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Submission process

This year’s plenary theme is Building a fairer future: Advancing health equity through impact investment’.

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Healthy City Design 2024 (HCD 2024) International Congress & Exhibition is a global forum for the exchange of knowledge on the research, policy, investment and practice of designing healthy and sustainable cities and communities.

Why submit an abstract?

The deadline for abstract submissions passed on 30 May, but consideration will still be given for submissions in Video+Poster format – please contact

For the second consecutive year, the Congress will be hosted at the WELL-certified The Spine, the Royal College of Physicans’ northern headquarters.

Attendees will develop their knowledge of the political, social and economic context, new policy directions, emerging practice, latest research findings, and skills and core competencies in designing, planning and commissioning city services, technology, infrastructure, and developing real estate that improve people and planetary health. We are delighted to invite you to submit abstracts on the following core themes.

2024 Themes

Impact investment and good governance

Mobilising capital for place-based investment that builds diverse, inclusive and prosperous communities

Community impact

Empowering communities to design and lead changes to systems and environments driving health inequalities

Homes and neighbourhoods

Creating healthier and inclusive living spaces that enhance residents’ quality of life and contribute to thriving communities

Urban design, placemaking and the public realm

Urban strategies that promote compact and vibrant cities, prioritise wellbeing, and foster community resilience

Transport and mobility

Innovative, inclusive and accessible transportation strategies that promote healthy active travel and sustainable mobility

Planetary health

Embedding planetary health and circular economy principles into urban governance, policy, design and implementation

Innovation and the knowledge economy

Scaling digital transformation with AI, new workplace models and innovation districts in the smart city

Population health

Delivering accessible place-based care through cross-sector partnering and health planning across local health economies

Authors are invited to submit abstracts of 400 words in English for in-person presentation in the following formats: a) themed paper; b) video+poster; c) workshop. The abstract should clearly state the background, purpose, methods, results and conclusions/implications. Presentations in all formats can be focused on research, practice or theory. For full abstract guidelines, click here.

Each presentation will be delivered to an interdisciplinary audience. All abstracts will be subject to a rigorous blind peer-review process by the HCD 2024 programme committee. A carefully selected number will be chosen for oral presentation with a wider number presented as videos + posters.

Proposals must be submitted using the abstract submission form and MUST include the following:
a) presentation type (themed paper, poster or workshop);
b) knowledge focus (research, practice or theory);
c) congress theme (plenary or stream);
d) title, author(s), organisational affiliation, and three keywords.

Abstracts of the papers selected for presentation will be published in the Final Programme. Please note: the author(s) and/or co-author(s) are required to register and pay the registration fee to participate and present the paper at the Congress. While the Congress will include virtual streaming online for delegates around the world, all speakers are expected to attend ‘in person’.

Who should submit a paper and attend?

The Healthy City Design 2024 International Congress & Exhibition attracts the world’s leading interdisciplinary policy thinkers, researchers and practitioners.

The Congress will be of interest to:

• City governance and policy• Occupational therapists
• Community leaders and voices• Institutional investors
• Urban designers and planners• Business leaders
• Public health practitioners• Technology leaders
• Commercial property developers• Real estate investors
• Health and social care planners• Senior public servants
• Sustainability and ESG practitioners         • Environmental groups
• Academics and researchers• Architects and engineers
• Economists and social scientist• Housing developers

Provisional Timetable

March 2024

Launch of Call for Papers

April 2024

Launch of Awards Call for Entries

30 May 2024

Extended deadline for HCD 2024 Congress abstracts

June 2024

Deadline for Awards entries

July 2024

Launch of the Preliminary Programme

September 2024

Deadline for early-bird, speaker registration and manuscripts

Tuesday 15 October 2024

08.00-19.00: HCD 2024 Congress & Exhibition

Wednesday 16 October 2024

08.00-19.00: HCD 2024 Congress & Exhibition

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