Welcome to the ISOCARP 2021 Congress

The World Planning Congress of City and Regional Planners in Doha

The ISOCARP World Planning Congress provides a platform for establishing professional as well as personal contacts with colleagues from all around the world.

The registrations to this international event are open to ISOCARP’s members which can join with reduced congress fees. Nevertheless, we warmly welcome non-members as individuals, parties, or organizations.

The theme of the 57th ISOCARP World Planning Congress is Planning Unlocked: New Times, Better Places, Stronger Communities. The hybrid format allows delegates to attend the sessions in person in Doha (Qatar) as well as virtually through modern online technologies.

Register now to meet city and regional planners from across the globe. Join the unique platform for dialogue with decision-makers and other urban and planning stakeholders, both from the Global South and the Global North.

Abstract Submission Is Closed

Come to Qatar and Exchange Knowledge for Better Cities

The attendees get the chance to experience Qatari culture, hospitality, and a history-based yet modern urban atmosphere. The congress includes the particular concepts and aspects of local culture in its program and daily events, creating a bridge between the delegates representing various cultures and lifestyles as well as local and cultural environments.

Congress Exclusive Packages

  • The hotel offer is tailored for congress delegates and, on top of accommodation with breakfast, it includes airport transfers, meet and greet service at the airport.
  • Tours are offered by Discover Qatar are not limited in time (e.g. post-congress days) and are also available to the public. This will allow better flexibility for delegates to plan their potential trips.
  • Tourism desk will have a staff member that will be able to answer tourism related questions as well as it will be possible to book excursions offered by Discover Qatar.

How to unlock and build back better cities and communities?

The congress includes 5 tracks. The theme of each track is conceptualised to stimulate unlocking thinking on what planning is and may become. The aim is to open up broader topics and set of issues and to approach innovatively towards the presented papers and case studies.

The First In-person Gathering Of Planners Since Covid-19 Outbreak

A Safe International Congress

Qatar is currently managing well the pandemic, thanks to excellent procedures and vaccination rates. This allows hosting safe events as in-person meetings. The Ministry of Public Health of Qatar has updated its policy and allows entry for business and leisure visitors, avoiding quarantine for fully vaccinated delegates. More info here.

A New Congress Format & Programme

The congress includes not only traditional paper sessions but also the presentation of case studies and projects as the basis for knowledge sharing and exchange and for learning from each other. Special sessions, forums, debates, and roundtables shall take a prominent role in the congress program as these events may gain the attention of a larger audience.


Location Based WorkshopsTechnical Tours
There will be a dedicated workshop for each track taking place in a different part of Qatar, co-organised with a local partner. Happening on Tuesday, 9 November 2021, the location-based workshops will be interactive and are intended to discuss current planning issues in a practical manner, with a focus on practical question related to both the location and the track theme.
Technical tours of the 2021 ISOCARP World Planning Congress in Doha, Qatar will take the delegates to visit three exciting contemporary urban developments in Qatar. These tours are different from the location-based workshops and include three destinations: Aspire Zone, Lusail City, Education City. Each participant may choose to attend one of the destinations.

The Main Keynote Speakers

Klaus Kunzmann

Jean Monnet Profesor
at TU Dortmund

Eleanor Mohammed

President of Commonwealth Association of Planners

Ibrahim Jaidah

Group CEO at
Arab Engineering Bureau

Caroline Bos

of UNStudio

Helle Soholt

Founding Partner and
CEO of Gehl

The Congress Fees For The In-person And Virtual Sessions

Let’s meet in an innovative, inclusive, and welcoming public space in Doha, which offers splendid interaction opportunities while ensuring the safe distance required. The fee to attend the congress in-person includes full access to all events and sessions, technical tours, workshops/site visits, daily lunches and coffee breaks, welcome reception, and a congress dinner. For those who cannot travel, the hybrid model of participation uses modern online technologies to experience virtual sessions. 

Congress Venue

Msheireb Downtown Doha, Qatar

The 2021 World Planning Congress will be staged in Msheireb Downtown Doha, a unique and ambitious downtown urban regeneration project that will revive the old district with a new architectural language that is modern yet inspired by traditional Qatari heritage and architecture. Msheireb Downtown Doha aspires to become a new social and civic hub in the capital city centre – where it is enjoyable to live, work, experience culture and simply walk or cycle around with family and friends.

Our Event App

Using the event app, attendees can:
  • Update their profile
  • Manage their personal schedule and check-in to sessions
  • Set up 1-to-1 meetings with fellow attendees
  • View sponsors and exhibitors and their representatives, send requests to get their contact details
  • Engage in discussions on the forum

Exhibitors can:
Use the in-built QR code scanner to scan attendees QR code on their badges and save to their list of vCards (leads). Later those vCards can be exported into Phonebook or in Excel format.

To find the ISOCARP 2021 Congress on Dryfta App, please type in “Doha2021” in the search field of the App.


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ISOCARP Secretariat

Waldorpstraat 17
2521 CA, The Hague
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (70) 346 2654