The 6th APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Conference 2023

The 6th APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Conference will be held in Quito and the Galapagos Island on August 5-10, 2023.

A plenary sessions will begin in Quito on August 5-6, then moved to the Galapagos Island for working group centered work August 7-10. Time on the islands allows working groups to meet and discuss collaborations across fields under themes that support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, while time spent in Quito will help preface the event.

The conference is organized by Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in collaboration with the APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Program.

For more information, please visit the conference’s website and the APRU SCL program website

Register here before July 15 and the USFQ travel team will be able to provide you with assistance for your travel arrangements once you arrive in Quito, Ecuador, e.g., flights to the Galapagos. See details about travel arrangements.

Working Groups

The SCL Program uses a “working group” framework to produce actionable knowledge and plans from each annual conference. Rather than focusing on disseminating research that has already been completed, conferences focus on developing joint research collaboration that bridge multi-disciplinaries, and contributing towards finding solutions to the pressing problems of this century.

This year’s working groups will incorporate concepts from previous conferences while adjusting to focus on the particular circumstances of the Galapagos archipelago, with supports by experts from Ecuador.

  • Urban Landscape Biodiversity
  • Water, Waste Water & Global Health
  • Sustainable Urban Design & Transitions in Waterfronts
  • Future Energy Landscapes and Vulnerable Communities

Find out the description of each working group here. 

Student Symposium

A student symposium incorporated into the conference will allow young researchers to experience and be exposed to the valuable conversations of the APRU-SCL network. Students will present their work and PhD students will be partnered with an experienced mentor in their field for valuable insight and networking opportunities.

Fill in the form here by June 30 to express your interests to join the student symposium. 

Email your title and brief abstract of your presentation (250-500 words)  [email protected] if the form submission does not work for you.



Inquiries about the student symposium, email [email protected].

For general inquiries, contact Prof  John Dunn for inquires via [email protected]
Sub-Director del Proyecto Editorial del CADI
Coordinador de Tutoriados del CADI