Introduction

Following the success of the first conference in the series which took place in the New Forest, UK (2018), the conference has been reconvened in 2020. The aim of the meeting is to review and discuss ways in which urban agriculture can contribute to achieving sustainable cities.

As urban populations continue to increase it is essential to consider ways of reducing their impact in terms of use of natural resources, waste production and climate change.

The increasing number of people in cities requires new strategies to supply the necessary food with limited provision of land and decreasing resources. This will become more challenging unless innovative solutions for growing and distributing food in urban environments are considered.

The scale of modern food production has created and exacerbated many vulnerabilities and the feeding of cities is now infinitely more complex. As such, the food system cannot be considered secure, ethical or sustainable.

In the last few years, there has been a rapid expansion in initiatives and projects exploring innovative methods and processes for sustainable food production. The majority of these projects are focused on providing alternative models that shift the power back from the global food system to communities and farmers improving social cohesion, health and wellbeing. It is therefore not surprising that more people are looking towards urban farming initiatives as a potential solution.

These initiatives have demonstrated that urban agriculture has the potential to transform our living environment towards ecologically sustainable and healthy cities. Urban agriculture can also contribute to energy, natural resources, land and water savings, ecological diversity and urban management cost reductions.

The impact urban agriculture can have on the shape and form of our cities has never been fully addressed. How cities embed these new approaches and initiatives, as part of new urban developments and a city regeneration strategy is critical.

The Urban Agriculture conference will address these challenges and search for new solutions.

Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Urban Agriculture. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

Development and planning

  • Urban metabolism
  • History of urban agriculture
  • Integrated urbanism
  • Sustainable land use
  • Urban and peri-urban enterprises
  • Green infrastructures and sustainable urbanism
  • CPULs - Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes
  • City food chains
  • Food sovereignty
  • Urban distribution and processing systems
  • Market gardens
  • Sustainable urban drainage
  • Water resources and irrigation systems
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Organic farming
  • Food security

Urban farms

  • Patchwork farms
  • Pop-up farms
  • Roof top farms
  • Green roofs
  • Vertical greening and farms
  • Hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics
  • Hydrogardens
  • Composting in cities
  • Allotment systems
  • Guerrilla gardening
  • Permaculture and agricultural forestry
  • Urban animal farms and bee-keeping
  • Greenhouses
  • Food networks

Socio-economic aspects

  • Community supported agriculture
  • Community cohesion and job creation
  • Community gardens
  • Communities as co-producers
  • School and young urban farmers
  • Education and training

Innovation and benefits

  • Closed loops systems
  • Transport and distribution
  • Waste food recovery and recycling
  • Renewable energy resources
  • Healthy cities
  • Care farming
  • Ecological water systems
  • Biofuel production in cities
  • Quality of streets and urban environment
  • Reduction of Urban Heat Island
  • Farm to fork
  • Eco-cities and eco-villaging
  • Show cities
  • Air pollution reductions
  • Organic farming

Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

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

Publication

Papers presented at Urban Agriculture 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 Design & Nature and Ecodynamics (ISSN:1755-7437; Digital ISSN: 1755-7445).

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 Urban Agriculture 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 Design & Nature and Ecodynamics (ISSN:1755-7437; Digital ISSN: 1755-7445).

Location Information

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Situated on the eastern coast of Spain, Valencia is the third largest city and has one of the biggest ports on the Mediterranean, famous for having recently hosted the America’s Cup. A large historic city centre makes Valencia a popular tourist destination with many ancient monuments, museums and sights of interest. Traditionally, visitors have been drawn to the region for its food, with “Paella” having originated from the city. In recent years, the city has seen an increase in tourism due to “The City of Arts and Sciences” project designed by Valencia’s own Santiago Calatrava. The structure houses an IMAX cinema, Europe’s largest aquarium, interactive educational exhibits in the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the avant-garde Opera House.

