Details of Best Poster Awards


1. Background

The Healthy Cities approach was initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO).  It is based on the concept that the social, economic and physical environment is the key to the health of city dwellers and aims to cope with health issues that have emerged with urbanisation.  In Hong Kong, the first Healthy Cities Project was initiated in Sai Kung District in 1997.

The AFHC, founded in October 2003, is a network founded on the international efforts on Healthy Cities worldwide. Its current membership comprises over 200 cities and organisations.  The China Hong Kong Chapter of the AFHC was established in September 2007. 

Since 2004, the Global Conference of the AFHC has been organised biennially except in 2020 due to the COVID-19 epidemic.  The 6th Global Conference of the AFHC was held in Hong Kong from 29 October to 1 November 2014 with “Health in All Policies” as the main theme.

The China Hong Kong Chapter of the AFHC will organise the upcoming Global Conference of the AFHC, namely, the 9th Global Conference of the AFHC, again.  The main theme of the conference will be “Smarter Healthy Cities beyond COVID-19”.

2. Mechanism for the Best Poster Awards

TEN awards are proposed for the Best Poster Awards and THREE for the My Favorite Poster Awards.




Judging panel



Comprising representatives from the academia, professionals and experts in relevant
fields and sectors is formed to appraise the posters based on a set of agreed criteria. The TEN candidates with the highest total score will receive "Best Poster Awards".



Participants' Online Voting



Opinions from participants will be collected by means of online voting on 3rd November 2021 to identify the THREE winners of the “My Favorite Poster Awards” out of the TEN Best Poster Awards.


*Award Certificates will be sent to your registered shortly after the conference.


3. Eligibility

To join the Best Poster Awards, the candidate must submit an abstract

  • Abstracts should be submitted using a standard electronic abstract form.
  • You may submit more than one abstract.
  • For each abstract, You must indicate clearly whether the abstract is research-based or practice-based.
  • The body of the abstract should be organised as follows:







Provide the background of the study

Provide the background of the programme




State the objective of the study

State the objective of the programme




Describe the methods used

Describe the programme content




Summarise the results

Summarise the findings/ observation




State the conclusions reached

Describe the application

  • Abstracts should not exceed 350 words.
  • You must have a primary role in the research/ project reported in the abstract, i.e. the first-author of the abstract.
  • All candidates with their abstracts accepted for poster presentation must register for the conference.

Candidates whose abstracts are accepted for poster presentation will be notified to submit posters. Posters must be submitted in electronic format (e.g. as a PDF file).


4. Judging criteria of judging panel 

Assessment criteria



Programme design


Whether it is well-planned and well-structured with good parameters to evaluate the outcomes.


Creativity and innovation


Whether the project is an innovative approach rather than conventional approach with high degree of creativity


Impact of project


Whether the project has led to changes of public policies and/or service delivery models and/or health status of the population.


Layout of the poster


Is the format easy to read and interpret, and also the design not only would attract the attention of audience easily but easy to interpret.









I. Background



I. Background



II. Objectives



II. Objectives



III. Methodology



III. Programme Content



IV. Result



IV. Findings/ Observation



V. Conclusion



V. Application



VI. Layout of the poster



VI. Layout of the poster



5. Mechanism of voting by conference participants

    The TEN Best Posters will be displayed online during the conference and all conference participants can vote for their THREE favourite posters. Each participant can vote for not more than three posters through an online platform.


      6. Important Dates(Hong Kong Time (HKT), UTC +8)


      Deadline for abstract submission


      18 October


      Notification of Acceptance


      21 October


      Deadline for poster submission


      26 October


      Judging panel to have zoom meeting with the finalists
      (HK Time 18:00-20:00)


      29 October


      Voting by conference participants


      3 November


      Announcement and award presentation ceremony


      5 November


      Please click here for online submission of abstracts