IACP Annual Conference 2020: Call for Abstracts

Join us in Shenzhen, China, December 5-13, 2020, for the 14th International Association for China Planning (IACP) Conference, organized by IACP and Shenzhen University, China.

Abstract Submission is open now. The deadline to submit your abstract is extended to February 15, 2020.

Conference Theme: “Urban Innovations in the New Planning Context”
The reform of China’s national spatial planning system, a top-to-bottom overhaul of the nation’s planning practice, is an important part of China’s systematic, holistic and structural reforms. The integration of functional zoning, land use planning, and urban and rural planning into the new “territorial spatial planning” merges various types of local urban plans into a single master plan and improves the nation’s comprehensive spatial management system. The reform requires that we understand plan formulation and planning education in a new context and study the impacts of the new spatial planning system on planning theory, method and practice.

The new planning context opens up multi-dimensional innovation opportunities for interdisciplinary research, inter-regional planning coordination, and the fusion of technologies. Urban innovation is becoming increasingly critical to planning within the context of recent developments in the field, such as the interdisciplinary collaboration between spatial planning and natural resource management, the development of mega-regions such as the Great Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau, and the application of big data, cloud-computation, artificial intelligence, and spatial algorithm to urban science.

Aiming at promoting urban innovation and international intellectual dialogue, the annual conference provides a platform to discuss the new territorial spatial planning system and the development of urban and rural planning disciplines in this new context.

We cordially invite scholars, planners, engineers, and government officials from China and around the world to join us to share new planning ideas and experiences and explore the opportunities and challenges at this critical juncture for spatial planning in China.

The Conference Tracks Include:
1.Regional Planning Coordination and its Practices in the Greater Bay Area
2.Smart Cities and New Urban Planning & Design Technologies
3.Territorial Spatial Planning and Urban-Rural Integration
4.Land Use and Economic Development Policies
5.Transportation and Infrastructure Planning
6.Housing and Community Development
7.Urban Environmental Protection and Planning
8.Urban Health and Safety Planning
9.Urban and Landscape Design
10.Urban Renewal and Historical & Cultural Preservation
11.Special Issues of Academic Journals (details to be announced)

International Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Dianzhi Sui, vice president for research and innovation, Virginia Tech

Dr. Christopher John Webster, Dean & Chair Professor, Hong Kong University

Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian, President-Elect of the Association of Collegiate School of Planning, Department Chair and Professor, San Jose State University

Abstract Submission
Paper abstracts are submitted using EasyChair. You will need to register as an author with EasyChair to make a submission. Please submit your paper abstract of 200-300 words, in English only*, including the title, author(s), affiliation, contact address, telephone and email address by February 1, 2020.  Please refer to the abstract template for formatting and details.
*Please select ONE of the twelve tracks and submit your abstract ONLY to that track.
*When you submit, please enter the names and contact information of all co-authors. Otherwise, their names will not appear in the conference program. Authors of submitted abstracts may update their author information via EasyChair after the initial submission.
*All abstracts will be peer reviewed by the Technical Committee.

Important Dates
– Deadline for abstract submission: February 1, 2020
– Notification of abstract acceptance: March 15, 2020
– Deadline for student award and travel grant applications: September 15, 2020
– Conference: December 05-13, 2020

Conference Organizing Committee


ChairHongwei Dong (California State University, Fresno)
Vice ChairsSiqi Zheng (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Jige Quan (Seoul National University)
Junfeng Jiao (The University of Texas at Austin)

Shenzhen University

ChairRenzhong Guo
Vice ChairsYue Fan, Xiaochun Yang, Zhengdong Huang
Executive committeeHaofeng Wang, Yang Yue, Zhihui Gu, Yan Zhang, Wenjian Zhu, Yun Li, Qian Liu, Wei Tu, Yiwen Shao

Supporting Institutes:
Shenzhen Urban Planning Association
Urban Planning & Design Institute of Shenzhen

* Conference language: The working language for the IACP conference is English.

Past conference information can be found here.