Call for Papers: Healthy City Design 2017 International Congress

11th April 2017

The organizing committee of the Healthy City Design 2017 (HCD 2017) International Congress & Exhibition is excited to announce the launch of the Call for Papers.
Healthy City Design 2017 (HCD 2017) International Congress & Exhibition, which will take place at the Royal College of Physicians, London on 16–17 October 2017, is a global forum for the exchange of knowledge on the research, policy and practice of designing healthy and sustainable cities and communities.
Congress attendees will develop their knowledge of the political and economic context, emerging practice, latest research findings, skills and core competencies in designing, planning and commissioning city services, technology and infrastructure, project management, and the evidence base for environmentally responsible urban planning, design and public health. You are invited to submit abstracts on the following core themes.
Plenary theme

Urban planning and global health: visioning the future of world cities
Design to reduce health inequity in low, middle and high-income countries
Congress streams
Health, housing and neighbourhoods
Nurturing and sustaining health, wellbeing and quality of life
Placemaking and the public realm
Designing to promote healthy, active lifestyles and social inclusion
Transport, mobility, independence and health
Designing accessible, ecological and safe transport systems
Smart cities are healthy cities
Adopting technology and innovation to maximise health advantages
Sustainable development: resilience planning and health
Climate change adaptation, disaster recovery and disease prevention
Workplace health: promoting a culture of wellness
Designing supportive work environments and wellness programmes
Authors are invited to submit abstracts of 400 words in English for any of the following: a) themed paper; b) poster; c) workshop; d) colloquium. The abstract should clearly state the background, purpose, methods, results and conclusions/implications. Presentations in all four formats can be focused on any of research, practice or theory. For more detailed abstract guidelines, visit
Each presentation will be delivered to an interdisciplinary audience, and each stream carefully curated to encourage an informed dialogue. Papers addressing more than one of the congress themes will be given preference.
All abstracts will be subject to a rigorous blind peer-review process by the HCD 2017 Programme Committee. A carefully selected number will be chosen for oral presentation with a wider number presented as posters.
Proposals must be submitted using the abstract proposal form, available at and MUST include the following:
a) presentation type (themed paper, poster, workshop or colloquium);
b) knowledge focus (research, practice or theory);
c) congress theme (plenary or stream)
d) title;
e) author(s);
f) organisational affiliation; and
g) three keywords.
The abstracts of the papers and posters chosen 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 present the paper at the congress. The official language of HCD 2017 is English.
More information on the conference venue, hotel accommodation and registration fee will be available at:  

All abstracts and enquiries should be submitted by e-mail to the HCD 2017 Secretariat no later than 21 April 2017 at the following address:

HCD 2017 Secretariat
Tel: + 44 (0)1277 634176
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