Call for Papers deadline extended until 1 June

Owing to a number of requests, we have extended the abstracts deadline for the Call for Papers for the 7th Healthy City Design 2023 International Congress & Exhibition.


The Healthy City Design 2023 (HCD 2023) International Congress & Exhibition is a global forum for the exchange of knowledge on the research, policy and practice of designing healthy and sustainable cities and communities. This year’s plenary theme is ‘Urban renewal and health equity: Charting a sustainable path locally and globally’.


After several years held at the Royal College of Physicians, London, this year’s Congress is the first to be hosted outside of the capital, at the WELL-certified The Spine, the Royal College’s northern headquarters. undefined - undefined


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.


We invite you to submit abstracts using the online form, on the following core themes and by the extended deadline of 1 June 2023.


Download the Call for Papers here.


Plenary theme


Urban renewal and health equity: Charting a sustainable path locally and globally


Congress streams


  • Homes and neighbourhoods: Setting new design standards that remove barriers to healthier lifestyles and redress health inequalities
  • Urban design, placemaking and the public realm: Urban strategies to improve social cohesion, health equity and economic opportunity
  • Transport and mobility: Smart and integrated low-carbon transport systems, hubs and infrastructure that promote inclusive communities
  • Smart cities and urban tech: Scaling digital tech in urban systems to create a low-carbon future that is more liveable, safer and resilient
  • Planetary health: Transforming cities to enhance natural ecosystems, mitigate climate change, create health co-benefits, and progress the SDGs
  • Work and workplace: Designing new workplace models across diverse settings to enhance health, wellbeing, purpose and productivity
  • Population health: Multisectoral partnering across the local health economy to improve health planning and deliver place-based care


The process


Authors are invited to submit abstracts of 400 words in English for any of the following: 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 focus on any of research, practice or theory. Full abstract guidelines are available here.


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 2023 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 proposal 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 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 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’.


Full edited versions of the papers and videos+posters may be published on the SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange at following the Congress. No paper will be published without the author’s consent.


Who should submit a paper and attend?


The Healthy City Design 2023 International Congress & Exhibition attracts the world’s leading interdisciplinary policymakers, researchers and practitioners designing healthy and sustainable cities and communities. The Congress will be of interest to:


  • City governance and policy
  • Urban designers and planners
  • Real estate developers
  • Commercial property developers
  • House builders
  • Sustainability practitioners
  • Academics and researchers
  • Architects and designers
  • Engineers and surveyors
  • Health/social care planners
  • Public health practitioners
  • Occupational therapists
  • Business/technology leaders
  • Senior public servants
  • Environmental groups
  • Economists