Conferences and calls for papers

bright pink seating in an auditoriumNEW TO THE LIST

Festival of Inclusion 20-21 November 2019, Sydney. Presented by the Centre for Disability Studies and the Inclusive Research Network. This is specifically about people with disability rather than a universal inclusion event. First day at University of Sydney, second day at Sydney Olympic Park. Ticketed event.

State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC2019) 3-5 December 2019, Perth, Western Australia. The focus is on the challenges ahead in this disruptive environment. There are seven broad themes. The PhD/ECR Symposium will be held 30 Nov – 2 Dec.

Logo for universal design conference UD2020.4th Australian Universal Design Conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 in Melbourne. The theme is Thriving with Universal Design: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday. The theme allows for a broad range of topics and interests. Call for Papers closes 21 October 2019. Successful submissions will be advised by 11 November. This is your chance to share your work or research in universal design. Submissions will be blind peer reviewed.

AND THE REST:

Planning Institute Australia NSW State Conference 19-20 September 2019, Parramatta. Theme: Fostering Resilience – the promise of a brighter and better future.

Constructing our World: People, Performance, Politics 18-20 September 2019, Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Joint hosts are the Institutes of Building of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

International Conference on Disabling Normatives 1 – 3 October 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa. Has an academic focus and is hosted by the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies. 

3rd International Congress on Technology and Tourism for All, 23-25 October, Malaga, Spain. It will cover technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for society.

​​International Conference on ​Transport & Health – theme: Smart Cities. Disruptive Mobility. Healthy People. 4-8 November 2019, Pullman Melbourne on the Park. The topics are wide ranging because transport links to everything else. Melbourne Cup Day activities included in the program.

52nd AAG Conference Sydney. Coming of Age Together: New Ways of Knowing and Acting. 5-8 November 2019. Topics include social engagement, environment, design, innovation and technology.  

International Conference on Urban Health: People Oriented Urbanisation – Transforming cities for health and well-being. 4-8 November 2019, Xiamen, China. 

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia 2019 State Conference, 6-8 November, Hunter Valley NSW. Theme: Unlocking the Value of Infrastructure. This conference is targeted to local government staff and planners, and other government departments. 

4th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference, 7-8 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. The topics are broad ranging. The Theme is “Building Bridges towards a Common Goal: Advancing and Promoting Equity and Accessibility among People with Disabilities Worldwide”.

International Urban Design Conference, 13-16 November 2019, Hobart Tasmania. Call for presenters closed 26 July 2019 with blind peer review for accepted papers. Several topics to choose from.

World Engineers Convention – theme is Engineering a Sustainable World: The next 100 Years. 20-22 November 2019, Melbourne. 

Sustainability and Disability Conference, 25-26 November 2019, Buenos Aries. Abstract deadline extended to 15 September!  A good one for policy makers. Conference topics are wide ranging and include universal design

Open Learning Conference 26-27 November 2019, Sydney. It would be good to see papers on Universal Design for Learning in this space.

Space International Conference 2019 on Housing: 29 November – 1 December, London, UK.  Aim: to discuss recent advances and research results in the fields of Housing as well as architecture, policy studies, education, interior architecture, city planning and urban studies, social sciences, and engineering.

2020 Conferences

Florida State University AMPS Conference: Experiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments. 16-17 January 2020, in Tallahassee. Call for papers closes 20 November 2019 (round two).

Slips, Trips and Falls Conference 13-14 February 2020 Madrid. Topics include architectural design, ageing, ergonomics, footwear, and safety standards as well as falls prevention and analysing accidents. Website is in Spanish and English.

Smart Accessibility 2020.  International Conference on Universal Accessibility and the Internet of Things and Smart Environments. 22-26 March 2020, Barcelona, Spain. Call for papers open until 8 November 2019. Wide ranging topics: built environment, smart cities, techniques and tools, technology for independent living, digital inclusion, Internet of Things and much more. 

Designing for Inclusion CWUAAT. 10th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology. University of Cambridge 23-25 March 2020. Call for papers closes 16 September 2019. A cross disciplinary event with interesting and intersecting topic themes.