Starting in the mid-1990s, Valencia, formerly an industrial centre, saw a rapid development that expanded its cultural possibilities and transformed it into a newly vibrant city. Many local landmarks were restored, including the ancient Towers of the medieval city (Serrano Towers and Quart Towers), and the San Miguel de los Reyes monastery, which now holds a conservation library. Whole sections of the old city, for example, the Carmen Quarter, have been extensively renovated. The Paseo Marítimo, a palm tree-lined promenade was constructed along the beaches of the north side of the port (Playa Las Arenas, Playa Cabañal and Playa de la Malvarrosa).

The river Turia used to run through the centre of the city, but it was redirected in 1957 and replaced by a beautiful park called the Turia Gardens which covers 9km and stretches from the west to the east of the city. This is a very nice place to spend any free time you have on a sunny day.

Places of interest:

The City of Arts and Sciences

Just a short distance from the conference venue, The City of Arts and Sciences is the work of Valencia’s own Santiago Calatrava. This is an example of architecture at its most futuristic. The structure houses an IMAX cinema (situated in the Hemisfèric), Europe’s largest aquarium – the Oceanogràfic, interactive educational exhibits in the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the avant-garde opera house - Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. Furthermore, the impressive l’Assut de l’Or bridge and the Agora.

Valencia Cathedral

The largest church in Valencia, the cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, with construction starting in 1262 and lasted until the 18th century. Before the cathedral was built, a Roman temple stood on this site, then a mosque. The building shows a range of architectural styles with Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque features. The museum contains a chalice recognised by the Vatican as possibly the original Holy Grail. You can see paintings by Goya and other major artists, and walk up the Micalet belltower for excellent city views.

The Royal Marina and Valencia's beaches

The Juan Carlos I Royal Marina is one of the city’s most important landmarks, not only due to the events that are held there but also due to its unique buildings. It houses the 19th Century Harbour Sheds, the Edificio del Reloj and the Veles e Vents building, the emblem of the new Marina. There are also shops, terraces and restaurants with spectacular views, as well as a children’s park, the Superyachts Berthing with its amazing yachts, and the North and South Marinas, filled with numerous boats.

Just a few metres away are the beaches of El Cabanyal (Las Arenas) and La Malvarrosa, next to the attractive Paseo Marítimo promenade. You can try paella in one of the seafront restaurants, or have a drink in one of the bars.

Weather:

Valencia enjoys a mild temperate Mediterranean climate. The average annual temperature is 17ºC with warm summers and very mild winters, rarely below 10ºC. There is only light rainfall mainly in autumn and the beginning of spring.

Further information about visiting Valencia can be found online using the Valencia Tourist Information website: https://www.visitvalencia.com/en

Travel Information

Conference Venue Address:

Hotel Valencia Oceanic,
Carrer del Pintor Maella, 35,
46023 Valencia,
Spain

Valencia Airport

Valencia Airport is located approximately 14km from the conference venue and offers direct flights from a number of international airports in Europe. Some airlines include:

  • Ryanair – From Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Milan, Bologna, Copenhagen, Krakow, Glasgow, London Stansted, Naples
  • British Airways – From London Gatwick
  • Iberia - From Madrid
  • TAP - From Lisbon
  • Easyjet – From Toulouse, Belfast, London Gatwick
  • Lufthansa – From Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt
  • Vueling – From Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Rome, Barcelona
  • Turkish Airlines – From Istanbul

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

http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Valencia/en/Valencia.html

Travelling from the Airport to the Conference Venue

Underground Metro

Two underground lines link the airport with the city centre; lines 3 and 5. The station is at the ground floor of the regional flights terminal.

-       Line 3: Valencia Metrovalencia line 3 runs between the airport and the city centre, the university area and the north zone of the metropolitan area. The station is on the ground floor of the regional flights terminal. A one way ticket will cost between €1.50 and €3.90 depending on your destination.

