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 similar to yours, make plans now to join APA April 21-24, 2018, in New Orleans.

Exciting changes are in the works as APA re-envisions the NPC18 education program. The New Orleans conference will offer engaging tracks and topics in varied formats and session lengths. To provide more flexibility for correctly matching proposed session content with format and length, APA will offer new concurrent session options and post them on this webpage in mid-summer 2017.

You are invited to submit a conference session proposal. The proposal portal opens on August 1. However, we suggest you start preparing now by reviewing NPC18 tracks and topics as well as descriptions of the types of education proposals we are soliciting. The proposal submission portal will close at 11:59 p.m. (CT) on August 29.

NOTE: The submission period is different for poster proposals. See "Important Dates" below.

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.

Registration and Speaker Policies

All speakers must register for the conference.

NPC18 Speaker Policy

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 APA member speaker. As a professional courtesy, speakers are encouraged to speak in no more than two sessions.
  • 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. Our guest registration option allows nonmember speakers to participate in their session only at no charge.

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.