There is a gap between the aspirations of liveable cities and their delivery in practice. Designing Healthy Liveable Cities (Melbourne, 19-20 October 2017) will help bridge the divide by bringing together academics, policy-makers and practitioners working to create better cities.

Hosted by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities, this conference will showcase the latest research on the key elements of liveable cities. It will also go a step further, by considering how evidence can be used to improve policy and practice.
Globally, liveable cities are recognised as part of the solution to chronic disease and health inequities. At Designing Healthy Liveable Cities, leading experts will delve into current and emerging issues such as planning for an ageing population, the disruption potential of autonomous vehicles, and measuring liveability. Speakers include:

Paul Murrain UK Urbanist. Internationally renowned urban design consultant with 30 years experience, original member of the Congress for New Urbanism and joint author of "Responsive Environments: A Manual for Designers" which recently earned him a lifetime achievement award from the UK Urban Design Group.

Jim Sallis Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University. Pioneer in developing the interdisciplinary study of built environment and physical activity, and co-founder of IPEN. Jim has just been recognised in the 2017 Centre for Active Design Awards for Excellence in Thought Leadership.

Billie Giles-Corti Distinguished Professor at RMIT University. For two decades, she and a multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing. She currently leads the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities, which was established in 2014. She is an Honorary Fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Public Health Association, a Fulbright Scholar, and an NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Fellow for being the top ranked female in public health in 2015.

Registration for Designing Healthy Liveable Cities is now open. Early bird rates apply until Friday 15 September. Register today and join academics, urban planners, policy-makers and practitioners in exploring real solutions to creating healthier, more liveable cities.

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