Mobility, Mood and Place is delighted to have hosted an international conference on Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing and would like to thank all our presenters, exhibitors and delegates for attending.

The conference took place in Edinburgh from 11th to 14th October 2016.

We are pleased to share the conference proceedings, with papers by our three keynote speakers and abstracts for our 53 presentations and 12 posters.

> Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing conference proceedings (opens as a pdf)

For reference, you can also browse the final conference programme, with details of keynote, plenary sessions and parallel sessions and our three site-based workshops.

> Final programme for Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing (opens as a pdf)

Conference themes

The conference was based around four themes related to our research.

> Find out more about our four conference themes

Key speakers

Over the course of the event, we heard from three key speakers and three opening guests.

> Find out more about our key speakers and opening guests

Site-based workshops

The final day of our conference included three site-based workshops based around our key research themes and methods.

Workshop One: Design for Dementia
Bringing delegates together with local older people, and students from the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling, this workshop introduced the skills and techniques of co-design.
> Find out more about this workshop

Workshop Two: Urban Brainwear
Taking delegates out into the urban environment, this workshop gave participants the chance to see mobile neural imaging technology in action.
> Find out more about this workshop

Workshop Three: Places, then and now, how do they influence our health?
Following in the footsteps of our lifecourse researchers, this workshop explored historical information on Edinburgh’s social and physical environment and its residents’ health.
> Find out more about this workshop


The conference took place in the John McIntyre Conference Centre on the edge of Holyrood Park in Edinburgh’s historic city centre. The Conference Dinner on Thursday 13th October was held in the Playfair Library at the Old College, University of Edinburgh.

The Pollock Halls complex in Edinburgh

Pollock Halls on the edge of Holyrood Park where the John McIntyre Conference Centre is situated. The park is dominated by the 250m-high Arthur’s Seat, a site of special scientific interest. Image courtesy of Paul Dodds.

Photo of the interior of the Playfair Library

The Playfair Library at the University of Edinburgh, where the conference dinner took place on Thursday 13th October 2016. Image courtesy of Tricia Malley & Ross Gillespie.

Social media

You can look back at the conference on Twitter by following the hashtag #OSPS4

> Go to the conference Twitter feed

Logo for Open Space People Space conference series

The conference was the fourth in the international Open Space : People Space (OSPS) series. Previous OSPS conferences have taken place in Edinburgh in 2004, 2007 and 2011.