ISOCARP Annual World Congresses

Founded in 1965, the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) has grown to become a global network of city and regional planners, creating and sharing knowledge for better cities, promoting education and planning practice, and supporting city and regional planners in all places and all fields of activity – professional practice, administration, policy making, teaching and research.

One of the main activities of ISOCARP is the organisation of its annual World Congress which focuses on a planning theme of foremost international interest. Attended by some 350-500 delegates, ISOCARP congresses are small enough for personal interchange of ideas on a given theme, yet big enough to encompass a broad professional and international range. The congresses are open to ISOCARP Members (reduced congress fees), but our Society heartily welcomes non-members (individuals, parties or organisations). The Congresses provide a platform for establishing professional as well as personal contacts with colleagues from all around the world.

The Congress takes place in a different city every year. ISOCARP has held congresses on vital topics in the field of city and regional planning in every year since 1965. Combining a unique, triple perspective in theory, policy and practice, ISOCARP has pioneered the focus of the planning profession on issues such as regional urban planning (1966), urban regeneration (1981), planning for land and water (1998), the creative economy (2005) and low carbon cities (2009).

Expressions of Interest

ISOCARP invites Expressions of Interest from universities, planning agencies, city governments, institutions and consortiums in hosting future ISOCARP World Congress in their city. Organisations with an interest in hosting the congress in 2019 and beyond are welcome to send an Expression of Interest. Please get in touch with ISOCARP Head Office for further information and communication on this topic.

  • Past ISOCARP Congresses

    Below are links to information on past ISOCARP Congresses (2001-2016), and titles of the ISOCARP Congresses since 1965. Since 2001, the selected ...
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53rd ISOCARP/OAPA Congress, Portland, Oregon, USA, 24-27 October 2017

ISOCARP and OAPA would like to thank all participants and sponsors

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52nd ISOCARP Congress, Durban, South Africa, 12-16 September 2016

Results of the congress

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51st ISOCARP Congress, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 19-23 October 2015


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50th ISOCARP Congress, Gdynia, Poland, 23-26 September 2014

The 50th ISOCARP Congress was on the topic ‘Urban Transformations – Cities and Water‘ was a great success. We would like to thank all congress participants for being part of it and the City of Gdynia for being our host. We hope that you enjoyed the plenary sessions, the workshops, the planning marathon, the different special sessions,…

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