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Belfast Healthy Cities

Our vision is that Belfast is recognised globally
as a healthy, equitable and sustainable city

Healthy Cities 21st Century

Co-design of the urban environment for future generations

Queen’s University Belfast innovative SPACE project explores the link between where we live and its effect on dementia and brain health as we get older. Preventing dementia and cognitive decline is a global health priority. During this webinar the WHO European Healthy Cities Network will outline the current priorities of the Healthy Ageing Task Force member cities to support ageing populations across Europe.

This webinar will also launch a series of factsheets and videos which will showcase the impact of noise pollution and air pollution on brain health and healthy ageing. These resources will inspire sectors to embed knowledge of risk factors of dementia and cognitive decline within organisational policy and take creative actions to support the design of places for future generations. 


Date: Friday 30 June 

Time: 10:00 am-11:30 am

Venue: Online via Zoom




10:00 am  Welcome and Introduction

Anne McCusker, Programme Manager, Belfast Healthy Cities

10:10 am  Age-Friendly Environments in Europe

Prof Geoff Green, Expert Advisor, WHO Europe

10:25 am  The SPACE Project – the impact of place on brain health

Prof Ruth Hunter, Queen’s University Belfast

10:40 am  The interplay between epigenetics and the environment

Prof Amy Jayne McKnight, Queen’s University Belfast

10.45am  The impact of soil pollution on human health

Prof Jennifer McKinley, Queen’s University Belfast

10.55 am  SPACE - Launch of factsheets and videos series

Dr Ione Avila-Palencia/ Dr Niamh O’Kane, Queen’s University Belfast

11:10 am  Panel discussion with speakers

Anne McCusker, Programme Manager, Belfast Healthy Cities

11:30 am  Close