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The InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2020

Update: The InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2020 has been rescheduled and will take place on 3 September 2020 both live from Izola, Slovenia and online. 

In-person registration will be limited to guarantee attendee safety and comply with Slovenia’s regulations for public gatherings.


About the conference

The InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2020, “Integrating sustainability and health in buildings through renewable materials”, will provide a forum to explore renewable materials and their use for creating healthy, sustainable buildings during five thematic sessions:  

  • Digital solutions in renewable materials  
  • Enhancing renewable materials with modification 
  • Developments in renewable material composites 
  • Advancing human health in the built environment 
  • Design and engineering solutions for sustainable buildings 

The conference is an opportunity to share and discuss emerging science and innovations in renewable materials that can be used in the built environment to enhance human and environmental well-being. 


Conference agenda

Book of Abstracts

Book of Abstracts

Book of Abstracts (flip book)

Important dates

November 4, 2019 Abstract submission deadline
August 1, 2020 Registration deadline
September 3, 2020  The InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2020


Keynote speaker

Carlo Battisti, Living Future EuropePresident 

Carlo Battisti is a middle aged man with salt and pepper hair, arms crossed in front of chest, wear blue collared shirt and black blazer

Carlo Battisti has a degree in civil engineering from the Politecnico of Milan, nearly twenty years of experience in construction companies and a master’s in management and organizational development from MIP International Business School. His certifications include Certified Project Manager IPMA®; LEED®, Living Future and WELL Accredited Professional; GBC Home AP, GBC Historic Building AP; USGBC® and WELL Faculty™.  

Since 2009, he has been working with IDM South Tyrol (Italy) as an innovation manager in the Business Development department, Construction. From 2010 to 2011, he worked with the Energy and Environment Cluster of Trentino as manager of the business unit for sustainable products. From 2015 to 2016, he was the co-owner of a startup focused on LEED consulting. In 2015, he co-founded the Living Future Italy Collaborative 

Since 2017, he has been working with Eurac Research as Chair and Project Manager of COST Action 16114 RESTORE (REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy). The RESTORE COST Action (2017-2021) will affect a paradigm shift towards restorative sustainability for new and existing buildings and space design across Europe through the collaboration of 160+ researchers from 40 European countries. 

Since 2018, he is European Executive Director for the International Living Future Institute and current President of Living Future Europe. The Institute’s mission will hasten the change and provide needed direction towards a regenerative design transition in Europe. It is actively pursuing European market alignment and adaptations of the Living Building Challenge (LBC).  

Call for abstracts

The InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2020 welcomes abstracts for presentation that relate to the integration of sustainability and health through renewable materials in all five thematic areas: 

  • Digital solutions in renewable materials  
  • Enhancing renewable materials with modification 
  • Developments in renewable material composites 
  • Advancing human health in the built environment 
  • Design and engineering solutions for sustainable buildings 

Abstracts will be accepted until 4 November 2019 and undergo peer review. Submit an abstract. 

Presenters may choose to have their abstract considered for full paper publication in a special edition of Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Built Environment (IPBE). IPBE is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that presents high-quality research at the nexus of sustainability, health, and the built environment.    

Presentation and Poster Guidelines

Due to the hybrid format, we would like ALL presenters (including posters) to send their materials by 27 August to

Poster with flash presentation: 3-minute presentation in PowerPoint format that briefly explains your research work. The dimensions for a poster are A0, 84.1 cm x 118.9 cm. Please submit poster in .pdf format. Posters should be oriented vertically. Posters will be uploaded to our website, where they can be viewed at any time.

Full presentation: 10-minute presentation in PowerPoint format that provides more detailed explanations of the research work, includes time for some Q&A and discussion, and some padding for transition time between presenters.


€100 for in-person attendance. Fee includes full conference program, coffee breaks and lunch.

€50 for virtual attendance. Fee includes live stream of full conference program as well as interactive participation with presenters and other attendees (virtual coffee breaks, exclusive Q&As, one-on-one conversations, quizzes and games).

PhD and master’s students receive a 40% discount on the price of registration.

Register here and confirm that the registration has been paid by bank transfer (see below).

Deadline for registration is 1 August 2020. 


Payment must be made by bank transfer.

Name of the account holder: InnoRenew CoE
Address of the account holder: Livade 6, SI-6310 Izola, Slovenia
Name of the bank: NLB d.d.
Address of the bank: Trg republike 2, 1520 Ljubljana, Slovenia
IBAN number: SI56029220262173147
Reference number: 1-2020

Please indicate participant name and “InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2020” in the remark field when transferring payment. Participant will receive an original copy of the receipt at the conference registration desk.


The conference will be held at the Belvedere Resort in Izola, Slovenia.
Address: Dobrava 1a, 6310 Izola

Scientific committee

Michael Burnard, Andreja KutnarDavid DeVallanceMiklos KreszAnna Sandak, Jakub SandakIztok Šušteršič

Conference sponsors

The InnoRenew CoE would like to thank our sponsors for their support and generosity.

Silver Sponsors
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If you are interested in sponsoring the InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2020, please send an email to


Hotels in Izola

Hotel Belvedere (Cliff and Villa): Dobrava 1a, 6310 Izola (conference venue) – Arranged rate available until August 21, 2020, –> Belvedere Accommodation offer Sept 2020

San Simon Resort: Izola (multiple locations)

Hotel Delfin: Tomažičeva 10, 6310 Izola

Hotel Marina: Veliki trg 11, 6310 Izola




Trieste Airport (TRS), 45 minute drive from Koper

Ljubljana Airport (LJU), 1 hour 20 minute drive from Koper

Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), 2 hour drive from Koper

Treviso Airport (TSF), 2 hour drive from Koper

Zagreb Airport (ZAG), 2 hour 30 minute drive from Koper

Shuttle service

The easiest way to travel to Izola from the airports above is to take a shuttle service like GoOpti transportReservation for transfer can be made directly to your hotel. Prices are lower if the shuttle is booked well in advance (1-2 months).

Bus or train

Travel by bus to Izola is possible. Once in Izola or Koper, public transportation is available to move around the city.

Conference organizers


The conference is organized by the InnoRenew CoE and the University of Primorska.

Contact information

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