Design4Health2013: A post-conference message from Kirsty Christer

Many thanks to all of those who took part in this year’s conference, which took place in Sheffield 3rd – 5th July 2013. Over three days, 141 delegates (representing 19 countries) attended 7 keynote presentations, 77 papers, a peer-reviewed Exhibition, 1 workshop, 1 tutorial, 2 drinks receptions and a memorable evening at MAGNA Science and Adventure Park – and that’s not even including all the activities during the earlier part of the week in the 24 Hour Design Challenge! I’ll be posting photos from the Challenge and Conference on this website but please send in any pictures you took as well.

I would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters who helped make Design4Health happen:

The Health FoundationCreative SheffieldKTEqualDevices4DignityUser-Centred Health Care DesignCollaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire,  and the Healthcare Technology HubArt & Design Research Centre and Faculty of Health & Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University.

My particular thanks also go to our excellent team of stewards, who helped make things run smoothly and did a fantastic job at the conference. They were:

Katharina Bandman, Matthew Coombes, Meera Rajan, Rowell Heria, Zakera Kali, Nancy Hughes and Julie Turnbull.

If you would like any of the other paper presentations that you saw at the conference, please contact the speakers direct; the D4H13 Delegates List is now available to print.

For those of you who weren’t at the prize giving, the Best Paper Presentation Awards, as voted for by conference delegates, went to:

1st Place (£250)

Alessia Cadamuro from Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) for her paper “Alzheimer – What remains?”

Joint 2nd Place (£125 each)

Rita Maldonado Branco, from Central Saint Martins School of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London, UK, for her paper “How can Communication Design add value in the context of Alzheimer’s Disease?”


Alison Thomson from Queen Mary, University of London for her presentation of the paper “Multiple sclerosis (MS) Outpatient Future Groups: Designing tools of interaction in health service improvement activities”, authored by Alison Thomson1, Carol Rivas1, Tosh Denholm2, Gavin Giovannoni1 (1Queen Mary, University of London; 2Barts Health NHS Trust, UK)

Best Exhibit in the Design4Health2013 Exhibition (£250), judged by a cross-discipline panel, went to Joe Langley and team for the ‘Head Up’ project.

Congratulations to all the winners on some excellent presentations!


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