Full Schedule & Presentation Information



On this page:

  • Link to the full conference Google Spreadsheet Schedule
  • Schedule Adjustment Requests
  • How to Search the Google Spreadsheet Schedule
  • ACSP Multiple Presentation Policy
  • Book of Accepted Abstracts
  • Final Papers and Presenter Requirements
  • Conference Session Recordings
  • Virtual Roundtable Discussions
  • Virtual Poster Presentations
  • Facilitators and Discussants for Paper Sessions


Reinventing the wheel...

The 2020 60th Anniversary virtual conference, like the in-person conferences of the past 59 years, will provide the opportunity to present your research, share in discussions on current topics, meet new colleagues and establish a basis for future collaboration. The full schedule is currently available, as is a schedule-at-a-glance .

With the virtual conference this year, we feel like we are “reinventing the wheel” for many conference processes, while adhering to our traditional principles. In time we will have a web-based micro-site for the event, but until then, we’re back to the old fashioned method of using a spreadsheet to share information with you about the schedule of presentations for the conference. We know you’re anxious to know your placement on the schedule. Please let us know if you have any questions!

The Full Conference Schedule

The Conference Committee created time slots over the span of four days (November 5-8) to accommodate everyone around the globe with an ACSP presentation, in a window of time between 7:00am and 9:00pm, whatever that may be in your own country. This was very challenging as we have presenters that represent more than 30 different countries! If we failed to place your presentation sometime between 7:00am and 9:00pm in your personal time zone, we do have options. Please contact abstracts@acsp.org right away.  We used this chart.

This schedule incorporates 75+ roundtable/workshop sessions; 213 paper presentation sessions with 3-5 paper presentations in each session, and each paper or roundtable having upwards of 8 authors each. It also accommodates Career Information sessions, more than 70 posters and social events.

All sessions selected for the Focal Event, "Racial Equity and Justice in Urban Planning Research and Education in the Face of Racialized Inequality" will be scheduled for Thursday, November 5.



Schedule Adjustment Requests

As with our in-person conferences, we cannot change the schedule for any personal reasons with the exception of a religious holiday. If you cannot present in your scheduled window, you may need to withdraw your paper or poster, or let us know to withdraw you from a roundtable discussion. Contact conference organizers with a brief email and include the abstract ID number: abstracts@acsp.org

  • Some 3-paper sessions were scheduled in the same time slot with roundtables. If this causes a conflict for you, the paper presentation takes precedence and unfortunately, we will have to withdraw your name from the roundtable session unless you ask us to withdraw the paper.
  • If a roundtable session is scheduled outside of the 7:00am - 9:00pm window in your country, we are unable to accommodate requests to reschedule the roundtable.

Given the global and virtual nature of this conference, every effort was made to schedule presentations within a reasonable time frame, 7:00am - 9:00pm (in your country). If you feel your presentation has been scheduled outside of these parameters, please contact abstracts@acsp.org . We used this chart to schedule.


How to Search the Google Spreadsheet Schedule

Search carefully before sending us a message saying we didn’t place you on the schedule! Of course, if you can’t find your presentation, be sure to let us know, abstracts@acsp.org .

Proficient Excel and Google Spreadsheet users shouldn’t have any trouble navigating this spreadsheet, however not all of us work with spreadsheets regularly, so,if this is you, we have provided tips under "Easier Viewing" below to assist you. If you're still stumped, we are here to help!

Review the schedule on-line , or download the document in order to manipulate it to read in whatever way is easier for you. Remember, this Google spreadsheet schedule will continue to change almost constantly for the next few months. Please do not rely on a downloaded spreadsheet for your information. Confirm with the on-line version that no changes have been made to your sessions, or sessions you intend to attend.

Easier Viewing

  • Download – Use the file menu “File” then “Download”. Save it to your computer. Open it using Excel. We don't recommend downloading it to a PDF file. While a search will find your name, you won't be able to ascertain the session in which your name is placed. The spreadsheet is more than 1350 rows deep, and nearly 40 rows across.
  • While viewing in Google Spreadsheets: 
    • There is an option on the horizontal tool bar near the top which indicates which viewing percentage the spreadsheet is currently set for: 50%, 75%, 90%, 100%, 125%, 150%, 200%. Adjust for yourself. (See Graphic Example)
    • There is a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the page to scroll left and right.
    • There is a vertical scroll bar on the right side to scroll up and down.



