of (micro)organisms as biocontrol agents and as sources of new compounds and materials, environment deterioration-related health and disease management in a climate change context, and science applications for eco-friendly energy production.

Social, culture and human sciences institute

Connections between environment and society. Focus on linking scientific knowledge with social, cultural, and ethical insights to deeper understand the complexity and significance of life in connection with energy and environment. Main approaches should address public perception of renewable energy, media representation of environmental issues, social acceptance of green infrastructure, citizen participation in energy projects, environmental justice, energy access and conservation, behavioural economics, cultural and ethical perspectives on environmental protection, historical perspectives on energy transition, eco-friendly accommodation, environmental education, awareness initiatives, psychological empowerment, green finance and investment, intercultural perspectives, eco-linguistics and language in environmental policy.

Call for abstracts

There will be two ways of participating: only with abstracts, or with papers. Researchers, including PhD students, are kindly asked to submit their topic abstracts no later than May 15th. Submission deadline for papers is June 15th.

The event and publication is free of charge for EU-CONEXUS researchers and PhD students from 9 partner universities. Researchers coming from outside of EU-CONEXUS are subject to a fee of 300 Euros and PhD students coming outside EU-CONEXUS will be subject to a fee of 200 Euros.

For detailed guidelines on abstract submission, please refer to the “Instructions for Abstract Submission” document.

Abstracts will be evaluated by our Scientific Committee: to be announced.

Programme

8:00 – 9:00

Registration and coffee

9:00 – 10:30

Keynote Lectures / EU-CONEXUS presentations

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

Presentations/ Workshop

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

Presentations/ Workshop

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30

Presentations/Posters/Workshop

Cultural or social visit

19:00

Dinner

Arriving

We are delighted to host you at Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest and in Romania! You can find valuable information about the two venues below.  For more info, please check our Logistics Memo.

We are delighted to host you at Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest and in Romania! You can find valuable information about the two venues below. For more info, please check our Logistics Memo.

Mission

Starting from the social dimension of higher education and from society’s need to benefit from quality educational and research services in the field of construction to achieve its sustainable development, the fundamental mission assumed by the Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest is to be a national centre where new generations of specialists \ receive training and perform scientific research in the field of construction.

Vision

Our vision is to promote excellence in education and research by transforming UTCB into a university of advanced research and education in the field of construction. We also aim to become a landmark and a formidable partner at a national, European, and international level for universities, institutes and centres of research, as well as for the corporate environment for society.

For education, the vision obliges, mainly, the completion of the Bologna process by fully harmonizing bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate studies and their definitive integration into the European area of higher education.

For research, the vision requires the selection and support of priority research directions for UTCB in order to fully integrate into the European research area.

About Bucharest

Bucharest is a city of contrasts, with formidable tourist potential growing from year to year.

Bucharest is Romania`s capital and largest city, as well as the most important industrial and commercial centre in the country. Also, it is one of Europe’s most authentic capitals.

Bucharest is, without a doubt, an unforgettable experience for those who visit it, whether they are city dwellers or tourists. At the level of impressions, things tend to become eclectic, but that is what really arouses the fascination of those who discover the most important attractions to visit in Bucharest.

Interesting facts about Bucharest

It houses the second largest administrative building in the world. While there is a lot of controversy surrounding Bucharest’s Palace of the Parliament, there’s no denying its grandeur. Second only to The Pentagon, its 86m height is also mirrored by a depth of 92m. Boasting nine underground levels, one of which is rumoured to be an atomic bunker, the Palace of the Parliament is one of the heaviest buildings in the world. 95% of materials used in construction were Romanian materials, which was, at the time, a statement of power and Independence, showing that Romania could manage without outside help.

Important buildings are called ‘Palaces’: you’ll find a Palace of the Post Office, Palace of the Telephone Building and Palace of the Bank, just to name a few. The reason for this is one of fashion, as Bucharest took a fancy to the French and adopted much of its mannerisms.

It has its own Arcul de Triumf, mirroring Paris’ most famous monument – the Arc de Triomphe – that honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars . When Romania gained its independence in 1878, the wooden structure was erected so that victorious troops could march under it. The arch was rebuilt on the same site in 1922, following World War I. A third structure that’s in place today was built thirteen years later, using Deva granite.

Bucharest had the longest Boulevard in Europe, Bulevardul Unirii. It was communist Romania’s answer to Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Élysées, with a total length of 3,500 m making it 40 m longer than its Paris counterpart. When constructed, its purpose was that of flamboyance, as it was rarely used for transport – unless a VIP was visiting.

Dracula is a myth, but the man he’s based on is real. Vlad the Impaler and Dracula are both nicknames for Vlad III, son of the ruler Vlad Dracul of Wallachia. Vlad Dracul is translated as Vlad the Dragon, who received the name after becoming a member of the Order of the Dragon. The addition of ‘la’ means ‘the son of’, and thus Dracula was born. Whilst Vlad was born in Transylvania, it was custom for the oldest son of the ruler to be raised as tribute to the Ottoman empire of the time, and therefore he was not raised in Transylvania.