IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - WC2020:
After close consultation with our organising partners in Belgium, it is with deep disappointment that we face no alternative than to postpone the 13th World Congress 2020 for Design and Health in Ghent, Belgium to a Virtual Congress in April , 2021.
Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rapid spread across many countries, we believe this decision is in the best interest of everyone’s health and safety. We do not want to endanger the health of our attendees and their families. We also want to avoid potential lengthy quarantine periods for attendees who may be exposed to the threat of COVID-19 during their travels. Uncertainty regarding the global impact of COVID-19 remains, resulting in government departments and other organisations already enacting travel restrictions.
We apologise for the inconvenience that this decision will cause for those who have committed to participating in WC2020. We propose to maintain the current structure of the program, speakers and content – pending availability.
A physical Congress will be held in Ghent, Belgium in April 2022.
A virtual Awards ceremony for the Academy Design Awards will take on the 17th of September 2020.
The WC2020 Organising Committee have secured April 2021 as the new Congress date. We hope to be able to count on your ongoing enthusiasm and trust that we will still see you at WC2020/21 next year.
Our Virtual Congress will take place over the month of April 2021 with 2 daily sessions on the following dates:
Wednesday the 7th of April
Wednesday the 14th April
Wednesday the 21st April
Wednesday the 28th April
The times of these sessions will be as follows:
09:00 – 12:00 UTC time and 19:00 to 22:00 UTC
PLEASE NOTE: The Agenda for the Virtual Congress is currently being updated to work around the new schedule.
The International Academy for Design and Health (IADH) organising committee invite you to attend the 13th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition in partnership with the Belgian government, and world-renowned academic institutions and healthcare industries.
Our congress theme is based on the philosophy that ‘less is more’ – that being surrounded by the basics just for the sake of functionality is not only more than enough, but that if we apply this to design in health, it could also result in better health outcomes & wellness.
Agenda / Program – click here to download our Preliminary Program. (Note: a NEW revised program will become available once speakers have confirmed their availability aligned with the new Congress date)
WCDH2020 offers a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for international organisations to develop their business. To find out more about the opportunities available please click here.
INFORMATION FOR TRAVEL - CONGRESS 2022:
Travel and visa restrictions are in place. We advise travellers to check with the relevant airline companies, visa and immigration authorities in accordance with their route of travel prior to booking tickets and travelling.
Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offer a comprehensive global route network linking major cities around the world. We offer special prices and conditions to participants, visitors, exhibitors, invited guests as well as employees of the Contracting partner and their travel companions.
To make a reservation, please click on www.lh.com/event-flight-booking and enter the access code BEZLMLJ in the "Offer for discounted flights" area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.
NOTE: Pop-ups must be enabled otherwise the booking platform window will not open.
These promotional fares are also available through your IATA / ARC travel agent. Travel agents can obtain ticketing instructions by sending an email to email@example.com and providing the access code as a reference.
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the congress and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the congress, or through cancellation of the congress, loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason, loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Belgium, failure to utilise tours or pre-booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason, medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover), loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The Congress organisers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.
Some nationalities require a VISA for
Belgium. All the information concerning
visa applications for Belgium is available on the website of the Foreigners
Department of the FPS Home Affairs, which is the competent Belgian authority
for access to the territory, stay, residence and removal of foreigners in
For information about the Schengenvisa, please visit www.schengenvisainfo.com/belgium-visa
It is the duty of each attendee to check the visa requirements prior to purchasing your tickets. Participants coming from countries in need of a visa can apply for an invitation letter from us through a simple request.
No financial support can be given.
If you need a letter of invitation,
please contact the Global Support team via email: WC2020invitation@designandhealth.org
Please state your:
as well as the mailing address to which the letter should be sent.
PLEASE NOTE - we are unable to issue any invitation letter unless we have received your online registration and payment of the registration fee due. Please note: invitation letters will not be sent by courier.