Call for Proposals

NPC18 | New Orleans | April 21-24

Play a Part in Next Year's Premier Planning Event

The Premier Planning Event of 2018

APA's National Planning Conference is a first-class event that brings together thousands of planners, planning commissioners, appointed and elected officials, and students. Whether your goal is to contribute expertise and help drive change in the field of planning, learn from your peers and adopt new practices, or connect with like-minded planners who are solving everyday challenges like yours, make plans now to join APA in New Orleans next April.

Upcoming Proposal Submissions

Propose either a session about a planning issue that emerged or gained importance in response to recent events (e.g. natural disasters, legislative or court decisions, advances in technology) or a poster on a topic aligned with members' interests and NPC18 tracks and topics. All proposals are undergoing a peer-review to ensure that sessions chosen for the NPC18 program reflect innovation and diversity in planning research, practice, education, and professional development.

The submission period for both is December 19–January 10.

Already Submit a Proposal?

APA will notify everyone who submitted a proposal of its acceptance or rejection for the NPC18 educational program during the week of December 18, 2017. It is the responsibility of the proposal submitter/organizer to notify other individuals named in the proposal (if any) of APA's proposal decision.

Important Dates

December 18, 2017 APA emails proposers and speakers of proposal acceptance or rejection
December 19, 2017 NPC18 registration opens for APA members only
December 19, 2017 Poster proposal and emerging trends submission portal opens to collect general and student poster proposals
January 10, 2018 Poster proposal and emerging trends submission portal closes at 11:59 p.m. (CT) for general and student posters
January 18, 2018 NPC18 general registration opens
February 5, 2018 APA emails proposers of poster proposal acceptance or rejection
February 22, 2018 Deadline for speakers to register (Early bird registration rate deadline)

Poster Proposals

We seek proposals for posters on important topics that span APA members' professional interests and that align with NPC18 educational tracks and topics.

APA will accept proposals for NPC18 general and student posters from December 19, 2017, through January 10, 2018.

Who May Submit Poster Proposals

Only members of the American Planning Association may submit proposals for NPC18. Nonmembers are encouraged to join APA and enjoy the benefits of membership in APA's worldwide community of planners. Alternatively, nonmembers can partner with an APA member who will submit the proposal.

What to Include in a Poster Proposal

  1. Choose a title and write a description that accurately conveys the content of your poster.

Both will appear in the online program and in APA's NPC app. Both title and description should be able to stand alone and clearly communicate what your poster will cover.

  1. Determine the educational track and topic(s) with NPC's target audiences in mind.

The NPC Committee strives to provide a balanced conference program. Your proposal must identify which educational track and educational topics within the track best fit the content of your poster.

  1. Describe your proposed poster

Include two descriptions of your poster short (no more than 40 words) and long (no more than 100 words). Conference attendees will see the short description, so make it an effective sales pitch. Tell your potential audience why this is a can't-miss poster.

To help reviewers decide whether to approve your poster, use the long description to describe the research and case studies that support the poster presentation.

  1. Identify the presenters

Include a list of all confirmed presenters.

Poster Proposal Review

All proposals will be peer-reviewed to ensure that posters chosen for the NPC18 program reflect innovation and diversity in planning research, practice, education, and professional development. APA will notify everyone who submits a poster proposal of its acceptance or rejection for the NPC18 educational program by February 5, 2018. It is the responsibility of the proposal submitter to notify other individuals named in the proposal (if any) of APA's proposal decision.

Speaker Policies

Review the NPC Speaker Policy carefully before submitting your poster proposal, and be sure to share it with any invited speakers.

Each session must include at least one speaker who is an APA member.

All speakers must register for the conference by February 22, 2018. APA members must pay the member rate. (NOTE: APA members do not qualify for guest registration.)

Nonmembers are welcome as conference speakers. APA's guest registration option allows nonmember speakers to participate in their session only at no charge.

As a professional courtesy, speakers are encouraged to speak in no more than two sessions.