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RTPI starts the new decade by relaunching the Planning Convention as The Planner Live

06 January 2020

New for 2020, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is relaunching its annual planning convention as The Planner Live.

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Bringing together for the first time the expertise of both the RTPI and The Planner magazine, The Planner Live will take place on 29-30 June at County Hall in London, taking a critical, dynamic and in-depth look at hot topics in the industry.

The Planner Live - new for 2020

  • Two full conference days
  • Presidential Dinner
  • Live interviews by journalists
  • Voting and polling during sessions
  • Training on wellbeing for planners
  • Opportunity for delegates to submit questions before the event

RTPI Chief Executive Victoria Hills MRTPI FICE said: “I’m thrilled that we’re taking this important step and launching The Planner Live. We’re making a bold statement that the RTPI will harness its convening power to host the ‘must attend’ planning event of the year.

“We’ll continue to grow The Planner Live to broaden the conversation about planning and ensure that planning and planners remain at the heart of placemaking.

“Expect live interviews by industry journalists, voting and polling during sessions, and the opportunity to submit questions to presenters before the event. This is your chance to get involved and be part of the debate.”

From ministers to high-profile international speakers and expert insights from other sectors, delegates at The Planner Live will hear a range of views of the current planning climate.

The programme will also offer a number of practical, single-topic ‘focus sessions’ that can contribute to members’ CPD. Other sessions will address the wellbeing of planners; how they can build resilience and learn new strategies on how to thrive as professionals.

With a stronger focus on networking, there will also be a new evening social event in the form of a Presidential Dinner, hosted by RTPI President Sue Manns.


Booking for The Planner Live will open shortly. For the latest information, visit or follow us on Twitter @RTPIPlanners using the hashtag #PlannerLive2020