National Sustainability Conference, 27-28 April 2020, Brisbane. Call for papers now open.  The theme is “Sustainable Solutions for a New Decade”. Now is the opportunity to see universal design and social inclusion in the sustainability agenda. Two topics relate: Good Health and Wellbeing, and Sustainable Cities and Communities. Discount for presenters to attend. 

International Dementia Conference 11-12 June 2020, Sydney. Call for Papers closes 8 November 2019. Main theme: Care in the age of outrage. There are many topics including built environment.

Conferences 2019-2020

Logo for universal design conference UD2020.4th Australian Universal Design Conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 in Melbourne. The theme is Thriving with Universal Design: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday. The theme allows for a broad range of topics and interests. Call for Papers closes 21 October 2019. Successful submissions will be advised by 11 November. This is your chance to share your work or research in universal design. Submissions will be blind peer reviewed.

Planning Institute Australia NSW State Conference 19-20 September 2019, Parramatta. Theme: Fostering Resilience – the promise of a brighter and better future.

Constructing our World: People, Performance, Politics 18-20 September 2019, Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Joint hosts are the Institutes of Building of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

International Conference on Disabling Normatives 1 – 3 October 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa. Has an academic focus and is hosted by the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies. 

3rd International Congress on Technology and Tourism for All, 23-25 October, Malaga, Spain. It will cover technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for society.

​​International Conference on ​Transport & Health – theme: Smart Cities. Disruptive Mobility. Healthy People. 4-8 November 2019, Pullman Melbourne on the Park. The topics are wide ranging because transport links to everything else. Melbourne Cup Day activities included in the program.

52nd AAG Conference Sydney. Coming of Age Together: New Ways of Knowing and Acting. 5-8 November 2019. Topics include social engagement, environment, design, innovation and technology.  

International Conference on Urban Health: People Oriented Urbanisation – Transforming cities for health and well-being. 4-8 November 2019, Xiamen, China. 

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia 2019 State Conference, 6-8 November, Hunter Valley NSW. Theme: Unlocking the Value of Infrastructure. This conference is targeted to local government staff and planners, and other government departments. 

4th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference, 7-8 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. The topics are broad ranging. The Theme is “Building Bridges towards a Common Goal: Advancing and Promoting Equity and Accessibility among People with Disabilities Worldwide”.

International Urban Design Conference, 13-16 November 2019, Hobart Tasmania. Call for presenters closed 26 July 2019 with blind peer review for accepted papers. Several topics to choose from.

World Engineers Convention – theme is Engineering a Sustainable World: The next 100 Years. 20-22 November 2019, Melbourne. 

Sustainability and Disability Conference, 25-26 November 2019, Buenos Aries. Abstract deadline extended to 15 September!  A good one for policy makers. Conference topics are wide ranging and include universal design

Open Learning Conference 26-27 November 2019, Sydney. It would be good to see papers on Universal Design for Learning in this space.

Space International Conference 2019 on Housing: 29 November – 1 December, London, UK.  Aim: to discuss recent advances and research results in the fields of Housing as well as architecture, policy studies, education, interior architecture, city planning and urban studies, social sciences, and engineering.

2020 Conferences

Florida State University AMPS Conference: Experiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments. 16-17 January 2020, in Tallahassee. Call for papers closes 20 November 2019 (round two).

Slips, Trips and Falls Conference 13-14 February 2020 Madrid. Topics include architectural design, ageing, ergonomics, footwear, and safety standards as well as falls prevention and analysing accidents. Website is in Spanish and English.

Smart Accessibility 2020.  International Conference on Universal Accessibility and the Internet of Things and Smart Environments. 22-26 March 2020, Barcelona, Spain. Call for papers open until 8 November 2019. Wide ranging topics: built environment, smart cities, techniques and tools, technology for independent living, digital inclusion, Internet of Things and much more. 

Designing for Inclusion CWUAAT. 10th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology. University of Cambridge 23-25 March 2020. Call for papers closes 16 September 2019. A cross disciplinary event with interesting and intersecting topic themes.

National Sustainability Conference, 27-28 April 2020, Brisbane. Call for papers now open.  The theme is “Sustainable Solutions for a New Decade”. Now is the opportunity to see universal design and social inclusion in the sustainability agenda. Two topics relate: Good Health and Wellbeing, and Sustainable Cities and Communities. Discount for presenters to attend. 

