Introduction

The International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment has successfully been reconvened for 27 years, always attracting a wide international spread of delegates, well established as the premier event of its type.

Meanwhile, the substantial growth of maritime shipping has resulted in large transported quantities around the world, creating a demand for innovative solutions for ports and fleets, well reflected by the success of the First International Conference on Maritime Transport, held in 2019.

These two apparently parallel topics meet in the transport and environmental management of coastal cities, both being affected positively and negatively by landslide and seaside traffic.

The continuing requirement for better urban transport systems and the need for a healthier environment creates a fertile environment for original ideas, innovative approaches and applications of advanced technologies, their tests and evaluations in practice. Moreover, there is a growing need for integration with IT systems and applications to improve safety and efficiency.

Maritime Transport is highly interconnected with rail, road and air services, as well as inland waterways. Each of these must therefore operate complimentary of one another to maximise efficiency and respond rapidly to variable economic and political contingencies.

The variety of topics covered by the conference reflects the complex interaction of the transport systems with their environment and the need to establish integrated strategies. The aim is to arrive at optimal socio-economic solutions while reducing the negative environmental impacts of transportation systems typically by interdisciplinary approaches. Therefore, the conference will focus on multidisciplinary research and development, as well as operational experiences.

The conference started in Southampton in 1995; continuing in Barcelona (1996); Acquasparta, Italy (1997); Lisbon (1998); Rhodes (1999); Cambridge, UK (2000); Lemnos, Greece (2001); Seville (2002); Crete (2003); Dresden (2004); Algarve (2005); WIT Campus in the New Forest (2006); Coimbra (2007); Malta (2008); Bologna (2009); Limassol (2010); Pisa (2011), A Coruña (2012), Kos (2013), Algarve (2014), Valencia (2015), Crete (2016), Rome (2017), Seville (2018), Aveiro (2019) and Bilbao (2020).

All papers are included in the WIT Transactions and archived in the Wessex Institute eLibrary at https://www.witpress.com/elibrary, where they are permanently and easily available to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Urban and Maritime Transport 2021. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Traffic planning, control and management
  • Urban and marine policy and governance
  • Mobility and public spaces in smart cities
  • Logistics and urban freight distribution
  • Freight handling and transport
  • Positioning, route planning and monitoring, and fleets management
  • Public transport systems planning
  • Urban vehicle technology
  • Naval technology
  • Pollution and the protection of the marine environment
  • Socio-economic implications and impacts
  • Guided transport systems
  • Ports and inland waterborne operation
  • Impacts on land and coastal use
  • Intermodal and multimodal transport systems
  • Innovative electric transportation
  • Land and marine GIS
  • Meteorology and oceanography issues
  • Reliability, availability and maintainability
  • Safety, security and risk analysis
  • Accident analysis and investigations
  • Innovative and renewable energy sources, infrastructures and fleets
  • Effects of human behaviour on-demand and operation
  • Transport system modelling and simulation
  • Ro-Ro, Ro-Pax and cruise shipping
  • Containers and bulk shipping
  • International standards and regulations
  • Transportation infrastructure development
  • Intelligent and advanced transport systems
  • Education and training initiatives
  • History of cities and navigation
  • 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 and Maritime Transport 2021 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). 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 one of the WIT Press International Journals.

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 and Maritime Transport 2021 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). 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 one of the WIT Press International Journals.

Location Information

Valencia

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

 

By Air


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 Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, EasyJet, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair, TAP Portugal and WIZZ Air.

For further information on all airlines, destinations and travel to/from the airport, visit: http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Valencia/en/Valencia.html

Travelling from Valencia 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.

    To get to the Conference venue, take Line 5 and stop at Ayora station. A train leaves approximately every 15 minutes on weekdays and 20 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. You will need to buy a ticket valid for zones ABCD which costs €3.90.

    From Ayora station, you can take a 5-minute taxi to the hotel or walk to the conference venue (1.1Km) following this route: Exit the underground station and walk toward Carrer (street) Jerónimo Monsoriu street (Carrer), once outside, turn left onto Carrer Guillem d’Anglesola and continue on this road which then becomes Carrer del Pintor Maella. continue on this road crossing Avenguda (Avenue) de Franca, the hotel will be on your left at the next crossroads.

  • 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 05:25 and 22:00. 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. The conference venue has parking available on the ground floor.

 

MADRID BARAJAS AIRPORT

It is possible to take a connecting flight from Madrid International Airport to Valencia International Airport. However, if you would prefer not to take another flight you can travel to Valencia by high-speed train from Madrid.

The train journey takes approximately two hours and costs around €60.00. The train leaves from Atocha-RENFE station. In order to reach the Atocha-RENFE station from the airport, you can take Linea Extpres bus, the Cercanias train C1 or a taxi (€35). For fares and timetables.

See section “By rail” below for instructions on how to get to the conference venue from Valencia train stations.

Barcelona-El Prat International Airport

It is possible to take a connecting flight from Barcelona-El Prat International Airport to Valencia International Airport. However, if you would prefer not to take another flight you can travel to Valencia by train from Barcelona.

The train journey takes approximately 3.5 hours and costs around €35.00. The train leaves from Barcelona Sants train station. To reach Barcelona Sants train station from the airport, you can take the R2 train (€5) or a taxi (€20), the journey takes around 20 minutes.

See section “By rail” below for instructions on how to get to the conference venue from Valencia train stations.

 

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 – http://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. http://www.alsa.es


Please note that all the information included above is correct at December 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.

A booking form will be made available soon, please check back here later.

Hotel Valencia Oceanic Gym SolariumHotel Valencia Oceanic Standard TwinHotel Valencia Oceanic Pool

 

Additional Information

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