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European Healthcare Design 2021

EHD 2021 – why attend?

By Andrew Sansom 19 May 2021 0

Watch our short video on what delegates at the European Healthcare Design Congress 2021 can expect from this year’s event, which takes place virtually on 14-17 June.


The Congress is dedicated to the global exchange of knowledge on the relationship between research, practice and policy in the design of health systems, services, technology and infrastructure. With over 200 speakers, keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, posters, videos and more besides, European Healthcare Design 2021 is the world’s leading forum for exchange of research findings, best practice and policy thinking on the design of health systems, services and infrastructure.   

Taking place virtually on 14-17 June 2021, the Congress’ plenary theme this year is ‘Creative destruction: Design innovation in the face of existential threats’. Other congress themes include: Climate-smart healthcare; Science, technology and innovation; Intersection of clinical medicine and design; UK health infrastructure; Art and architecture; Population health and health systems; Health planning; Intelligent hospital design and innovation; and the COVID-19 Global Summit: Pandemic preparedness.

Our Early Bird ticket deadline has been extended until 2 June, so book your place, save money and look forward to an incredible line-up of speakers, workshops and the EHD2021 Awards, as well as virtual networking with your peers from around the world using our event platform’s array of digital tools – including live chat, 1-2-1 video meetings, virtual rooms, and more besides. Click here to register

What do you get for your ticket?

Early Bird rates can be found online here and on page 19 of the Programme. If you’re booking a single 4-day ticket, for example, you will save £50 by booking before 2 June. And larger savings are available for group purchases. So now is the time to book your ticket for European Healthcare Design 2021 – and the professional learning, networking and business development opportunities are copious. 

Professional development 

Delegates will enjoy unique professional development opportunities, building knowledge of the socio-economic global context, and emerging practice, skills and core competencies in designing and commissioning health services, technology and infrastructure, project management, and the evidence base for healthcare design, sustainable development and quality improvement.

Registered participants will receive virtual access to both ‘live’ streaming and video recordings of all sessions for ‘on-demand’ viewing for one month after the event.


A variety of options are available to participants to connect and meet with industry colleagues and make new contacts. Participants will be able to view all attendees at the event and connect to them to arrange a meeting time over a video call, or to chat by text using the live messaging service. Each participant can create their own dedicated profile, specifying their areas of interest and job role. Participants can chat with their contact right away or request a 1-2-1 video chat meeting. If you want to video chat with more than one attendee at the same time, head over to the Networking Lounge and grab a table to talk.

The Innovation Zone

All participants will have access to the Innovation Zone, an area of the event dedicated to learning about the latest design solutions, technological innovations and creative projects from our event partners and sponsors. Participants will be able browse profiles, connect with team members, view projects and project images and videos, and download literature, including white papers, project case studies and product information. Linked to the Innovation Zone will be a series of themed seminar rooms, where different sessions, focused on a diverse range of topics, will run at various times during the congress.

Awards Poster + Video Gallery

The European Healthcare Design 2021 Awards celebrate and recognise professional and research excellence in the design of healthcare environments both in Europe and around the world. This year’s shortlisted awards entrants will feature a poster and video of their project or innovation on a dedicated page within the Awards Gallery for participants to learn about this year’s potential prize winners, before the awards ceremony in the final session on Thursday 17 June. Videos of the live judging webinars, which are taking place on 18, 19 and 20 May, will also be made available.

Early Bird savings – available until 2 June 

A range of tickets are available, giving attendees from all over the world great value for money. Registration is open now with Early Bird savings for individual and group bookings until 2 June. Visit or go to page 19 of the Preliminary Programme for details.

Members of Architects for Health, the Union of International Architects – Public Health Group, Australian Health Design Council, New Zealand Health Design Council, Design in Mental Health Network, and the European Health Property Network are entitled to discounted rates. Please apply for your discount code by emailing