An important scientific event, the International Conference “Coordinating Engineering for Sustainability and Resilience” CESARE’17 co-organized by the Jordan University of Science and Technology, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Birmingham took place in Dead Sea in Jordan 3-8 of May 2017. The CESARE’17 Conference was chaired by Professors C. Baniotopoulos (UoB & AUTH), K.M.Abdalla (JUST) and Y. Qawasmi (JUST). More than 70 participants jointed the thriving sessions and participated to the fruitful discussions offering a rich bunch of ideas and propositions on the coordination of sustainability and resilience towards the enhancement of the future smart cities.

During the 4 days of the CESARE’17 Conference, the most recent relevant results were presented and key issues concerning the coordination of Engineering for Sustainability and Resilience in modern and future built environment, constructions and infrastructure were discussed. In the opening session, the Minister of Public Works of Jordan Ing. S. Halasah, the Greek Ambassador in Jordan Mr. V. Bornovas, the President of JUST Prof. O. Aljarah, the President of Ajlun University Prof. A. Nuseirat and the Vice-Rector of the Technical University of Crete Prof. G. Stavroulakis were present among other prominent colleagues. In addition, the WINERCOST platform related to the wind energy technology reconsideration to enhance the concept of smart cities was in details discussed. In particular, a cohort of Early Stage Researchers-Marie Curie Fellows from the H2020 AEOLUS4FUTURE International Training Network participated, presented the latest research results and discussed in depth sustainability and resilience issues related to wind energy in the built fabric. During the days of the CESARE’17 Conference the participants visited certain historical places of unique importance as are Petra, the Baptism, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Umm Quais (Gadara), as well as Amman and Irbid.

It was decided, the next CESARE Conference to have the title CESARE’19 “Sustainability and Resilience of Urban Infrastructures” and to be organised the spring of 2019 by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Prof. Dr. Jian Yang) in Shanghai.