Paper Submissions

The paper should be well aligned with one symposium topic and should be written according to the instructions included in the paper template.

The paper must include the following information:

  • Topic (select one among those on the Symposium Topics page);
  • Title of the paper;
  • Name of the author (and co-authors);
  • Affiliation;
  • Email address;
  • Abstract (maximum 200 words);
  • Keywords (maximum 5);
  • Body of the research paper (max 3,000 words);
  • Conclusions must include a reflection on the implications of Covid-19 pandemic on the research; 
  • Bibliography / References (max 1 page).

The paper must be written in English (professional proofreading is strongly recommended before submission) according to the Microsoft Word template and sent to the symposium email address ( by the due date (Wednesday, 30 September 2020).

All papers will be submitted for blind review. The Symposium Committee will examine the reviewers reports and will communicate the acceptance of the papers to the authors together with any required revision. Authors of accepted papers must send their revised paper by the due date (Sunday, 25 October 2020).

Selected papers will be published in the refereed digital Conference Proceedings with ISBN, subject to verification of the regular registration of the author(s) in the Conference. Each paper will be attributed a DOI code. Proceedings will be published online in the Conference website and/or in the Future Cities Research Hub website. Further indexing will be considered based on the number of papers received.

Only one paper per registered first author will be accepted. Contributions may be signed by several authors. The author who will give the oral presentation at the Symposium must be registered to the conference. If other authors of the same paper wish to attend the conference, they must register as well.

The Symposium’s Scientific Committee will nominate one paper to the Best Paper Award that will be announced on Friday, 18 December 2020 during the closing Plenary of the APRU-SCL Conference.

Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group



Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by:
Monday, 31 August 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 9 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

About APRU

As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

We leverage collective education and research capabilities of our members into the international public policy process. Our primary research areas include natural hazards & disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence & the future of work, the Pacific Ocean, and labor mobility.