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Title: The 2nd 'SmartBlueCity' Euro-Mediterranean Conference 2017
Date: 28-Sep-2017 to 29-Sep-2017
Location: Cyprus

About
The focus of the conference is on “Smart, Inclusive and Resilient Small and Medium-sized Cities and Island Communities in the Mediterranean: Exploring Current Research Paths and Experience-based Evidence”.

The Mediterranean region is nowadays considered as a hotspot in many respects, with unpredicted repercussions with regards to the achievement of a sustainable future for its population. More specifically, it is perceived as:
• An environmental hot spot, trapped into a resource-intensive model overexploiting local resources, especially in the marine part;
• A climate change hotspot, associated with warming and drying that place severe risks and stresses on socio-economic and natural systems;
• A biodiversity hotspot, rating quite low as to the percentage of remaining natural vegetation;
• A water hotspot, facing a constantly heightening rate of water stress;
• A natural risk hotspot, showing high vulnerability as regards disastrous natural events (e.g. floods, earthquakes).
• An urbanization hotspot, with an intensive and steadily increasing urbanization pattern;
• A solid waste generation hotspot, producing almost half of EU waste, depicting further increasing patterns;
• An economic recession hotspot, beat mostly by debt crisis, deep recession, and austerity;
• A brain drain hotspot, with severe socio-economic consequences.
• A migration hotspot, as a result of the political instability in the Mediterranean neighbourhood.

Objectives
The Conference aims at bringing together current research efforts and evidence-based results from the Mediterranean but also the international context, with the aim to create value for small and medium-sized cities and communities as well as island territories and bring them on board for reaping the benefits of smart developments.

Based on the multiple and interdisciplinary nature of the above presented challenges, the Conference is expected to host a variety of participants from the academia, SMEs, industry and professionals as well as decision makers, regional authorities and city representatives in order that, a fruitful dialogue among these groups to be developed and new ideas and technologies, capable of coping with key challenges, to be put at the service of urban settlements in the Mediterranean.

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Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST)
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Global Thinkers Forum
EAEC
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E-Campus
Innovety
Jovesolides
Odessa Law Academy
EP
Formetica
CCAB
ADAPT
Giolli Cooperativa
AlHayat Center
Futuro Digitale
Jordan River Foundation
ILO
SDC
SIDC
BMA
Global Fund for Children
MENAHRA
RI
UN Habitat
WBI
IREX
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