Thursday 1th December

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Welcome of the participants

    The day will be moderated and coordinated by Danielle MESSAGER, health journalist.

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am


    Johanna ROLLAND, President of Nantes Métropole and Mayor of Nantes

    Rachel BOCHER, Head of the Psychiatry Department at the Nantes University Hospital and Scientific Commissioner of the Sympoisum

    Dubravka ŠUICA, Vice-President European Commission

    Ledia LAZERI, Head of the WHO Europe Regional Office

    Didier LEPELLETIER, President of the High Committee for Public Health


  • Morning


    Three hundred million people worldwide suffer from depression. Could this be related to the fact that more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities? If the current demographic trend continues, city populations will continue to grow and there will be more megacities. Mass urbanisation, combined with the consequences of climate change, poses a threat to the mental health of human populations. How can cities be made more inclusive? How should future cities be planned?


  • 10:00 am - 10:25 am


    Video clips of words from citizens of the world


    Keynote speaker:

    Paola VIGANO, urban planner, Schelling Award for Architectural Theory in 2022, winner of the Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme in 2013.

  • 10:25 am - 11:40 am

    Feedback - What mental health priorities in urban projects?

    City of Lausanne

    City of Bordeaux 

    City of Lyon 

    City of Grenoble

  • Pause
  • 11:55 am - 1:00 pm

    The debate - How to reconcile urban and mental health ?

    Simon DAVIES, AIA Foundation | Nantes

    Charlotte MARCHANDISE, UNESCO Education & Health Chair | Clermont-Ferrand

    Clémence MONTAGNE, Nantes Atlantique School of Design | Nantes

    Mathieu ZIMMER, Deux Degrés | Bordeaux



    Emmanuelle GAUDEMER, AIA Life Designers | Nantes

    Jean-Luc ROELANDT, WHOCC | Lille



    Pauline LAILLE, Plante et Cité | Nantes

  • Afternoon


    Difficulties in combining different daily activities, inequalities in the use of time and diversification of the uses of mobility clearly have positive or negative impact on the mental health of city dwellers.

    How can local authorities avoid widening social, gender and generational gaps in the use of time and space?


  • 2:00 pm - 2:25 pm


    Video clips of words from citizens of the world


    Keynote speacker :

    Nicolas CHAIGNOT DELAGE, Occupational health researcher

  • 2:25 pm - 3:35 pm

    Feedback - How to reconcile city dynamics, professional environment and mental health?

    University of Tsukuba 

    City of Creteil

    City of Limoges

  • Pause
  • 3:55 - 5:05 pm

    Debate - Organisation and work environment: what impact on mental health in our cities?

    Nicolas CHAIGNOT, Research Institute for Psychodynamics of Work | Paris

    Samuel GALTIE, National Mental Health Director of VYV3

    Vincent PUIG, Institute for Research and Innovation, Pompidou Centre | Paris

    Pierre-Yves VERKINDT, Professor emeritus at the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne) | Paris


    Moderator :

    Denis LEGUAY, Santé Mentale France (National Mental Health Organisation) | Paris

    Agitator :

    Zaynab RIET, General Delegate of the FHF

  • 5:05 pm - 6:00 pm

    Closing session for the first day

    Ombeline ACCARION, Loire-Atlantique Department

    Nicolas DURAND, ARS Pays de la Loire

    Philippe EL SAIR, Nantes University Hospital

    Enora Le Jeune, Solidarity and health, Nantes University

    Marie-Jeanne RICHARD, UNAFAM National Union


  • 7:30 pm - 0:00

    15 Rue La Noue Bras de Fer, 44200 Nantes

    Food Hall Evening

    Join us at the Magmaa Food Hall, in partnership with Groupe VYV: the venue, privatized for the occasion, is a hall designed to eat, drink and be inspired by street food from around the world!

    Registration available online.



Friday 2nd December

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am


    The day will be moderated and coordinated by Danielle MESSAGER, health journalist.

  • Morning


    “Bringing art into people’s lives through activities such as dancing, singing, visiting museums and attending concerts offers us an additional key to improving our physical and mental health”, explains Dr Piroska ÖSTLIN, WHO Regional Director for Europe. The positive impact of physical activity and sport has long been recognised as beneficial to several dimensions of mental health. Could access to culture and to artistic and cultural practices, which have long been areas of intervention for urban policy, also be a way of improving the mental health of inhabitants?


  • 9:00 am - 9:25 am


    Video clips of words from citizens of the world


    Keynote speaker:

    Nathalie BONDIL, Director of the museum and exhibitions at the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris

  • 9:25 am - 10:40 am

    Feedback - The arts in the service of mental health, what actions in your locality?

    City of Abidjan

    City of Recife

    City of Dunkerque

    City of Nantes

  • Pause
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Debate: How does art in the city contribute to mental health?

    Thomas BASTIEN, Quebec Public Health Association | Montreal

    Laurent CHAMBAUD, Public health specialist | Rennes

    Patrick GYGER, Plateforme 10| Lausanne

    Pia HOUNI, MadHouse | Helsinki

    Moderator :

    Sophie LEVY, Nantes Arts Museum

    Gilles VIDON, Honorary Hospital Psychiatrist


  • 12:10 am - 12:30 pm

    Olympic Games Paris 2024

    Damien COMBREDET-BLASSEL, Representative of the 2024 Olympic Games Organizing Committee


  • 12 : 30 pm - 1 pm


    François BRAUN, Minister of Health and Prevention

    Johanna ROLLAND, President of Nantes Métropole and Mayor of Nantes

  • Pause
  • Afternoon


    Severe mental health issues tend to lead to precariousness because they affect interpersonal and social skills. Precariousness itself is a source of suffering and stress which tends to damage mental health. As an example of this vicious circle, we naturally think of homeless people, but vulnerable populations are not limited to those who live in extreme situations. People are vulnerable when they are subjected to a risk while others are not. Lack of shelter, money, work and social interaction are all risk factors in terms of mental health. How can cities respond to these inequalities?


  • 1:45 pm - 2:10 pm


    Video clips of words from citizens of the world


    Keynote speaker:

    Serge HEFEZ, psychiatrist, head of the Family Therapy Unit in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department at La Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital | Paris

  • 2:10 pm - 3:25 pm

    Feedback - How do cities take care of the mental health of vulnerable populations?

    City of Seattle 

    City of Ouagadougou

    City of Barcelone

    City of Annecy| AMF

    City of Rennes | WHO Healthy City

  • Pause
  • 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

    Debate: Different populations in cities

    Philippe CONUS, Vaud university hospital center | Lausanne

    Julie URBAIN | Quebec

    Olivier GUÉRIN, Nice University Hospital

    Christophe TZOURIO, INSERM U1219 | Bordeaux

    Boris NICOLLE | AJPJA (Association of young psychiatrists and young addictologists)


    Moderator :

    Michel JOUBERT, Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis University and CNRS | Paris

    Lionel PRIGENT, University of Western Brittany | Brest

  • 5:00 pm - 5:05 pm

    A word from the scientific creator

    Rachel BOCHER, Scientific Curator of the event

  • 5:10 pm - 6:25 pm

    Closing session : NANTES APPEAL

    Johanna ROLLAND, President of Nantes Métropole and Mayor of Nantes


  • The program of the International Symposium Cities & Mental Health extends beyond the walls of the Cité des Congrès.

    Discover, on the dedicated page, the activities proposed, from December 1 to 3, by the Musée d’Arts and by A Journey to Nantes.


    Click here to see the full program: