Belfast: Cities Overcoming Challenges

8-10 June 2022

Cities face many challenges. Rapid responses necessitated by Covid 19 and the increasingly immediate impacts of a climate in crisis are testing our urban centres like never before. These, and the acceleration of changed practices such as home working, online shopping, and the future of tourism, are issues facing cities around the globe. Our opportunity is to guide the long term, sustainable change needed in how our cities function, look, and feel for people. 

Belfast has a history of overcoming challenges. Its long heritage of resilience and three decades of change is not all you think you know. It can inform cities in unexpected ways. And, as new energies combine in ways not seen in the city before, Belfast can learn from others and reflect on what more it needs to do to make the next three decades a success. 

  • How does Belfast, or any city, involve citizens from different backgrounds in shaping a city focused on their needs? 
  • How does it make its authentic assets and stories relevant to people? 
  • How does it encourage leadership to address climate change? 
  • How does it ensure that things get done amid fragmented visions and authorities?
  • How does it pay for its ambitions?

Programme Overview

Wednesday 8 June 2022

Scene-setting afternoon city tours and evening Civic Reception

Thursday 9 June 2022

Congress Belfast Day, Workshops and Cultural Reception

Friday 10 June 2022

Congress International Day, Workshops and Congress Dinner

Congress Dinner is included in all 3 day tickets (excluding charity/community tickets) and will take place on Friday 10 June at 7:30pm. Dinner-only tickets are also available for purchase.

Full programme to follow. Visit for more information.

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone booking tickets for the AoU Congress 2022 and all members of their party should ensure they are familiar with the latest rules and guidance issued by the UK government regarding COVID-19 ( and should not act contrary to such rules and guidance.

We recommend that you take a lateral flow test before attending the event. Wearing masks will be optional but not compulsory.

If you have booked a ticket for Congress but cannot attend we can offer a refund up to 7 days before the event starts.

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