April 25, 2017 at 9:00am - 3:30pm

The health and wellbeing of a population is a key focus in any thriving nation. With this in mind, it is widely recognised that many of the underlying determinants of inequalities in health and well-being are environmental, including for example, our built environment, our communities as well as access to green space. The Scottish Government recognises that this has a significant impact on the health of Scotland’s people, and that action is required to create healthy environments which are safe, calming and nurturing for all age groups.

There are a growing number and variety of organisations, including the Scottish Government agencies, NDGBs, private companies and charities, working in this field and looking at a variety of issues. These issues include the association between health and access to green spaces and recreation, the benefits of play and the importance of active travel. However, the relationships between quality and extent of green space, proximity to and use of such areas, and health outcomes, have yet to be quantified appropriately and the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood.

This conference will examine the issues outlined above such as the connections between health and wellbeing, place making and use of urban built landscape and open spaces. In addition, it will summarise the relationship between open space in relation to physical and mental health, and environmental, economic, social and cultural wellbeing, through expert analysis and evidence based case studies.


Event Agenda

9:20 Introduction from the Chair

9:30 Session 1 – Sustainable Places for Future Health

Scotland’s Place Standard - Sandy Robinson, Principle Architect, Scottish Government

Understanding the role of the built environment and its effect on human health and wellbeing – Prof Catharine Ward-Thompson Institute of Built Environment, Heriot Watt University

Public Health within the Planning Process; Spatial Planning – Craig MacLaren, Scotland Director, RTPI

Investing in our Future, addressing the needs of Scotland’s Children in the built environment – Marguerite Hunter-Blair, Play Scotland


11:00 Break

11:20 Session 2 – Environmental Health Effects

Activating spaces

Public Health Research in the built environment – pollution, noise, air quality etc – Fintan Hurley, IOM

Future proofing for health in the built environment – Daisy Nanayathan, Sustrans


13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:50 Session 3 – Social and Economic Impacts

Addressing Scotland’s postcode health inequalities – Matt Lowther, NHS Health Scotland

Regeneration of place for social health equality – Euan hall, The Land Trust

Housing and Community regeneration case study


15:30 Closing remarks from the chair

15:40 Close

For a limited time there are a number of early bird places available for just £89+VAT. These places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so we do recommend booking now disappointment. To view the full event and register click here or push the button below.

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April 25, 2017 at 9:00am - 3:30pm
Saracen House
Sponsored by Supporting Scotland's Towns
Sponsored By Supporting Scotland's Towns