The Third Annual Healthy Cities Conference

Healthy Cities Conference

Food, Housing, Mobility, and Longevity as Entry points for Accelerating Prosperous and Resilient Urban and Rural Circular Economies

As cities worldwide continue to expand, there is a pressing need for new perspectives and innovative solutions to address the complex problems that arise. Attendees of this conference will gain insights into today’s challenges and potential solutions for fostering healthier cities, where people can live, work, and play.

The Healthy Cities conference aims to bring together researchers, trainees, practitioners, and knowledge users with an interest in building healthy cities to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange. By facilitating discussions on current issues, research findings, and potential solutions, the conference aims to identify emerging priorities for healthy cities and opportunities for further research and training.

The conference program will feature sessions and posters covering a wide range of topics related to healthy cities. These may include implementation science, convergence-by-design, food and health, Indigenous issues, equity, transportation, and housing, as well as training and policy.


Registration TypeTicket Price
Student Rate* $50.00
Standard Rate* $100.00

Registration includes: all sessions, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and refreshments, and access to the joint evening reception.

*Registration closes June 16th, 2024.

For inquiries regarding abstracts or the conference programming, contact: [email protected]. If you have questions regarding registration, contact Conference Services at the University of Guelph at 519-824-4120 ext. 53350 or via email at [email protected].


8:00am – 8:30 amContinental Breakfast
8:30am – 9:00amOpening Remarks
9:00am – 10:30amKeynote Session:
The Governance of Implementing Healthy Cities
10:30am – 11:00amHealth Break & Poster Viewings
11:00am – 12:00pmSession One:
Advancing Sustainable Agriculture: Integrating Nutrition and Climate-smart Practices into Rural and Urban Food Systems
12:00pm – 1:00pmLunch
1:00pm – 2:00pmSession Two:
Navigating Tomorrow: Mobility, Innovation, and Ecosystem Design for Human and Planetary Well-being
2:00pm – 3:00pmSession Three:
Redefining Home: Exploring Affordable and Sustainable Housing in the Circular Economy
3:00pm – 3:30pmRefreshment Break & Poster Viewing
3:30pm – 4:30pmSession Four:
From Learning Health Systems to Learning Society Systems: Insights for Rural and Urban Circular Economy Acceleration
4:30pm – 4:45pmClosing Remarks
5:00pm – 7:00pmJoint Reception with Circular Hotspot Conference

Call for Abstracts

The Conference Program Committee invites abstract submissions discussing solutions and interventions addressing the complex needs, challenges, opportunities of healthy cities that include themes such as but not limited to:

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


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