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Regular fixtures in the calendar of international planning events are listed below. To find out about other events, join the RTPI International Development Network to receive its monthly e-Bulletin which always includes a round-up of planning events and other opportunities to meet.


IsoCARP also has a detailed list of planning events worldwide including those organised by the RTPI and other organisations see:


27 -29 June: ECTP-CEU 12th Biennial of European Towns
and Town Planners - Paris, France

Cities and Olympics and Paralympics - Feedback and Future

To Book - see:

Also includes a Young Planners Workshop!

Submissions are being sought from planners under the age of 35.  All submissions by 10 March.  Email - to enter.


8 November - World Town Planning Day


Every year the RTPI and other planning organisations celebrate World Town Planning day! This includes local events, workshops, CPD training events, community engagement, school competitions and the worl'ds biggest online planning conference!

The RTPI is active in promoting the role of planners and good planning in helping communities and in delivering sustainable places.

Join us on Twitter: @internatRTPI and @RTPIPlanners and participate in the online conference at:


World Town Planning Day Celebrations 2016

Last year the RTPI celebrated with a number of events (see below) and held a staff charity lunch.

All activities were promoted throughout the day on our Twitter accounts:  @RTPIPlanners and @internatRTPI using the hashtag: #WTPD2016!

Further events were broadcast by our fellow planning institutues and details of the online conference titled 'Planning Around the World live' can found at


You can also attend the following events




To Book

12.00-14.00 Climate Change: Local Responses to a Global Challenge - seminar Anglia Ruskin University, Chlemsford
16.00-18.00 A Conversation About Cities: Global and Local Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford
18.00-20.00 Gypsies and Travellers: The Forgotten Housing Need Anglia Ruskin University

Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture 2016

Lecture by Michael Batty, Bartlett Professor at University College London

University College London
Wed 9th Nov 18.15 - 20.30

The City Dilemma: Have we reached the limits of growth? 

Colliers, London



History of World Town Planning Day

Founded in Argentina by Professor Carlos María della Paolera in Buenos Aires in 1949, World Town Planning Day is held on or around 8 November every year. By the time of its golden jubilee in 1999, it was being marked regularly in about 30 countries all over the world including the UK. RTPI Regions now regularly hold WTPD events in early November to celebrate planning and planners.

Since 2009 RTPI and its sister planning organisations around the world have run an international online conference for World Town Planning Day. Co-organisers now include the planning institutes of Australia, South Africa, the USA and Canada with the International Federation for Housing & Planning and the Ibero-American Federation of Planners. listen to the recordings of each session and see for further infomation