Abstract Submission is Closed

DISCLAIMER: At the moment, we plan to hold a hybrid congress, with both in-person and virtual components for presenters and attendees. The in-person congress will take place in Doha, Qatar on 8-11 November 2021. For more information on the virtual components of the programme, please visit this page.

The Result of Abstract Selection for the first call for contributions was sent to all primary authors on July 1, 2021. Authors of accepted abstracts are invited to upload their paper on the platform until 15 September 2021 (10:00 PM UTC).

The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is now accepting abstract submissions for its second call for contributions for the 57th World Planning Congress. Will you be able to join us in Doha, Qatar to present your work in one of the sessions, workshops, and panel discussions? Do you or your organisation have a case study, project, or research work that is related to one of charrette workshops that will be hosted during the in-person gathering in Qatar? Then SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT NOW

Please find below the instructions for the abstract submission. If you already have an account on this platform, please use that same account to submit a new abstract. For more information on how to prepare your abstract, please refer to the Congress Policy and the Call for Contributions documents. You may also check out the track descriptions here

Key dates for the second call for contributions:

15 August 2021 (10 PM UTC): Deadline for Abstract Submission (second call)

31 August 2021: Notification of Acceptance or Rejection*

15 September 2021 (10 PM UTC): Submission of the full contribution (full paper, presentation for case study/project, details of the proposed session); for the second call for abstracts, this is the 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 notifications 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

  • Academic contribution to a specific field, discipline and/or topic
  • The paper will be included in the Congress Proceedings with an ISBN number (only for registered authors attending the conference).

Case Study Report

  • Professional contribution to the planning practice focused on elucidating a specific case study or topic of wider interest, such as a project, strategy, plan, design, existing or work in-progress development.
  • The emphasis will strictly be on lessons learned and knowledge sharing.
  • Submitting a paper (report) is optional, but highly recommended.
  • Abstract (and paper if submitted) will be included in the Congress Proceedings.

Session/Forum 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 forum, 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.
  • IMPORTANT: Session proposers have to identify and coordinate all the session speakers – a list of confirmed participants has to be included in the final proposal once the abstract has been accepted.
  • All speakers need to register for the congress.
  • Sessions will be 90 minutes long.
  • Submit proposals for the following forums: Urban Health Forum, Planning Education Forum: Bridging Theory and Practice, Culture Heritage Forum: Embracing locality in the face of modernisation, Urban Policy Forum, Urban Regeneration Forum, Territorial Climate Action Planning Forum. On the submission page, simply select 'Session Proposal' as the submission type and 'Special sessions/forums/side events' as the submission track. You should indicate either in the abstract title or in the abstract text that you are submitting the proposal for a specific forum.


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 contribution; or a brief description of the place, issue or planning approach addressed in the contribution.
  • 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 research paper/case study/proposal.
  • 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.

Guidelines and Information

  • Maximum 600 words for abstract submission
  • Maximum 60 words synopsis is obligatory.
  • Maximum 2 abstracts per primary 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
  • Identifiable information in the body of the abstract is not allowed in order to ensure a blind review of the abstract.
  • All authors must comply with the deadlines listed on this website.
  • Submission of an abstract does not constitute acceptance for presentation nor registration for the Congress. Abstract submission entails the commitment that the author will produce a contribution (paper/case study/forum or session proposal), and if the abstract is accepted after the review, the presenting author will participate in the Congress.
  • If an abstract is accepted for presentation, the primary author / presenting author agrees to present the work at the date and time designated by the Congress Organising Committee.   
  • **All lead authors of accepted abstracts, presenters and session participants need to register and pay the fee on or before the indicated deadline in order to be included in the programme.

**The overview of fees is available on this page.

How to submit an abstract

1. To submit an abstract, you first have to create an account on doha2021.isocarp.org. If you already have an account on this platform and have submitted an abstract earlier, please use that same account to submit a new abstract.

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

3. Afterwards, click "New Submission" 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 (i.e. Research Paper, Case Study Report or Session Proposal), and choose which track you are submitting your abstract for. 

5. Once you have finished, proceed towards the end of the page and click "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

If you have any questions, please contact us via congress@isocarp.org.

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