Call for Proposals

NPC18 | New Orleans | April 21-24

Play a Part in Next Year's Premier Planning Event

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.

APA has made some exciting changes to educational programming that will enhance attendees' learning opportunities. For example:

  • We have simplified session terminology and introduced more flexibility into the presentation of session content. We look forward to submitters' ideas for memorable, unique, and compelling sessions that will enlighten and absorb the NPC18 audience.
  • Conference sessions will undergo robust peer review to promote quality and consistency in our education programming.
  • Educational tracks will shape the conference program. All proposed sessions will align with an identified track. Submitters also will select education topics within the track, which will facilitate attendees' subject matter searches.
  • Submitters can indicate whether their content should qualify for Certification Maintenance law or ethics credit. Peer reviewers will confirm if the content qualifies and if confirmed, AICP will approve the appropriate credit eligibility. Note: all sessions longer than 30 minutes potentially qualify for CM law or ethics credit.
  • Submitters can indicate whether their proposal content significantly relates to inclusiveness and/or social justice. Reviewers will confirm the relationship and if confirmed, APA will tag the session appropriately, facilitating attendees' searches for sessions with this content.
  • Locally-based educational content is an NPC staple. We encourage submitters whose proposed sessions feature content from the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast Region to indicate this. APA will tag the session appropriately, which will facilitate attendees' searches for sessions with local content.

APA Invites You to Submit a Conference Session Proposal

The proposal submission portal is now open.

Prepare your proposal by reviewing NPC18 tracks and topics, descriptions of the types of education proposals we are soliciting, and what should be included in a proposal. The submission portal will close at 11:59 p.m. (CT) on August 29.

Submit a Proposal

NOTE:  APA will accept NPC18 poster proposals at a later date still to be determined. Please be on the lookout for APA's call for poster proposals.

Who May Submit

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. Members and nonmembers alike are welcome as conference speakers.

Speaker Policies

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

  • Each session must include at least one speaker who is as 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.

Important Dates

August 1, 2017 Proposal submission portal opens to collect proposals for sessions and mobile workshops
August 29, 2017 Proposal submission portal closes at 11:59 p.m. (CT) for session and mobile workshops
December 1, 2017 APA emails proposers and speakers of proposal acceptance or rejection
December 13, 2017 NPC18 registration opens for APA members only
December 14, 2017 Proposal submission portal opens to collect proposals for general and student posters
January 10, 2018 NPC18 registration opens
January 15, 2018 Proposal submission portal closes at 11:59 p.m. (CT) for general and student posters
February 22, 2018 Deadline for speakers to register (Early bird registration rate deadline)

Proposal Review

All proposals will be peer reviewed to ensure that sessions chosen for the NPC18 program reflect innovation and diversity in planning research, practice, education, and professional development.

Everyone who submits a proposal will be notified by December 1, 2017, whether the proposal has been accepted or rejected for the NPC18 education program.