2020 International Conference on Resource Sustainability - Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era (icRS Urbanisation 2020)

December 13-15, 2020, Ningbo, China

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Conference program can be downloaded now.

Conference Proceedings can be downloaded now.

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Urbanisation has been a driver for global economic development, but also leads to a lot of urban challenges on social and environmental issues, in particular the Global South and developing countries. Nevertheless, if manage properly it can couple with the sustainable development and hence the future sustainability, such as achieving sustainable development goals. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects to further accelerate the already-rapid development of urbanisation in the upcoming decades. The Conference serves as a platform for researchers and practitioners around the world with diverse background and expertise to share the most recent ideas, outcomes, and practices on sustainable urbanisation with a focus on the BRI.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Buildings and environment
  • Circular economy
  • Environmental and sustainability assessment
  • Environmental behavior for urbanisation
  • Governance, legislation and policy
  • Resource and waste management
  • Sustainability for BRI
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Sustainable urbanisation strategy
  • Transportation systems and sustainability
  • Urban resource management
  • Urban soil, water and wastewater systems
  • Waste treatment and disposal

Important Dates

  • June 30, 2020: Deadline for submitting extended abstracts for full papers and special-session proposals
  • July 15, 2020: Acceptance of extended abstracts
  • August 31, 2020: Submission of full papers and extended abstracts without full papers.
  • October 30 November 7, 2020: Early-bird registration
  • December 13-15, 2020: Conference


Conference Co-Chairs

  • Faith Chan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Hing Kai Chan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

icRS General Chair

  • Ming Xu, University of Michigan

Local Organizing Committee

  • Tiantian Zhang, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (Chair)
  • Lei Li, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Jia Luo, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Ying Chen, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Yuyao Xu, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Programme Committee (in alphabetical order by last names)

  • Chunguang Bai, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • Zhao Cai, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Wei-Qiang Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Urban Environment
  • Ali Cheshmehzangi, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Alvin Cheng, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Yang Cheng, Aalborg University
  • Anthony Shun Fung Chiu, De La Salle University
  • Nick Sai Ho Chung, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Guowei Hua, Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Jing Dai, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Meili Feng, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Kannan Govindan, University of Southern Denmark
  • Chandra Ade Irawan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Carman Ka Man Lee, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Lei Shi, Tsinghua University
  • Gang Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Urban Environment
  • Ming Kim Lim, Chongqing University
  • Gang Liu, University of Southern Denmark
  • Xiaoquan Liu, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Gaoxiang Lou, East China University of Science and Technology
  • Ada Hoi Yan Ma, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Malin Song, Anhui University of Finance and Economics
  • Kim Hua Tan, University of Nottingham
  • Zhen Tan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Dimple Thadani, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Mike Tse, Cardiff University
  • Ming-Lang Tseng, Asia University
  • Yutao Wang, Fudan University
  • Yaoyang Xu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Urban Environment
  • Joseph Jie Yu, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Qinghua Zhu, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Abstract Submission

icRS Urbanisation 2020 will accept two types of submission, i.e. extended abstracts and full conference papers. Both are accepted until August 31, 2020:

  • Extended abstracts are no more than 500 words, with a clear description of the research questions, importance, and relevance of the research scopes, methods, and results and main findings or expected results and findings. Extended abstracts of all submissions will be included in the conference programme booklet. To submit your abstract, please visit https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icrsurban2020.
  • The conference proceedings for full conference papers will be published by Springer Nature. If you want to submit a full conference paper to be included in the proceedings, please extend your abstract to a full paper (3000 – 5000 words) by August 31, 2020. You don’t need to submit a full conference paper if you decide to present your work with an abstract only. Template of the conference paper can be found at this link: https://www.springer.com/gp/authors-editors/conference-proceedings/conference-proceedings-guidelines.

Registration Information

Contributions can only be presented if at least one author registers for the conference, regardless of their submissions are extended abstracts or full conference papers. Each registration links to one contribution only. Students can register at a discounted fee if an official, recent certification or proof issued in English clearly confirm the student status during the Conference dates (13-15 December 2020) is provided.

Full registration (both regular and student) fee includes conference reception, conference banquet, lunches, coffee breaks, and attendance to all the conference sessions, and access to the online copy of the proceedings. Registration fee does NOT cover your travelling and accommodation costs.

Registration Fees

  • Early-bird rates (on or before October 30 November 7, 2020)
    • Regular: $300 USD or ¥2,000 RMB
    • Student: $225 USD or ¥1,500 RMB
  • Regular rates (after October 30, 2020)
    • Regular: $375 USD or ¥2,500 RMB
    • Student: $270 USD or ¥1,800 RMB
  • Onsite rates (during the conference dates)
    • Regular: $415 USD or ¥2,750 RMB
    • Student: $300 USD or ¥2,000 RMB
  • (New) Online-only rates: $75 USD or ¥500 RMB

How to Register

There are two ways to register:

  • WeChat Pay

    UNNC finance office has an official WeChat account (WeChat ID: UNNC_Finance) which can be used to pay conference fee. You may refer to the guidance below.

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  • Bank Transfer

    Participants can transfer money to the university bank account as below (applicable to both domestic and international transfer). But please also note the abbreviation of conference or some other remarks to let us know what kind of purpose you paid the money for. When paying successfully, please take a photo or save a screenshot as your payment receipt.

    Bank Name: Bank of China Ningbo Branch; 收款银行:中国银行宁波市分行

    Bank Address: NO.255 Dingtai Road, Ningbo, China; 银行地址:中国宁波鼎泰路255号

    Bank Account Name: The University of Nottingham Ningbo China; 帐户名:宁波诺丁汉大学

    Bank Account Number: 376658330575; 银行账号:376658330575

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Questions about registration

If there are any issues, please contact our registration admin lead, Ms. Jessie Chen (Ying.Chen@nottingham.edu.cn) and Dr. Faith Chan (faith.chan@nottingham.edu.cn).


