Conferences for 2019

picture of a large audience watching a presentation.ATSA Independent Living Expo: Sydney on 8-9 May, Brisbane on 15-16 May, and in Canberra on 27-28 August as part of iCREATe conference. Call for abstracts closes 28 March 2019.

Australian Network on Disability Conference 14 May 2019 in Melbourne. This conference is employment related.

Liveable Cities Conference, 12-13 August 2019, Adelaide. Call for abstracts closes 26 April 2019. Key themes: Happiness, Health and Wellbeing, and Strategies, Planning and Design for People. Call for abstracts closes 26 April 2019.

ACAA Access Consultants National Conference, Theme Inclusion by Design: Equality, Diversity and the Built Environment. 14-16 August 2019, Luna Park Sydney. Call for Papers closes 1 March 2019.

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. Call for papers closes 28 February 2019. See conference flyer for more information.

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 ​Transport & Health – theme: Smart Cities. Disruptive Mobility. Healthy People. 4-8 November 2019, Pullman Melbourne on the Park. Abstract submissions open 6 March to 8 May 2019.

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

Space International Conference 2019 on Housing: 29 November – 1 December, London, UK.  Call for papers close 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.


World Engineers Convention 2019

The conference banner with the date and placeEngineers Australia and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations are holding their next convention in Melbourne 20-22 November 2019.  Call for abstracts closes 18 January 2019. The overarching theme is Engineering a Sustainable World: The Next 100 Years. The focus will be on engineering innovation, and how this can have a positive impact on our lives by creating sustainable engineering solutions. Sustainability is used in the broadest sense including ethics and social responsibility.

The three day program will feature six streams, with each aligning to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Engineers Australia is celebrating its Centenary in 2019, and this convention will highlight Australian engineering on a global scale and explore the distinctive and sustaining mindset of our profession; the notion that ‘anything is possible’. This also calls for a universal design approach to their solutions and social responsibility.


AAATE Conference 27-30 Aug 2019, Bologna

An aerial view of Bologne, Italy showing terracotta roofs and medieval style buildings around a square.In Europe the quest for inclusion is about both universal design and assistive technology. Although the AAATE conference has a strong assistive technology focus, they have a universal design strand and encourage universal design researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts. The call for papers for the conference will close 28 February 2019. UD followers can find value in seeing the progress in assistive technology in all its forms, and how it supports and fits with the principles of UD. Papers are published by IOS Press. AAATE is a sister organisation to ARATA (Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association).

Editor’s note: I have found these conferences very interesting because much of the leading research, funded by the EU, is showcased here. Everything from mainstream universal design to smart technologies, robotics and web developments. At  the 2009 conference I presented a paper with a philosophical take on inclusion, Turning back time for inclusion for today as well as tomorrow.  



IAUD Conference Thailand

IAUD logo with coloured matchstick figures.The next International Association for Universal Design Conference will be held in Bankok, Thailand 5-6 March 2019. It is not clear from the website whether the call for submissions closes 31 August 2018 or 30 November, which is definitely the date for full paper submissions. You can find out more from the conference website. Topics are wide-ranging. This is usually a large international affair. IAUD is based in Japan and was originaly initiated by product manufacturers recognising that the population was ageing. Not the most intuitively designed conference website, but the information is there and also links to previous conference papers that could be of interest. .