Conference Chair

Prof. A.A. Mohamad
University of Calgary, Canada

European Chair

Prof. Jan Taler
Cracow University of Technology, Poland

European Chair

Prof. Ali Cemal Benim
Duesseldorf University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Local Chair

Prof. Roberto de Lieto Vollaro
Roma Tre University, Italy

Local Chair

Prof. Andrea Vallati
La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy



Dr. Gabriele Battista
Roma Tre University, Italy


Roma Tre University is a young university thought for young people. Founded in 1992, it has rapidly grown in terms of enrollments as well as in the number of academic courses offered. It has gained a very good reputation in the most prominent academic rankings, especially among the most recently founded institutions.

Roma Tre University is organized in 12 departments offering Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Postgraduate and Advanced courses, PhDs and Specialization Schools.

A dynamic, modern and international university that has immediately characterized as the vital lever of the capital‘s urban development, within which it is now deeply rooted, contributing in changing the city’s identity with a persevering process of restructuring and re-using abandoned industrial buildings, converting them into factories of knowledge and research.

Among its founding values, Roma Tre assumes the promotion and organization of high-quality international research, the excellence in higher education as well as in the development and dissemination of knowledge, the environmental protection, the international solidarity, the principles of gender equity and the evaluation and recognition of merit.

Teaching and research, in all disciplinary areas, constantly interact and target a global world, thus promoting the upgrading and enrichment of knowledge; they combine their action with the third mission, considered both as technology transfer and as a projection of higher education activities on the territory.

The international dimension is considered a strategic aspect for the University, which adheres, among others, to the inspirational principles of the Magna Charta Universitatum and identifies itself in the principles and tools of the European Research and Higher education Area.

Roma Tre University considers sustainability one of its fundamental values. According to the GreenMetric World Universities Ranking 2016, Roma Tre University currently represents the only “green” University in Rome and Lazio.

With over 700 years of history, 111,000 students, 4000 teachers and 2000 employees, technicians and librarians, in addition to 2000 administrative staff in university hospitals, Sapienza is the first university in Europe. Our mission is to contribute to the development of a knowledge society through research, excellence, quality education and international cooperation.


The world’s leading university rankings place Sapienza at the top of Italian universities for quality of research, education and international dimension; moreover, Sapienza excels and leads as a benchmark in many subject areas.


Sapienza currently offers over 250 degree programmes and over 200 vocational master courses. The School of Advanced Studies provides a programme of excellence and free tuition for the best students. Students with an Italian high school score of 100 are exempted from enrolment fees and the bonus is extended if they keep up their good grades. Families who have more than one child enrolled at the university also enjoy a special brothers-sisters bonus.

University services include 55 libraries (two with 24-hour reading rooms), 18 museums, the Ciao and Hello Orientation Offices, a Sort – Orientation and Tutoring Office in each faculty, a Disabled Students Office, the Job Soul Placement Office, and a Public Relations Office. Sapienza University also promotes a vast range of cultural, social and sports activities and has various facilities (over 100,000 square meters) for sports, music, and theatre, as well as a web radio.

Over 30,000 students come from other Italian cities, nearly 8000 are foreign and over 3300 students a year come to Sapienza on international mobility programmes. Thanks to a wide network of agreements with universities around the world, Sapienza also provides its students many international opportunities, including double degrees, scholarships abroad, internships in European and non-European countries, and international doctorates.


Scientific research activity at Sapienza covers an extremely broad spectrum of disciplines, reaching levels of excellence in many areas, including archaeology, physics and astrophysics, humanities and cultural heritage, the environment, nanotechnologies, cell and gene therapy, design, aerospace, social and economic sciences. Nobel Prize winners and internationally renowned scientists have taught and/or studied at Sapienza.


Sapienza is organized into 11 faculties and 63 departments, as well as numerous research and service centres. The central administration is organized into areas, offices and sectors. The rectorate is collegiate with a Rector, a Deputy Rector and a group of Assistant Deputy Rectors and delegates with specific competences, alongside committees and commissions for evaluation, strategic planning, quality and integration of activities.


The symbol of Sapienza University is the Cherub, which, in association with the name “Sapienza University of Rome” constitutes the registered trademark and logo.

Sapienza annually publishes a Social Report which presents the activities and services provided to the community, details and analyses of the university’s structure, internal organization, and resources.

The Transparent Administration section outlines all the information required by law and various policy documents on integrity and strategic planning policies.

University of Rome Tor Vergata was established in 1982 and is therefore a relatively young University. It was designed on the model of Anglo-Saxon campuses: it stretches on 600 hectares and hosts important research institutions, such as National Research Council – CNR and the Italian Space Agency – ASI.

Many other centres are located close to this University, e.g. ENEA, ESA-ESRIN, the National Institute of Astrophysics, Monte Porzio Catone Observatory and the National Institute of Nuclear Physics. Right from the start their presence has contributed to turning “Tor Vergata” into a dynamic research pole.

Furthermore, the Campus hosts one of the most modern hospitals in Italy, i.e. Policlinico Tor Vergata hospital, a care and research centre which is a reference point for the whole Lazio region and where our Medical School is active as well.


The mission of the University of Rome Tor Vergata is to contribute to people’s education and training, to scientific research and to the technological, organisational and social innovation needed to achieve a truly sustainable development in Italy, Europe and worldwide pursuant to the Sustainable Development Goals approved by the United Nations in September 2015.

