18 April 2016
Call for Young Planning Professionals to Participate in ISOCARP Workshop
Interested young professional planners from across South Africa and Africa are invited to apply to attend a Young Planning Professionals’ workshop, held before the annual international Isocarp Congress.
The closing date for applications is 22 April 2016 with successful candidates to be notified in May.
The 52nd Isocarp Congress will be held in Durban for the first time from 12-16 September 2016. The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is a global association of experienced professional planners.
The workshop will take place on 9-11 September 2016, with the final presentation taking place on 13 September 2016, the first day of the Congress. It is targeted at young professionals from various backgrounds such as urban and regional planning, architecture, spatial science technology and real estate management.
The workshop will be organised by Isocarp in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, who will also be hosting the workshop participants.
Young planning professionals from South Africa and Africa who wish to apply to attend the workshop must have appropriate planning skills, with a background in urban and regional planning. Candidates must be under 35.
Candidates who meet the criteria can apply with the following documents:
• Application form to be signed and sent back digitally. The form is available on the Isocarp website,
• A curriculum vitae in accordance to Isocarp CV standard format. A template is available on the website,
• A recommendation letter that is signed or drafted by an Isocarp member or SACPLAN registered professional planner, their employer or university professor and,
• An abstract for the website.
Applications are to be sent to
The cost of modest accommodation and meals during the workshop will be covered for successful applicants. However, candidates will have to cover their own travel expenses.
The objective of the workshop is to provide participants with hands-on practical experience, exposing them to mature planning topics and new professional challenges. They will also have the opportunity to be in direct contact with high level professionals. Candidates will work in a studio setting under the guidance of two international experts from among Isocarp members.
The 52nd World Planning Congress will examine and generate approaches to transitions from static to dynamic communities, inhabitants to citizens, theory to practice, regulation to urban resiliency, sectoral infrastructure to smart cities and integrating rural/urban and natural/built environments. This year’s Congress will be held under the theme, ‘Cities we have vs Cities we need’.
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Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s spokesman, Thulani Mbatha.
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