The Salzburg Congresss on Urban Planning and Development (SCUPAD) is an independent non-profit, international network organization of planners and development specialists, which was founded by the fellows of the Salzburg Global Seminar’s Planning session in 1965.




Cities Beyond Tools: Confronting Poverty & Climate Change

Join us in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for

SCUPAD Congress, May 12 – 15, 2016

SCUPAD Student Workshop, May 16-20, 2016

Register for the Congress here

Our young century is being entrenched by heavy crisis instigated by conflicts of polarized ideological positions and climate change -challenging the core of human civilization. Though there are epicenters, the effect is overflowing to almost every corner of the globalizing world. However, in both the epicenters and peripheries of the unfolding crisis, cities are the obvious venues of hope and despair – related to both causes and effects.

In some areas, such crisis produce dramatic urban growth and rapid urbanization while in others a strong depopulation and destruction of urban centers. In both cases however cities are expected to quickly adapt and respond innovatively to support human survival. Hence, this year’s conference will explore the potentials of cities as tools to mitigate prime challenges such as poverty and climate change. Particular innovative responses of cities to respond to food and livelihood insecurities, massive migration (both cross country and rural-urban migration), and environmental degradation can be picked as focused cases of investigation and discussion.

More information on the 2016 Congress and Student Workshop


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For more than 50 years, SCUPAD has fostered a personal exchange among experts and emerging professionals in the field with 150+ SCUPAD members from over 15 different countries.


Maintain professional contacts among its members, including participants of all Urban Planning and related sessions of the Salzburg Global Seminar.


Exchange information and new concepts/policies in the field of urban and regional planning and development.


Organize an annual Congress on a critical urban planning and development topic, and publish a summary of the proceedings in the SCUPAD Newsletter and other relevant publications.

SCUPAD is an international nonprofit.

With its annual Congresses, SCUPAD presents topics for discussion of a contemporary nature and of critical relevance to urban and regional planning and development. Unlike most other international conventions, SCUPAD developed its characteristic style as a more personal exchange among experts, so as to engender informality and international and trans-disciplinary discourse, which results in a deeper understanding of the issues, and a lively social and professional network that carries on beyond the Congress.

SCUPAD members include fellows of the Salzburg Global Seminar and other planning and development experts invited to participate in SCUPAD Congresses. The members are primarily based all over Europe, in the Middle East and North America. All SCUPAD members are professionals working at a high level in their respective organizations: planning and other government authorities, educational and research institutions, private development and consultancy practices. Professions represented in SCUPAD come from the broad field of urban planning and development, and include architects, city and regional planners, ecologists, economists, geographers, lawyers, political scientists, sociologists, transportation planners, urban designers, as well as developers, journalists and politicians.