Annual Conference

 2020 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference
and Ph.D. Symposium  |  December 2020   |   University of Auckland   |   Auckland, New Zealand


Due the evolution of the Covid-19 globally and the uncertainties around international travels, the Conference and PhD Symposium are postponed to December 2020 and will take place as virtual conference and presentations to maximize international participation.

A revised program for the Conference and PhD Symposium will be shared soon on this website…so keep safe and stay tuned!!!

APRU SCL brings together experts from around the region to exchange ideas and engage in activities during annual conferences focused on sustainable city-landscape interactions.

The APRU SCL conference is an exciting opportunity for academics, practitioners, and public officials from different disciplines to collaborate on research and advocacy projects that foster long-term sustainability and resilient city-landscape relationships. This four-day conference is structured around working groups that bracket a range of social, economic and environmental issues. Each conference attendee contributes to a working group of their choice as well as opportunities to participate in conference-wide plenaries, events, and excursions. Learn more about the conference program.

The Ph.D. Student Symposium on Thursday, September 3, 2020 is a new addition to the conference structure this year and provides opportunities for Ph.D. students to present their research that relates to the topics of the Working Groups part of the APRU SCL Hub and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This one-day Symposium gives students the opportunity to present papers, receive feedback and participate in group-work sessions with eminent researchers from 24 universities. All Ph.D. students are invited to submit papers and register for the APRU SCL Conference Ph.D. Symposium.

Working Groups

Working Groups will meet several times during the Conference and each of them will have an agenda of activities aligned with relevant Sustainable Development Goals.

To join a Working Group, delegates need to download the Expression of Interest form, fill it in and send it to Working Group Leaders / Co-Leaders will assess your application and will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Registration Process

The conference organizing committee are currently considering the implications of Covid-19 on the APRU Sustainable Cites & Landscapes Conference and PhD Symposium. More information will be shared soon.

For further information or to address any queries, please contact the Conference organizing team at


PhD Symposium Registration only



All conference events and meetings will take place online and/or in the University of Auckland City Campus, right in the heart of Auckland and within walking distance of all the main cultural, entertainment and commercial hubs.



We warmly encourage all delegates and students willing to participate in the APRU-SCL 2020 to read the information below as well as the related external links and resources. These are being constantly updated and we therefore suggest to check on them on a regular basis.

  • As part of its response to managing the Covid-19 outbreak (also known as the novel coronavirus), the New Zealand Government has placed temporary travel restrictions for some foreign travelers. Please check if these restrictions apply to you by checking the New Zealand Immigration page and the Safe Travel portal.
  • The New Zealand Ministry of Health constantly releases information about the Covid-19 situation in NZ and has also updated their advice for attending public events.

Previous Conferences

Inaugural 2017 APRU SCL Conference A Success

2018 APRU SCL Conference and Design Field School in Hong Kong

2019 APRU SCL Conference at the University of New South Wales