2018 Programme and Fees

Here is the Programme summary. You will receive a full programme in your delegate packs, and full papers and visual essays will be published onlineat the start of the conference. Paper presentations will be in six Breakout sessions during the conference. Each breakout session has four concurrent strands: Hawaiian Surf, Raspberry, Citrus and Butterum. The breakout sessions contain a mix of full papers and artefact-led presentations.

Tuesday extras!

If you are arriving in Sheffield before 1pm*, we invite you to attend a launch in the same building (Heart of Campus) from 10.30 – 12.45:

Critical Arts In Health Network (CAHN) & Double Agency Publication Launch

The Double Agency publication presents the work of a series of practitioners working at the interface between Art/Design and Health/Wellbeing.  The launch is also the first public gathering launch of the Critical Arts In Health Network (CAHN). More information here.After the Tuesday afternoon breakout sessions finish at 6pm, we have some social events lined to kick off your first evening at the conference:

Ghost Tour!

Fancy getting to know Sheffield? Join us on a walking tour with a difference as we journey through the darker side of Sheffield. Mr P Dreadful tells us all about the grim and grizzly past of the friendliest city in the UK. Including macabre medical tales, and spooky sightings, this tour is a must for those who are new to the Steel City and a new perspective to those who thought they knew it well. Meet at 6.15pm at Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HH. The walking tour lasts one hour, ending up at the exhibition private view (see below). Dress for Sheffield’s changeable weather. Booking required as places are limited: please sign up at Reception.

HOSPITAbLe exhibition Private view

HOSPITAbLe is a collection of artefacts designed by Paul Chamberlain that explores of furniture presenting a geographical shift of healthcare, from the institution of the hospital to our home. HOSPITAbLe exhibition Private View, 6.30 – 9pm Persistence Works, 1 Brown Street

Wednesday extras

We are delighted to announce the we will be holding the conference gala dinner on the evening on 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.

Programme outline in full

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 – 16.00 Conference welcome; keynotes: Dilys Price OBE, and Charlotte Bright, UK Department for Health and Social Care with Patrick Bonnett, National Innovation Centre for Ageing; 16.30 – 18.00 Breakout session 1 (4 strands); 18.15 Ghost Tour! A 1 hour walking tour taking in the more sinister side of Sheffield – limited numbers; sign up at reception 18.30 – 21.00 Drinks reception and Private view of HOSPITAbLe – Exhibition, Yorkshire Artspace, Persistence Works, 1 Brown St, Sheffield S1 2BS

Wed 5th September 2018

09.00 – 12.30 Breakout sessions 2 and 3 (4 strands each); 13.30 – 14.00 Posters 14.00 – 15.30 Keynotes: Prof Jayne Wallace, Northumbria University, and Gavin Munro, Full Grown Ltd; 16>00 – 17.30 Breakouts 4 (4 strands). 19.30 – 23.00 Conference dinner at Sheffield Cathedral(optional extra); music by Octogenesis.

Thurs 6th September 2018

09.00 – 12.30 Breakout sessions 5 and 6 (4 strands each); 13.30 – 14.00 Posters 14.00 – 15.30 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.


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.


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

  • Lab4Living, Art & Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University,
    Cantor Building, 153 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NU
    Phone 0114 225 6740 | Fax 0114 225 6702