Train leaves approximately every 15 minutes on weekdays and 20 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

-       Line 5: Valencia Metrovalencia line 5 runs directly from the airport to the city centre and the port of Valencia. The station is on the ground floor of the regional flights terminal. A one way ticket will cost between €1.50 and €3.90 depending on your destination.

Train leaves approximately every 15 minutes on weekdays and 20 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Further information can be found at: http://www.aena.es/en/valencia-airport/public-transport.html

The closest Metro station to the hotel is Ayora. From Ayora, you can either walk to the conference venue via the following route which takes around 15 minutes (1.1km):

  • Head south toward Calle Jerónimo Monsoriu/Carrer de Jeroni de Montsoriu
  • Take the stairs
  • Turn left onto Calle Jerónimo Monsoriu/Carrer de Jeroni de Montsoriu
  • Turn right onto Carrer de la Indústria
  • Continue onto Carrer de Trafalgar
  • Turn right toward Carrer del Pintor Maella
  • Turn left onto Carrer del Pintor Maella
  • TRYP València Oceanic Hotel will be on the left

Alternatively, from Ayora Metro Station you could take a short 5 minute taxi ride to the conference venue.

Bus: City bus line 150 connects the airport with the centre of Valencia. Buses depart every 25 minutes on weekdays and every 35 minutes on weekends between 05.25am and 22.00pm. The 40 minute journey to the city centre costs approximately €1.45. You should leave the bus at Angel Guimerá 48, and from here take the underground Metro Line 5 to Ayora. See From Airport to Conference Venue – Underground section above for details from Ayora Metro Station to the conference venue. It is recommended that if you are travelling directly to the conference venue from Valencia Airport, the most direct route is via Underground Metro. See Underground Metro above for details.

Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport and the 20 minute journey to the conference venue will cost approximately €25.

Hire Car: Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and ATESA operate at the airport. We recommend that you take the V-11 and A-3 roads towards Valencia. The conference venue is located 500 metres from the City of Arts and Sciences which is well signposted.

For more information on Valencia Airport visit:

http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Valencia/en/Valencia.html

Madrid Barajas Airport

If you prefer to fly to Madrid Barajas Airport, airlines servicing this airport include:

  • Air Europa – From Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London and Milan
  • Iberia - From Athens, Barcelona, Munich, Vienna, Venice and Geneva
  • TAP - From Lisbon
  • Vueling – From Florence, Rome, Bucharest and Malta

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

http://www.aeropuertomadrid-barajas.com/

You can travel by train to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla from Madrid Puerta de Atocha. The journey takes approximately two hours and costs around €60.00. See By Rail section for details of onward travel to the conference venue when you reach Valencia.

To travel from Madrid Barajas Airport to Madrid Puerta de Atocha

Rail: RENFE trains operate along the C1 route between Madrid Barajas Airport Terminal 4 and Atocha (journey time: 25 minutes) There are RENFE offices in the arrivals area of Terminals 1 and 4, which provide information and ticketing services for the national rail network.

        www.renfe.com

Bus: EMT (Madrid Municipal Transport Company) runs regular services between Madrid Barajas Airport (Terminals 1, 2 and 4) and central Madrid. Línea Exprés 203 operates to Atocha station (journey time: 40 minutes; fare: €5).

www.emtmadrid.es

Taxi: Taxis are available from outside all terminals (journey time to the city centre: 20-30 minutes; fare: from €25). Passengers should make sure the meter is turned on at the beginning of the journey and they are advised to use official taxis which are white in colour with a red stripe.

Barcelona El Prat Airport

If you prefer to fly to Barcelona El Prat Airport, airlines servicing this airport include:

  • Air Europa – From Madrid, Menorca, Mallorca, Tenerife
  • American Airlines – New York, Miami
  • British Airways – London Gatwick, London Heathrow
  • Easyjet – Berlin, Bristol, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton, Southend, Lyon, Milan, Newcastle, Nice, Paris
  • Germanwings - Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart
  • Vueling - A Coruña, Alicante, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lille, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Moscow Prague, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tangier, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Zürich

You can travel by train to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla from Barcelona Sants. The journey takes approximately 3 hours 30 minutes and costs around €35.00. See By Rail section for details of onward travel to the conference venue when you reach Valencia.

