Call for Papers (extended) – submit by 12 February

Owing to high demand, the Call for Papers deadline for the 7th European Healthcare Design 2021 Congress (EHD 2021) has been extended until Friday 12 February.


The congress will take place on 14-16 June 2021 and it is scheduled to be held ‘in person’ if it is safe to do so, with live streaming globally online.


After a year like no other, the plenary theme for the 2021 congress is ‘Creative destruction: Design innovation in the face of existential threats’


The congress is dedicated to the global exchange of knowledge on the relationship between research, practice and policy in the design of health systems, services, technology and infrastructure. undefined - undefined


Congress attendees will develop their knowledge of the political, social, economic and environmental context, emerging practice, skills and core competencies in designing and commissioning health services, technology and infrastructure, project management, and the evidence base for healthcare design, sustainable development and quality improvement. 


We are delighted to invite you to submit abstracts by the extended deadline of 12 February 2021 on the following core themes. 


Plenary theme 
Creative destruction: Design innovation in the face of existential threats 


Congress streams 

  • Population-based health systems: Designing place-based health and care systems that embrace joint working across sector boundaries 
  • The intersection of clinical medicine and design: Reimagining clinical environments through interdisciplinary health service & space planning 
  • Science, technology & innovation: Accelerating adoption to create active infrastructure, empower patients and transform health systems 
  • Climate smart healthcare: Applying circular economy principles and net zero carbon and resilience strategies 
  • Art & architecture: Sustainable environments that promote wellbeing, identity and dignity, support recovery and empower patients and users 
  • COVID-19 Global Summit: Pandemic preparedness: Strengthening health systems, services and infrastructure in response to the threat of communicable disease


Authors are invited to submit abstracts of 400 words in English for any of the following: a) themed paper; b) poster; c) workshop. The abstract should clearly state the background, purpose, methods, results and conclusions/implications. Presentations in all three formats can be focused on any of research, practice or theory. Click here for more detailed abstract guidelines.


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 EHD 2021 Programme Committee. A carefully selected number will be chosen for oral presentation with a wider number presented as posters. Papers will be considered for both ‘in person’ and ‘virtual’ talks. 


Proposals must be submitted using the abstract proposal form, available at and MUST include the following details: a) presentation type (themed paper, poster or workshop); b) knowledge focus (research, practice or theory); c) congress theme (choice of three out of six streams in order of preference); d) title; e) author(s); f) organisational affiliation; and g) three keywords. 


Download the Call for Papers for more information.