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InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2023


About the conference

The InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2023, “Interdisciplinary solutions for sustainable buildings, will take place 13-14 September 2023, and will provide a forum to explore renewable materials and their use for creating healthy, sustainable buildings during different thematic sessions related to:

  • Sustainable Solutions for Environmental Impacts, Recycling, and Design Optimization
  • New European Bauhaus (Co-design, Solutions, Aesthetics)
  • Engineered Living Materials
  • Sustainable Construction and Sustainable Buildings
  • Knowledge Transfer, Social Impacts, and Human Health and Preferences
  • Interdisciplinary Topics for Sustainable Buildings

IRIC2023 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. 

IRIC2023 agenda


Book of Abstracts

IRIC2023 Book of Abstracts

Important dates 

8 May 2023: Abstract submission deadline  

15 May 2023: Notification to speakers

1 June 2023: Speaker acceptance deadline

1 September 2023: Registration deadline  

1 September 2023: Payment deadline  

13–14 September 2023:  InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2023

Call for abstracts 

IRIC2023 welcomes 300-word abstracts for presentations in different thematic areas: 

  • Skills
  • Renovation
  • Social impacts
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Recycling, circularity
  • Interdisciplinary topics
  • Engineered living materials
  • Environmental impacts, carbon
  • Human health and preferences
  • Sustainable construction & sustainable buildings
  • New European Bauhaus (co-design, solutions, aesthetics)
  • Design solutions (energy efficiency, optimization, aesthetics)
  • Automation, AI, IOT, wearables, sensors, integrated technologies

 Please follow the IRIC2023 abstract template and submit through the conference portal.   

Abstract submission closes on 8 May 2023. 

Keynote speaker 

Alan Organschi

Alan Organschi is a principal and partner at Gray Organschi Architecture, an architectural practice in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, recognized internationally for its integration of design, construction, and environmental research.

In April 2021, Mr. Organschi was appointed Director of the Innovation Labs at the Bauhaus Earth, a global interdisciplinary initiative that seeks to transform the building sector from a major source of anthropogenic environmental and social impact into a regenerative and ecologically sensitive means to meet the housing and infrastructural needs of an urbanizing global population. Mr. Organschi continues as a Senior member of the faculty at the Yale School of Architecture where he has taught architectural design and building technology for two decades.

Mr. Organschi has written and lectured extensively on the carbon storage benefits of biogenic material substitution in urban building. He is a co-author of the recently published book Carbon: A Field Manual For Building Designers and the scientific paper “Buildings as a Global Carbon Sink” published in the journal Nature Sustainability in January 2020.

In 2012, Mr. Organschi and his partner Elizabeth Gray were honored for their work with an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


InnoRenew CoE will host IRIC2023 at its building in Izola, Slovenia.  

Livade 6a, 6310 Izola, Slovenia 



Full registration: €200  

Student registration: €100

Conference dinner: €60 

All prices includes VAT. 

Registration will be open until 1 September 2023, 23:59 CEST. 


Payment must be made by bank transfer to the InnoRenew CoE bank account. A copy of the transfer receipt must be attached to the registration form.  

ACCOUNT HOLDER: InnoRenew CoE / Livade 6a, SI-6310 Izola, Slovenia 

BANK: NLB d.d. / Trg republike 2, 1520 Ljubljana, Slovenia 


IBAN: SI56029220262173147 


Enter “InnoRenew CoE International Conference 2023” in the remarks field, and include the following information: 

  • Participant name 
  • Participant surname 
  • Address for issuing/receiving invoice (it can be either a personal or institutional address, but if the invoice is issued to an institution, include the institution’s tax number) 

 The payment deadline is 1 September 2023, 23:59 CEST. 

An invoice will be provided after the conference.  

Accommodations and travel 

Hotels in Izola:

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

Hotel Haliaetum: Morova ulica 6a, 6310 Izola 

San Simon Resort: Izola (multiple locations) 

Hotel Delfin: Tomažičeva 10, 6310 Izola 

Hotel Marina: Veliki trg 11, 6310 Izola 

Hotel Keltika: Cesta v Jagodje 1, 6310 Izola  

DeGrassi Boutique Garni Hotel: Drevored 1.maja 9, 6310 Izola 


Trieste Airport (TRS), 55-minute drive from Izola 

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

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

Treviso Airport (TSF), 2-hour drive from Izola 

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

Shuttle service: 

The easiest way to travel to Izola from the airports above is to take a shuttle service like GoOpti transport. Reservation 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, public transportation is available to move around the city. 

You can travel by train from most European countries via connection to Koper (Slovenia), Trieste (Italy) or Ljubljana (Slovenia). From these locations, you need a bus transfer or other transport to reach Izola. 

Conference sponsors

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

Silver Sponsor – Rotho Blaas srl

Would you like to increase your visibility within the interdisciplinary field of renewable materials for healthy built environments? Become an IRIC2023 sponsor.

Contact us at for more details. 

Scientific committee 

Richard Acquah, Ana Gubenšek, Niki Hrovatin, Albert Kravos, Andreja Kutnar, Dean Lipovac, Han Lei, Sasikala Perumal, Faksawat Poohphajai, Lea Primožič, Nežka Sajinčič 

Organizing committee

Gertrud Fabian, Lea Primožič, Amy Simmons 

Conference organizers


The conference is organized by the InnoRenew CoE and the University of Primorska in the framework of the project Green, Digital & Inclusive University of Primorska (GDI UP).

The project Green, Digital & Inclusive University of Primorska (GDI UP) is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation and the European Union – NextGenerationEU. The project is implemented in accordance with the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) under the development area Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, component Strengthening competencies, in particular digital competencies and those required by the new professions and the green transition (C3 K5), for the investment measure Investment F. Implementation of pilot projects, the results of which will serve as a basis for the preparation of a roadmap for the reform of higher education for a green and resilient transition to a Society 5.0: project Pilot Projects for the Reform of Higher Education for a Green and Resilient Transition.


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