To travel from Barcelona El Prat Airport to Barcelona Sants

Rail: RENFE trains operate along the R2 route between Barcelona El Prat and Sants (journey time: 20 minutes, fare: €5)

www.renfe.com

Taxi: There are taxi ranks opposite the arrivals areas of both terminals 1 & 2. Fares to the airport include a supplement of 4.20 euros. (Journey time to the city centre: 20 minutes; fare: around €20).

By Rail

Valencia is well connected to the main Spanish rail network via two main rail stations:

Valencia Estacio del Nord Railway

This train station provides daily connections to Spain cities and Port Bou (French border).

When you arrive at Estacio del Nord Railway, you should take the number 19 bus which takes you directly to the conference venue. The journey takes around 20 minutes.

Valencia Joaquin Sorolla

This train station provides high speed long distance rail services from Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante and Castellón.

When you arrive at Valencia Joaquin Sorolla, you can travel the 1.2km to Valencia Estacio del Nord Railway via a free shuttle bus (please keep your rail ticket as you will be required to show this to access the shuttle bus). Once at Valencia Estacio del Nord, you should take the number 19 bus which takes you directly to the conference venue. The journey takes around 20 minutes.

For more information visit RENFE – Spanish railways – www.renfe.es

By Road

Valencia has a modern road network that makes it easily accessible from any city, both in the Iberian Peninsula and further afield.

The Mediterráneo AP-7 motorway, which runs the whole length of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline from north to south, connects with the European motorway network, the A-23 Sagunto-Somport motorway and the A-3 Madrid-Valencia motorway.

Once in Valencia City, the conference venue is located 500 metres from the City of Arts and Sciences which is well signposted.

ALSA operates long distance bus services connecting Valencia to other cities in Spain including Barcelona and Madrid, northern regions of Spain and Portugal. www.alsa.es

 

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

Conference Venue

Hotel Valencia OceanicThe conference will take place at the Hotel Valencia Oceanic in Valencia. The hotel is situated near the centre of Valencia. Only a short distance from the City of Arts and Sciences, the harbour and downtown, the hotel is close to most that the city has to offer. With 200 rooms all with high-speed internet access, a 24-hour fitness centre, pool, sauna, bar and restaurant, the hotel has all the amenities guests may require.

The address of the hotel is:

Hotel Valencia Oceanic,
Carrer del Pintor Maella, 35,
46023 Valencia,
Spain

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the conference venue, Hotel Valencia Oceanic in Valencia. In order to book your accommodation, please complete the Accommodation Booking Form (PDF) and send it directly to the hotel using the email address on the form.

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Additional Information

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Here's what our delegates have to say...

The conference was very high level. The papers have been interesting since each country addresses various problems in the context of air pollution. The coordination was perfect, the communication with the organizers (Mr. Giorgio Passerini, Mr. Giovannilo Perillo, Mr. James Longhurst, Ms. Stephanie Everest and other people from UWE Bristol) and the lecturers were very pleasant. Overall, the conference was a very pleasant experience for me, not only for the conference program but also for the people who were there. I would love to visit this conference again.

Lenka Frišhansová, Czech Republic (attended Air Pollution 2018)


The organisation of events by WIT are of the highest standards, which bring together multi disciplines of the Rail Industry. Delegates at these events are of a very high standard. The equipment provided was adequate for the presentaions. The locations are chosen with a good ease of access and the catering was of good quality.

Inara Watson, UK (attended COMPRAIL 2018)


The first conference papers I published during my PhD studies were through WIT, which helped me gain a solid footing in the academic world.

