Annual Congress X – health, happiness & wellbeing



We invite you to join us in Birmingham for the Academy’s 10th Annual Congress where we will be exploring wellbeing and liveability of towns and cities from the angle of those who live in them.

We will look at the impact that the urban environment can have on our physical and mental health, considering how to create inclusive, safe and comfortable environments for a diverse and ageing population.

Birmingham provides an excellent laboratory with its canal network and a range of transformational locations set against a growing population, new housing, commerce and culture.

During Congress you will have the opportunity to visit some of the AoU award winning neighbourhoods and places, including The Custard Factory, the Jewellery Quarter and Brindley Place, and learn why The Rough Guide has listed Birmingham as one of the top 10 cities in the world, alongside Johannesburg and New Orleans.

Keynote speaker

The Academy is delighted to announce that urban experimentalist and author of the award-winning Happy City, Charles Montgomery, will join us as keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Congress.

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Congress format

Thursday 4 June 2015
Introduction, context, study visits – followed by Drinks Reception

Friday 5 June 2015
Talks, workshops, keynote speaker – followed by the Congress Dinner

Saturday 6 June 2015
Post-Congress workshop – review the outcomes and help contribute to the Academy’s work. Join us for this informal session to reflect on the issues that emerge from Congress and find out more about getting involved with the Academy.

Images from the 2014 Congress in Bristol