As the implementation of the actions needed to accomplish such ambitious purpose requires high skills and management of complex processes, not only is the Tor Vergata University deeply committed to excellent education and scientific research, but it also closely cooperates with the private sector, public institutions and non-profit organisations at national and international level. This aims at favouring the adoption of policies and behaviours focusing on sustainability both in terms of well-being for people and ecosystem conditions.


Tor Vergata aims at playing a leading role in research and education, as well as in technological, economic, organisational and social development in order to become not only a ‘sustainable University’ but also one of the best European Universities by 2025.

University of Rome Tor Vergata is committed to being an open space to develop advanced and high-quality knowledge, lifelong learning and training for youngsters and adults, to conceive and experiment innovative solutions hence achieving sustainable development. Moreover, it holds in high regard the professionalism and integrity displayed by the faculty as well as the administrative, technical and library staff, granting appropriate working conditions and minimising its impact on the environment.


Tor Vergata University cooperates both with similar national and international bodies and with public and private research institutes, promoting the internationalisation of teaching and research, investing in lifelong learning for teaching and administrative staff, pursuing the development of existing resources to be exploited in the most efficient way. This can also be done thanks to the constant evaluation of the achieved results (measured through performance indicators based on the best international practices) and the adoption of groundbreaking organisational structures and technological equipment.

Tor Vergata University is committed to demonstrating its value in order to enhance its reputation among Italian citizens and potential foreign students, the national and international academic community, as well as profit and non-profit institutions and companies.

University of Rome Tor Vergata pays particular attention to its relationship with the Municipality of Rome and its territory, so as to contribute to improving the quality of life for citizens and future perspectives for firms and institutions living and operating there.

The biggest advantages of Cracow University of Technology (CUT) are: over 70-year-old tradition of educating engineers, modernity and openness to change as well as hard work on the improvement of the Polish scientific and technical thought. Thanks to them CUT won a strong position and well established brand.

We give our students the most durable capital in the labour market – knowledge!

About 78 thousand students graduated from CUT – a huge crowd of well-prepared engineering professionals. We focus on ensuring high quality of education giving students the most durable and most valuable asset – knowledge.

Currently, the university educates 14.5 thousand full-time and part-time students of BSc and MSc, PhD and postgraduate studies. Our educational offer comprises 31 programmes of BSc and MSc studies in Polish at 7 faculties and 7 programmes of study in English at 5 faculties. Such a wide range of programmes means variety of intellectual exploration and solving challenging tasks under the supervision of qualified scientific faculty.

Cracow University of Technology ensures the highest ethical standards and a high scientific level. Many of the nearly 1 200 researchers and tutors are outstanding professionals who participate in intercollegiate and international research teams. Their knowledge and expertise allow our university to maintain the high position in Polish and in the international scientific community.

In the framework of bilateral agreements and the Erasmus + programme, Cracow University of Technology conducts research cooperation and student exchange with several hundred universities in 47 countries around the world.
Students can develop and deepen their interest joining 82 CUT scientific associations, whose activities often go beyond the walls of the university. They have opportunity to develop passion for sports becoming members of the CUT Academic Sports Association and using the CUT Sports and Recreation Centre. Our social and sports facilities belong to the most modern and sophisticated of all Cracow universities and technical universities in Poland. The university offers its students over 2 thousand places in four dormitories.

The university is a patron of many cultural undertakings in Cracow. It supports the operation of Teatr Zależny (Zależny Theater), the Academic Choir Cantata and the Orchestra of the Old Town of Cracow that operates under the auspices of CUT. Our university also organizes many exhibitions in its galleries Gil, Kotłownia and the galleries at its faculties. CUT releases its monthly newspaper, runs Internet radio, has its own library and a publishing house.

UCalgary offers students a high-quality educational experience that prepares them for success in life, as well as research that addresses society’s most persistent challenges. Our creation and transfer of knowledge contributes every day to our country’s global competitive advantage and makes the world a better place.

We do this in Calgary – Canada’s most enterprising and caring city, where the Western can-do spirit, sense of family, and youthful energy permeate everything we do. We’re pioneers at heart, innovators by necessity and desire, community-builders because it’s in our DNA. We see potential where others balk at challenge and we know how to cooperate to “git’er done.”

ENS Paris-Saclay delivers a scientific and cultural education of the highest standard, continuing the tradition of excellence of the écoles normales supérieures.

What sets the School apart is that it brings together disciplines that no other higher education institution combines in quite the same way, or at the same level: the natural sciences, engineering, and the social sciences.

In this unique environment, normalien students receive research-intensive training leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in their chosen discipline, frequently coupled with an advanced teaching qualification.

ENS Paris-Saclay is also a research centre with 14 laboratories covering all the disciplines taught at the School. It maintains partnerships with research organizations such as CNRS, INRIA and the CEA, as well as with other higher education and research institutions.

In close collaboration with industry, the School conducts many high-level research programmes through research chairs and joint laboratories involving companies in the aeronautics, aerospace, energy, automotive, and IT sectors (Airbus, EDF, Atos, Hewlett-Packard, etc.).

Through its laboratories, ENS Paris-Saclay is involved in four clusters in the greater Paris region and in numerous laboratories and international research groups in China, Korea, Japan, Israel, India, Brazil and the United States.