Call for Special Sessions

Call for Special Sessions

FUTURE Days 2020
Invent, design, build, manage, live in the cities of tomorrow




The FUTURE project

Headed by Université Paris-Est, FUTURE is a 10-year excellence initiative project, funded by the French government. Selected in 2017, FUTURE is a scientific and institutional project developed with higher research and education institutions:

  • 1 national research center (IFSTTAR),
  • 1 university (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée),
  • 1 architecture school (Éav&t)
  • 4 engineering schools (ESIEE Paris, EIVP, ENSG-Géomatique, École des Ponts ParisTech).

Focusing on the topic "Inventing the cities of tomorrow", the FUTURE Initiative’s project has the ambition to provide knowledges, methods, tools, innovative products and solutions to answer 21st century urban challenges.

The project also entails the creation of a new university from the merger of six of the seven members of the FUTURE project. Gustave Eiffel University will be created on January 1, 2020 and will be in charge of the FUTURE project.

The FUTURE Days: an annual international event

To promote the FUTURE project, an annual and international event is organised as a part of our scientific and institutional dynamic.

A first edition was held at Cité Descartes (East of Paris) on the 23rd and 24th of November 2017, bringing together more than 250 participants around the topic:  “Inventing the city of tomorrow”. The main goal of this event was to give a visibility to our project and work on specific topics.

For the 2018 edition, we have emphazised on the link to socio-economic partners with the support of the Descartes Development agency. Ten conferences and nine round tables punctuated these two days devoted to the theme "Innovations and cities of tomorrow" bringing together academics, students as well as representatives of companies and local authorities. These different talks allowed many exchanges around the environmental, climatic, economic and social challenges facing cities and metropolises.

The FUTURE Days 2018 were marked by the participation of several academic and international personalities involved in the city and sustainable development studies: Susan Parnell, University of Cape Town - South Africa, Gabriel Lanfranchi, University of Buenos Aires - Argentina, Naoyuki Yoshino, Keio University - Japan, Nicolas Galarza Sanchez, New-York University - United States, and Yann Grynberg, Nanyang Technology University - Singapore. Socioeconomic partners also presented concrete projects developed around the world. A total of 76 speakers took part in the various debates during these two days.

On the 27th and 28th of November 2019, the third edition of FUTURE Days will focus on the theme Legacy and Future of our Cities. 750 visitors are expected. Over two days, scientists, users, service providers, major groups, start-ups and innovative SMEs, plus academic international personalities of the city of tomorrow will meet for a wide range of organised activities:

  • scientific conferences featuring national and international academic and socioeconomic personalities
  • debates and round tables offering expert insight into subjects such as “Event city, ephemeral city? The challenges of legacy”, “From risks to crisis: making the most of legacies to plan better” and even “How can we better train students face to the challenges of sustainable cities?”
  • visits of research platforms on the Cité Descartes Campus.
  • the “Art Métropole” exhibition on the cities of the future as seen through the prism of artists and architects, in works of art and utopian building projects.

The FUTURE Days are year after year a more meaningful International event.

Aims and Scope of the FUTURE Days 2020

The FUTURE Days 2020 will be the first event organized under the supervision of Gustave Eiffel University. We have the ambition to make this 2020 event a very ambitious one on a scientific and international point of view. The FUTURE Days 2020 aims to provide a forum where scientists can present their work and share vision and ideas with public and private socioeconomic partners.

The world urban research and innovation ecosystem is questioned through several international reports on urban and SDG's challenges: "Science and the Future of cities", Nature Sustainability, 2018; "Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change Sciences", 2018; "The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development", UN, 2019, etc.

We want the FUTURE Days 2020 to bring together scientists, public and private stakeholders, students, members of the civil society from all over the world to one meeting covering the main urban issues and to be a major international event in the urban international agenda.  


The FUTURE Days 2020 Call for Special Sessions

The scientific framework of the FUTURE Days

Exploring urban challenges entails knowledge production that is innovative and disruptive. Anticipation of complex urban metamorphoses and propositions of breakthrough solutions are needed. Academic, societal and economic partners need to bring about a real paradigm shift in the approach to urban issues.

We propose to academics from all over the world to propose thematic sessions for the FUTURE Days 2020. These sessions have to:  

  • Be interdisciplinary: gathering various disciplines in a very interrelated way;
  • Favour research results that propose disruptive approaches, methods, knowledges and tools or propose new systemic approaches;
  • Explore multiscale issues, both temporally and spatially;
  • Mix theoretical and applied research;
  • Deal with a great diversity of cities (size, form) and context (geographical, environmental, growth dynamic, social etc....)

The main scientific challenges that can be addressed are:

  • The resources efficiency of cities : circular economy, urban metabolism
  • Sober materials, water, soil, energy management and uses in cities
  • The cities resilience and safety
  • The smart and connected cities
  • Sustainable infrastructures in cities
  • The inclusiveness of cities
  • Cities representations and modelling
  • Artificial Intelligence  and cities applications
  • Ecological and Climate transition in cities
  • Cities archives and heritages
  • Cities and health issues
  • Cities and well-being
  • Economic models of sustainable cities

 This list is not exhaustive and any thematic proposal will be considered carefully.

Submission of a session

Session proposals can be submitted from Monday, October 07, 2019 to Friday, January 10, 2020 at 4pm.

When submitting a session, the following points are required:

  • Define a session with a title;
  • Session Abstract; Describe the position and the aim of the session in reference with the scientific goals of the FUTURE Days 2020: 1 page with 400 words maximum
  • Identify the lead convener, and co-conveners;
  • Define keywords list (subject(s), sub-subject(s), topic and topic specificity; (max. 5 words)
  • Details on the way you wish to organize your session can be added in a specific files (4 pages max): number of presentations, speakers already identified, type of presentations (talk, posters, both), discussion panel, etc....
  • If you consider organizing a special issue about your session in a specific journal or produce a specific publication
  • Conveners will be asked to contribute to specific synthesis of the main results or achievements discussed in their proper session that could be useful for policy makers.

