Welcome to the International Conference on Energy and Cities

In view of the worldwide health emergency linked to COVID-19, the next edition of the International Conference of Energy and Cities (ICEC2020) hosted by the University of Southampton and scheduled for 1 – 3 July 2020, is postponed.

We aim to hold the next ICEC at a time and place which will be conducive to allow interactions and participation face to face in a healthy and supportive environment. The management team will make every effort to make this edition of ICEC happen as soon as feasible.

All updates of our progress will be posted on this website with a review of the situation to be conducted in May 2020.

About ICEC

About ICEC

Cities are at the centre of the climate and sustainability challenge of the twenty-first century. Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of cities are over 75% of global totals putting cities in a critical position to propel and lead society towards the low carbon pathways required in the 2020s and 2030s.

The International Conference on Energy and Cities (ICEC) brings world-leading academic research together with policymakers, regional and non-governmental organisations, and the private sector. The conference topics cover energy studies within the city and beyond its boundaries, with a special emphasis on renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, and energy-use and behaviour.

ICEC 2020 is the second International Conference on Energy and 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 are going to be living in both the digital and physical world.” In this interview from ICEC 2019, Prof Rachel Cooper from Lancaster University talks about what it could be like living in cities of the future.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr Alan Whitehead MP

Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Climate Change)

Prof Wendy Hall DBE

Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton

Cllr Chris Hammond

Leader of Southampton City Council

Sir Ian Diamond FBA FRSE FAcSS DL

UK’s National Statistician

Prof Nick Tyler CBE

Director of UCL Centre for Transport Studies, University College London

Prof Alan Penn

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

Prof Jeremy Watson CBE

Professor of Civil Engineering, University College London

Dolf Gielen

Director of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre

This section will be updated with new speakers as they are confirmed.


Messages from the chairs

I look forward to welcoming new and returning delegates to Southampton for the second ICEC. We will build on last year’s successful conference to further develop the dialogue between stakeholders. ICEC 2020 aims to provide a platform to bring younger researchers and policymakers together to address the challenges faced by cities.

Prof AbuBakr Bahaj


ICEC brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers from across the world to discuss pressing multidisciplinary themes of research in energy and cities. I hope you can join us!

Dr Stephanie Gather


Themes and topics

Themes and topics

Energy technologies

  • Microgeneration
  • Energy storage
  • Energy efficiency and buildings
  • Heating and cooling systems in cities
  • Combined heat and power, and district heating

Smart cities and data


  • State of the art in smart cities
  • Understanding the impact of AI in energy and urban systems
  • Advances in data analytics
  • Internet of things – barriers and opportunities
  • Social implications

Evolving cities and infrastructure

  • Urban systems – design, planning and management
  • Sustainable and resilient infratsructure
  • Connected infrastructure
  • Ecology, ecosystem & biodiversity
  • Life cycle assessment

Energy, behaviour and wellbeing

  • Smart, green and responsive buildings
  • Energy management systems
  • Thermal comfort
  • E-mobility
  • Green spaces
  • Energy awareness, acceptance and takeup

Best presentation award

Sponsored by leading stakeholders and academic journals, awards are given for students delivering outstanding presentations.

Special issue

ICEC 2020 in collaboration with peer-reviewed, open access journals, is currently in discussion with such journals for special issues.

International audience

The previous conference attracted researchers from 22 countries and included exhibitors and engagement with industry and civil society.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to submit a full paper?

The ICEC 2020 conference only requires an abstract to be submitted prior to the conference. The abstract, however, will be peer reviewed by the Scientific Panel. After the conference, presenters will be invited to submit a full paper to the special issue by the conference based on the relevance of their topic.

Will there be conference proceedings?

ICEC 2020 is supported by several peer-reviewed academic journals, please watch this space.

Is financial support available for international students?

The conference is run on a non-profit basis and therefore we cannot offer financial support to attendees, please check the rates for the early bird registration period.

What accommodation is available?

There are many hotels in Southampton which will be listed on the website closer to the date of the conference. The University of Southampton have a small number of rooms available for conference attendees at reasonable rates. You will be able to book accommodation on the conference registration page.

Will the conference provide a letter of invitation for visa applications?

The ICEC 2020 management committee will provide a letter of invitation once you have confirmed your registration. We strongly recommend that you apply for a visa at least two months before your planned travel date to the UK. Please check with your local British High Commission or Embassy for visa processing times and other requirements.