Training & events

COBRA 2018

Conference London, 23-24 Apr 2018

COBRA will be held in London, UK during the week of the 23 April 2018. Part of the COBRA 2018 conference will be hosted by the Annual Summit of the World Built Environment Forum.

Announcement: The deadline for the submission of papers to COBRA 2018 has been extended until Friday 8 December 2018.

COBRA conference schedule and costs now available

RICS in partnership with University College London, presents the world’s leading annual construction, building and real estate research conference dedicated to providing stimulating debate and discussions between researchers from around the world, providing the basis for new areas of research in the built environment.

This year we are bringing COBRA participants to the Annual Summit of the World Built Environment Forum.

COBRA delegates are invited to attend the World Built Environment Forum Summit 2018’s networking reception and buffet at the Intercontinental Hotel – The O2 on the evening of Monday 23rd April and to attend the afternoon sessions of the World Built Environment Forum Summit London 2018 on the afternoon of Tuesday 24th April.

At the afternoon sessions of Summit, panellists will tie together the previous two days of debate on how the advances of the fourth industrial age are reshaping cities in both the developed and developing world. Discussion will centre on the individual and collective responsibility of built environment professionals to adopt responsible and sustainable commercial strategies for managing population expansion, urbanisation and economically disruptive technology, for the betterment of the world’s cities and citizens.

Featuring an array of globally respected speakers from the private sector, public sector, NGOs and academia, the Forum’s ultimate purpose is to build a consensus on best practices and effective joint action. Further consideration will be given to the growing prominence of India as a global economic power.
Building on work undertaken by RICS to establish international technical and professional standards in the marketplaces of real estate, construction, infrastructure and land, World Built Environment Forum Summit London 2018 will bring together over 1000 leaders from industry, policy and research. 

Engage in the debate, gain insight into industry perceptions, network with leaders in the construction, building and real estate sectors and share your thoughts on the most pressing issues for the future of the built environment.

Preliminary schedule

Monday 23 April

Morning – RICS HQ, Parliament Square, London

  • Welcome by RICS and keynote speaker
  • COBRA paper discussion sessions
  • Arrival refreshments and nibbles, mid-morning refreshments and lunch provided

Afternoon – RICS HQ, Parliament Square, London

  • COBRA paper discussion sessions
  • Afternoon refreshments and snacks provided

Evening – World Build Environment Forum Summit, InterContinental London – The O2

  • Networking buffet and drinks reception

Tuesday 24 April    

Morning – RICS HQ, Parliament Square, London

  • COBRA paper discussion sessions
  • Arrival refreshments, nibbles and mid-morning refreshments provided

Afternoon - World Build Environment Forum Summit, InterContinental London – The O2

  • Lunch at the Summit
  • Afternoon sessions of the Summit:
  • A Time for Action
  • Networking refreshment break
  • Closing keynote: Urbanisation, Infrastructure and Digitalisation in 21st Century India
  • Chair’s closing remarks and conference close

Entry details

COBRA is a platform for both established and upcoming researchers from across the globe to present, receive feedback and connect with other academics.

By registering interest to the COBRA 2018 conference, academics are invited to join the World Built Environment Forum. The Forum is an on and offline space designed to link ideas and innovative thinking, shaping policy and delivering real-world solutions. London will be the third Summit; previous Summits were held in Washington in 2016 and Shanghai in 2017 and the fourth will be held in India in 2019.

View the conference themes

Papers are invited in the following research areas, including papers that are cross disciplinary in nature:

  • Project Management: all aspects of project management in construction and engineering;  programme management; networks and their management; supply chain management; value; risk and benefits; information management; Building Information Modelling; stakeholder management; collaborative relationships. 
  • Management of Enterprises: resources and financial management; organisational capabilities and routines; technical and technological development; governance.
  • Cost Management and Procurement of Construction: building economics; game theory; financial governance.
  • Built Infrastructure: project management in the areas of rail, road and energy - client and service provider perspectives; the relationship between infrastructure and property. 
  • Commercial Property: research relating to agency, management, Landlord and Tenant, corporate real estate, investment and appraisal, location solutions, sustainability and corporate recovery.
  • Residential:  residential property and housing management;  survey and valuation, real estate agency and residential property management; equity investments such as REITs.
  • Valuation: property valuation, including residential surveys and valuation; real estate, machinery and business assets.
  • Facilities Management: whole life costing, total asset management energy and carbon footprints.
  • Building Surveying: conservation and restoration of historic buildings; fire safety; energy conservation; structural design and design for mobility access.
  • Environment: management, monitoring and assessment of the environment in the context of real estate, land and construction; environmental auditing and contaminated land.
  • Geomatics:  research relating to spatial information related to the natural, built, social and economic environments; hydrographics and land engineering.
  • Planning and Development: physical, social and environmental aspects of the built environment.
  • Arts and Antiques: valuation, sale, purchase and management of antiques and fine arts.
  • Minerals and Waste Management: all aspects of the management of mineral resources and waste.
  • Rural Surveying:  rural economy and the environment; agriculture, management of the natural environment and landscape; property management and valuation.
  • Taxation: legislation, accounting and investment implications of assessment of tax allowances.
  • Legal Stream; legal issues associated with property and construction, including disputes and conflict management
  • Generally: Education and training, professional liabilities, ethics.

Prices (excluding VAT)

Student - early bird £295
Student - standard £330
Non-student - early bird £350
Non-student - standard £390

Key dates

Expression of interest 31 July 2017
Conference registration opens 4 December 2017
Full paper submittal deadline 8 December 2017
Early bird conference registration closes 31 January 2018
Final paper deadline 23 February 2018
Conference registration closes 23 March 2018
Conference Week of 23 April

Papers will only be published in the proceedings if the author (one of the authors in case of multi author papers) has registered and paid for the conference by 23 March 2018. COBRA requires at least one author to register and attend the conference.

All the papers that are submitted to COBRA are subject to academic review, at the full paper stage, to ensure relevance, rigour and topicality.

If you have any queries please email us.


or call +44 (0) 207 695 1600

Price excl. VAT

350 for RICS members

350 for non-members


or call +44 (0) 207 695 1600