Present at PLACE21


EMERGE: New Ideas, Practices, and Connections.
Keynote speaker: Larry Beasley, Canadian city planner, urban designer, teacher, author


PLACE21 will focus on emerging planning and geographical fields as well as innovative practices and ideas that are likely to shape the careers of planners and geographers in the future. Topics may include, but are not limited to, initiatives and research in the following areas:

  • Society & Culture;
  • Emergency & Pandemic Planning;
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion;
  • Indigenous Studies & Decolonisation;
  • Resiliency Planning; and
  • Environment & Sustainability.

The PLACE21 team welcomes student and professional presentations. Student presentations may include student-led research as well as class assignments.


  • Planning Students
  • Geography Students
  • Recent Graduates of post-secondary institutions
  • Practicing Professionals
  • Academic Professionals
  • People interested in planning, geography, and the built environment.


The PLACE21 conference may count towards continuous professional learning (CPL) credits depending on your provincial or territorial organization. If you are interested in receiving CPL credits for your involvement at PLACE 21, please contact your provincial or territorial institution/association to determine credit eligibility.


  • Abstract Submission Opening:              Tuesday, March 30th, 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline:              Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time Zone.
  • Abstract Review:                                      July - Early August 2021
  • Notifications to Successful Applicants: Mid August 2021
  • Conference presentations begin:           November 4th & 5th, 2021

The written abstract body should be 300 words or less. The abstract should contain brief statements on the background, objectives, and findings of the project. 


    Any student and/or professional studying and/or practicing within Canada who has a presentation relevant to the theme “Emerge.” Group presentations are welcome.

    Presentation slots will be 30 minutes: 20-minute presentations and 10 minutes for questions. List all authors or contributors to the work (including supervisors, etc.) May submit works in progress. Each presenter or group of presenters may provide a maximum of one presentation.

    These additional materials will be requested alongside your abstract submission: a 200-word description of presentation to be used in the conference program; a 100-word personal bio; a 100-word description on presentation format and how you plan to engage the audience; a professional-style headshot the PLACE21 team can share on the conference website; and links to previous presentation recordings if applicable.



    Wednesday, June 30, 2021