Introduction

The 5th International Conference on Environmental and Economic Impact on Sustainable Development follows the success of four previous meetings held in the New Forest, UK, (home of the Wessex Institute of Technology) in 2012; Ancona, Italy in 2014; Valencia, Spain in 2016; and Naples, Italy in 2018.

The meeting will provide an international forum to discuss the most serious problems affecting sustainable development. The Conference will consider the impact of economic constraints on the environment, taking into account the social aspects as well as the over-use of natural resources. Uncontrolled development can also result in damage to the environment in terms of the release of toxic substances and hazardous waste.

The meeting will examine issues related to whether some forms of development are compatible with environmental protection, particularly in cases of possible serious contamination and toxicity.

The conference will address problems of great importance discussing more constructive and progressive approaches to ensure sustainability. A major motivation for the meeting is to learn from past failure, to avoid repeating similar mistakes, while attempting to prevent emerging threats to environmental and ecological systems.

Fundamental to these concepts is the analysis of the inherent risk and the development of appropriate strategies.

All published papers from previous meetings are permanently archived in the Wessex Institute eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are freely available to the international community

Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Environmental Impact 2020. Papers on other topics related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Environmental policies and planning
  • Environmental assessments
  • Human factors
  • Sustainable cities
  • Economic issues
  • Natural resources management
  • Energy and the environment
  • Food production systems and policies
  • Ecosystems preservation
  • Soil pollution
  • Remediation strategies
  • Decommission planning
  • Hazardous plants
  • Brownfields rehabilitation
  • Air and water pollution
  • Health effects
  • Public communication and involvement
  • Legislation and regulations
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Life cycle assessments
  • Irrigation
  • Food recovery
  • Stakeholders involvement
  • Institutional issues
  • Environmental management systems
  • Consumption vs sustainability
  • Social-ecological issues
  • Sustainability appraisals
  • Environmental strategies and tactics
  • Food waste reduction and impact on the environment
  • Adaptation to environmental damage
  • Coastal zones impacts
  • Social participation of environmental licensing
  • Nonlinear regression analysis
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at Environmental Impact 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1743-3541). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Environmental Impacts (ISSN: 2398-2640; Digital ISSN: 2398-2659)

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at Environmental Impact 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1743-3541). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Environmental Impacts (ISSN: 2398-2640; Digital ISSN: 2398-2659)

Location Information

Seville

Seville is the capital and largest city of southern Spain’s Andalusia region and is situated on the Guadalquivir river. The city is approximately 2,200 years old and has a distinct personality and a large and well-preserved historical centre. The old town contains three world heritage sites: the Minaret of La Giralda, the General Archive of the Indies and the Alcázar Palace. The city is also home to many convents, churches, palaces, museums and gardens including the Museum of Fine Arts, Parque de María Luisa and the Gothic Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María de la Sede). It is believed that flamenco dance originated in Seville, and there are many flamenco shows on offer all over the city, as well as the Flamenco museum dedicated to the soulful art form.

Seville is known to have very hot summers from late June to September and mild winters. During the summer months, there is also very little rainfall. The average daily temperature for both June and September is 25 degrees Celsius, but for the months in between it can be as hot as 36 degrees Celsius.

Things to do

One of the main attractions is the Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus. You can also climb to the top of the Giralda which provides spectacular views of Seville. Tickets to enter the Cathedral are €9.

The Alcázar Palace, or Royal Palace, was built for Pedro the Cruel of Castille in the 1360s. The Palace was built by Moors and is one of the best surviving examples of Mudejar architecture in the world today. King Felipe VI of Spain, the current ruler, stays at the Palace when he visits Seville. Tickets to enter the palace are €9.50, with free admission on Mondays after 18:00.

The Parque Maria Luisa (Maria Luisa Park) is a large green space to the South of the city centre, close to the river, with hundreds of exotic trees lining shady avenues, and historic, fairytale buildings, with exotic touches provided by colourfully tiled benches, and Moorish fountains and pools. The park’s centrepiece is the Plaza de España, which was the site of the historic world fair in 1929 for which Seville is famous, Expo 29.

If you are into modern architecture, visit the Metropol Parasol, which is located in Plaza Encarnacion: it's at the centre of the city, between the main shopping area to the south and Calle Feria to the north; Plaza del Duque to the west and Plaza Ponce de Leon to the east. This is the largest wooden structure in the world and has a number of attractions including an archaeological museum in the basement, Antiquarium, a food market and restaurants on the ground floor; an open-air shaded concert space on the first floor; and a walkway and more restaurants on the second and third floors. The Metropol Parasol offers views of the city from 30 metres up, including a large mirador, viewing area, at the very top of the building, and is worth visiting after dark for the views. There is a small charge for entry.

There are many museums in Seville, including the Museo De Bellas Artes (Museum Of Fine Arts), the Museum of Archaeology, Museo Del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Dance Museum), Centro Andaluz De Arte Contemporáneo (Andalusian Contemporary Art Centre). The latter used to be the Santa María de las Cuevas Monastery, one of the most important monasteries of the city. It was built in the 15th century and housed the cloistered order of San Bruno.

Within Seville, you can also visit the city’s aquarium, which holds over 400 different species of sea creatures and reptiles. The main attraction is the shark tank which is 9 metres deep and is home to two bull sharks. This tank also has a walk-through tunnel so you can view the sharks up close.

Seville’s relationship with water is important because Seville is one of the few cities in Spain where the river is navigable. The museum Pabellón De La Navegación (Navigation Pavilion) is located right on the river bank of the Guadalquivir.

