Call for Abstracts

Interested in presenting your work in one of the sessions of the 56th World Planning Congress? The call for abstracts is now OPEN! 

Please find below the instructions for the abstract submission. For more information on how to prepare your abstract, please refer to the Congress Policy and the Call for Contributions document. You may also check out the track descriptions here. The key dates and deadlines are:

24 April 2020 (10 PM UTC): Deadline for Abstract Submission

25 May 2020: Notification of Acceptance or Rejection*

31 July 2020 (10 PM UTC): Submission of the full contribution (full paper, presentation for case study/research project, details of the proposed session)

31 July 2020 (10 PM UTC): Final date for authors to register and pay in order to be included in the Congress Programme and Proceedings

*All efforts are made to send notification as planned. Should there be any delays with the selection process revised date will be posted here.

Submission Types 

Submit your abstract for one of the three submission types:

Research Paper

  • Research or academic contribution consisting of a paper and a presentation
  • The paper will be included in the Congress Proceedings with an ISBN number (only for registered authors attending the conference).

Case Study/Research Project

  • Professional contribution consisting of a presentation on a specific case study or topic of wider interest, such as a project, strategy, plan, or design
  • The emphasis will strictly be on lessons learned and knowledge sharing.
  • Submitting a paper is optional, but highly recommended.
  • Abstract (and paper if submitted) will be included in the Congress Proceedings.

Session Proposal

  • A stand-alone or 'side event' linked to one of the Tracks and entirely focused on a specific topic or objective, such as a training session, a hackathon, a workshop, etc.
  • An abstract of the session proposal is mandatory and will be included in the Congress Proceedings.
  • Formats other than the traditional presentations are encouraged, including: point/counterpoint, single speaker, moderated debate, interactive workshops, round tables etc.
  • Discussion or interaction with the audience is highly encouraged.
  • Session proposers have to identify and coordinate all the session speakers – a list of confirmed participants has to be included in the proposal.
  • All speakers need to register for the congress.
  • Sessions will be 90 minutes long.


ISOCARP welcomes contributions from all circumstances and traditions, and from citizens, students, practitioners and planning officials as well as researchers and academics. However, to enable the Congress Team to make a reasonable assessment of the appropriateness of the proposed paper for the specific Congress, the paper/case study abstract should include the following components:

  • A brief description of the "problem": the project, proposition or research question that is the subject of the paper; or a brief description of the place, issue or planning approach addressed in the paper.
  • Background – for example, basis in theory, policy framework, governance context, economic conditions – for the project or planning work.
  • Reference to two or more scholarly or official works, locating the project in a specific discipline, intellectual tradition, and/or planning context.
  • A brief indication of the methods used in carrying out the work described in the paper.
  • An outline of the principal results, outcomes, findings and lessons.
  • Finally, a note about the extent to which the work is (or is not) generally applicable.


  • Maximum 600 words for abstract submission
  • Maximum 60 words synopsis is obligatory.
  • Maximum 2 abstracts per author/co-author
  • Please do NOT submit the same abstract to several tracks.
  • For more information on submission, please read pages 2-4 in the Guidelines for Authors
  • **All lead authors of accepted abstracts, presenters and session participants need to register and pay the fee on or before submission of the full contribution (31 July 2020) in order to be included in the programme.

**The overview of international fees can be viewed here. Local fees to follow shortly.

How to submit

1. To submit an abstract, you first have to create an account on

2. After creating an account, you need to remain logged in then select "My Abstracts" in your Dashboard.

3. Afterwards, click "Submit an Abstract" on the left-hand corner of your Dashboard

4. You will then be redirected to the page where you can submit your abstract. Please fill in all the requested information, select the appropriate submission type, and choose which track you are submitting your abstract for. 

5. Once you have finished, proceed towards the end of the page and click either "Save and Submit Later" when you still would like to make changes or "Submit" when you are ready to send your submission.  

Proceed to abstract submission

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