International Dementia Conference 11-12 June 2020, Sydney. Call for Papers closes 8 November 2019. Main theme: Care in the age of outrage. There are many topics including built environment.

UD2020 Call for Papers

Logo for universal design conference UD2020.4th Australian Universal Design Conference – UD2020 will be held 12-13 May 2020, Melbourne Showgrounds.

The call for abstracts opens 29 August and closes 21 October 2019. The theme is Thriving with Universal Design: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday.

The theme allows a broad range of topics to be included from academics, practitioners, educators, policy makers and anyone interested in universal design and inclusive practice. Topics can include anything that relates to the theme, including research papers, case studies and personal experience. For example:

Transportation
Built environment
Sustainability
Housing
Education
Product development
Industrial design
Digital technology
Communications
Policy development
Tourism and travel
Playgrounds, parks and open spaces
Recreation
Art and culture
Sport
Entertainment
Events and attractions
Media and journalism
Health and wellbeing
Community engagement

Presentation formats are:

    • Workshop (1.5 hours),
    • Oral presentation (20 minutes, 10 minutes questions),
    • Table Topic (40 minute small roundtable discussion over lunch),
    • Poster A1 size

The call for abstracts will close 21 October 2019. Abstracts will be blind peer reviewed.

Abstracts, or outline of your presentation or session, should be a maximum of 300 words. Successful submissions will be advised by 11 November 2019.

The key selection criteria are: compatibility with the theme; a focus on inclusion and universal design rather than access compliance; a focus on an innovation or new process or practice; and interesting to a diverse audience.

Abstracts to be submitted via the conference website.

Enquiries to Jane Bringolf email udaustralia@gmail.com

For a list of other conferences see the previous post, 2019 – 2020 Conferences

 

Conferences 2019-2020

Logo for Universal Design ConferenceUD2020. The 4th Australian Universal Design Conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 in Melbourne. The theme is Thriving with Universal Design: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday. The theme allows for a broad range of topics and interests. Call for Papers closes 21 October 2019. Successful submissions will be advised by 11 November. This is your chance to share your work or research in universal design. Submissions will be blind peer reviewed.

Planning Institute Australia NSW State Conference 19-20 September 2019, Parramatta. Theme: Fostering Resilience – the promise of a brighter and better future.

Constructing our World: People, Performance, Politics 18-20 September 2019, Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Joint hosts are the Institutes of Building of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

International Conference on Disabling Normatives 1 – 3 October 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa. Has an academic focus and is hosted by the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies. 

3rd International Congress on Technology and Tourism for All, 23-25 October, Malaga, Spain. It will cover technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for society.

​​International Conference on ​Transport & Health – theme: Smart Cities. Disruptive Mobility. Healthy People. 4-8 November 2019, Pullman Melbourne on the Park. The topics are wide ranging because transport links to everything else. Melbourne Cup Day activities included in the program.

52nd AAG Conference Sydney. Coming of Age Together: New Ways of Knowing and Acting. 5-8 November 2019. Topics include social engagement, environment, design, innovation and technology.  

International Conference on Urban Health: People Oriented Urbanisation – Transforming cities for health and well-being. 4-8 November 2019, Xiamen, China. 

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia 2019 State Conference, 6-8 November, Hunter Valley NSW. Theme: Unlocking the Value of Infrastructure. This conference is targeted to local government staff and planners, and other government departments. 

4th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference, 7-8 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. The topics are broad ranging. The Theme is “Building Bridges towards a Common Goal: Advancing and Promoting Equity and Accessibility among People with Disabilities Worldwide”.

International Urban Design Conference, 13-16 November 2019, Hobart Tasmania. Call for presenters closed 26 July 2019 with blind peer review for accepted papers. Several topics to choose from.

World Engineers Convention – theme is Engineering a Sustainable World: The next 100 Years. 20-22 November 2019, Melbourne. 

Sustainability and Disability Conference, 25-26 November 2019, Buenos Aries. Abstract deadline extended to 15 September!  A good one for policy makers. Conference topics are wide ranging and include universal design

Open Learning Conference 26-27 November 2019, Sydney. It would be good to see papers on Universal Design for Learning in this space.

