Scientific Programme

(Subject to change)

Sunday 30th October 


Belfast Waterfront, Riverside Entrance


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Monday 31st October 

7:00 - 9:00

Belfast Waterfront, Riverside Entrance


Music by Blackthorn


Conference Chair:

Ms Monika Kosinska, Programme Manager, Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, WHO Regional Office for Europe and Regional Focal Point for the WHO European Healthy Cities Network


Master of Ceremonies: Mr Brendan Mulgrew

8:30 - 10:00

Belfasta Waterfront, Auditorium

Business meeting: WHO European Healthy Cities business meeting

Russian, Spanish and Turkish translation available

Welcome Opening: Ms Kate Nicholl

Session Chairs: Ms Monika Kosinska / Dr. David Stewart

Open to all delegates; voting restricted to members of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network in Phase VI

8:30 - 10:00

Close of Phase VI and preparation for Phase VII of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network

Welcome opening: Kate Nicholl, Councillor, Chair, People & Communities Committee, Belfast


Session chairs

  • Ms Monika Kosinska, Programme Manager, Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, WHO Regional Office for Europe and Regional Focal Point for the WHO European Healthy Cities Network

  • Mr David Stewart, Chair, Belfast Healthy Cities

10:00 - 12:30

Side Events

Delegates will leave Belfast Waterfront, city side entrance at 10.10am to travel to Side Events.

Delegates not attending the Business meeting should go directly to their chosen Side Event venue.


Refreshments will be available on arrival at each side event

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10:00 - 12:30

1. Adverse Childhood Experiences: A trauma informed approach to early years

Welcome: June Wilkinson, Department of Education, Northern Ireland


Venue: Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue, Belfast

2. Healthy Stadia:

The contribution of sports venues to health and wellbeing

Welcome: Michael Boyd, Director, Irish Football Foundation

Venue: National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, Donegall Ave, Belfast


Lunch provided

4. Ageing in Place Insights from recent UK-Brazil Research

Welcome: Elizabeth Mitchell, Belfast Healthy Cities

Venue: City Hall, Belfast, Donegall Square, Belfast

3. Technology and Innovation to support active and healthy ageing


Welcome: Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health


Venue: Assembly Buildings, 2–10 Fisherwick Place, Belfast

Lunch provided

6. Building sustainable, healthy and equitable cities


Welcome: Nigel McMahon, Chief Environmental Health Officer, Northern Ireland and Paul Wilkinson, London School for Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Venue: PRONI (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland) 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast

5. Better Bedford Street

Welcome: Richard Kirk, Director, Institution of Civil Engineers, Northern Ireland

Venue: Ulster Hall,

34 Bedford Street,


7. Northern Ireland’s Journey Towards or Away from Peace


Welcome: Jacqueline Irwin, Community Relations Council, Northern Ireland

Venue: Linenhall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast

  8. Health Promoting Schools in Healthy Cities


Welcome: TBC


Venue: Belfast Waterfront, Room Hall 2B

Side Events

12:30 - 14:00

Belfast Waterfront, Hall 1


All delegates unless otherwise stated

14:00 - 16:00

Belfast Waterfront, Auditorium

Plenary 1: Primary healthcare, health service delivery and the local level – where do we go from here?

The session will reflect on the progress and achievements since the landmark UK Dawson report in 1920 preparing the ground for primary health care, universal health coverage and the healthy cities approach to improving health for all.  It will highlight the UK experience and reflect on opportunities and challenges, particularly within the context of the growing NCD burden.


Recital by Colin Dardis ‘Confidence’ National Health Service 70



  • Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Emmet McDonough Brown 


Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor John Ashton, Senior Advisor, WHO European Healthy Cities Network

  • Dr Bente Mikkelsen, Director, Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course



  • Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer, Northern Ireland, UK

  • Dr Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, England, UK

  • Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer, Scotland, UK

  • Dr Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Wales, UK



  • Mr David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King's Fund, UK


40 Years of the Alma Ata Declaration:

  • WHO Representative

  • Mr Imin Sabirov, Deputy Mayor of Astana, Kazakhstan

  • Mr Yerlan Aukenov, Deputy Mayor of Almaty, Kazakhstan


Session Chairs:

  • Dr Piroska Östlin, Director, Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, WHO Regional Office for Europe

  • Professor Nigel McMahon, Chief Environmental Health Officer, Department of Health, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

16:00 - 16:30


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Parallel Session A

16:30 - 18:00

Strategic workshop

A1: Place-making in the city: different experiences

Hall 2B

Spanish translation

Learning through practice


A2: Health in all policies



 Russian translation

Learning through practice


A3: City policies for population and planetary health

Hall 2A

Turkish translation

Learning through practice


A5: Health: a key element of urban prosperity



Room 2A


Leave Belfast Waterfront to travel to Whitla Hall, Queen's University Belfast

19:00 - 21:00

Whitla Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

Welcome reception

Welcome dance by Artsekta


Professor Ian Greer, Vice Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast

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