Design4Health 2020 Amsterdam 

1-3 July 2020 Designing Future Health: The future is now!

is cancelled for this summer...

(April 20th, 2020)

Unfortunately, Design4Health2020 is cancelled this summer but proceedings will be published online as planned - Please read the full guidance online.

Please note, the deadline for full papers to Design4Health2020 is now extended until Sun 3 May 2020.


(March 17th, 2020)

Dear friends,

it seems we are living through extraordinary and unprecedented times. COVID-19 is moving quickly and many countries are now in lockdown. We are hearing from many of our friends and colleagues of impossibly challenging situations. Our priority is your health and the wellbeing of our design4health community. 

In light of this we have taken the decision not to proceed with the conference this year.

We recognise that many have put time and effort into crafting submissions and in view of this we will invite those with accepted abstracts to submit full papers which will be published in online proceedings on 1st July. We will also mark the event on the day that it would have taken place with a number of online activities. These will be hosted on the Lab4Living website and we will share more details as soon as we can.

At this point we are sadly unable to accommodate those with poster submissions or exhibits. 

As things hopefully begin to resolve we will look to the future and think how to move forward. We will update you on those ideas. 

We express our deep appreciation of all the input you have offered, and send you and your families our very best at this time.

The Conference organising team



(June 30th 2020 Doctoral Consortium)

Established in 2011, Design4Health is a conference that brings together designers and creative practitioners with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and users to discuss, disseminate and test their approaches and methods.

This year, we particularly welcome persons, who consider the role of design in the future of health and care. We invite participation from researchers and practitioners across the areas of design, creative practice and health in order to develop new dialogues and offer different perspectives. The conference explores work, which considers how past trends and current research might inform future practice. We welcome submissions that interrogate methods, ethics, evaluation and how knowledge is mobilized. 

Important notes on Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Friday 13th of March, 2020)

Statement from the organisers

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on international travel and events; the global situation is changing daily. As with organisers of all events planned in the coming months, we will follow advice of the government and public health advisers. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our valued community. The organising committee is in discussions and we will announce a decision about the conference on Thursday 2nd April on this website, via Twitter @design4health and via the conference email list (please subscribe at:

If your country or institution has already placed restrictions that will prevent your physical attendance, please notify us as soon as possible.

Notes on the submissions

Most of the notifications on the submissions have been send to the authors. If you haven't received an answer, yet, your abstract is still in the process of being answered. We ask for a bit more patience, thanks! This is due to the large amount of abstracts we received.

Full paper deadline: Sunday April 19th 2020, 23.59. More information under the heading of Submissions.

Submission of a full paper is not compulsory; you may still present your work without submitting a full paper, and your abstract will be published in the online proceedings. Please let the organizers know if you will not be submitting a full paper, and ensure that you submit instead the final version of your abstract (including author details) by 13th April 2020.

If you do not attend the conference, your paper (or abstract) will not be included in the proceedings.

All those presenting papers, posters or exhibits are expected to attend the conference as regular paying delegates. Due to program restrictions, one person cannot present more than two papers.

Please confirm by 27th March who will be presenting your paper, if not the lead author.

DesignLab University Twente, Waag | technology & society, University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam and Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University are pleased to announce that registrations for this 6th European Design4Health conference is open:









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