Space International Conference 2019 on Housing: 29 November – 1 December, London, UK.  Aim: to discuss recent advances and research results in the fields of Housing as well as architecture, policy studies, education, interior architecture, city planning and urban studies, social sciences, and engineering.

2020 Conferences

Florida State University AMPS Conference: Experiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments. 16-17 January 2020, in Tallahassee. Call for papers closes 20 November 2019 (round two).

Slips, Trips and Falls Conference 13-14 February 2020 Madrid. Topics include architectural design, ageing, ergonomics, footwear, and safety standards as well as falls prevention and analysing accidents. Website is in Spanish and English.

Smart Accessibility 2020.  International Conference on Universal Accessibility and the Internet of Things and Smart Environments. 22-26 March 2020, Barcelona, Spain. Call for papers open until 8 November 2019. Wide ranging topics: built environment, smart cities, techniques and tools, technology for independent living, digital inclusion, Internet of Things and much more. 

National Sustainability Conference, 27-28 April 2020, Brisbane. Call for papers now open.  The theme is “Sustainable Solutions for a New Decade”. Now is the opportunity to see universal design and social inclusion in the sustainability agenda. Two topics relate: Good Health and Wellbeing, and Sustainable Cities and Communities. Discount for presenters to attend. 

International Dementia Conference 11-12 June 2020, Sydney. Call for Papers closes 8 November 2019. Main theme: Care in the age of outrage. There are many topics including built environment.

2019-2020 Conferences

A large conference gathering viewed from the speaker's platform.Planning Institute Australia NSW State Conference 19-20 September 2019, Parramatta. Theme: Fostering Resilience – the promise of a brighter and better future.

Constructing our World: People, Performance, Politics 18-20 September 2019, Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Joint hosts are the Institutes of Building of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

International Conference on Disabling Normatives 1 – 3 October 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa. Has an academic focus and is hosted by the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies. 

3rd International Congress on Technology and Tourism for All, 23-25 October, Malaga, Spain. It will cover technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for society.

​​International Conference on ​Transport & Health – theme: Smart Cities. Disruptive Mobility. Healthy People. 4-8 November 2019, Pullman Melbourne on the Park. The topics are wide ranging because transport links to everything else. Melbourne Cup Day activities included in the program.

52nd AAG Conference Sydney. Coming of Age Together: New Ways of Knowing and Acting. 5-8 November 2019. Topics include social engagement, environment, design, innovation and technology.  

International Conference on Urban Health: People Oriented Urbanisation – Transforming cities for health and well-being. 4-8 November 2019, Xiamen, China. 

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia 2019 State Conference, 6-8 November, Hunter Valley NSW. Theme: Unlocking the Value of Infrastructure. This conference is targeted to local government staff and planners, and other government departments. 

4th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference, 7-8 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. The topics are broad ranging. The Theme is “Building Bridges towards a Common Goal: Advancing and Promoting Equity and Accessibility among People with Disabilities Worldwide”.

International Urban Design Conference, 13-16 November 2019, Hobart Tasmania. Call for presenters closed 26 July 2019 with blind peer review for accepted papers. Several topics to choose from.

World Engineers Convention – theme is Engineering a Sustainable World: The next 100 Years. 20-22 November 2019, Melbourne. 

Sustainability and Disability Conference, 25-26 November 2019, Buenos Aries. Abstract deadline extended to 15 September!  A good one for policy makers. Conference topics are wide ranging and include universal design

Open Learning Conference 26-27 November 2019, Sydney. It would be good to see papers on Universal Design for Learning in this space.

Space International Conference 2019 on Housing: 29 November – 1 December, London, UK.  Aim: to discuss recent advances and research results in the fields of Housing as well as architecture, policy studies, education, interior architecture, city planning and urban studies, social sciences, and engineering.

2020 Conferences

Florida State University AMPS Conference: Experiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments. 16-17 January 2020, in Tallahassee. Call for papers closes 20 November 2019 (round two).

Slips, Trips and Falls Conference 13-14 February 2020 Madrid. Topics include architectural design, ageing, ergonomics, footwear, and safety standards as well as falls prevention and analysing accidents. Website is in Spanish and English.

