IAPS 2020 / Conferium

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RUNNING OUT OF TIME : Setting the pace for future generations 

The 2020 IAPS conference addresses time: the slow and the fast, the close and the distant. Time as the seconds, days, months or years affecting the uses and representations of the built and natural environment. Time that conditions the flows of people, goods and information. Time that weighs on aging infrastructures. Time interrupted by life events or natural or human-made catastrophes, time that ends life or disturbs ecosystems. Time as a conceptual and methodological lens and a design parameter. 

“Running out of time” stresses the urgency to act toward more sustainable societies, to bring the necessary changes to improve people’s quality of life, diminish social and population inequalities, and heal our planet. The conference also focuses on where and how to implement these changes. It stresses the pressure on researchers to undertake this complex and demanding task. It addresses the nature and depth of knowledge that needs to be integrated and translated into decision support aids to contribute to solving complex and multi-sectorial problems. 

“Setting the pace for future generations” underlines the necessity to act beyond immediate needs and concerns, and to take responsibility for those who will follow, with less time to react to the world bequeathed to them. 

Researchers working on time-related topics and researchers who want to revisit their research in the light of time are invited to submit an abstract. Since IAPS 2020 is celebrating 50 years of outstanding research in people-environment relations, the program will also review lessons learned up to now and discuss the challenges the domain is facing in order to respond to pressing issues of our time and for future generations. Submissions are welcomed on such issues as : 


1. Understanding the influence of time on people-environment relations

  • Stages in lifecycle, life events or work-life balance

  • Inertia and transformations of habitus, cultural models, architectural types and urban forms

  • Age and obsolescence of public infrastructure and buildings

  • Natural disasters or events resulting from human action or climate change

  • Experience of time and space as influenced by ICT, migrations and globalization


2. Adapting methodologies to understand the role of time and change in people-environment relations

  • Life-cycle, longitudinal and cohort studies using such tools as time budgets, participant observation, etc.

  • Audit tools and post-occupancy evaluations

  • ICT and geo-localization technologies

  • Living labs and participatory research

  • Simulation methods for thinking  ahead of complex changes, such as future studies, back-casting scenarios and systemic approaches

3. Acting toward improving people-environment relations and setting the pace for future generations 

  • Re-qualification, recomposition and re-use of buildings and spaces

  • Chrono-urbanism and space-time design for smarter cities and mobilities

  • Loose-fit architecture, adaptable design and ephemeral place-making in response to rapid environmental and cultural change

  • Operationalizing research and knowledge transfer to reach out to citizens, professionals and decision makers

  • Working with generations and for future generations


4. Reviewing the lessons learned from 50 years of people-environment research 

  • Reflective reviews and assessments of the nature, depth and gaps in knowledge of people-environment relations

  • Current debates and new avenues in theory building and methodological development 

  • Case studies of innovative approaches to interdisciplinary research, knowledge transfer and action

  • Increasing the relevance of people - environment relations studies for the pressing issues of our time and future generations



The deadline for abstract submissions was January 10, 2020. We thank everyone who submitted an abstract. 

Symposia (Submissions now closed)

IAPS 2020 symposia will consist of 90-minute sessions on a theme with five 12-minute presentations followed by a 30-minute discussion period, with or without predetermined discussants.  They should take the form of a forum on emerging conceptual and methodological issues or a critical discussion of exploratory research and work in progress. It can include a mix of research presentations, field studies and practical experiences. 

Presentations for Regular Sessions and Accepted Symposia (Submissions now closed)

Three types of individuals presentations are welcomed: A. Research presentations; B. Reflective reviews and discussion of important issues in person-environment studies; C. Innovative practical experiments. Accepted presentations will be given 15 minutes, excluding the question and discussion period.

Flash Presentations (Submissions now closed)

A flash presentation wraps up research results and implications in seven minutes. Ninety-minute sessions will include up to ten presentations. They will be structured so as to appreciate the relative merits of different approaches to research problems and ensuing policy implications. The flash presentation format is ideal for exploratory and ongoing research, short or experimental case studies, or for focussing on research results and their policy implications. 

Display posters and digital media shorts (Submissions now closed)

These sessions will be planned in convenient space and time for stimulating interactions.  Well-planned posters are an excellent means of presenting research and practical experiments, as well as their implications for innovative practices and policies.

Intensives (Submissions now closed)

The Intensive Sessions will be held on June 22, prior to the IAPS 2020 conference. Aimed at IAPS networks and other interest groups, intensives refer to a discussion or debate on a particular subject or theme which is chaired by a person who invites a limited number of participants to make short presentations on the theme. In these sessions more than half the time must be for open dialog with the audience. This kind of session is very appropriate for the presentation of ‘research in progress’ or ‘theoretical and methodological developments.’ They are allocated one or two 90-minute sessions. 

Workshops (Submissions now closed)

Workshops provide an opportunity for a group of researchers and practitioners to engage in sharing and experimenting approaches to particular problems such as specific methodologies and tools, problem-solving techniques, teaching approaches, publication policies, knowledge transfer, etc. They can use a variety of formats (e.g. round table, charrette, experimentation, etc.) to engage varying numbers of attendees. They are allocated one or two 90-minute sessions. 

Young Researchers Workshop 

The YRW will be held prior to the IAPS 2020 conference on June 21 and 22.  It is intended to give postgraduate students of all IAPS-relevant disciplines an opportunity to discuss their research proposals and ongoing work with leading scholars and academics, and to build international networks with other students in the field of people-environment studies. For more information, visit the YRW page



Click here for a description of the accepted symposia. 





OCT 01

OCT 25

OCT 30

Symposium proposal submissions open

Symposium proposal submissions deadline

Symposium acceptance notifications

Abstract submissions open for :

- Research presentations (normal sessions or accepted symposia)

- Flash presentations

- Display posters and digital media shorts

- Pre-conference intensives

- Workshops

- Young Researchers Workshop (YRW) 

DEC 15

Deadline for submissions of all types of abstracts listed above

* Extended to 10 January 2020


FEB 15

FEB 25

APR 15

Abstract acceptance notifications 

Registration opens  * Registration currently on hold

Deadline for registration (presenters) * Will open soon


Deadline for registration (non-presenting audience only) * Will open soon

JUNE 21-26

IAPS 2020 Conference



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We are currently arranging partnerships with 4 to 6 journals for special issues covering most aspects of the IAPS 2020 conference.