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InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2021

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About the conference

The InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2021, “Healthy and Sustainable Renovation with Renewable Materials”, will provide a forum to explore renewable materials and their use for creating healthy, 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. 

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Important dates

12 March 2021, 23:59 CEST Abstract submission deadline
1 June 2021,  23:59 CEST Registration deadline
10-11 June 2021 InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2021


Call for abstracts

300-word abstracts for presentations in four thematic areas will be accepted until 12 March 2021:

Health and Well-being
Human factors evaluation and assessment for indoor safety, ergonomics, and comfort across the lifespan

Engineering and Design
Architectural and materials technology for structural integrity, energy efficiency, service life extension, and Life Cycle Thinking

Cultural Heritage
Preservation, restoration, and resilience

Information Technology
Integration for building and materials design, monitoring, and assessment

Please use the abstract template to format your abstract. Submit your abstract for consideration.

Keynote speaker

Lisanne Havinga, MSc. PhD
Assistant Professor Building Performance and Principal Scientist System Integration, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Lisanne Havinga is Assistant Professor at the Building Performance group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. She is also Principal Scientist System Integration of the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems, and part of the management team of the institute. She received her Ph.D. in 2019 from TU/e, titled ‘Advancing Post-War Housing: Integrating Heritage Impact, Environmental Impact, Hygrothermal Risk and Costs in Renovation Design Decisions’. Her research focuses on developing modeling and simulation strategies to support decision-making in the energy transition of the built environment. Core topics include the optimization of renovation decisions using parametric exploration of housing variations, user behavior and renovation solutions. A holistic assessment of environmental impact, incorporating life cycle assessment and circularity, is a priority in her work. Lastly, she focuses on setting up interdisciplinary collaborations to develop multi-scale, multi-carrier, dynamic models that support system integration and decision-making across scale levels (technology-building-neighborhood-city-region-country) and sectors (mobility, industry, built environment). The evaluation of innovative technologies and their potential in addressing the key challenges of the energy transition is a priority.

In recent years, she’s contributed to the development of the Climate Agreement of the Netherlands by developing ‘the Renovation Accelerator’, a subsidy program that was recently launched, aiming to accelerate the large-scale renovation of the housing stock. In this context, she’s been an advisor and led research projects for multiple governmental organizations in the Netherlands. In addition to working for governmental organizations, she has built consortia with a wide variety of industry partners. Although she only recently was awarded her PhD thesis, she has already developed a substantial track record of publications and is already building teams of PDEngs, PhD’s and postdocs on the topics 1) circularity/LCA, 2) sustainable renovation, 3) urban energy transition. She has been guest-editor for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews and has authored publications for journals such as Building and Environment, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Energy and Buildings and Journal of Cultural Heritage. She is a frequent reviewer for these and more academic journals and has been a member of several scientific committees of international conferences. She was chief editor (together with Emanuele Naboni) of the book publication ‘Regenerative Design in Digital Practice’.

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The conference will be held in Izola, Slovenia. The venue will be confirmed soon.

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Registration will be open until 1 June 2021,  23:59 CEST.

Full in-person: €100
Student in-person: €75
Online only: €50


Full in-person: €100
Student in-person: €75
Online only: €50

Payment must be made by bank transfer to the InnoRenew CoE bank account, and a copy of the transfer receipt must be attached to your registration form.

ACCOUNT HOLDER: InnoRenew CoE / Livade 6, SI-6310 Izola, Slovenia
BANK: NLB d.d. / Trg republike 2, 1520 Ljubljana, Slovenia
IBAN: SI56029220262173147

Enter “InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2021” in the remark field, and include the following information:

Participant name
Participant surname
Address for issuing/receiving invoice
–Can be either a personal or institutional address
–If the invoice is issued to an institution, include the institution’s tax number

In case of refund, also include the participant bank’s name, address, IBAN and SWIFT code.

Conference sponsors

Would you like to increase your visibility within the interdisciplinary field of renewable materials for healthy built environments? Become an IRIC2021 sponsor.

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Hotels in Izola

Hotel Belvedere (Cliff and Villa): Dobrava 1a, 6310 Izola

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 airport 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.

Scientific committee

Michael Burnard, Andreja KutnarDavid DeVallanceMiklós  KrészAnna Sandak, Iztok Šušteršič

 Conference organizers


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

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