Online-Conference 2021

Within the conference series “City of the Future – Healthy, Sustainable Metropolises”, the 7th conference took place as online-event on 18th November 2021 (09:00 h – 16:45 h) under the title: “Health and Sustainable Urban Development in the Field of Tension: Analyses, Initiatives & Planning Practice”.

In urban development and corresponding planning processes, health and sustainability are closely linked. This is evident in sectors such as housing, transport and urban greening. Many local initiatives and projects also deal with these topics. But can these different “cultures” learn from or challenge each other, and if so, in what way?

The aim of the conference was to exchange current knowledge and thus identify research needs, formulate suggestions for healthy, sustainable metropolises and identify curricular cornerstones for education and training in the disciplines involved.

Plenary lectures and workshops addressed four selected topics and, in particular, their interconnections:

  • Urban epidemiology
  • Urban green/blue and health
  • Healthy and sustainable mobility
  • Urban planning, urban initiatives and health

You can find more information on these topics here.

The conference was organised by the Faculty of Health Sciences at Bielefeld University (Rainer Fehr, Claudia Hornberg) and HafenCity University Hamburg (Jörg Knieling); it was funded by the Fritz and Hildegard Berg Foundation at the German Center for Foundations.

The conference was held as a tandemevent. The 5th Hamburg Symposium on Regional Health Care took place on 17th November 2021 (10:30 h – 17:00 h) with the topic: “Health and care of the future – how are urban and rural areas positioned?”.
The main conference language was German in both cases.

Supplementary information:
The Bochum University of Applied Sciences initiated the “Urban Health digiSpace” from 15. NOV to 10. DEC 2021, which focused on the topic of urban health on various dates. The tandem event “Sustainable Urban Health” was integrated into the corresponding programme. More detailed information on the digiSpace can be found here.