Conference 2022

Cities are at a crossroads, moving from a traditional development model to an urban regeneration process that promotes a sustainable, inclusive, healthy, innovative and equitable change in dialogue with citizens and nature.

Nature for Innovative and Inclusive Urban Regeneration (NATiURB) was a two-day public event taking place on 16 & 17 June 2022 in Milan. It was the first international conference hosted by URBiNAT.

The first day of the conference was a “Cities Conference Day”, organised at the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, where URBiNAT partner cities shared their experience with regards to the healthy corridor co-created with local communities in their specific intervention area.

The second day was a “Scientific Conference Day” hold at IULM university campus. Within twenty sessions dedicated to the discussion of concepts, methodologies and practices, attendees and presenters shared knowledge and experience from diverse perspectives ranging from academic to urban planning and design to lived experience on the ground.

The Scientific Committee monitored the gender sensitivity of the conference. Men and women and broader gender diversity were promoted and welcome.

Programme at a Glance

Click the themes to learn more about the sessions:

16 June - Day 1

Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation, Milan

Face masks required inside the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Foundation‼️

Part 1: Keynotes, Round Tables & Pitches

09:00 – 09:30: Opening Session
09:30 – 09:45: Keynote by Pierfrancesco Maran, Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Green Areas and Agriculture, City of Milan, Italy
09:45 – 10:30: Round Table 1: Co-Governance of Nature-Based Solutions
Chair: Isabel Ferreira, CES, Coimbra, Portugal
Blaž Mozetič, Head of the Department of Environment and Spatial Planning, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Zdravko Zdravkov, Chief Architect of Sofia Municipality, Bulgaria
Clio Biondi Santi, City Councillor of the Municipality of Siena, Italy
Goura Nataraj, Legislative Assembly of Paraná, Brazil

10:45 – 11:15: Coffee Break
11:15 – 11:35: Keynote by Caterina Sarfatti, Director, Inclusive Climate Action, C40
11:35 – 12:30: Round Table 2:  Nature for inclusive and innovative urban regeneration
Chair: Laetitia Boon, City of Brussels, Belgium
Alessandra Capuano, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Husni Al Abri, representing Misfah, Oman
Israa Mahmoud, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Giovanni Allegretti, Centre for Social Studies – University of Coimbra, Portugal
12:30 – 13:30: Open Debate
13:30 – 14:30: Lunch

Part 2: URBiNAT Cities Fair – world café

14:30 – 15:00: Co-diagnostic of the intervention area
15:00 – 15.30: Co-design of NBS and healthy corridor
15:30 – 16:00: Co-governance model
16:00 – 17:00:  Open Fair
17:00 – 18:00: Wrap up
18:00-18:30: Coffee Break
18:30-20:00: Debate

17 June - Day 2

IULM University,

Face masks highly recommended inside the IULM buildings.

Registration and Opening

8:30 – 9:00: Registration
9:00: Opening
(Room Sala dei 146 in building IULM 6)

Theme 5: Changing Economy for Equitable Cities

Interactive Programme

For the detailed programme of the two-day event, please see:

Interactive Conference Programme

The interactive programme allows you to browse day-by-day and to filter sessions according to your interests. Just click on a session for further information such as the session description, chairpersons, speakers, etc.

You can also scan the following QR Code for the Conference Programme:


Call for Abstracts

Submissions are now closed‼️

Abstracts may only be submitted through the ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL.


Abstract Guidelines:

  • Abstracts should not exceed 300 words.
  • Each author can submit a maximum of 3 abstracts.
  • Each abstract can have a maximum of 5 authors.

The call for abstracts closed on Monday, 14 March 2022.


Scientific Committees

Internal Scientific Committee Members
External Scientific Committee Members

Register Now!

The conference will be held in a hybrid format – allowing for both in-person and online participation.

In-Person Participation Fees
  • Full event (regular): 100 EUR
    One-day only: 50 EUR
  • Graduate students*: 50 EUR
    One-day only: 25 EUR
  • Participants from low- & middle-income countries: 50 EUR
    One-day only: 25 EUR
  • Members of the URBiNAT consortium: free of charge

In-person registration includes a conference abstract book, lunch and coffee breaks, a certificate of participation.

*Students will be required to submit a copy of their student ID number or proof of student status. 5 scholarships available for eligible students.

Online Participation Fees
  • Interactive online attendance of Day 1 (morning) and Day 2 with certificate of participation: 50 EUR
    One-day only: 25 EUR
  • Access to the live stream of the conference for registered users is free of charge (no certificate of participation delivered).

Register now via our online registration form:

Registration closed on Monday 6 June 2022‼️


Conference Proceedings

NATiURB 2022 conference proceedings will be published by Atlantis Press, part of Springer Nature.

Speakers of the Scientific Conference are invited to submit the final paper of their presentation to be published in the proceedings.

Please access our ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL here.

Important dates:
Deadline for paper submission: 28 February 2023‼️
Review process: until 30 May 2023
Feedback to authors: 5 June 2023
Revision following review (if applicable): 23 June 2023
Final decision on publication: 30 June 2023
Publication of Proceedings: July-August 2023 (tbc)

Regarding the paper format, please use the Atlantis Press template which you can find here.



  1. 1

    10 January 2022

    Call for Abstracts Open

  2. 2

    14 March 2022

    Abstracts Submission Deadline

  3. 3

    26 April 2022

    Notification of Acceptance

    Conference Registration Opens

  4. 4

    31 May 2022

    Submission of extended abstracts (600 words)

  5. 5

    6 June 2022

    Conference Registration Closed

  6. 6

    16-17 June 2022

    Conference Dates

  7. 7

    28 February 2023

    Final Paper Submission Deadline

  8. 8

    5 June 2023

    Feedback to Authors

  9. 9

    30 June 2023

    Final Decision on Publication

  10. 10

    July/ August 2023 (tbc)

    Publication Conference Proceedings