To search for your placements on the Google Spreadsheet schedule (exact directions for Excel are somewhat different):

  • On your keyboard, hold down the Ctrl button while selecting the F key (Control Find) or Command F on a Mac. A search box will appear in the upper right corner and reads “Find in sheet”. Type in your last name. As you are typing, the spreadsheet will automatically highlight the first place it finds your name.
    • Use the up and down arrows near the search box to find any additional placements (for your one paper presentation, roundtable placement, as discussant, or as a co-author of other papers).
    • The field of information that was found will be highlighted with a blue perimeter line. Sometimes it is not always obvious or in the middle of the page. One column heading (across the top) will be a darker shade of gray as a hint to help you find this blue highlighted field.
  • This spreadsheet has multiple worksheets. Using the Control Find method described above will only search the “Presentations and Roundtables” worksheet. See additional worksheet tabs across the bottom of the page. (See Graphic Example)
    • If you are only presenting a poster, you can click on the Posters worksheet and then use the search instructions above to find your poster placement.
    • If you know you have both a paper and a poster, look up near the search box and see the icon made up of the three vertical dots. Click on that icon. By doing this and entering your name in the Find box, the search will be conducted across all of the worksheets.


Multiple Presentation Policy

Participants on the final program are limited to:

  • one presentation of a paper whether in a paper session or pre-organized paper session;
  • one placement on a roundtable;
  • one (or two max) placement(s) as a discussant of an oral paper presentation session;
  • one placement in a poster session

Substitutions of types of placements are not permitted. If you have more than one appearance in one of the categories in this paragraph, in fairness to everyone, we will ask you to withdraw the additional appearance(s) and to inform the appropriate track chair(s) prior to the scheduling of sessions.

While we always applaud authors who had multiple papers accepted, and were invited as experts to more than one roundtable, ACSP has attempted to contact all individuals who were found in conflict with this policy. A response is required before any of the individuals's presentations will be scheduled. Please contact abstracts@acsp.org with any concerns.


Book of Accepted Abstracts

The 2020 Book of Accepted Abstracts can be found here .




Final Papers and Presenter Requirements

It is best if you submit a final paper to both your session discussant and conference organizers by Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Final papers are required for those presenting in a paper session or pre-organized session, but not required for posters or roundtables. The names of authors that submit by the published deadline and the title of their presentation will be highlighted in the program as having a paper available on request for attendees. Conference attendees often use this information to judge the quality of a session they are considering attending.

  • Over the course of the fall, you may make minor modifications to the title of the final paper. Please contact abstracts@acsp.org .
  • Click the brown button below for detailed submission instructions.
  • Questions or difficulties with the submission process can be directed to damien@acsp.org .

Conference Sessions May Be Recorded

Conference organizers are considering recording sessions and retaining the video for a full-year for on-line access. More information on this will be forthcoming. If we're able to provide this service, consent will be requested by all presenting authors. Questions can be addressed to conference@acsp.org.


Virtual Roundtable Discussions

Successful roundtables are those that have the clearest focus and foster discussions. While we understand some graphical presentation of data may be useful for discussion, we discourage use of full PowerPoint presentations by the confirmed participants. Participants listed in the program should make short summaries of their viewpoints and engage in discussions with each other and the audience. A roundtable requires an organizer who submits the abstract and confirms participants, a moderator to manage the session during the conference, and a minimum of three participants in order to remain scheduled on the program. A successful roundtable requires strict enforcement of time limits that leaves a large block of time for audience participation. Roundtable sessions do not include any paper presentations and are generally placed in a 60-minute time slot.


Virtual Poster Presentations

Poster presentations have become a tradition for the ACSP Conference which won't change this year as we go virtual. This year's conference accepted 75 posters for presentation. There will not be a timed presentation of your poster with a captive audience, but posters are scheduled to be available as an on-demand file for one full day, and authors are encouraged to be available during the day to respond to questions from colleagues. A committee will judge Best Poster for the conference. The winner will be notified in advance, and announced at the Saturday Awards Ceremony. As more information becomes available for creating and submitting your poster, we will email presenting authors directly, and add to this page.

Instructions will be provided for submission of your poster with a deadline for submission in order to be included in the event. Questions about submitting a poster in advance can be addressed to conference@acsp.org.


Facilitators and Discussants

Track Chairs will invite and do their best to confir m facilitators and discussants for all paper sessions. We welcome volunteers and suggestions for discussants proffered by authors and pre-organized session leaders. Role descriptions are available! If you are willing to act as a paper session facilitator or discussant there is a simple form to comple te through this link . Discussants may serve two sessions if invited to do so. Questions about participation in one of these roles should be addressed to conference@acsp.org.



AICP pre-approves the ACSP Conference sessions (for in-person or virtual events), so AICP members know the sessions they attend will be accepted for continuing education credits. After the conference, please log-in to the AICP database to indicate your attendance. Is a session missing from the AICP database? Contact registration@acsp.org .



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