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On 10th June 2019 NHS Health Scotland and the World Health Organisation European Healthy Cities Network in partnership with Scottish Government, Architecture Design Scotland and Glasgow City Council hosted an International Conference on Place and the Place Standard.

10 June 2019 9:30
10 June 2019 17:00
Old Fruitmarket 87-101 Albion St Glasgow G1 1NQ

Event Description

The event considered, celebrated and looked to further progress effective place based approaches across Scotland, the UK and internationally highlighting the importance of this way of working to improve health and well-being and reduce inequalities. The conference brought together a wide range of participants across communities and the public, private and voluntary sector.

The conference was held at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Scotland. The day included a range of plenary speakers, parallel sessions, site visits, panel discussions and opportunities for local, national and international delegates to exchange knowledge, discuss shared challenges and successes and identify future ways of working. 

For further information, including agenda for the day, please see our delegate information pack

Speakers and presentations 

The day was opened by Lord Provost Eva Bolander, Glasgow City Council and chaired by David Crichton, Chair, NHS Health Scotland.

Plenary speakers included;

Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government

Monika Kosinska, Regional Focal Point for WHO European Healthy Cities Network

Sir Harry Burns, Director of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde

A number of parallel sessions also took place throughout the day. 

Presentations from Sir Harry Burns and various parallel session presenters are now available to view.

Exhibition area

Many thanks to our exhibitors on the day;

Play Scotland

Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Scottish Community Development Centre

My Park Scotland 

Green Spaces Scotland

Voluntary Health Scotland

The Alliance

Cycling UK

LDA Design

Active Cheshire

Crossroads Youth and Community Association

What Works Scotland


The exhibition also showcased 5 national and 3 international projects which had connections with the Place Standard Tool. 

Further information about the case studies can be viewed on the Architecture & Design Scotland website.

The case studies, with subtitles, can be viewed on the NHS Health Scotland You Tube channel

Poster Presentations

Posters were presented by;

Hina Hirani, Church of Scotland

Liesbeth van Holten, Province of Utrecht and Floor Borlee, Municipality of Utrecht 

Jennifer McLean, Glasgow Centre for Population Health 


Posters are available to view

Story of the day

A summary of the conference is available to view

Further information

Please contact the event planning team for further information