POLIS University is the initiator and home to two landmark annual events, TAW Tirana Architecture Week, and TDW Tirana Design Week, which for nearly 3 weeks every year place Tirana under the spotlight of contemporary developments and discourses in the field of architecture, urban planning, art design, and environmental issues, intended to contribute to current domestic issues, such as major reforms, national discourses, etc.
In May 2011 POLIS hosted the AESOP 6th Heads of Schools meeting in Tirana, themed “Knowledge exchange in planning: Research, Mobility, Creativity, Innovation”, and then later on in 2017 after a period of 14 years the annual conference of ENHR European Network for Housing Research, themed “Affordable Housing for All! – Redefining the Roles of Public and Private Sectors”, returned in Tirana, Albania and POLIS was the hosting institution.
Also, recently U_Polis hosted the 15th Aesop Young Academics Conference 2021, the event was planned as a Physical event turned into a full virtual event placed in Tirana, themed “Governing the Unknown: Adaptive Spatial Planning in the age of uncertainty “. Together with the Young Academics Coordination Team, Polis worked closely to prepare for the conference in a multiple-scenario perspective. As much as we would like everyone to come to Albania, after all the conference is also a great opportunity, space to network, and collaborate with fellow young planners, a worldwide pandemic made that quite challenging.