The International Conference on Evolving Cities (ICEC 2021), will be held in Southampton from 22-24 September 2021 at Mayflower MAST Studios in the city’s Cultural Quarter. The conference is organised by the University of Southampton’s Energy and Climate Change Division.
In the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, ICEC 2021 will debate the role of cities in addressing climate change and accelerating the transition to net-zero carbon. The Conference brings together global experts to discuss the future of cities in the context of the COP26 campaigns, for example: energy transition, clean road transport, climate adaptation and resilience, and natural resource use.

The conference will debate the steps required to propel society towards healthier and low carbon pathways, covering the following topics:

ICEC 2021 is our second International Conference on Cities. The first, ICEC 2019, was held at the University of Southampton in July 2019. The conference successfully hosted around 100 international participants from 22 countries. The conference has also created a platform where international policymakers, for example, the Shadow Energy Minister of the UK and the Director of Renewable Energy in the Ministry of Energy in Kenya, are able to directly engage with academics and industrial leaders.


 We have a line-up of keynote speakers including:

Prof Brian Collins CB

Emeritus Professor of Engineering Policy, University College London

Prof Rachel Cooper OBE

Professor of Design Management and Policy, Lancaster University

Sir Ian Diamond

UK’s National Statistician

Cllr Daniel Fitzhenry

Leader of Southampton City Council

Dr Hidab Hamwi

Assistant Professor, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

Prof Yanfeng Liu

Changjiang Distinguished Professor, Xi’an University of Architecture & Technology

Anne-Marie Mountifield

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Executive Director

Chris Nicholls

Senior Economist, Home Energy Analysis and Research Team, BEIS

Prof Alan Penn

Chief Scientific Adviser at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, University College London

Prof Nick Tyler CBE

Director of UCL Centre for Transport Studies, University College London 

Dr Alan Whitehead MP

Shadow Minister (Energy and the Green New Deal)

Registration is now open via the UoS store, if you are planning to attend the conference please consider reserving your place early to take advantage of our discounted rates. Staff attending from UK local authorities are entitled to attend the conference free of charge (max. 2 people per organisations), please contact if you would like to attend.

More details can be found on the conference website at