All the proposals have to be written in English.


 Submit a Special Session


Call for Special Sessions schedule

 October 07, 2019

Opening of the call for Special Sessions

 January 10, 2020

Closure of the call for Special Sessions

 January 10, 2020   January 31, 2020

Selection of session proposals by the Scientific Committee

 February 03, 2020

Opening of the common platform for the filing of calls for papers, The conveners of the sessions allow the call to be widely distributed

 April 30, 2020

Closure of the call for contributions

 June 01, 2020  June 12, 2020

Assignment of abstracts in the different sessions, the conveners organize the selection of proposals. The Scientific Committee structures the overall programme and interacts with the conveners of the sessions

June 15, 2020

Finalization of the program in the sessions. Information to selected researchers


Scientific Committee members

  • Anne Aguilera, Researcher, Mobility Practices and Urban Representations, IFSTTAR, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Bénédicte Bucher, Senior Researcher, Spatial Data Infrastructures, ENSG; Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Richard Buswell, Professor, Building Energy Systems, Loughborough University
  • Olivier Français, Research Director, Micro-Systems / Micro-Sensors, ESIEE Paris, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Valérie Gouet-Brunet, Senior Researcher, Shape recognition / 3D reconstruction, IGN
  • Xiaofeng Guo, Associate Professor, Sustainable Energy / Thermal Exchanges, ESIEE Paris, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Martin Hendel, Assistant Professor, Thermoclimatic Characterization of Urban Exchanges, ESIEE Paris, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Pierre-Benoît Joly, Senior Researcher, Sociology of Innovation, INRA, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Stéphane Kampelmann, Circular Economy and Urban Metabolism, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Dominique Mignot, Senior Researcher, Transportation, IFSTTAR, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Caroline Lasser, Professor, Mathematics / Partial differential Enquations, TU München
  • Fabien Leurent, Senior Researcher, Transport Network Modelisation, École des Ponts ParisTech
  • Gaëlle Lissorgues, Professor, Micro-Systems, Sensors, Telecommunication, ESIEE Paris, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • George Lomne, Professor, Urban History, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Anastasia Loukaitou Sideris, Professor, Urban Planning, Luskin School of Public Affair
  • Giuliano Milani, Professor, Urban Political History, UPEM, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Elyes Nefzaoui, Assistant Professor, Energy Efficiency of Buildings, ESIEE Paris, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Margot Pellegrino, Lecturer, Urban Energy Transition, UPEM, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Jeffrey Raven, Associate Professor, Sustainable Urban Design, New-York Institute of Technology
  • David Rey, Senior Lecturer, Integrated Transport Innovation, UNSW Sydney
  • Emmanuel Rey, Associate Professor, Architecture and Sustainable Technologies, EPFL
  • Arjan van Timmeren, Professor, Smart and Sustainable building, TU Delft
  • Franck Scherrer, Professor, Sustainable Developement, UdM – HEC Montréal – Polytechnique Montréal
  • Gisèle Seginger, Professor, Biological Littérature, UPEM, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Jacques Teller, Professor, Urban Planning, Université de Liège
  • Jean-Michel Torrenti, Senior Researcher, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, IFSTTAR, Univ. Gustave Eiffel
  • Remko Uijlenhoet, Professor, Environmental Sciences / Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management, Wageningen University
  • Anthony Wachs, Professor, Fluid Mechanics / Numercial Simulation and Modelling, University British Columbia
  • Karl Matthias Weber, Sociology of Innovation, Director of the Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

Organisational Committee members

  • Bruno Barroca, Senior Lecturer, Architecture, Univ Gustave Eiffel
  • Tarik Bourouina, Professor, nanosensors, ESIEE Paris Paris, Univ Gustave Eiffel
  • Morgane Colombert, Researcher, Smart and sustainable city - EFFICACITY
  • Marie Delaplace, Professor,  Spatial and Urban planning, Univ Gustave Eiffel
  • Mathieu Delorme, Landscape engineer, Senior lecturer (EAV&T), Univ Gustave Eiffel
  • Pierre-Benoît Joly, Senior researcher, Sociology of innovation, INRA, Univ Gustave Eiffel
  • Vincent Lemire, Professor, History, Univ Gustave Eiffel
  • Dominique Mignot, Senior researcher, Transportation , Univ Gustave Eiffel
  • Denis Morand, Professor, Urban Planning, Univ Gustave Eiffel
  • Valérie November, Senior Researcher, Geographer, CNRS, Univ Gustave Eiffel
  • Virginie Tahar, Lecturer, 20th and 21st century literature, Univ Gustave Eiffel
  • Philippe Tchamitchian, President, Université Paris-Est
  • Antoine Allard, Communications director, Cap Digital
  • François Dapilly, Innovation and Sustainable Development project manager, EIFFAGE group
  • Cécile Delolme, Vice-president of Université Paris-Est in charge of the FUTURE project
  • Jean-Bernard Kovarik, Deputy Managing Director at Univ Gustave Eiffel
  • Sandrine Larbre, Event Project Manager in charge of The FUTURE Days, Université Paris-Est
  • Pierre Perrin, Project manager, Université Paris-Est
  • Flora Sanchez, Chief of Staff and Communications director, Université Paris-Est
  • Stéphane Singier, Sustainable Media and City Advisor, Cap Digital

Organisateurs et partenaires