Special Sessions and Side Events

Regional Events


Aside from presentations included in the regular tracks, we aim to develop and present several congress-related activities focused on the MENA/Gulf region. These could include tours, project presentations and discussions, briefings on regional specifics, etc. The highlight of this part may be the guided tours with planners as guides, allowing congress participants to discover the theme or the city (which - in case organised in a virtual mode – may be filmed beforehand, but with a live comment during the Congress, so people who are joining remotely can be part of the live spoken, virtual tour, and have interaction with the guide). Within the congress programme, there will be room for just one in-person gathering and several virtual urban studio events.


Special Sessions and Forums


Forums


Forums will be conceptualised and organised by ISOCARP in partnership with its institutional members and partners. In principle, these events last at least 90 minutes and include both presentations, discussions, and debates. Local leaders and professionals will be invited to participate in each of these forums. These are excellent 'networking' opportunities for both ISOCARP and institutional members and ISOCARP/Ministry of Municipality and Environment of Qatar (MME) partners, with the World Planning Congress Committee (WPCC) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) as matchmakers. At least three events of such will be organised, but in case of interest in other topics, organisation of 5-6 of these may be proposed. The initial set of proposals include:


  • Urban Health Forum

  • Planning Education Forum: Bridging theory and practice

  • Culture and Heritage Forum: Embracing locality in the face of modernisation

  • Urban Policy Forum

  • Urban Regeneration Forum

  • Regional Forum: Bringing together regional leaders

  • Territorial Climate Action Planning Forum


Roundtables


Similarly, roundtable and panel discussions on selected topics may be organised. In principle, these events should last approximately 45 minutes each, and within the programme of these the roundtable-like discussions with invited individuals, specialists, and professionals, should play the key role. Roundtables are targeting high-level representatives of various delegations and groups of stakeholders. At least three events of such will be organised, but in vase of interest in other topics, organisation of 5-6 of these may be proposed. The initial set of proposals include:


  • Place-leaders Roundtable

  • Place-makers Roundtable



Interested in submitting proposals for one of the abovementioned forums? Then simply follow the instructions on this page. 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.