Fifth International Conference on Health, Wellness, and Society

'Health and Wellness in the Age of Big Data'

Universidad de Alcalá
Madrid, Spain

3-4 September 2015

Conference Focus

This conference provides a forum for those with a common interest in the fields of human health and wellness to address a range of critically important issues and their social interconnections and implications.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia (See Proposal Types) addressing health, wellness, and society through one of the following themes:

The Physiology, Kinesiology and Psychology of
Wellness in its Social Context
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Public Health Policies and Practices Health Promotions and Education

2015 Special Theme:

Health and Wellness in the Age of Big Data

Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community, see Our Focus.

We also offer participation options for those individuals who cannot attend the conference. Authors who wish to submit an article for potential publication in the International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society may submit a Proposal for Article Submission, while all members of the knowledge community with an accepted proposal may submit an online presentation to the knowledge community YouTube channel.

Special Focus 2015: Health and Wellness in the Age of Big Data

It is now commonly argued that we have entered the age of ‘big data’ and ‘the quantified self’. In the practice and study of health and wellness, the question of ‘big data’ turns our attention not only to the integration of data collected formally by medical professionals, but also the aggregation of isolated silos of personal data collected incidental to everyday life activity. These ‘informal’ personal data sets are captured by, for example, wearable devices, smartphone apps, sensors and web-based diagnosis applications. How do these relate to and integrate with the digitization and networking of silos of traditional ‘formal’ data, including event-based information from medical clinics, hospital records and national health and medical databases?

The collection, aggregation and ‘shareability’ of these informal and formal data points present a great opportunity for the practices of, and research into, health and wellness. How might this data assist in the development of new approaches to medical practice and research, a new collective intelligence for health professionals as well as the general public? However, great concerns are also expressed in relation to these developments, based on the following series of questions: Who is ‘generating’ this data? Who is ‘owning’ this data? Who has the right to ‘share’ this data? These questions about the nature of our technologically-mediated social futures are now at the forefront of research, practice and teaching about health and wellness.

How do we harness the potentials, and mitigate the dangers of the age of big data?


Submit a Conference Proposal

To learn more about preparing and submitting your conference proposal, including guidelines, deadlines, and "how-to" information, go to Submitting Your Work: Conference Presentations.

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