Design4Health2018 Sheffield


  • Got a question for the panel on Thursday? Upload your question via Slido – use code 2619.
  • Poster viewing is at 1.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • You can book your Double Agent encounter via the laptop by Reception. See below for details.
  • Programme change: Thursday 5 Butterum Session 9 – 10.30:

Logic models as a form of creative practice in co-production? Sharing learning from commissioning processes within South Yorkshire is now the 4th paper in this session.

The democratization of design tools in medical settings: Young patients can use the tools of their surgeons to become more informed and empowered is now the 1st paper in this session.

Full papers available online here

Double Agency: Conference Activity

We invite delegates to experience Double Agency, an encounter with four double agent practitioners, here at the conference, who are waiting to meet with you and enter into critical and material dialogue with you personally, for 10 minutes. Our double agents are postgraduate student practitioners working at the interface between  Art/ Design and Health/Wellbeing. Some of our work is presented in the Double Agency publication, available free to delegates.

You can book a slot using the interactive booking system, which is in itself, along with the accompanying waiting room, an opportunity to consider the experience of receiving health care. The whole experience takes 40 minutes and is for a maximum of two delegates at a time. There is a limited number of places on the Double Agency experience and they are scheduled during networking and refreshment breaks throughout the conference.

Debbie, Smizz, Lacin and Julie

The programme summary is now available. The conference kicks off at 1pm on Tuesday 4th September, and closes at 4.30pm on Thursday. Delegates will receive a detailed programme when they register, and full papers will be published online at the start of the conference.

Secure your place at Design4Health2018 by registering here! The link takes you to our booking portal. Discounts are available for students, or those attending their third Design4Health conference.

To plan your visit, we have info on accommodation, plus venue and travel info here.

Interested in raising your organisation‘s profile and demonstrating your commitment to innovation and best practice in design for health and wellbeing to an international audience? Download our sponsor pack to see how you can get involved.

We are delighted to announce the we will be holding the conference gala dinner on the evening on Wednesday 5th September at Sheffield Cathedral. See below for more details about this historic building. We hope you will join us; places can be booked at £45 per head via the Registration site or by contacting the Events team.


Original Norman stones reused in the cathedral’s sanctuary walls rebuilt in the 15th century.

Full paper, visual essay and poster submission

For authors with accepted abstracts, please read the Full paper / visual essay author guidelines before preparing your paper, using this D4H18 Submission Template, and adding to your existing submission onlineFull paper & visual essay deadline extended to midnight Sun 24 June.

For authors with accepted poster proposals, please read the D4H18 poster guidelines before preparing your poster, using the D4H18 3 IMAGE POSTER or D4H18 5 IMAGE POSTER guidance, and adding to your existing submission online. Please submit by 30 June 2018.

General information

We are pleased to welcome delegates back to Sheffield for the fifth European Design4Health conference. It will be held this year from Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th September 2018 at Sheffield Hallam University’s Heart of the Campus building, near the vibrant and popular Ecclesall Road area of Sheffield.

The 2018 conference is hosted by Lab4Living, a trans-disciplinary research living lab within Sheffield Hallam University’s Art & Design Research Centre (ADRC). You can find out more about the research done in the ADRC here.

Gala dinner – Wed 5th September

Our conference gala dinner takes place on the evening of Wednesday 5th September at Sheffield Cathedral.

Sheffield Cathedral is the oldest building in Sheffield still in daily use. Parts of the building date from the early 12th century when William de Lovetot built the first church on this site and established the township of Sheffield. This beautiful building has many interesting historical and architectural features, which delegates will be able to explore during the evening. The walls of the nave hold many interesting monuments to notable Victorian Sheffielders and remind us how, during the 18th century, the town’s population grew substantially due to the rapidly increasing industrialisation of the cutlery and steel industries and that the new class of wealthy factory owners wished their lives to be commemorated in Sheffield’s Parish Church. Find out more about the building’s history here.

Book your place for £45 per head at the same times as registering here, or by contacting the Events team.

Sponsorship – Building on success

Sponsoring Design4Health gives you the opportunity to raise your profile and demonstrate your commitment to innovation and best practice in design for health and wellbeing to an international audience. At the conference, you’ll join a unique network of designers, researchers, clinicians, policy makers and users.

Download our sponsor pack to see how your organisation can get involved.

The Design4Health story began in July 2011 with the Lab4Living team looking at new spaces in which to bring our community together, share knowledge and learn from each other. The success of the first conference in Sheffield led to further events in 2013 and 2015. To grow our international audience, The Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology welcomed the Design4Health community to Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia for the fourth conference in December 2017. Design4Health now returns to Sheffield in 2018.

Sponsors and financial supporters of previous conferences include: The Health Foundation; NIHR Devices for Dignity HTC; NIHR CLAHRC SY; KT-EQUAL; Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network; B Braun; Cabrini Health; Kyoto Design Lab; Creative Sheffield; Med Tech Innovations


Full details will be announced in January. The draft timetable is as follows:

16th  April 2018              Deadline for abstracts

11th May 2018                         Authors notified of outcome of peer review

18th June 2018                         Deadline for Full paper submission

Tue 4th Sep 2018                    Conference opens

Aims and Scope

Our events provide an opportunity to reflect on how the disciplines of design and health might continue to develop new ways of thinking and working, and how we might impact positively and sustainably on the social, economic and cultural factors within our communities and beyond.

We invite papers from researchers and practitioners across the areas of design and health in order to develop new dialogues and offer different perspectives.

Given that our focus is very much on designing with people, we encourage submissions from individuals using services and products, and the sharing of real-life experiences.

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  • Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University
    The White Building
    Fitzalan Square Sheffield S1 2AZ
    Phone (+44)114 225 3143