SMART Annual Conference

The First Annual Healthy Cities Conference

The Future of Healthy Cities

Join us at the first annual Healthy Cities Conference, where we will explore a Convergence-by-Design Approach, taking Food as Entry for Global Innovation and Systems Transformation. November 17th to 18th, 2022 at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa Ontario.

Focusing on the central place of food in cities, we will discuss key topics such as the use of ‘big data’ to create smart solutions for urban environments, relevant challenges Indigenous communities face, and the many facets of the circular economy in cities of the future. With the goal of expanding the understanding of implementation science, we will explore how to build and support healthy cities through research excellence, capacity building and knowledge mobilization. Additionally, we are excited to welcome the Healthy Cities Research Initiative to present current and future advancements in the healthy cities space. 

Early Bird Pricing Extended! Register now for early bird pricing until September 30th, 2022.

  • Early Bird Student Registration $50
  • Early Bird Regular Registration $125

Regular pricing will begin October 1st, 2022. Student registration will increase to $100, and all other registration will increase to $250. Take advantage of these discounted rates as tickets are limited.

About the SMART Training Platform

The SMART Healthy Cities Training Platform will train the next generation of health, social sciences and humanities, engineering, and natural science researchers, to find ways to make Canadian cities healthier, more liveable, and more resilient using food and food systems to improve population health.

The Implementing Smart Cities Interventions to Build Healthy Cities (SMART) Training Platform aims to equip the next generation of researchers to implement successful, scalable, and enduring solutions to healthy city challenges facing growing urban centres of all sizes in Canada and globally.

Early Bird Registration Ending Soon

The first annual Healthy Cities Conference is happening this November. Early bird registration is open now until September 15th, 2022. Follow the link below to purchase your tickets as capacity is limited.

Call For Abstract

Key Dates

  • September 15th, 2022 – Early Bird Registration Deadline.
  • September 30th, 2022 – Abstract Submission Deadline. Abstract Submission now closed.
  • October 15th, 2022 – Notification of Abstract Review/Acceptance and poster presentation instructions

Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to register for, and attend, the conference and to be available to delegates during poster viewing periods. 

Important Information

  • Presenters may submit original, previously unpublished research, and infographics for poster presentation.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to attend the conference and to be available to delegates during poster viewing periods.
  • Authors who will present at the conference will not be compensated for their expenses including registration fees, travel, meals, or hotel expenses.
  • The poster size must not exceed 3.5 ft (42 inches) x 3.5 ft (42 inches). Poster may be smaller, but not larger. Posters that are larger in size will not be accommodated.

Abstract Submission Overview:

The Conference Program Committee invites abstract submissions for poster presentations. Abstracts discussing solutions and interventions addressing the complex needs, challenges, and opportunities of healthy cities that encompasses many themes such as but not limited to:  

  • Smart cities, big data, circularity of food, equity, indigenous, housing, transportation, urban planning, geography, aging, policy, movement, public health, gender, and health
  • All disciplines reflective of tri-council are welcome.

Required Abstract Format:

Please note that abstracts that do not adhere to the required abstract format (as indicated below) may be subject to return to author and require resubmission (an additional fee).

  • Abstracts must be submitted via email at [email protected]
  • Abstract is being submitted by the presenting author.
  • Presenting author is listed FIRST in the list of authors.
  • Authors’ first and last names must be spelled out in full.
  • Affiliation of co-authors is completed in full.
  • In the abstract title, you have capitalized the first word only, other than proper nouns.
  • Abstract does not exceed 350 words (excluding the title). This word limit includes any funding information.
  • Abstract is written in English.
  • Standard abbreviation is used; any special/unusual abbreviations are in parenthesis after the full word when it appears the first time.
  • Financial support should be indicated in brackets at the end of the abstract. Financial support information is included within your 350-word limit. No references nor acknowledgement sections are required.
  • Abstract does not include sub-headings, charts, or tables.
  • The abstract has been proof-read for errors.

Travel Bursary

Travel bursaries to defray costs are available for trainees for accepted abstracts. Students that submit and are selected to present an abstract at the annual conference will be eligible to receive a minimum travel bursary of $400. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

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