Call for abstracts

Abstract submission is now open for the 2018 National Planning Congress.

Deadline for abstract submissions: 29 September 2017

Please carefully read the “Abstract submission guidelines” listed below before lodging your submission.

The 2018 Congress aspires to address what is effectual planning practice on the global frontier – whether that’s planning for the local community, a metropolitan area, a regional area, a mega-city or an emergent region.

Good planning doesn’t simply mitigate and fix problems: it strives to reimagine and recreate our communities to be more inclusive, sustainable and productive.

#PIACongress18 will challenge delegates to go boldly beyond business as usual. Rather than accepting the norm and staying stuck in the present, we will set our sights on the future and look past geographical boundaries and technical limitations. Over three days we will get together to examine the big picture and ask, “What kind of Australia do we want for tomorrow and how do we get there?”.

Throughout our journey we will explore amazing technological innovations and exciting innovative ways of communicating, visualising, organising and thinking that can better inform how we plan our cities. The end goal: to forge ahead as planners to stimulate the greatest disrupters for change – the places in which we live, work and play.

In short, #PIACongress18 is designed to help us plan for the future of planning. There are many big changes ahead of us – as a profession and as a society – and with those changes come many opportunities to harness as well as challenges to prepare for.

There a limited number of speaking spots available….

The congress concurrent program will address:

  • Cities + Regions
  • Movement + Infrastructure
  • Technology + Data
  • Demographics + Communities
  • Prosperity + Governance
  • Landscape + Sustainability
  • Culture + Place
  • WA in Focus

We are looking for presentations that provide:

  • Case studies of projects, policy and development in practice, including the lessons learned, both good and bad;
  • New information, evidence and tools to support better planning;
  • Innovative approaches that generate new ways of thinking and challenge the status quo; and/or
  • Perspectives and experiences from the end users and stakeholders of planning.

Thoughts on presentations:

  • Radical thinking that promotes new perspectives on the same old problems.
  • Reflections on what has changed in 20 years of planning; – what might change over the next 20 years? Thinking, policy, processes, technology.
  • What can we learn from the rest of the world?
  • What can we create to lead the rest of the world?
  • What new truths might planners need to prepare for? (previously it was green bins, heritage, now climate change, what might tomorrow bring?)
  • What do we stand for? Conversations between an ‘experienced’ planner and a young planner. Why are young planners in this profession are and what do we want to achieve?

The presentations need to address one or more of the following key topics:

  • Cities + Regions
  • Movement + Infrastructure
  • Technology + Data
  • Demographics + Communities
  • Prosperity + Governance
  • Landscape + Sustainability
  • Culture + Place
  • WA in Focus

THINK – Big Picture Vision and Thinking – A shared and inspiring vision is essential to bring people together to work towards creating liveable cities, regions and communities. We are seeking presentations that explore visioning, strategic planning, and the advocacy and leadership required to deliver cities, regions and communities of the future.

THINK – Creating an enabling environment – To enable the creation of liveable cities, regions and communities, modern policies, legislation, governance structures and economic frameworks are required. We invite presentations that focus on understanding the social, cultural and institutional change required to support great planning outcomes, including how to build the business case and provide incentives for projects, engage community and stakeholders in decision-making, establish strategic partnerships and foster cross-organisational or cross-discipline collaboration.

THINK – Pushing the boundaries – New research continues to address key knowledge gaps and empower industry with evidence- based research and tools required to advance great planning outcomes. We invite abstract proposals that explore innovation and future thinking about community shaping and research outcomes that are expanding our knowledge or generate new ways thinking that challenge the status quo.

THINK – Seeing is believing – Development exemplars and demonstration projects are crucial to test pilot concepts and generate learning opportunities. Demonstration projects and exemplars help to raise community awareness and inspire industry.

Abstract submission guidelines

Presentation types

Abstract submitters can choose to submit under the following categories:

  1. 20 minute presentation
    Typically, oral presentations will be complete stories or largely finished projects, with clear outcomes and conclusions. You should allow a 3-minute discussion within this allotted time.
  2. 45 minute interactive workshop – SHOTS (Short Hits of Training)
    SHOTs will be 45 minutes in length, and will be a workshop on a specific topic.
    SHOTs are not for showcasing products – they are intended to offer technical content in a workshop format. Presenters of SHOTs should develop a PowerPoint presentation and, if desired, a basic handout to accompany the session. SHOTs provide industry practitioners an opportunity to share their knowledge and project learnings.
  3. 90 minute interactive session that can cater for a large group
    The 90 minute interactive sessions are for academics or practitioners who wish to conduct a professional development workshop.

Requirements from presenters

All presenters must submit the following additional information when submitting their abstract:

  1. Head and shoulders photograph – jpg or png format, minimum 70KB file size
  2. Brief biographical paragraph
  3. A video – this video should ideally be of you presenting at another conference, and/or you talking about your submission and what you plan to present. As video files cannot be submitted due to size so you will need to submit a link to the video hosted on a file sharing platform, e.g. YouTube, Dropbox etc.Please note: preference will be given to those that submit a video with their written abstract submission. Anyone that does not supply a video link will be placed on a waitlist and may be requested to provide this at a later date.

Abstract submission information

  • All submissions must be submitted in English. Please ensure you thoroughly check your submission for spelling and grammatical errors as accepted abstracts will be printed as per your submission.
  • Abstracts are to be no more than 300 words. References, author and affiliation information and abstract titles are not included in the word count.
  • Abstracts must not contain bullet points, pictures, charts, diagrams or tables. Please ensure any acronyms are spelt out in the first instance.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in Arial font, size 10.
  • Ensure that all author information (names, affiliations and presenting author biography) is included and entered correctly.
  • Presenters will be notified of acceptance in November 2017.
  • Presenters are required to register for the congress, and are given a discount on the applicable registration fee; a special code will be provided to access this discount. To ensure the integrity of the program, and guarantee the program will be as advertised once released, we will require all presenters to register and commit to attending the congress by 4 December 2017. Any presenters not registered for the congress by this deadline will not have their abstract included in the program.

Easy steps to submit your abstract:

Step 1: Click the “SUBMIT HERE” button above
Step 2: Create a new account
Step 3: Provide your contact details and head and shoulders photo
Step 4: Complete your abstract title, presentation type and theme
Step 5: Submit authors and identify your presenting author, submit your biographical paragraph
Step 6: Upload your abstract
Step 7: Provide your video links
Step 8: Confirm your abstract submission