The ECIU University follows a challenge-based approach to research. This call for challenges is looking for the most relevant contributions to provide a fair and direct comparison of different methodological approaches to a common problem. Challenges should address a well-defined open problem relevant to SDG11 to make cities sustainable, inclusive, equitable, safe, healthy and collaborative places.
All actors (researchers from ECIU institutions and actors within ECIU member regions & countries) are invited to submit their proposals for discussing SDG11 relevant research challenges at the ECIU University Research Conference held on October 3-4, 2023 in Barcelona.
Although it is the first ECIU University Research Conference, the event has an ambition to become a meeting point for ECIU University community, governments, companies, entrepreneurs and citizens where ECIU research community and their ecosystems connect. It aims to become a networking platform for tackling common challenges and coming up with proposed solutions. Joining this community means that you will be part of an ecosystem committed to collectively contribute to create meaningful solutions to co-create the cities and the world that we want to live in; only by working together we will be able to tackle them.
ECIU University Research Conference is aimed at researchers from ECIU institutions and actors within ECIU member regions & countries (cities, businesses, entrepreneurs, public or non-governmental organizations and social and environmental activists) with complex innovative challenges, research, analysis, studies, visions and solutions for our cities.
It is recommended to present maximum 3 submissions per author/group.
The quality of each proposal will be evaluated according to the criteria described below. For each aspect, a score will be assigned based on the degree to which the submission demonstrably fulfills each listed criterion.
The evaluation criteria process is divided in two phases:
1. Regular compliance
The organization will conduct a first evaluation to check if suggested proposal for challenge complies with all requirements. Proposal could be a subject to additional requests for information or clarification.
2. Technical Evaluation
SMART-ER Research Field Coordinators, experts in the thematic areas covered by the conference, supported by members of the Scientific Committee, will evaluate the proposals by topic and decide which proposals are selected for participation in the thematic session around challenges.
The number of proposals per topic is subject to consideration by the scientific and the organizing committees.
Selected participants will be informed at the beginning of July, 2023.
No registration fee shall be paid for the attendance at the ECIU University Research Conference.
Mobility grants will be opened for application but they are not guarantee.
The participant is responsible for the authorship of the submitted proposal; the participant is the owner of the intellectual property and, where applicable, industrial property rights thereof.
The participant is accountable for the proposal submitted not violating intellectual property rights, industrial rights, copyright and image rights, and assumes complete responsibility with regard to third parties; the organization is free of liability.
Due to the sensitive nature of the information supplied, the ECIU University Research Conference organizers, the coordinator and the members of the Scientific Committee guarantee to keep identity of participants and the content of their proposals confidential outside the sphere of the event. This also includes information about its current state of use or development. Once the proposal has been selected, the organizers may make public any details considered as public (author, company/organization/ institution/ university, tittle, brief, abstract, website and topic).
You will be able to apply to attend the conference, to participate as a main facilitator or co-facilitator of a challenge session, or to present a poster.
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