APA’s 2020 National Planning Conference will be in Houston, 25-28 April. The session proposal submission window is open through 1 July.

The Research to Improve Planning track will be of special interest to faculty. This track hopes to bring the best ideas from planning researchers to practitioners and to help researchers gain insights from practitioners. Last year’s sessions drew as many as 200 participants.

The conference’s 13 other tracks are open to submissions from academics: https://planning-org-uploaded-media.s3.amazonaws.com/document/NPC20-Tracks-Topics.pdf. The conference now supports a wide variety of session formats in addition to the traditional panel intended to promote interaction: https://planning-org-uploaded-media.s3.amazonaws.com/document/NPC20-Session-Format.pdf .

As faculty are generally used to proposing single papers, not full sessions, it might be helpful to suggest that sessions might team practitioners who worked with programs you studied together with researchers who conducted the study, or alternatively, research (or studio) clients might be teamed with researchers/students and/or others who have used the research or struggled with the challenges discussed in the research.

Houston offers opportunities to explore flooding preparation and response, immigration and refugee support, cross-border economic development, alternative land use regulation, and peak oil in exceptional ways. Come teach and learn with us this April!

For more information, please visit https://planning.org/conference/proposal/