The programme for the conference seeks to examine, through a critical lens, the increasingly complex relationships between policy makers, academics and researchers, communities and individuals, in a world where change is rapid and information technology has increased access to information, as well as changing the dynamics of communication and influence.

As in previous editions of the conference, focus will be on the role of cities and how they can and should respond to and manage the needs of their communities, to ensure health and well-being are at the centre of policy and planning, in terms of the structures, services and support available. At all times the process being informed and underpinned by a thorough examination of the available evidence.