Smart Accessibility 2020.  International Conference on Universal Accessibility and the Internet of Things and Smart Environments. 22-26 March 2020, Barcelona, Spain. Call for papers open until 8 November 2019. Wide ranging topics: built environment, smart cities, techniques and tools, technology for independent living, digital inclusion, Internet of Things and much more. 

National Sustainability Conference, 27-28 April 2020, Brisbane. Call for papers closes 8 November.  The theme is “Sustainable Solutions for a New Decade”. Now is the opportunity to see universal design and social inclusion in the sustainability agenda. Two topics relate: Good Health and Wellbeing, and Sustainable Cities and Communities. Discount for presenters to attend. 

International Dementia Conference 11-12 June 2020, Sydney. Call for Papers closes 8 November 2019. Main theme: Care in the age of outrage. There are many topics including built environment.

Logo for Universal Design ConferenceUD2020. The 4th Australian Universal Design Conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 in Melbourne. The theme is Thriving with Universal Design: Everyone, Everywhere, Everday.  The theme allows for a broad range of topics and interests. Call for Abstracts will open 29 August and close 21 October 2019. Submissions via conference website.

Conferences

Aerial view of a crowded conference scene where the session has finished and people are standing, sitting and walking about.New to the list:

Sustainability and Disability Conference, 25-26 November 2019, Buenos Aries. Abstract deadline extended to 15 September!  A good one for policy makers. Conference topics are wide ranging and include universal design. 

National Sustainability Conference, 27-28 April 2020, Brisbane. Call for papers now open.  The theme is “Sustainable Solutions for a New Decade”. Now is the opportunity to see universal design and social inclusion in the sustainability agenda. Two topics relate: Good Health and Wellbeing, and Sustainable Cities and Communities. Discount for presenters to attend. 

And the rest:

Liveable Cities Conference, 12-13 August 2019, Adelaide. Key themes: Happiness, Health and Wellbeing, and Strategies, Planning and Design for People. See the program.

ACAA Access Consultants National Conference, Theme Inclusion by Design: Equality, Diversity and the Built Environment. 14-16 August 2019, Luna Park Sydney. Earlybird registrations open.

Arts Activated 2019 Conference 22-23 August at Sydney Olympic Park. The theme is “Making it Happen Today.

 iCREATe conference 26-29 August 2019, Canberra. Includes Global Student Innovation Challenge, and ATSA Independent Living Expo. 

AAATE 2019: Global Challenges in Assistive Technology: Research, Policy and Practice. 17-19 August 2019, Bologna, Italy. Note that Universal Design is included in this conference. AAATE is sister organisation to Australia’s ARATA. See conference flyer for more information.

Planning Institute Australia NSW State Conference 19-20 September 2019, Parramatta. Theme: Fostering Resilience – the promise of a brighter and better future.

Constructing our World: People, Performance, Politics 18-20 September 2019, Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Joint hosts are the Institutes of Building of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

International Conference on Disabling Normatives 1 – 3 October 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa. Has an academic focus and is hosted by the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies. 

3rd International Congress on Technology and Tourism for All, 23-25 October, Malaga, Spain. It will cover technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for society.

​​International Conference on ​Transport & Health – theme: Smart Cities. Disruptive Mobility. Healthy People. 4-8 November 2019, Pullman Melbourne on the Park. The topics are wide ranging because transport links to everything else. Melbourne Cup Day activities included in the program.

52nd AAG Conference Sydney. Coming of Age Together: New Ways of Knowing and Acting. 5-8 November 2019. Topics include social engagement, environment, design, innovation and technology.  

International Conference on Urban Health: People Oriented Urbanisation – Transforming cities for health and well-being. 4-8 November 2019, Xiamen, China. 

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia 2019 State Conference, 6-8 November, Hunter Valley NSW. Theme: Unlocking the Value of Infrastructure. This conference is targeted to local government staff and planners, and other government departments. 

4th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference, 7-8 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. The topics are broad ranging. The Theme is “Building Bridges towards a Common Goal: Advancing and Promoting Equity and Accessibility among People with Disabilities Worldwide”.

