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Call for Abstracts--Walk21 Calgary: (re)Connecting Community Together, the XVIII International Conference on Walking and Liveable Cities

Deadline February 10, 2017

Walk21 Calgary will examine how walking fosters healthy and vibrant communities, and encourages cities to become more resilient and sustainable in the wake of rapid urban growth. Delegates will experience Calgary’s emerging walkability, and be exposed to new ideas about how walking can connect people and communities. We will reflect on the lessons of the past, create new knowledge, examine social dynamics, and build momentum for the new walking city.
Hosted by the University of Calgary in partnership with Walk21 and the City of Calgary, Walk21 Calgary will bring citizens, academics, urban planners, health care professionals, and community leaders together to discuss, debate and design our walkable futures.

Calgary, Alberta
September 19–22, 2017

Four conference themes will weave these connections together:

  • Learning lessons from the past: What can we learn from the legacy of neighbourhoods where the degree of walking has historically been high, to help ensure walking in newer communities and those still to come?
  • Building new knowledge: What is at the cutting edge of research and professional practice, and how can we best connect these two arenas, through policy and action, to support the needs of people who walk?
  • Connecting grassroots and government:  What are societies’ demands and needs for walking, and how can politicians have a vision, set priorities and communicate change to both deliver walkability and inspire communities to walk with them?
  • Creating momentum for the new walking city: What investments in walking can leverage the best economic, social, health and cultural benefits in the short and long term?

You are invited to submit your ideas, papers and proposals for the conference under these themes.

For more information and submission forms please visit

Abstract submission closes February 10, 2017.