[Press Release] Call for Abstracts for the URBiNAT International Conference 2022

January 23, 2022

Call for Abstracts Now Open for the URBiNAT International Conference on Nature for Innovative and Inclusive Urban Regeneration

We are delighted to announce that the call for abstracts is now open for the URBiNAT International Conference “Nature for Innovative and Inclusive Urban Regeneration”, to be held 16 & 17 June 2022 in Milan.

We invite our partners from the scientific community, policy makers, urban planners and practitioners, developers of nature-based solutions, social workers, environmental and social activists and artists, as well as representatives of our sister H2020-funded NBS projects and other stakeholders to apply to be a speaker at the URBiNAT International Conference 2022 with a short abstract. The event is open to all. Abstracts submission deadline is 4 March 2022.

Nature for Innovative and Inclusive Urban Regeneration (NATiURB) is a two-day public conference to be held in Milan, on 16 & 17 June 2022. It is the first international conference hosted by URBiNAT.

The event will address the main themes of the project: NBS and the Co-Creation of Healthy Corridors for inclusive urban regeneration. The first day of the conference is a “Cities Conference Day”, organised at the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, where URBiNAT partner cities will share their experience with regards to the healthy corridor co-created with local communities in their specific intervention area.

The second day is a “Scientific Conference Day” to be held at IULM university campus. It will consist of twenty sessions dedicated to the discussion of concepts, methodologies and practices that are being developed. Attendees and presenters will share knowledge and experience from diverse perspectives ranging from academic to urban planning and design to lived experience on the ground.

Abstracts can be submitted in the following categories:

  • Co-creating NBS for Sustainable Cities
  • Innovating Public Space for Inclusive Cities
  • Transforming Governance for Innovative Cities
  • Engaging Citizens for Healthy Cities
  • Changing Economy for Equitable Cities

Please note that abstracts (300 words) have to be written in English and should be submitted electronically via our submission platform. All abstracts will be reviewed by reviewers from our Scientific Committees prior to acceptance.

The deadline to submit an abstract is 4 March 2022. Selected authors will be notified by 15 April and invited to submit an expanded abstract by 31 May 2022. Attendee registration will open on 15 April 2022.

URBiNAT is a 5-year EU Horizon 2020-funded project (2018-2023) targeting the regeneration and integration of social housing and city areas through co-creation of healthy corridors consisting of innovative and flexible NBS.

In partnership with an international network of cities, the project proposes new models of urban development in the public space encouraging positive social interactions and foster social cohesion in ways that enhance the well-being of the citizens. The cities of Porto, Nantes and Sofia act as “frontrunners”, due to their innovative use of public space with nature-based solutions (NBS). The cities of Siena, Brussels, Nova Gorica and Høje-Taastrup, acting as “followers”, share and replicate the URBiNAT concepts and methodologies. Moreover, the project collaborates with a network of non-European cities, such as Khorramabad City in Iran, acting as “observers”.

For more information, please visit our website:

Gonçalo Canto-Moniz
URBiNAT Project Coordinator