The conference Proceedings has been published by Springer

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Yongguan (Y-G) Zhu, Professor of Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biology, is the Director General of the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has been working on the biogeochemistry of nutrients, metals and emerging pollutants (such as antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes). Dr Zhu is currently the co-editor-in-chief of Environment International (IF: 7.943) and associate editor of Environmental Technology & Innovation (IF: 2.800), and editorial members for a few other international journals. He is a scientific committee member for the ICSU program on Human Health and Wellbeing in Changing Urban Environment, and served for nine years as a member of Standing Advisory Group for Nuclear Application, International Atomic Energy Agency (2004-2012).

Dabo Guan FAcSS is a Distinguished Professor of Climate Change Economics at Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University and Professor in Climate Change Economics and the Low Carbon Transition at the Bartlett School, University College London. He is a Senior Member at St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge. He was conferred on the title of Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences, UK in March 2019. He was elected as a Fellow of Royal Geographical Society in 2018. He serves as a Subject Editor of Applied Energy (IF: 8.426) and board editor for Nature Sustainability, One Earth and ERL. He is a council member of the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health. He served as a Lead Author for the 5th Assessment Report of Working Group III, IPCC.

Colin Thorne is one of the UK's leading expert in urban floods and water management. His expertise covers flood management, rivers and river management, including rehabilitation and restoration for environmental enhancement and rivers and development issues in Asia, America, South America, New Zealand and Europe. He led the UK Research Council (EPSRC funded) Blue-Green Cities and Urban Resilient Cities projects (2013 – 2019). He is also a fluvial geomorphologist with an educational background in environmental sciences, civil engineering and physical geography, published 9 books and over 120 journal papers and book chapters. During a career spanning four decades, has held academic posts at UEA, Colorado State University, the USDA National Sedimentation Laboratory, USACE Waterways Experiment Station, NOAA Fisheries, and the University of Nottingham. He is also a Concurrent Professor at Nanjing University and an Affiliate Professor at Colorado State University.

Wendy Chen is an associate professor at the Department of Geography, University of Hong Kong. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (IF: 3.043). Her research interests lie in the interface of two important fields: environment science and economics, which encompasses economic valuation of nonmarket environmental goods, quantification of ecosystem services generated by various ecosystems, the externality of urban planning, environmental pollution mitigations, the interaction of environment and economic development, general environmental problems, environmental policies, and sustainable development strategies in contemporary China.


University of Nottingham Ningbo China

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham with co-operation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China. Academic standards and the quality of the student learning experience at UNNC is equivalent to those of the University of Nottingham UK. The University of Nottingham ranked as a world top 100 university by QS World University Ranking 2020.

The University is located at the heart of Yinzhou Distinction, Ningbo City. Situated on a 144-acre site, UNNC offers unique opportunities for students and provides as fully a British education as a possible in China. UNNC has around 8,000 students and approximately 10% are from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries. There are around 880 members of staff, splits across academic and professional services. Staff and students come from more than 70 countries and regions around the world.

Travel, Accommodation and Visa (to be updated)

About Ningbo

Ningbo is located in the northeast Zhejiang province, facing the East China Sea. 7000 years old, populated with more than six million people and covering over 9,000 square kilometres, Ningbo is a rapidly growing city. Ningbo is one of eastern China's most important port cities and a famous cultural and historical site. Ranked 7th by Forbes list of 'the top cities for business in China, it is a thriving blend of enterprise, culture, education, tradition and entertainment.

Ningbo offers the opportunity to feel at home amongst an array of international shopping outlets, restaurants, clubs and bars. It also provides the chance to embrace culture and tradition. Unique temples and intricate streets house markets boasting a variety of antiques, textiles and delicious Ningbo cuisine. The city is a unique mix of modern buildings and traditional Chinese architecture, complimented with parkland and scenic spots. The surrounding area is known for its spectacular scenery and mountains, forests, beaches, lakes, and waterfalls are all within easy reach of the city.

Travel Information

  • Plane: Many people fly to Ningbo-Lishe International Airport (NGB). Several major airlines offer flights from the US and Europe with ongoing connections to Ningbo from larger Chinese cities like Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing. The airport is about eight miles southwest of the city center, and there is a regular shuttle bus service from the arrivals terminal to South Ningbo Railway station for ¥10. Taxis are also available and cost ¥50.
  • Train: Ningbo can be reached by train from most large cities and it is a relatively inexpensive option. A first-class return from Shanghai costs ¥450 and from Hangzhou, a first-class return is about ¥250.
  • Car: At 22 miles, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge is the world's longest spanning sea bridge and it has shortened the distance between Shanghai and Ningbo dramatically for drivers. Eastern China has good highways and you can drive all the way from Guangzhou in the south via the E60 toll road in about 14 hours.
  • Bus: Buses from Shanghai and Hangzhou terminate at South Bus Station. Other stations are North, West, East, and Zhongba. South Bus Station is in the Haishu district close to the rail station and just a short distance from the city center. Fares are reasonable and a return trip to Hangzhou is just ¥100.
  • Taxi: Taxis are widely available but most drivers don't speak English. Ask your hotel receptionist to write down your destination and the cross streets beforehand. Local taxi fare is ¥11 for the first three kilometers and ¥2.4 for every extra kilometer. Taxi fares are estimated to be ¥1,000 from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Ningbo and ¥450 from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport to Ningbo.