Mobility, Mood and Place is delighted to host an international conference on Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing.

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


We’ve now published the final conference programme, with details of keynote and plenary sessions, parallel sessions (including chairs, presenters and paper titles) and our three site-based workshops.

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

We are also 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)

Conference themes

There are four conference themes related to our research on mobility, mood and place.

> Find out more about our four conference themes

Key speakers

We are delighted to welcome three key speakers and two opening guests.

> Find out more about our key speakers and opening guests

Site-based workshops

The final day of our conference will include three site-based workshops based around the key themes and methods of the Mobility, Mood and Place research project.

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

Workshop Two: Urban Brainwear
Taking you out into the heart of the city, this workshop will give you 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 will explore historical information on Edinburgh’s social and physical environment and its residents’ health.
> Find out more about this workshop

Registration and fees

Registration for the conference has now closed.

We can offer discounted rates on selected accommodation.

> Book your accommodation for Habitats for Happy and Health Ageing using a secure site


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

> Find out more about the John McIntyre Conference Centre

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 will take place on Thursday 13th October 2016. Image courtesy of Tricia Malley & Ross Gillespie.

Social media

You can follow the build-up to the conference on Twitter @OSPSiv #OSPS4

> Go to the conference Twitter feed

Logo for Open Space People Space conference series

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