International Urban Design Conference, 13-16 November 2019, Hobart Tasmania. Call for presenters closed 26 July 2019 with blind peer review for accepted papers. Several topics to choose from.

World Engineers Convention – theme is Engineering a Sustainable World: The next 100 Years. 20-22 November 2019, Melbourne. 

Open Learning Conference 26-27 November 2019, Sydney. It would be good to see papers on Universal Design for Learning in this space.

Space International Conference 2019 on Housing: 29 November – 1 December, London, UK.  Call for papers closes 19 August 2019. Aim: to discuss recent advances and research results in the fields of Housing as well as architecture, policy studies, education, interior architecture, city planning and urban studies, social sciences, and engineering.

2020 Conferences

Florida State University AMPS Conference: Experiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments. 16-17 January 2020, in Tallahassee. Call for papers closes 20 November 2019 (round two).

Slips, Trips and Falls Conference 13-14 February 2020 Madrid. Topics include architectural design, ageing, ergonomics, footwear, and safety standards as well as falls prevention and analysing accidents. Website is in Spanish and English.

International Dementia Conference 11-12 June 2020, Sydney. Call for Papers closes 8 November 2019. Main theme: Care in the age of outrage. There are many topics including built environment.

Logo for Universal Design ConferenceUD2020. The next Australian Universal Design Conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 in Melbourne. Save the Date! A call for papers will be made very soon. 

Upcoming conferences 2019-2020

People are seated an round conference tables listening to a speaker.Call for papers closes 26 July 2019 for International Urban Design Conference, 13-16 November 2019, Hobart Tasmania. Call for presenters closes 26 July 2019 with blind peer review for accepted papers. Broad range of topics to choose from.

National Sports Convention has a major strand on Diversity and Inclusion in Sport hosted by Sport and Recreation Victoria. To be held in Melbourne 23-25 July 2019. Convention theme is, “Re imagining Sport: More people active with greater participation”. Registrations are open. One ticket for multiple events within the Convention.

Liveable Cities Conference, 12-13 August 2019, Adelaide. Key themes: Happiness, Health and Wellbeing, and Strategies, Planning and Design for People. See the program.

ACAA Access Consultants National Conference, Theme Inclusion by Design: Equality, Diversity and the Built Environment. 14-16 August 2019, Luna Park Sydney. Earlybird registrations open.

Arts Activated 2019 Conference 22-23 August at Sydney Olympic Park. The theme is “Making it Happen Today.

 iCREATe conference 26-29 August 2019, Canberra. Includes Global Student Innovation Challenge, and ATSA Independent Living Expo. 

AAATE 2019: Global Challenges in Assistive Technology: Research, Policy and Practice. 17-19 August 2019, Bologna, Italy. Note that Universal Design is included in this conference. AAATE is sister organisation to Australia’s ARATA. See conference flyer for more information.

Planning Institute Australia NSW State Conference 19-20 September 2019, Parramatta. Theme: Fostering Resilience – the promise of a brighter and better future.

Constructing our World: People, Performance, Politics 18-20 September 2019, Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Joint hosts are the Institutes of Building of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

International Conference on Disabling Normatives 1 – 3 October 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa. Has an academic focus and is hosted by the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies. 

3rd International Congress on Technology and Tourism for All, 23-25 October, Malaga, Spain. It will cover technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for society.

​​International Conference on ​Transport & Health – theme: Smart Cities. Disruptive Mobility. Healthy People. 4-8 November 2019, Pullman Melbourne on the Park. The topics are wide ranging because transport links to everything else. Melbourne Cup Day activities included in the program.

52nd AAG Conference Sydney. Coming of Age Together: New Ways of Knowing and Acting. 5-8 November 2019. Topics include social engagement, environment, design, innovation and technology.  

International Conference on Urban Health: People Oriented Urbanisation – Transforming cities for health and well-being. 4-8 November 2019, Xiamen, China. 

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia 2019 State Conference, 6-8 November, Hunter Valley NSW. Theme: Unlocking the Value of Infrastructure. This conference is targeted to local government staff and planners, and other government departments. 

