What’s SCUPAD?

SCUPAD is an global independent, non-profit, international network organization of planners and development specialists.

SCUPAD was founded by the fellows of the Salzburg Global Seminar’s Planning session in 1965. It was an alumni organization of the Salzburg Global Seminar till 2017 with annual congresses in Schloss Leopoldskron. Today SCUPAD acts globally with geographically changing organisation of seminars in the virtual and present world. SCUPAD’s statutes are lodged with the City of Salzburg, Austria.

SCUPAD is committed to fighting all forms of racism, exclusion and xenophobia, whenever, wherever and however manifested. SCUPAD is dedicated to the concepts of diversity, inclusion, equity and social and economic justice, and a reverence for democratic principles, predicated on respect for and recognition of the inalienable rights of all people.

SCUPAD is a democratic organization governed by a small Committee, whose major decisions are subject to approval by the membership at its General Assembly. At the General Assembly, which takes place every year during the annual Events, new topics for SCUPAD events are proposed and recommendations are approved.

The Committee members and officers, who may serve for two two-year terms, are chosen once every two years by the General Assembly. The Committee’s main tasks are to organize the annual event and to strengthen the SCUPAD network through workshops and other ongoing contacts.

Field Trip to Tel Aviv 2009

SCUPAD events

With its annual events, SCUPAD presents topics for discussion of a contemporary nature and of critical relevance to urban and regional planning and development. Unlike most other international conventions, SCUPAD developed its characteristic style as a more personal exchange among experts, so as to engender informality and international and trans-disciplinary discourse, which results in a deeper understanding of the issues, and a lively social and professional network that carries on beyond the Congress Attendance at the events is usually about 20 – 30 participating members and invitees.

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SCUPAD Congress 2016 Addis Abeba


The arround 100 SCUPAD members include fellows of the Salzburg Global Seminar and other planning and development experts invited to participate in SCUPAD events. The members are primarily based all over Europe, in the Middle East and North America. All SCUPAD members are professionals working at a high level in their respective organizations: planning and other government authorities, educational and research institutions, private development and consultancy practices.

Professions represented in SCUPAD come from the broad field of urban planning and development, and include architects, city and regional planners, ecologists, economists, geographers, lawyers, political scientists, sociologists, transportation planners, urban designers, as well as developers, journalists and politicians.

Interested in becoming a member of SCUPAD? Attend an events and learn more here.

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As SCUPAD is a non-profit organization, all expenses for the events and their preparation, as well as the publication are met by personal contributions of members and by events and membership fees. In order to support the participation of members who are not able to attend a SCUPAD Congress because of financial reasons, SCUPAD has established a special fund (SCUPAD Global Fund).

Donations to this fund, as well as to cover the operating costs of SCUPAD, will be gratefully accepted. Reduced membership and Congress fees, as well as reduced accommodation costs, are also available for young professionals (under 35 years of age) who may need financial assistance to attend SCUPAD Congresses.

The SCUPAD family in the 1960ies