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Belfast: Cities Overcoming Challenges

8-10 June

Cities face many challenges. An uncertain world, laid bare by Covid 19 and the impacts of a climate in crisis, is testing how we use our urban places and what they look like as never before. Whether home working and online shopping or tourism and spaces for cultural production, our cities and towns need to adapt ever more quickly.

Belfast’s challenges - better collaboration, shaping authentic experiences, building climate leadership, and delivering equitable economic development - are the same questions facing cities worldwide.

Congress is an incredible opportunity to learn from and with the host city. A mixed programme of tours, site workshops, speakers, and cultural performances will provide a fascinating look at urbanism through a Belfast lens - we can't wait. Will you be there?

Programme Overview

Wednesday 8 June

Scene-setting afternoon city tours to acquaint and reacquaint delegates with Belfast, followed by a Civic Reception at City Hall

Thursday 9 June

Congress Belfast Day with morning sessions at The MAC and afternoon workshops across the city, followed by Cultural Reception at Ulster Museum

Friday 10 June

Congress International Day with sessions and breakout discussions at at Crumlin Road Gaol, followed by Congress Dinner at Titanic Belfast

Full programme, speakers and more at


3 day, 1 day, and dinner-only tickets available

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone booking tickets for the AoU Congress 2022 and all members of their party should ensure they are familiar with the latest rules and guidance issued by the UK government regarding COVID-19 ( and should not act contrary to such rules and guidance.

We recommend that you take a lateral flow test before attending the event. Wearing masks will be optional but not compulsory.

If you have booked a ticket for Congress but cannot attend we can offer a refund up to 7 days before the event starts.

The Academy of Urbanism (Number 2) Limited is a not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales 0595604, 11c Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 IXE, United Kingdom.
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