European Healthcare Design Congress

Recovery, renewal & rediscovery
Planning a climate-smart healthcare system

Call for Papers launched

13-15 June, 2022







Call for papers – submit your abstracts by 8 December 2021

Returning ‘in person’ at the Royal College of Physicians in June 2022 and simultaneously streamed online the Call for Papers for the 8th European Healthcare Design 2022 Congress, Awards and Exhibition was launched last month – and there are now only five weeks until the deadline.

More than 4.4 per cent of global climate emissions can be attributed to healthcare, according to a report in 2019 on healthcare’s global climate footprint by Health Care Without Harm and Arup. As the world emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic – a global public health crisis that has highlighted and deepened existing wounds of health and social inequalities in communities across the world – there are harsh but valuable lessons to learn.

But as the world comes together for Cop26 this month, there are also important opportunities to grasp in how we plan for and invest in climate-smart healthcare systems that place health creation, disease prevention, disaster preparedness, and health and social equity to the fore.

Featuring a world-leading clinician, architect and scientist, view last year’s keynote session on climate-smart healthcare below.

Themed ‘Recovery, renewal and rediscovery: Planning a climate-smart healthcare system’, next year’s Congress recognises that a climate-smart healthcare sector requires silo thinking to be displaced by system-level strategies to health planning and design, which understand the relationships and interdependence of different components of the healthcare ecosystem.

Organised by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, EHD 2022 will be held from 13-15 June. Through our Call for Papers, we’re delighted to invite you to contribute to the exchange of knowledge needed to transform to a climate-smart healthcare system.

Abstracts for the presentation of papers, posters and workshops should be submitted by 8 December 2022 at

Click here to download the Call for Papers


EHD2021 Call for Papers: Congress themes

Presenters are invited to submit abstracts of 400 words by 8 December in the following themes. Download the Call for Papers for more information.

Abstracts should be submitted via the online submission form on the EHD website and abstracts guidelines are available here.

Plenary theme

  • Recovery, renewal and rediscovery: Planning a climate-smart healthcare system

Congress streams

  • Health planning and investment: New models of care that promote
    quality improvement and strengthen health system resilience
  • The intersection of clinical medicine and design: Optimising
    environments and spaces to support clinical service planning strategies
  • Science, technology & digital transformation: System-level adoption
    of digital health, AI, personalised medicine and smart hospital innovations
  • Climate-smart healthcare: Applying circular economy principles and
    net–zero carbon strategies to services, infrastructure and supply chains
  • Art & architecture: Humanistic environments that promote wellbeing,
    identity and dignity, support recovery and empower patients
  • Tertiary care: Planning specialist services and infrastructure, including
    mental health services, cancer care, women and children, and rehabilitation
  • Global health exemplars: Case studies of co-development and
    climate-smart healthcare in low- and-middle income countries


Who should submit a paper and attend?

The European Healthcare Design Congress, Awards & Exhibition attracts the world’s leading interdisciplinary thinkers, researchers and practitioners in the field, including:

  • Physicians
  • Healthcare executives
  • Estates/capital development
  • Nursing professionals
  • Commissioners
  • Health scientists
  • Service designers
  • Clinical managers
  • Architects and designers
  • Engineers and developers
  • Health planners
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Economists

Papers addressing more than one of the congress themes will be given preference. All abstracts should be submitted via the online submission form.


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