COVID-19 Global Healthcare Design Summit

In direct response to the pandemic, we are excited to announce the launch of the COVID-19 Global Healthcare Design Summit – A New Paradigm, fully integrated into the 6th European Healthcare Design Congress, which will now take place in a virtual setting on 14-18 September 2020. The Call for Papers for the Summit closed on 28 July and the programme will be available in early August – and included within an updated version of the full Preliminary Programme for EHD 2020.


You can view the Preliminary Programme here. For details about online registration and a range of ticket types to attend the virtual congress, please click here.


The programme and registration details can also be viewed at the virtual event site.

In a matter of months, the emergence of a new human coronavirus has brought global society to a standstill, sent vibrant economies spiralling into freefall, overwhelmed and placed untold stress on health systems, and caused death, illness and despair to billions of people worldwide. As this existential shock and continuing threat to life reverberates through societies, international health systems are adapting and reshaping at speed. The direct and indirect impacts on physical and mental health will be felt for years to come.

The convergence of the dual threats of infectious disease and climate crisis, requires actors at all levels of society to construct a comprehensive design narrative for the sustainable development of population-based health systems.


The programme for the COVID-19 Global Summit is likely to include presentations on the following areas of interest:

  • Strengthening health systems resilience and preparedness; 
  • Joining up public health services with health and social care systems;
  • Designing in surge acute and critical care capacity;
  • The fourth wave: the population health impact of ‘lockdown’;
  • Supporting healthcare workforce resilience and mental health;
  • Sustainable hospital design: the architecture of adaptable infrastructure; and
  • How the pandemic is accelerating innovation in digital health and technology.


We look forward to your participation in this significant addition to this year's European Healthcare Design Congress, 14-18 September, 2020 (virtual).