Annual Conference

 2020 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference
and Ph.D. Symposium | Virtual Conference | December 14-18, 2020 | The University of Auckland | Auckland, New Zealand

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 first ever virtual 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 virtual Ph.D. Student Symposium will be held across time zones Monday, December, 14th and Tuesday, December 15th, 2020. The Symposium 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). A reflection on the implications of Covid-19 pandemic on their research needs to be included in the papers’ conclusion. This one-day Symposium gives students the opportunity to present papers, receive high quality 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 and Ph.D. Symposium. The virtual Ph.D. Student Symposium will enable doctoral candidates to interact and network with eminent researchers from the APRU SCL network.

Working Groups | 2020

Working Groups are the core of the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conferences and represent an important opportunity for delegates to participate in collaborative research in partnerships with members of the APRU network, to develop new researcher collaboration and cross-disciplinarity, and to contribute towards finding solutions to the pressing problems of this century.

The APRU-SCL has established Working Groups around strategic themes that are evolving from conference to conference to reflect the key issues and pressures for our cities and landscapes across the Pacific Rim.

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.

Registration Process

Conference Registration – REGISTRATION OPENING SOON

Early Birds Conference registration fee: 185 NZ$ (GST incl.).
Standard Conference registration fee: 220 NZ$ (GST incl.).

Registration fees includes:

  • attendance to the whole APRU SCL 2020 conference;
  • participation in a Conference Working Group aligned with your research interest;
  • access to all virtual networking events;
  • access to the PhD Symposium sessions;
  • access to digital PhD Symposium Proceedings.

Symposium Keynote Speakers: Coming Soon

IMPORTANT: participation in a Working Group is core to this conference and we aim to organise two or three WG meetings prior to the conference. Please send the Expression of Interest Form filled with your information to by 31 August 2020 in order to join your preferred Working Group.

Monday, 31 August 2020 Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted
Sunday, 6 September 2020 PhD papers submission due
Monday, 2 November 2020 Early birds registrations close
Friday, 11 December 2020 Standard registrations close

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).


PhD Symposium Registration only

Ph.D. Symposium Registration – REGISTRATION OPENING SOON

Early Birds PhD Student registration fee: 100 NZ$ (GST incl.).
Standard PhD Student registration fee: 125 NZ$ (GST incl.).

Registration fees includes:

  • attendance and presentation at the PhD symposium;
  • attendance to the whole APRU SCL 2020 conference;
  • participation in a Conference Working Group aligned with your research interests;
  • publication of your paper in the refereed digital conference proceedings (subject to successful completion of the review process);
  • access to all virtual networking events;
  • certificate of attendance (upon request)

Symposium Keynote Speaker: Prof Bart Johnson, University of Oregon

Registration is mandatory for all those wishing to participate in the PhD Symposium and the APRU 2020 Conference.

PhD students will be assigned to a Working Group based on their paper topic.  At least one meeting with the WG will occur prior to the conference.

Sunday, 6 September 2020 Full Paper Submission (3,000 words maximum)
Friday, 9 October 2020 Notification of Acceptance and/or Reviews sent to Authors
Sunday, 25 October 2020 Revised Paper Submission
Monday, 9 November 2020 Notification of Final Acceptance and/or Minor Revisions needed
Sunday, 15 November 2020 Final Paper Submission for publication
Tuesday, 17 November 2020 Presentation Schedule sent to Speakers and Distribution to WGs
Monday, 14 December 2020
Tuesday, 15 December 2020
PhD Symposium

Please note that all key dates and submissions are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

Eligibility and Selection:

PhD students at any stage of their PhD studies.
Proof of enrollment in a PhD Programme will be requested at the time of Registration.

Accepted papers will be presented live at the virtual symposium and published in the refereed digital conference proceedings.


The 2020 Conference is hosted by The University of Auckland, NZ, and is organised by the Future Cities Research Hub of the School of Architecture and Planning. Due to the limited possibility of travelling across the region resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 APRU conference will be entirely held online at times that will suit all regions from the east to the west of the Pacific Rim.

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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