Food in Seville

Breakfast is usually light and late (9 am onwards) and could be something like churros (fried sugared doughnut strands) with hot chocolate, or a classic Andalucían breakfast of mollete, a toasted bread roll topped with olive oil, crushed tomatoes and garlic, and milky coffee.

Lunch is usually eaten late (2 pm) and can be tapas (small dishes served with drinks) in a bar or the main meal of the day. Then to stave off hunger later on at around 5 pm something like coffee and cake would be eaten. The main meal or more tapas would not be eaten until late evening, sometimes as late as 11 pm. Local specialities to look out for include huevos a la flamenca (eggs baked with chorizo and tomato sauce); seafood, especially squid, from nearby Atlantic waters; and gazpacho, a cold tomato-based soup made with bread, garlic and olive oil. For main meals, local classics include espinacas con garbanzos (spinach with chickpeas), a dish with Moorish origins, and wafer-thin slices of sweet, nutty Andalucían hams. Another Seville speciality is solomillo al whiskey (pork cooked in whisky).

Travel Information

Conference Venue Address:

Hotel Meliá Sevilla
Calle Dr. Pedro de Castro, 1,
41004 Sevilla, Spain

By Air

  • Seville International Airport (10 km from Conference venue)
  • Jerez Airport (94km from the Conference venue)
  • Madrid Airport (550 km from the Conference venue)

Seville International Airport

This airport has great connections to other Spanish and European cities such as Frankfurt, Paris, London, Rome and Lisbon. Airlines servicing the airport include Vueling, Iberia, TAP Portugal, Ryanair, EasyJet, Transavia, Air Europa and Lufthansa as well as many more.

For full information on airlines and destinations from this airport, visit the airport website http://www.aena.es/es/aeropuerto-sevilla/index.html

Bus: The airport is connected to the city with a bus that runs from 04.30h to 01.15h every day. You will need to take the EA Line to Seville. The journey takes 35 minutes and the cost is €4 for a single ticket, €6 for a return journey. The airport bus stop is situated in Prado station, 5 mins walking distance from the hotel.

For further information visit: http://tussam.es/

Taxi: There is no need to book this in advance as there are plenty of available taxis. The journey from the airport to the hotel takes around 30 minutes and costs approximately 25€.

Jerez International Airport

Slightly smaller than Seville airport, Jerez is very convenient for delegates travelling from Germany. Please visit the airport website for full information on airlines and destinations: http://www.aena.es/en/jerez-airport/index.html/

Train: Jerez Airport is connected by national rail service (RENFE) with Seville. Trains stop eight times a day at the Jerez airport station. The journey to Seville is 1 hour and 11 minutes and a single ticket would cost approximately 17€.

Once you arrive to Seville train station (Santa Justa), you can take a taxi to the hotel (€6) or bus number C1 and C4 to San Bernardo stop which is 5 minute walk to the hotel.

Madrid Barajas International Airport (Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport)

For delegates arriving from outside Europe, this will be the most convenient airport to fly to, and either continue the journey by plane or by high speed train to Seville.

For information on all airlines flying to Madrid, visit the following website link

http://www.aena.es/en/madrid-barajas-airport/index.html

By Train

In order to take the high speed train to Seville, you need to take the train C-1 at Terminal 4 that will take you to Madrid Atocha train station from where you will be able to take the high speed train (AVE). The line that connects the airport with the city centre runs from 05.58h to 22.27h and a single ticket will cost you around 3€. We recommend that you buy the ticket for the high speed train (AVE) to Seville in advance on the Spanish railway website. The prices will vary depending when you buy the ticket and the time of day you are travelling.

Visit http://www.renfe.com/ for further information.

Once you arrive at Seville train station (Santa Justa), you can take a taxi to the hotel (6€) or bus number C1 and C4 to San Bernardo stop which is a 5 minute walk to the hotel.

Getting around Seville

Getting around in Seville is easy. The centre of Seville is compact and easily accessible by foot. Walking from the Universidad de Seville and el Parque María Luisa to Plaza Nueva is less than 20 minutes.

Buses are the easiest and cheapest way to get around Seville if you're going a little further. Los Autobuses Urbanos cost 0.90€ per ticket, or billete. Bus service is daily from 6am to 11:15pm. The city tourist office will provide a booklet outlining bus routes. If you plan to use them a lot buy a bonobus at a kiosco (newsstand) or estanco (tobacco shop).

The bus network is comprised of circular (C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4 buses) and line routes (north, south, east and west). You can catch most city buses in one of four locations: Plaza Nueva, Plaza de la Encarnación, La Barqueta, Prado de San Sebastian

For more information and links visit http://www.sevillatourist.com/index.html/

 

Please note that all information included above is correct at August 2019. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue InformationMelia Sevilla Hotel

The conference will take place at the Hotel Meliá Sevilla, located in the heart of Seville and situated in a privileged location opposite the Parque de Maria Luisa and Plaza España. The hotel has good transport links by bus, tram and train. The hotel also has an outdoor pool and fitness area.

The address of the hotel is:

Hotel Meliá Sevilla
Calle Dr. Pedro de Castro, 1,
41004 Sevilla, Spain

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the conference venue, Hotel Meliá Sevilla in Seville.

A booking form will be made available once confirmed with the hotel, check back here for details.

Melia Hotel LobbyMelia Hotel BedroomMelia Hotel Pool

 

Additional Information

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