4th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference, 7-8 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. Call for papers closed 22 July 2019. The topics are broad ranging. The Theme is “Building Bridges towards a Common Goal: Advancing and Promoting Equity and Accessibility among People with Disabilities Worldwide”.

International Urban Design Conference, 13-16 November 2019, Hobart Tasmania. Call for presenters closes 26 July 2019 with blind peer review for accepted papers. Several topics to choose from.

World Engineers Convention – theme is Engineering a Sustainable World: The next 100 Years. 20-22 November 2019, Melbourne. 

Open Learning Conference 26-27 November 2019, Sydney. It would be good to see papers on Universal Design for Learning in this space.

Space International Conference 2019 on Housing: 29 November – 1 December, London, UK.  Call for papers closes 19 August 2019. Aim: to discuss recent advances and research results in the fields of Housing as well as architecture, policy studies, education, interior architecture, city planning and urban studies, social sciences, and engineering.

2020 Conferences

Florida State University AMPS Conference: Experiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments. 16-17 January 2020, in Tallahassee. Call for papers closes 20 November 2019 (round two).

Slips, Trips and Falls Conference 13-14 February 2020 Madrid. Call for Papers closes 31 July 2019.  Topics include architectural design, ageing, ergonomics, footwear, and safety standards as well as falls prevention and analysing accidents. Website is in Spanish and English.

International Dementia Conference 11-12 June 2020, Sydney. Call for Papers closes 8 November 2019. Main theme: Are we able to care in an age of outrage? There are many topics including built environment.

Logo for Universal Design ConferenceUD2020. The next Australian Universal Design Conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 in Melbourne. Save the Date! A call for papers will be made in September 2019. 

Conferences upcoming 2019-2020

Rows of empty seats at a conference venue.4 Conferences new to the list:

Arts Activated 2019 Conference 22-23 August at Sydney Olympic Park.   The theme is “Making it Happen Today. You can watch a video trailer to see what the event looks like. 

3rd International Congress on Technology and Tourism for All, 23-25 October 2019, Malaga, Spain. It will cover technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for society.

4th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference, 7-8 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. Call for papers closes 22 July 20149. The topics are broad ranging. The Theme is “Building Bridges towards a Common Goal: Advancing and Promoting Equity and Accessibility among People with Disabilities Worldwide”.

International Dementia Conference 11-12 June 2020, Sydney. Call for papers closes 8 November 2019. Theme: Care in the Age of Outrage. Sponsorships open.

And here is the rest:

National Sports Convention has a major strand on Diversity and Inclusion in Sport hosted by Sport and Recreation Victoria. To be held in Melbourne 23-25 July 2019. Convention theme is, “Re imagining Sport: More people active with greater participation”. Registrations are open. One ticket for multiple events within the Convention.

Liveable Cities Conference, 12-13 August 2019, Adelaide. Key themes: Happiness, Health and Wellbeing, and Strategies, Planning and Design for People. See the program.

ACAA Access Consultants National Conference, Theme Inclusion by Design: Equality, Diversity and the Built Environment. 14-16 August 2019, Luna Park Sydney. Earlybird registrations open.

Arts Activated 2019 Conference 22-23 August at Sydney Olympic Park. The theme is “Making it Happen Today.

 iCREATe conference 26-29 August 2019, Canberra. Includes Global Student Innovation Challenge, and ATSA Independent Living Expo. 

AAATE 2019: Global Challenges in Assistive Technology: Research, Policy and Practice. 17-19 August 2019, Bologna, Italy. Note that Universal Design is included in this conference. AAATE is sister organisation to Australia’s ARATA. See conference flyer for more information.

Planning Institute Australia NSW State Conference 19-20 September 2019, Parramatta. Theme: Fostering Resilience – the promise of a brighter and better future.

Constructing our World: People, Performance, Politics 18-20 September 2019, Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Joint hosts are the Institutes of Building of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 

International Conference on Disabling Normatives 1 – 3 October 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa. Has an academic focus and is hosted by the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies. 

3rd International Congress on Technology and Tourism for All, 23-25 October, Malaga, Spain. It will cover technology, smart tourist destinations, accessible products and services can do for society.

 ​​International Conference on ​Transport & Health – theme: Smart Cities. Disruptive Mobility. Healthy People. 4-8 November 2019, Pullman Melbourne on the Park. The topics are wide ranging because transport links to everything else.

