The Healthy Cities approach was initiated by the World Health Organzation (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 Young Investigator Awards
There will be TEN “Young Investigator Awards” and THREE “My Favorite Young Investigator Awards“ to be announced on the 4 November 2021. The purpose is to encourage young researchers to participate in the competition.
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 “Young Investigator Awards”.
Participants' Online Voting
Opinions from participants will be collected by means of online voting on 4 November 2021 to identify the THREE winners of the “My Favorite Young Investigator Awards” out of the TEN Best Poster Awards.
*Award Certificates and masks will be sent to your registered address shortly after the conference.
To join the poster competition, the candidate must submit an abstract.
- Abstracts should be submitted using a standard electronic abstract form.
- One candidate may submit more than one abstract.
- For each abstract, the candidate must indicate clearly whether the abstract is research-based or practice-based.
- The body of the abstract should be organised as follows:
Provide the title and background of the study
Provide the title and 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.
- The candidate must be aged 35 or below on 5 November 2021
[Submission of the abstract online together with a scanned copy of identity document (such as passport) showing the date of birth is mandatory]
- The candidate must have a primary role in the research/ project reported in the abstract, i.e. he must be 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
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.
III. Programme Content
IV. Findings/ Observation
VI. Layout of the poster
VI. Layout of the poster
5. Mechanism of voting by conference participants
The submitted posters and then the posters of the TEN Young Investigator Award winners will be displayed online during the conference and all conference participants can vote for their THREE favourite posters on 5 November 2021. 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
Notification of Acceptance
Deadline for poster submission
Judging panel to have zoom meeting with the poster presentation
Voting by conference participants
Identify and announce award winners