The COBRA conference, which was due to take place in August 2017, is now being rescheduled to align with the Annual Summit of the World Built Environment Forum in April 2018.

30 St Mary Axe, London ('The Gherkin')

Our world is changing, becoming more complex and the pace of change is increasing. As bodies that represent many of the professional and academic disciplines integral to the built environment sector, RICS and UCL recognise the role we can play as catalysts bringing people together and bridging the gap between research and practice.

The World Built Environment Forum

The World Built Environment Forum (WBEF) is a global network of built environment professionals and their stakeholders aimed at combining knowledge, skills and resources to create and manage the built environment that global populations need. 

It sets the standard for dialogue and cooperation that is vital for the continued improvement of the built environment and its associated professions.  The Annual Summit provides an opportunity  for professionals to discuss the most pressing challenges and identify practical solutions, and to network with international peers.

Held in a different urban hub every year, the conference will take place in London in April 2018. We are proposing that the next COBRA conference take place at the same time in London.

Aligning these events provides the opportunity to better understand and address the most pressing issues for the built environment sector; supporting a more collaborative relationship between business and academia and ensuring new and existing professionals in the built environment can further build the skills needed to remain relevant in the future.  
 
For those who have expressed interest or submitted papers for the August COBRA event:

While it is our hope that you will be able to join us at this event in 2018, we also recognise that you may not be able to accommodate this change of date into your schedule.

We would therefore be grateful if you could confirm to us whether you wish us to continue to hold your paper for the conference in 2018 or whether you will need to withdraw your paper as a result of this change of dates. Please let us know which course of action you would like to take by Friday 1 April.
 
We will be issuing a second call for papers with a deadline for submissions in early autumn. Further guidance regarding this second call will be issued via email and updated on the website in the coming weeks.

The special features of COBRA

A high-level research conference

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

Doctoral session

Giving doctoral students an opportunity to present their work in a supportive and encouraging fashion, enabling them to develop and refine their work and to discuss their research with their peers and colleagues.

Paper submission

We will be issuing a second call for papers with a deadline for submissions in early autumn. Further guidance regarding this second call will be issued via email and updated on the website in the coming weeks.

Comments (4)

  1. Only saw this by chance. As Legal stream lead and having submitted abstract, direct contact would have been useful. Not all contributors to COBRA, especially the legal stream, are chartered surveyors, so don't get RICS updates. Was told only last week to have paper submitted by the end of this month. Deadline for holding existing abstract seems incorrect, as Friday 1st April? Also, actual dates of re-arrangement not given - is it same as WBEF (i.e. 23-24.4.18)?

    Carrie de Silva Carrie de Silva, 4 April at 13:57PM

  2. Thank you for your comment Carrie.

    We did send out a communication to all those who had submitted their final papers for the conference or with whom we had had communications with, so we are sorry that you did not receive this.

    A member of the research team will be in touch with you shortly to provide further details.

    Regards,

    Rory Tufano
    RICS Digital Content Editor

    Rory Tufano Rory Tufano, 5 April at 16:15PM

  3. I have not had any contact with RICS COBRA since I was advised that the August 2017 Conference was postponed to April 2018. When I learnt this I rang and advised that I wanted to deliver my paper at the April Conference but to date have received no follow up advice or advice on abstract submissions for the revised date.

    Could you please advise.

    Peter Sarlos
    member 5630063

    Peter Sarlos Peter Sarlos, 29 May at 11:14AM

  4. Hi Peter,

    Thank you for your comment. The revised dates for the COBRA 2018 paper submission and review process have yet to be confirmed. Our Research Team will be contacting all those who have expressed interest in the April 2018 COBRA conference as soon as these dates are confirmed.

    This includes those who wish to submit a paper under a new second call and those who have informed us that they are happy for us to keep their papers on hold from the last call. Further guidance regarding this new second call will also be available on rics.org.

    A member of our Research Team will be in touch with you shortly.

    Regards,

    Rory Tufano
    RICS Digital Content Editor

    Rory Tufano Rory Tufano, 31 May at 09:23AM

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