52nd AAG Conference Sydney. Coming of Age Together: New Ways of Knowing and Acting. 5-8 November 2019. Topics include social engagement, environment, design, innovation and technology.  

International Conference on Urban Health: People Oriented Urbanisation – Transforming cities for health and well-being. 4-8 November 2019, Xiamen, China. 

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia 2019 State Conference, 6-8 November, Hunter Valley NSW. Theme: Unlocking the Value of Infrastructure. This conference is targeted to local government staff and planners, and other government departments. 

4th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference, 7-8 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. Call for papers closes 22 July 20149. The topics are broad ranging. The Theme is “Building Bridges towards a Common Goal: Advancing and Promoting Equity and Accessibility among People with Disabilities Worldwide”.

International Urban Design Conference, 13-16 November 2019, Hobart Tasmania. Call for presenters closes 26 July 2019 with blind peer review for accepted papers. Several topics to choose from.

World Engineers Convention – theme is Engineering a Sustainable World: The next 100 Years. 20-22 November 2019, Melbourne. 

Open Learning Conference 26-27 November 2019, Sydney. It would be good to see papers on Universal Design for Learning in this space.

Space International Conference 2019 on Housing: 29 November – 1 December, London, UK.  Call for papers closes 19 August 2019. Aim: to discuss recent advances and research results in the fields of Housing as well as architecture, policy studies, education, interior architecture, city planning and urban studies, social sciences, and engineering.

Florida State University AMPS Conference: Experiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments. 16-17 January 2020, in Tallahassee. Call for papers closes 20 November 2019 (round two).

Slips, Trips and Falls Conference 13-14 February 2020 Madrid. Call for Papers closes 31 July 2019.  Topics include architectural design, ageing, ergonomics, footwear, and safety standards as well as falls prevention and analysing accidents. Website is in Spanish and English.

International Dementia Conference 11-12 June 2020, Sydney. Call for Papers closes 8 November 2019. Main theme: Are we able to care in an age of outrage? There are many topics including built environment.

Logo for Universal Design ConferenceUD2020. The next Australian Universal Design Conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 in Melbourne. Save the Date! A call for papers will be made in September 2019. 

Keep it Simple for Inclusion

A group of language dictionaries are laid out on a table.First there was closed captioning and then live captioning. Audio describing came along soon afterwards. Now we have the possibility of “simultaneous simplification”. Two researchers wanted to ensure people with various cognitive conditions could participate in a conference. Using audio transcribing facilities, interpreters simplified the language of the speakers in real time.  

After the conference they interviewed participants and found people with significant cognitive conditions were able to fully participate in a professional conference. Participants also retained the information a few weeks later. Of course, people who don’t speak the language of the speaker also benefit. The title of the short paper is, Simultaneous Simplification: Stretching the Boundaries of UDL.

Editor’s note: I’d like to see academics writing for the general population instead of writing in academic code for the benefit of other academics. Useful knowledge on many things would become more readily available to everyone. It’s time to have universally designed academic papers. 

“I don’t need a microphone.” But yes, you do

Picture of an ear with sound wavesThere are three types of hearing augmentation systems – but which one to use? The system preferred by most users is a “hearing loop”. It is connected to the sound system in a meeting room or auditorium. People wearing a hearing device with a telecoil, have the sound sent directly to the device. It screens out all the background noise and gives definition to the speech. However, a microphone must be used all the time. So no more “I’ve got a loud voice, I don’t need a microphone” because it won’t be transmitted. Hearing Connections website gives an explanation of this system, FM and Infra-red systems. A system with an ambient microphone that picks up all the sound in the room amplifies all the sounds – so background noise is included with the speech. It can defeat the object. Also, the system should be turned on automatically – no-one should need to ask for it – that’s the point. Building designers, owners and managers have a legal obligation to incorporate the needs of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Editor’s comment: I’ve been given lots of different reasons why the hearing system isn’t working. I’ve been told that permission is needed from  security to turn it on, as well as being told it can’t be switched on because people outside the room might hear confidential information. Clearly, having the system installed and connected is one thing, and training people about its use and purpose is another.