Tamas Pardy, Estonia (attended Complex Systems 2018)


Absolutely, it is an impressive and meaningful conference, which provides a platform for the researchers from different fields to communicate.

Yuping Dong, China (attended Eco-Architecture 2018)


I have been a regular attendee of many congresses organized by WIT and I must say that this is the most professional of all (congress) organisations I have experienced. The combination of content, people and location is always exciting. Thank you.

Jaap Vleugel, Netherlands (attended Environmental Impact 2018)


Excellent communication, high professional adviser, high level of the oral presentations, very good organization.

Teodor Tranca, Romania (attended HPSM/OPTI 2018)


The conference was organized and the trips were very well thought of. The conference personnel were friendly and cooperative, and made it smooth and enjoyable. It was one of the best conferences I have ever attended.

Lina M Kattan, Saudi Arabia (attended Islamic Heritage 2018)


Very interesting topics, invigorating discussions, and thought provoking papers. This well organized conference offers a good opportunity for publication.

Samar H Aljahdali, Saudi Arabia (attended Islamic Heritage 2018)


The conference was well organized. The topics were very interesting. The breaks provided the nice breathing room for discussions and networking with other participants. Merci beaucoup :)

Julius Bangate, France (attended Risk Analysis 2018)


Very well organized, as well as in the communication before the conference as during the conference itself. My compliments for the professional approach and the informal, good atmosphere among delegates!

RH Zomerman, Netherlands (attended Sustainable Development and Planning 2018)


I have attended more than 12 conferences since 2007 and can appreciate the excellent organization and the high quality of the research presented in all of them. Congratulations for the organizers!

Antonina Ivanova, Mexico (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


Efficient conference management and family-like atmosphare

Hiroshi Kato, Fiji (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


The Wessex institute is amazing, for me as a new academic it provided me the opportunity to learn and more so meet people that are working on interesting and relevant topics. I particulary enjoyed the variety of research topics presented. It is well organised, precise and to the point. Would really like to attend more of their conferences. Irene is also the best.

Jacqueline Mangwane, South Africa (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


The Wessex Institute provided an excellent conference organisation and a sound style of communication. The conference venue was also great and support before and during the conference was very nice.

Lorenz Poggendorf, Japan (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


I haven't thought that I could present my paper at an international conference. I had the greatest experience in my life. Thank you so much for organising the conference. I have learned a lot.

Nga Nguyen Thi Thanh, Vietnam (attended Sustainable Tourism 2018)


I am very grateful for this wonderful experience. It was my first conference and I am sure that I gained more experience. It was very motivating, a lovely opportunity to meet new people and to learn from their old experience as well. I was surprised to see experts from countries from all over the world and this creates union. Thank you. I had a great time and the surroundings are beautiful.

Carla Ana-Maria Tudorie, Spain (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


My experience with the Wessex institute was one of a people who are keen in the fields of agricultural research and engineering programmes. The hosts were really warm, kind and receptive. The conference venue was great, the neighbourhood was serene, and it offered a very good opportunity for creating global networks. The management was good, so was the hospitality. And the people of New Forest are great. Priscilla stood out as a very caring and warm face of the conference. The other staff from Wessex were very interactive and cordial. The trip to the urban farms was a rich experience. The conference was a great success and I look forward to the next.

Scholastica Mathenge, Kenya (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


This was the most interesting, most interdisciplinary, most international conference I have attended. I enjoyed meeting delegates working on urban agriculture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. I look forward to the next conference.

Gaston "Chip" Small, USA (attended Urban Agriculture 2018)


My experience was decidedly postive. Urban Transport 2018 is the ideal place to have a cross-section of research from both academics and the business world. The ideal place to develop a network capable of stimulating future work.

Nicola Aldo Cabras, Italy (attended Urban Transport 2018)


A great opportunity to meet new colleagues and to make new contacts. Very good science level of the presentations.

Vasi Minzatu, Romania (attended Water Pollution 2018)