Side Events

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

Children who are routinely exposed to situations such as domestic violence, mental ill health, alcohol and other substance misuse problems in their homes experience a negative impact which can last well into adulthood.

These chronic stress situations are called Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and are often associated with poorer outcomes for children in educational attainment, employment, involvement in crime, family breakdown, and a range of health and wellbeing measures.


This event will explore an increasing body of international research identifying the long-term harms that can result from chronic stress during childhood.

2. Place - Healthy Stadia: Promoting good health & wellbeing through sports settings

This event will illustrate how health promoting sports settings can add value to the healthy cities network. Delegates will be introduced to the Healthy Stadia concept of promoting healthier sports settings and delivery of health interventions through sport; to showcase examples of good practice at local and European level.

3. People, Participation - Innovations in health and social care to support active and healthy ageing

This workshop will focus on new technologies and demonstrate how the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) reference sites have used the twinning approach to scale up innovations in health and social care across EU regions to support active and healthy ageing. The workshop will feature successes from top-rated EIP-AHA Reference Site regions. Specific topics will include new technologies, co-design options with innovative procurement models, and a number of collaboration successes will be showcased.  The workshop theme aligns closely with the EIP on AHA objectives to improve the health and quality of life of Europeans with a focus on older people and support the long-term sustainability and efficiency of health and social care systems.

4. Place, People - Research on Physical Activity for Older People within Place-making and Urban Development

This session aims to celebrate International Day of Older Persons by highlighting the importance of age-friendly perspectives on place-making and urban development.  It will do this by reporting the emerging results from two projects that have examined the challenges of Ageing In Place in the UK and Brazil. The first (HULAP, see is examining where and how older adults engage in physical activity and sedentary behaviour  in Belfast and Curitiba. The second project, Place-Making with Older People (see, which is examining how to foster greater sense of place for older adults in a range of UK and Brazilian cities. The session will be introduced by Prof. Geoff Green (Sheffield Hallam University) who will provide a wider context of the WHO initiative of Age-Friendly Cities in Europe. This will be followed by reporting the results of these two major research projects, both funded UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. The session will conclude with a facilitated discussion that will explore how local neighbourhoods influence the health and well-being older adults in the UK and Brazil followed by some discussion on how the insights from these projects can best be translated in to policy and practice in European Healthy Cities.

5. Place, Planet - Better Bedford Street

Bedford Street in Belfast is a key gateway for commuters but is also becoming a destination in its own right. Whilst both types of space are necessary in any city, they often bring a tension to urban form and function.


Better Bedford Street will improve both characteristics by creating parklets in car parking bays for an initial 10 day period in September 2018. The project will monitor indicators such as the change in footfall, economic activity, air quality and vehicle speeds to see if parklets prove to be a better use of the scarce space that is available in an urban environment.


The project is being led by the Strategic Design Group, a cross-sector network of government and non-government bodies interested in better place making.

6. Planet – Building Sustainable, Healthy and Equitable Cities

The side event will explore three interlinked challenges to building sustainable, healthy and equitable cities: reducing the environmental footprint, increasing resilience to environmental change and promoting and protecting health.

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

The Northern Ireland Peace Monitoring Report published by the NI Community Relations Council examines the region’s journey towards or away from peace across four dimensions –safety, equality, political progress and cohesion.  This event will examine issues such as, para-militarism; dealing with the past; poverty; inequality in health, education and employment; levels of social cohesion across housing, education, the arts and culture, sport; and the internal and external political issues facing the region of Northern Ireland

8. Healthy schools in healthy cities

More than 30 years of experience with health promoting schools in the European region have demonstrated its impact on both health and learning outcomes. All schools in a healthy city need to be settings that promote health and learning. The SHE network shares its experiences and tools with the development and implementation of school health promotion. The new UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education is a strategic resource for knowledge production, knowledge transfer, and capacity building for policy and practice, in order to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people worldwide. The main activity of the chair is community building, by stimulating innovative projects, actor management, and fundraising. This workshop will explore the whole school approach to health and well-being and the role of the local community.