RICS and the American Real Estate Society present COBRA at ARES 2020, a track dedicated to construction, building and infrastructure research. The RICS COBRA track is designed to stimulate debate and discussion among researchers and industry professionals from around the world, providing the basis for the exchange of new knowledge and experiences.
COBRA is the RICS research conference dedicated to construction, building and infrastructure. COBRA was first held in 1995 and has been held almost every year since, acting as a key event for the presentation and discussion of the latest research in the built environment.
The American Real Estate Society was founded in 1985 to produce and disseminate knowledge related to real estate decision-making and markets. Members are drawn from both academia and the profession. ARES 2020 is the latest edition of the annual conference held by the American Real Estate Association since 1985.
For the 2020 edition of COBRA, RICS is proud to partner with ARES to advance research and collaboration across disciplines and sectors of the built environment.
The COBRA track at ARES 2020 will consist of sessions dedicated to six overarching themes:
Papers accepted to the COBRA track will undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process to be published (digitally) and disseminated through RICS channels.
RICS is proud to announce the RICS COBRA Award 2020 of US$1,500 for the best research paper presented in the track, to be awarded by the Steering Group. Notable papers will also be considered for the World Built Environment Forum Research Prize, worth US$5,000 comprising: US$2,500 in cash and participation at the 2021 World Built Environment Forum Summit.
Researchers, students and industry professionals are invited to submit abstracts by 1 October 2019 (8pm GMT) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research presented at COBRA must be the result of original work that has not previously published. It is expected that papers will be based on work completed or largely completed by the time of presentation, rather than being presentations of research concepts or work in an early stage of development.
The abstract (no more than 300 words) should describe the issue that is being addressed and the work being undertaken. The abstract must be submitted as a MS Word file, must include the authors' names and affiliations, and indicate the research theme most relevant to the work presented. Please use the Word template included for abstracts and write "abstract submission for COBRA at ARES 2020" in the title of your email.
Deadline for COBRA at ARES 2020 abstract submission: 1 October 2019
Notification of accepted abstract and invitation to submit full paper: 18 October 2019
Deadline for full paper submission: 5 January 2020
Notification of accepted paper: 7 February 2020
Deadline for final amendments to full paper: 8 March 2020
COBRA at ARES 2020: 14 – 18 April 2020
Attendance and presentation of research papers at the COBRA track is open to all academic researchers, PhD students and industry professionals. Papers to be presented at the conference will be selected and edited through a three-steps process:
Authors can submit more than one abstract, and a maximum of five authors can be associated with each abstract. In order to be included in the COBRA track and its published proceedings, at least one author per paper must attend the conference and present his/her paper.
Papers must be written in plain English and no longer than 10 A4 pages. Each full paper will be reviewed "blindly" by two academic researchers, selected on the basis of their expertise from an international pool. The RICS Global Research Team will manage the review and publication process to ensure content consistency and high quality.
Conference attendants and presenters will be able to participate to all COBRA and ARES sessions. Information on registration fees will soon be published here and on the ARES website.