2020 APA-NYM Chapter Annual Conference (Virtual) – Call for Session Proposals (Update)

Based upon careful consideration of the evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19, The APA NYM Chapter Executive Committee has decided that our 2020 conference will be virtual. 

What led to this decision: 

  • We need time to plan logistics and provide the high-quality conference our members expect. 
  • A virtual format is more accessible for members whose time and travel policies are limited. 
  • Restrictions on group assembly due to COVID-19 may continue into the fall. 
  • Regardless of official restrictions, a virtual format alleviates personal discomfort of gathering in large groups.
  • We were inspired by and will aim to build upon the recent success of APA National’s virtual NPC20@Home.

What this means for members:
Expect virtual sessions the day of October 16, 2020, and possibly other days(s) during that week. We are still determining the best schedule to encourage participation, including half-day and multi-day formats. We are also still determining issues like registration cost, given the virtual format and the constrained budgets of many planning agencies and firms.

That said, the call for sessions is OPEN! Proposers are encouraged to use the virtual format as an opportunity to be creative, consider potential speakers who are not located in the NY Metro area, and reach an even larger audience. 

*Only sessions that include a diversity of panelists (race, gender, company/agency affiliation) will be considered.*

We look forward to your submissions!


2020 APA-NYM Chapter Annual Conference (Virtual) – October 16, 2020 – Call for Session Proposals

The APA New York Metro (APA-NYM) Chapter Annual Conference is a first-class event that brings together hundreds of planners, appointed and elected officials, students, and allied professionals. Our 2020 event will go on – it’s more important than ever for the planning community to share and learn from one another. 

APA and the NY Metro Chapter are closely tracking the COVID-19 pandemic, with the health, safety, and welfare of those we serve uppermost in our minds. As noted in the update above, the Chapter’s Executive Committee has decided to proceed with a virtual conference

Session proposals are now being accepted for the Annual Conference.

Sessions that reflect how planners are adapting during this unprecedented time will be featured in the program, as well as a broad range of topics that remain of utmost importance for the NY Metro Area – housing, transportation, open space, climate change resiliency, etc. Sessions should be 60-75 minutes in length unless you are proposing a session that will provide Law or Ethics CM credits, which should be 90 minutes in length. Consider different formats, think about how to best engage the audience (e.g. polling and other interactive elements), and be creative – we’ll make it work! Proposers are encouraged to craft a flexible session that can be accommodated in a virtual conference format. 

Session proposals will be accepted until Thursday, July 2, 2020.


APA-NYM will notify everyone who submits a proposal whether or not it has been accepted by early August. Conference sessions will undergo peer review to ensure quality and consistency.

What Should Be Included in a Proposal?

  • A title that accurately depicts the content of your session
  • A short description (<40 words)
  • A long description (<200 words)
    • Outline the session format and elaborate on the short description
    • Describe how your session will engage the audience and be unique 
    • Describe how it is relevant in the field, specifically to the NY Metro Area
  • Describe how your session relates in a significant way to diversity, equity, and/or inclusion. 
  • List three (3) learning objectives to attract the appropriate audience to your session. 
  • List the names, contact information, and affiliations of your invited/confirmed speakers. 

Contact Conference Chair, Holly Chase for questions related to the conference.