International Urban Planning and Environment Congress

July 29 - August 1, 2022


This event is supported by the Enterprise Estonia grant no 2014-2020.5.01.22-3015 „Conference International Urban Planning and Environment Congress“, with maximum amount of 22 180,89 allocated from the EU European Regional Development fund to this project. The funding is used to support the implementation of conference activities, including the mobile tours, the opening reception and the conference dinner.

Congress Theme:  Managing Change

​As planners we must recognize problems, but also seek solutions so that change works in our favor rather than against us. It is our hope that this conference will allow us to share and learn from international professionals on issues facing our profession in the next decades and share noteworthy practices on how we can plan and manage changes affecting our built and social environment.


July 29th  

IUPE Board Meeting

18.30 - 21.00 Opening Reception: Tartu Cathedral

  • 18.00 – Registration Desk

  • 19.00 – Welcome Remarks from Gea Kangilaski, Vice Mayor of Tartu



21.00 - 21.50 ​For evening entertainment, we recommend the open-air concert by Raul Ojamaa, a renowned Estonian guitarist, as part of the "Tartu 2024 presents" concert series on Car-free avenue

July 30th  

​Tartu tours

  • 10.00 - 12.00 Street Art Tour in Karlova (map directions HERE)

  • 12.00 – 13.00 ​Break for Lunch (we recommend the small cafes on Tähe Street near Barlova)

  • 13.00 – 14.00 SmartEnCity – Turning Old Soviet Blocks into a Smart City (map directions HERE)

  • 14.30 – 16.30 Tartu as a Historical University Town (map directions HERE)

  • 17.00 – 19.00 Supilinn District – A Story of Gentrification in Post-Soviet Estonia (map directions HERE)

Mobile workshops

  • 10.00 – 18.00 Peipsiveer Cultural Space: Onion Villages and the Old Believers (map directions HERE)

  • 09.15 – 20.00 Setomaa – Where East Meets West (map directions HERE)

July 31st  

08.30 ​Registration Desk (VSpa Conference Center)

09.00 - 10.00  Hybrid Session Room 1:

​​Welcome and Keynote: Green transformation and health - two sides of the same coin. Towards 22nd century sustainability challenges
Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Vice-Rector for Green Transformation, Tallinn University of Technology

10.00 - 10.30  Coffee Break

10.30 - 12.30  Session 1:

  • Room 1 Hybrid Session: Changing Nature of Community Development
    Moderator:  Sarah Coffin, Saint Louis University, USA

  • Room 2:  eMotional Cities: Mapping the Cities through the senses of those who make them
    Organized by Morgado, Paulo and Miranda, Bruno, University of Lisbon, Portugal

  • Room 3:  E-Governance and Energy
    Moderator: Christian Zuidema, University of Groningen, Netherlands

  • Room 4:  Smart Cities, Mobility and Automation
    Moderator:  Eduarda Marques da Costa, University of Lisbon, Portugal

12.30 - 14.00  ​Lunch (at V Spa Conference Center)

14.00 - 16.00  Session 2:

  • Room 1 Hybrid SessionUrban Systems Design A – Smart Cities Planning Support
    (Organized and Moderated by Perry Yang and Akito Murayama)

  • Room 2: Improving Public Health Outcomes
    Moderator: Peter Phibbs, University of Sydney, Australia

  • Room 3: Local Development and Social Cohesion
    Moderator: Robin Ganser, Nuertingen Geislingen University, Germany

  • Room 4: Economic Development
    Moderator: Sarah Coffin, Saint Louis University, USA

16.30 - 18.00  Hybrid Session:

  • Room 1 Hybrid Session:  Sustainable Development
    Moderator:  Holly Madill, Michigan State University

19.30 - 21.30  Boat Tour along the Emajogi River ​(Register HERE) (map directions HERE)

20.00 -  ​As an alternative to the boat ride, we recommend the summer concert of Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra
Kassitoome, Tartu


August 1st

​08.30 Registration Desk (V Spa Conference Center) 

09.00 - 10.00  Hybrid Session Room 1: 

Keynote – Estonian Spatial Planning:  Opportunities and Challenges

Tiit Oidjärv, Policy Consultant, Ernst & Young Estonia

10.00 - 10.30  Coffee Break

10.30 - 12.30  Session 3:

  • Hybrid Session Room 1:  Sustainability, Land Conservation and Management
    Moderator:  Peilei Fan, Michigan State University

  • Room 2:  Spatial Planning and Sustainability
    Moderator: Mark Wilson, Michigan State University USA

  • Room 3:  Climate Change Resilience Tools and Approaches
    Moderator: Peter Meyer, University of Louisville, USA

12.30 - 14.00  ​Break for lunch (​we recommend buffet lunch at Dorpat Hotel restaurant)

14.00 - 16.00  Session 4:

  • Hybrid Session Room 1: Urban Systems Design B – Digital twin
    (Organized and Moderated by Yoshiki Yamagata and Soowon Chang)

  • Room 2:  Historic Preservation and Urban Design
    Moderator: Minea Kaplinski-Sauk, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

  • Room 3:  Housing – Justice/Injustice and Affordability
    Moderator: Kadri Leetmaa, Tartu University, Estonia

17.00 - 18.00 Tartu tour: Raadi District – How to Return a Former Soviet Airfield to the City (tour ends at ERM)​ (map directions HERE)


18.00 – 19.30 Estonian National Museum (ERM) tour

19.30 – 21.00 Conference Closing Dinner (ERM)



Riina Varol


Tartu, the second largest city in Estonia and the oldest city in the Baltic States welcomes you to enjoy a blend of historic and modern infrastructure and facilities within a green and friendly environment.


Estonia is a small European country that lies on the banks of the Baltic Sea, connecting the dots between Scandinavia, Central Europe and what lies to the east.

Our Sponsors


Other International planning event, ASEOP Annual Congress will also take place in Tartu, 25-29.07.2022. For more info see their website.