Call for Proposals

First Annual Healthy Cities Conference

November 17, 2022 - November 18, 2022

The Museum of Nature, Ottawa Ontario

First Annual Healthy Cities Conference

Building A World Community for Next-Generation Implementation Science for Healthy Cities: A Convergence-by-Design Approach taking Food as Entry for Global Innovation and Systems Transformation

About the Conference:

The Future of Healthy Cities

November 17th to 18th, 2022 at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa Ontario.

Hosted by the SMART Healthy Cities Training Platform. The Implementing Smart Cities Interventions to Build Healthy Cities (SMART) Training Platform aims to equip the next generation of researchers to implement successful, scalable, and enduring solutions to healthy city challenges facing growing urban centres of all sizes in Canada and globally.

Healthy Cities focuses on where we live, work and play.  Focusing on the central place of food in cities, we will discuss key topics such as the use of ‘big data’ to create smart solutions for urban environments, relevant challenges Indigenous communities face, and exploring the best knowledge, practices, and tools from different fields of study to solve these complex problems. Complementary issues that touch on many other facets of healthy cities may include housing, transportation, equity and much more.

Key Dates

  • September 15th, 2022 - Early Bird Registration Deadline.
  • September 30th, 2022 - Abstract Submission Deadline. Abstract Submission now closed.
  • October 15th, 2022 - Notification of Abstract Review/Acceptance and poster presentation instructions

Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to register for, and attend, the conference and to be available to delegates during poster viewing periods. 

Important Information

  • Presenters may submit original, previously unpublished research, and infographics for poster presentation.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to attend the conference and to be available to delegates during poster viewing periods.
  • Authors who will present at the conference will not be compensated for their expenses including registration fees, travel, meals, or hotel expenses.
  • The poster size must not exceed 3.5 ft (42 inches) x 3.5 ft (42 inches). Poster may be smaller, but not larger. Posters that are larger in size will not be accommodated.

Abstract Submission Overview:

The Conference Program Committee invites abstract submissions for poster presentations. Abstracts discussing solutions and interventions addressing the complex needs, challenges, and opportunities of healthy cities that encompasses many themes such as but not limited to:  

  • Smart cities, big data, circularity of food, equity, indigenous, housing, transportation, urban planning, geography, aging, policy, movement, public health, gender, and health
  • All disciplines reflective of tri-council are welcome.

Required Abstract Format:

Please note that abstracts that do not adhere to the required abstract format (as indicated below) may be subject to return to author and require resubmission (an additional fee).

  • Abstracts must be submitted via email at
  • Abstract is being submitted by the presenting author.
  • Presenting author is listed FIRST in the list of authors.
  • Authors' first and last names must be spelled out in full.
  • Affiliation of co-authors is completed in full.
  • In the abstract title, you have capitalized the first word only, other than proper nouns.
  • Abstract does not exceed 350 words (excluding the title). This word limit includes any funding information.
  • Abstract is written in English.
  • Standard abbreviation is used; any special/unusual abbreviations are in parenthesis after the full word when it appears the first time.
  • Financial support should be indicated in brackets at the end of the abstract. Financial support information is included within your 350-word limit. No references nor acknowledgement sections are required.
  • Abstract does not include sub-headings, charts, or tables.
  • The abstract has been proof-read for errors.

Travel Bursary

Travel bursaries to defray costs are available for trainees for accepted abstracts. Final details will be available soon and can be found on our website: