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The Covid-19 pandemic abruptly disrupted our everyday lives. The world and the cities in which we live have changed. We were all required to re-shape business-as-usual. Some trends shifted, others were strengthened, and we are now at a point where we reflect on these trends and question which ones will linger and shape a different future. In the same vein, planning education had to adapt to these sudden changes and was predominantly forced to a global use of online learning. We experienced how technology can be used to deepen and support teaching-learning, simultaneously of realising the value of contact time as part of the student experience. We are still in the process of reflecting on the new challenges and opportunities, and rethinking how we teach and the skills, values, knowledge and capabilities that future planners would need in this new post-pandemic reality.

The University of Technology Sydney invites you to participate in ANZAPS 2021 to discuss the role of planning education and research in shaping the planners of a post-pandemic world.

We are calling academics and researchers to submit a 300-word abstract and present their insights, experiences and thoughts on any (or all) of the following questions:

  • How has planning education adapted, shifted and evolved due to COVID-19 driven changes?
  • What are the new expectations and ways of learning of planning students?
  • What are the skills and knowledge that future planners need going into post-pandemic practice?
  • What is the future of planning education and research?

We are also inviting planning HDR students to submit a 300-word abstract and present on their research topic and a reflection on the impact of COVID-19 on their thesis and research process.

For the first time ANZAPS 2021 will take place both online and face-to-face, on 24 and 25 September 2021 at our UTS campus in Sydney. Please click in the following link [] and let us know how you anticipate attending this conference.

Key dates:

  • Registrations open: 01 July 2021 (link to be provided)
  • Abstract submission due date: 01 August 2021
  • Abstract selection and communication with presenters: 15 August 2021
  • Program to be released 15 September 2021
  • ANZAPS conference: 24 and 25 September 2021
  • ANZAPS AGM: Saturday 25 September 2021

For any inquiries about the 2021 conference and abstract submission, please contact Gabriela Quintana Vigiola: