ISOCARP facilitates diverse means to support and encourage the participation of young planning professionals in Society events under the name of Young Planning Professionals’ Awards. These include ISOCARP Poster Prize (previously Routledge Poster Prize) and Honorable Mention for Best YPPs and/or Best Teams.
The Routledge Award was initiated in 1997 by past president Derek Lyddon and was part of an agreement with Carfax (now Routledge). The Routledge Poster Prize was an award for Young Planning Professionals that is made possible by Routledge Publishers by giving an annual grant to ISOCARP. This grant was awarded to the best poster(s) in the Routledge Poster Exhibition during the ISOCARP Congress. Since 2019, the Routledge Award is replaced by ISOCARP Poster Prize due to Routledge’s change of policy.
From 2019 onwards, it was replaced by ISOCARP Poster Prize. The Poster Prize is an award for Young Planning Professionals that is made possible by ISOCARP. This grant is awarded to the best poster(s) in the Poster Exhibition during the annual ISOCARP World Planning Congress. This competition has stimulated great interest, especially among young members, and has produced many imaginative works.
All YPPs – whether accepted or not for Paper Presentation in the main Congress – are asked to bring along a Poster (in A1) related to the Congress Theme, proven that Full Paper is available. All Posters are exhibited at the main Congress Venue and evaluated by a YPP Routledge Award Committee. The Award is given to the Poster(s) that best present(s) the contents of the paper in a visual way. The technical content (the information, data, arguments and ideas presented in the poster, and its inherent interest, originality and potential for application) and communicative quality (use of the poster as a medium of communication – to attract interest and to effectively convey information and ideas) are the most important criteria in addition to graphic quality. In addition to the Jury’s Choice, Public’s Choice Award is presented by the public voting to the best poster by the young planning professionals.
Young Planning Professionals’ Award: Honorable Mention may take different forms depending on the agreement with our partners and are given to the YPPs and/or teams with outstanding qualification and contribution to the YPP workshops.
ISOCARP is very grateful to Routledge for its contribution to young planning professionals over the years.