Call for Session Proposals

The 2021 North Carolina Planning Conference Committee is excited to announce that Session Proposals are now being accepted. this year our event will be presented as a hybrid conference. Sessions will be hosted virtually and in-person October 6-8 at the Durham Convention Center. 

We encourage session organizers to submit sessions that include current issues, trends, challenges, and solutions that are shaping planning today but also proposals that center around our conference theme - Equity: Recognition & Reset.

Session Submission Information

  • Sessions are due no later than Friday, July 2, 2021
  • All sessions must be submitted using our online proposal submission platform (Submittable) at Conference Session Proposal Form.
  • You will be required to create a free account on Submittable in order to submit a proposal if you do not have an account already.
  • Please note that you should receive an email notification after you have successfully submitted your form.
  • All session organizers must choose whether they would like to present their session in-person or virtually. Although in-person sessions may also be streamed virtually.  
  • For those session organizers and additional speakers that choose to participate in-person, we ask that they block out October 6-8 on their schedules until sessions are selected and time slots for those sessions are determined. APA-NC cannot take requests for specific dates and times. 
  • The Conference Planning Committee will be accepting sessions on a “rolling basis” meaning that the committee reserves the right to accept and inform submitters their proposal has been accepted starting when the first proposals are submitted.
  • Session proposals will not be accepted unless all required information has been completed. You can find more information in “How to Submit a Proposal” on this webpage
  • Session proposals are reviewed based upon the following criteria: connection to the conference theme, quality of the program proposal, contribution to the mission of the Chapter, content of program goals & outcomes, program delivery style, and creativity. 
  • Complete Lightning Round Sessions may have up to 4 mini-presentations that are assembled into a combined session of 60 minutes (15 minutes per topic, 1 speaker per topic).
  • Mobile Workshops must be at least 1 hour in length and no longer than 3 hours maximum. Priority will be given to mobile workshops that are within walking/riding distance of the convention center to ensure social distancing guidelines.
  • Session organizers will have the opportunity to accept or decline their assigned time slot.
  • No session presenter is allowed to present in more than two (2) sessions. 
  • To ensure the safety of all conference participants during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will adhere to the COVID Precautions set by the Durham Convention Center.