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13th World Congress for Design & Health – UPDATE*

September 28 - October 1


After close consultation with our organising partners in Belgium, it is with deep disappointment that we face no alternative than to postpone the 13th World Congress 2020 for Design and Health in Ghent, Belgium to September 28 – October 1, 2020.

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rapid spread across many countries, we believe this decision is in the best interest of everyone’s health and safety. We do not want to endanger the health of our attendees and their families. We also want to avoid potential lengthy quarantine periods for attendees who may be exposed to the threat of COVID-19 during their travels. Uncertainty regarding the global impact of COVID-19 remains, resulting in government departments and other organizations already enacting travel restrictions.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this decision will cause for those who have committed to participating in WC2020. It is our intention to limit the changes to the date only. We propose to maintain the current structure of the program, speakers, content and study tours – pending availability. WC2020 will still be held in Ghent and we plan to hold the judging process for the design awards virtually in April as scheduled. The Gala dinner will remain a celebration of the award winners.

The WC2020 Organising Committee have now secured September 28 – October 1, 2020 as the new Congress date. We hope to be able to count on your ongoing enthusiasm and trust that we will still see you at WC2020 later in the year. 

Registration is OPEN for the 13th World Congress of Design & Health!

Join us in Ghent, Belgium to explore how the philosophy of ‘less is more’ can apply to design and health in order to achieve better health outcomes.

Throughout WC2020, we wish to explore how improved health outcomes do not require more hospital beds, they require a change in the built environment and embracing the aid of technology that will positively impact health and wellness.

CONGRESS THEME:    Less is More

WHEN:                                  September 28 – October 1, 2020 

WHERE:                                Ghent, Belgium

PROGRAM:                        Preliminary Program – Click Here (Note: a NEW revised program / agenda will become available once speakers have confirmed their availability aligned with the new Congress date)

REGISTRATION:            Click Here

Our goal for WC2020 is empower YOU, the individuals in our industry, to be part of the solution and to use your work to solve this problem of “Health Change” and contribute towards the necessary evolution in the built environment.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Congress Venue, Ghent Belgium
Belgium is at the heart of Europe, tucked away between The Netherlands, Germany, Luxemburg and France. It is a vibrant region and an economic hub in the middle of one of the world’s highest concentrations of people and industries.

To find out more about Ghent and congress venues please click here.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

WCDH2020 offers a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for international organisations to develop their business.

To find out more about the opportunities available please click here.

Scientific Committee
To view the members members of the Scientific Committee, please click here.

Organising Committee
To view the members of the Organising Committee, please click here.


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