Call for Speakers

Interested speakers are invited to submit an abstract of 200 – 450 words that address the conference theme and topics. Abstracts submitted for consideration should outline the presentation summary, main challenges, opportunities, outcomes and key take away points for delegates. Supporting documents such as photos or videos are encouraged. Submissions close 27 April.

Presentation Types

Case Study Presentation/ General Presentation (29 min)

The abstract is a short, informative summary. Speakers are invited to take a fresh approach in their abstract submissions – addressing the latest global trends and challenges in relation to the conference topics.

Workshop (45 min or 60 min)

Workshops will require an interactive format which will formulate discussion and give attendees the option to engage in activities, small groups and work through possible solutions.

City Innovation Showcase/ Snap Shot Presentation (7 min slideshow)

The snap shot session is designed to give delegates a quick overview of your project or initiative through a series of slides without much detailed talking. The slides should do most of the talking and be visually interesting.


Abstract submissions should reflect latest practice in one of the following topic streams:

Innovation, Economies + Employment 

1. Economy – Night Time, Day Time, Anytime
2. Cluster Employment, Incubators & Coworking
3. Attracting/ Retaining Talent + Employment Growth
4. Artificial Intelligence, Data & Smart Technology in Design
5. Virtual & Augmented Reality   
6. Economic Development + Investment Attraction

Placemaking, Retail, Tourism + Communities

7. Music + Entertainment   
8. Food + Beverage   
9. Tourism, Destination + Visitor Experiences   
10. Retail, Customer Experience + Marketing   
11. Placemaking + Activation   
12. Public Spaces + Youth Spaces
Place Attachment + Funding 
14. Creative/Cultural Cities + Building Community Pride
15. Diversity + Socio-Economic Communities

Transport, Housing, Development + Leadership

16. Autonomous + Electric Vehicles   
17. Transport + Parking   
18. Housing – Affordability, Density + Sustainability
19. Housing Diversity – Creatives, Aging + Minorities   
20. Planning + Development

Urban Renewal, Design + City Growth

21. City Renewal
22. Regional + Rural Revitalisation + Resilience
23. Density + Urbanisation
24. Urban Design + Accessibility
25. Main Streets + Town Centres
26. Activity Centres + Neighbourhood Centres
27. Leadership + Projects in Partnership
28. Community Engagement (Youth/ Elderley/ Minorities)

Places: Healthy, Safe + Sustainable

29. Community Safety + Lighting
30. Walking + Cycling
31. Landscape + Green Design Spaces
32. Climate Responsive + Sustainable Places
33. Renewable Energy
34. Disaster Management, Terrorism + Resilience

35. Other Topics

Presenter Deadlines

Abstract submissions due:

Notification to authors:

Speaker registration due:

Presentation slides due:

Presentation slide notes due:

Monday 27 April 2020

Friday 15 May 2020

Friday 19 June 2020

Friday 9 October 2020

Monday 12 October 2020


Presenter Terms & Conditions

Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that if accepted, the presenter will register for the full conference at the subsidised speaker registration fee of $795. Registration and payment is due Friday 19 June 2020, giving 5 weeks to complete from notification of acceptance. 

A maximum of two presenters per abstract may register at the subsidised fee. The discounted speaker registration price entitles speakers to the same options a full conference registration and is heavily discounted. Standard registration cancellation terms apply.

Note: To be part of the city innovation showcase you need to be an exhibitor to successful present in showcase.



International Cities, Town Centres & Communities Society
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