The organisers welcome both individual submissions for oral and poster presentations, as well as proposals for whole sessions within the conference.

The theme for the conference is ‘Empowerment, Engagement and Partnership: participating to develop healthy cities’. The programme will include plenary sessions, panel discussions and poster presentations. When submitting an individual abstract, please indicate the category of presentation you propose.

The programme committee will use selected abstracts to construct themed sessions over the coming months. Authors will be informed if their abstract has been accepted before the posting of the near-final programme in June 2017.

The following is a list of initial topics the programme committee have identified and serves as a guide to what issues abstracts might address:

  • Citizenship, engagement, community activism and participation – models and good practice
  • The health of minorities in the urban environment
  • How we play - the pursuit of pleasure and what constitutes excess?
  • Cannabis use and regulation – a new challenge for urban health?
  • Communication, engagement, social media and new technologies – exploiting the opportunities in the urban environment
  • ‘The roof over my head’ – dealing with homelessness and the key role of stable accommodation in urban health
  • Geo-mapping, neighbourhood effects and urban health
  • Urban gardening and health: the role of cities and the value of participation
  • Placing health at the heart of urban development – influencing the pace of change
  • Setting-oriented and community-oriented health promotion and prevention - including in relation to alcohol and tobacco
  • Migration and cities – impacts and implications
  • Participation as a key concept in developing healthy cities
  • Aging and well-being in communities and the urban environment
  • Nightlife, festivals, events and health
  • Urban design and health - how can the public participate?
  • Physical activity, recreation and urban planning
  • Social inequalities and their impact on city health
  • Good Governance of urban health: policies and tools
  • Social Networks and health-promotion in cities

Abstracts should be submitted on-line, via the conference registration system. You will first need to create a user account before you can submit. Please also note that if your abstract is selected for inclusion in the programme you must pay the appropriate registration fee to attend and present.

If you would like to submit an abstract, please click here in order to first create your user account. You will then be given the option to submit.

If you wish to submit a proposal for an entire session please note the following:

  • the 90 minute session should comprise 3 or 4 presenters and include time for  discussion;
  • presenters should represent different countries and comparative environments and ideally include a representative of any affected populations/consumers;
  • sessions combining research and practice and lessons applicable to other locations are particularly welcomed;
  • a short outline of the sessions (150 words) should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - please indicate who is responsible for the session and which abstracts are part of the session.
  • individual abstracts from each of the presenters should also be submitted as per instructions above;
  • the session organiser will be responsible for the provision of any necessary support for the all the speakers in the session with regard to registration, travel, accommodation and other costs.

The closing date for submission of session abstracts is 23.59 (GMT) on Thursday 9th March 2017.

The closing date for submission of individual abstracts is 23.59 (GMT) on Sunday 30th April 2017.


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Supporting organization
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Age Stiftung

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Please contact the organizers (carlo.fabian@fhnw.chfor sponsorship.