2018 Fees and Programme

  • Register here - n.b. Early bird extended
  • Call for Papers here
  • See below for the draft programme
  • Decisions on full papers and posters are going out over the next few weeks


2018 Delegate rates Full conference One day
Early bird rate £525 £230
Standard rate £625 £295
Student rate £375 £190
Loyalty discount rate - Early bird / standard £473 / £563 £207 / £266

The student rate is available to those in Higher Education. When registering, you will be asked to provide the name, affiliation and contact email address of the supervisor / tutor who can confirm your student status. This year we are pleased to offer a loyalty discount of 10% to those who have attended 2 or more of the previous Design4Health conferences (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017). Eligibility for discounts will be checked; if you do not qualify for the discount selected, you will be charged the full rate. The 10% discount is not available on the student rates. A maximum of one discount per delegate applies. Please register here.

Draft programme summary

N.b. The conference is scheduled to start at 2pm on Tuesday 4th September to allow some travel time on Tuesday morning.

Tues 4th September 2018

13.00 Registration

14.00 – 18.00 Conference welcome; keynotes: Dilys Price OBE, and Prof Jayne Wallace, Northumbria University; Breakout session 1; and welcome drinks reception.

Wed 5th September 2018

09.00 – 17.30 Breakout sessions 2 and 3; keynotes: Charlotte Bright, UK Department for Health and Social Care, and Gavin Munro, Full Grown Ltd; Breakouts 4.

19.30 – 23.00 Conference dinner at Sheffield Cathedral (optional extra); music by Octogenesis.

Thurs 6th September 2018

09.00 – 16.30 Breakout sessions 5 and 6; Keynotes: Prof Sue Walker, University of Reading; Gary Hickey, INVOLVE; panel discussion and plenary.

16.30 Conference close.

We reserve the right to alter the programme timings; the full version with breakout sessions will be posted online three weeks before the conference.


There are three submission types in Design4Health2018:

Paper presentations

These should aim to give a brief summary of a piece of research or a project, either completed or still in progress. These may be from the perspective of researchers or of participants in the research. Initial submission: Abstracts for submissions of this kind should be a maximum of 300 words (including all text) and may include up to 3 images. Abstracts will be peer reviewed and authors of accepted abstracts will submit full papers before the conference. Full papers:Full papers of 3000 words should describe the work in more depth, and may be accompanied by up to 7 images.

Artefact-led presentations

Recognizing that healthcare and the lived experiences of illness are enacted and shaped through everyday objects (instruments, devices, dress, furniture), we offer an opportunity for presenters to use these (actual or photographs) as the basis of their presentation. The object / artefact may be the outcome of the research (a resulting product or design), the method (the practice through which the research was undertaken) or be the stimulus for the research (reflecting a real-world challenge). Initial submission: 3 page A4 landscape PDF document, including 300 words maximum. See the Call for Papers for full details. Proposals will be peer reviewed and authors of accepted abstracts will submit visual essays before the conference. Visual Essaysshould be no more than 1000 words and use a template to be provided.

General information on submissions

All submissions will be reviewed by a peer review panel. All papers for the conference should adhere to the style guide outlined in the Call for Papers. Accepted papers and essays will be published in the online conference proceedings of Design4Health (with ISBN). Selected authors will be invited to submit extended papers for consideration for the Design for Health Journal (Taylor & Francis).


Poster submissions are invited in the form of a brief (150 word) abstract plus an A4 or A3 text / visual representation of your work in pdf format.  On acceptance, presenters are requested to produce a visually engaging poster using a template which will be provided. The finished poster should not contain extensive amounts of detailed text but may provide further detail through links and/or associated A4 or A5 handouts. Templates and guidance relating to the posters will be provided on the conference website. If accepted, you will be allocated time to present your poster at specified times during the conference. All submissions will be reviewed by a peer review panel.


The draft timetable is as follows: 16th April 2018             Deadline for abstracts

11 May week ending 18th May 2018       Authors notified of outcome of peer review

18th June 2018                        Deadline for Full paper submission

Tue 4th Sep 2018                   Conference opens

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