UD2020 Conference: A look at the program

Conference logo. Universal Design Conference 2020Check out the program for the 4th Australian Universal Design Conference. Apart from our amazing Keynote Speakers and Panellists, we have a great selection of concurrent sessions. Local government is well represented in the program:

    • Holiday Parks Access Project – Garry Ellem, Lake Macquarie City Council
    • Sensory rooms – Jack Mulholland, Maroondah City Council
    • Supporting beneficial housing models in a dynamic disability housing market: a cross sectorial response – Linda Martin-Chew, City of Whittlesea
    • UD in local government: action research findings – Adam Johnson, Edith Cowan University

Also of interest to local government will be two presentations on inclusive playspaces, the dementia project in Moonee Ponds, and mobility scooter research. Public toilets also get a place in the program along with two papers related to autism. And remember we have James Thurston’s keynote on the Five Pillars of Inclusive Smart Cities. That’s a must for everyone.

Join us for this celebration of universal design and register now for earlybird rates!  CUDA members get an extra discount. 

The conference will be held at the brand new Victoria Pavillion, Melbourne Showgrounds 12-13 May. For extra value, the ATSA Independent Living Expo will be in the same location for 13-14 May. Entry to the expo is free.

Front entrance of Victoria Pavilion, the conference venue

UD2020: 4th Australian Universal Design Conference

Conference logo. Universal Design Conference 2020It’s promising to be a great conference! The conference website has the program with links to abstracts, and the list of speakers. Highlights include keynotes from James Thurston from G3ict, Philip Taylor from Federation University, and Paul Harpur live video from New York.

The inclusive tourism panel will have Martin Heng, Lonely Planet, Nicole Healy, Victorian Government, and Sarah Seddon, formerly from Destination Melbourne. The final panel session will discuss the role of government in promoting and implementing universal design: James Thurston, G3ict, Michael Walker, Victorian Government, and Fiona Morrison, NSW Government will give their views. With a lunchtime walking tour, Table Topic discussions, workshops and posters there’s something for everyone! 

Earlybird registrations close 31 March.

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The conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 in the brand new Victoria Pavilion, Melbourne Showgrounds. It’s close to the city and the airport. 

Front entrance of Victoria Pavilion, the conference venue

17th ICCHP 2020, 9-11 September, Lecco, Italy.

Lecco Square, Italy showing four storey heritage buildings and a statue.17th ICCHP 2020, conference 9-11 September, Lecco, Italy. In Europe assistive technology and universal design are considered together in the quest for inclusion. This conference has a heavy focus on the tech side of life, but there are topic strands for universal design, education, gender issues, labour market inclusion and user centred design among others. Contribution deadlines vary according to strand. A major international event supported by UNESCO. The terminology in the full title of the conference reflects that of the first conference in 1989, 17th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs. In this digital age, technology touches every aspect of life, and therefore inclusion. Consequently the topics are broad ranging.

There are more conferences and calls for papers including UD2020 in Melbourne. 

UD2020 Keynote speakers announced

Front entrance of Victoria Pavilion, the conference venueWe are very excited to have James Thurston join us to talk about inclusive smart cities. James is G3ict’s Vice President for Global Strategy and Development and previously worked for Microsoft on their accessibility policy. Philip Taylor will discuss the myths around ageing and work, and Paul Harpur will join us from New York via video link to take a human rights view of inclusion. 

The conference website has more information about the keynotes and concurrent speakers. 

The 4th Australian Universal Design Conference will be held 12-13 May at the new Victoria Pavilion, Melbourne Showground. 

Conferences and calls for papers

An external view of the venue showing level entry. 4th Australian Universal Design Conference

Excited to announce Keynote speakers: James Thurston from G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, will talk about smart cities for all. Philip Taylor will share his passion about older people and workforce issues. The panel session on inclusive tourism will feature Martin Heng from Lonely Planet, Nicole Healy from Victorian Government, and Sarah Seddon, former chair of Destination Melbourne.  Fiona Morrison and Michael Walker will join James Thurston for the final panel session to give a government perspective on UD. See the conference speaker listing for their details. 

The conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 at Melbourne Showground’s brand new Victoria Pavilion. The theme is Thriving with Universal Design: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday. It promises to be a great event!. Draft program available now – lots of different topics for this conference. Registrations are open. CUDA members receive a discount on registration.

NEW TO THE LIST

Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting (GSA2020), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4-8 November 2020. Theme: Turning 75: Why Age Matters. Call for Abstracts open until 12 March.  “The 2020 theme was selected as a celebration of GSA’s 75th Anniversary. We’re celebrating the collective accomplishments of members that have strengthened the field of aging and the mission of GSA. Presentations, programs, and activities will reflect the theme of the 75th year which is “honor the past and enrich the future.” 

Dementia Australia National Symposium 2020, 24 March 2020, Sydney. Includes the Dawn Booker Masterclass. Speakers include Ita Buttrose and Janet Anderson. Be quick for extended earlybird.

NDS NSW Conference, Sydney, 6-7 April 2020. This is a disability specific conference with a focus on NDIS issues and the Royal Commission. NDS (National Disability Services) is an organisation supporting disability service providers. 

17th ICCHP 2020, 9-11 September, Lecco, Italy. In Europe assistive technology and Design-for-All/Universal Design are considered together in the quest for inclusion. While this conference has a heavy focus on the tech side of life, there are topic strands for universal design, education, gender issues, labour market inclusion and user centred design among others. Contribution deadlines vary according to strand. A major international event supported by UNESCO. The terminology in the full title of the conference reflects that of the first conference in 1989, 17th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special needs. The topics have broadened out considerably since then to make this a huge event. 

AND THE REST

ITAC2020: Transforming Independence Through Innovative Technology, 3-4 March 2020, Brisbane. The theme emphasises the importance of assistive technology supporting service quality and independence. This is one for health professionals interested in IT developments.

National Walking Summit, 10-11 March 2020, St Louis. Walking has the power to do many things- improve health, provide access, increase social engagement.

Smart Accessibility 2020.  International Conference on Universal Accessibility and the Internet of Things and Smart Environments. 22-26 March 2020, Barcelona, Spain. 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. A cross disciplinary event with interesting and intersecting topic themes.

Dementia Australia National Symposium 2020, 24 March 2020, Sydney. Includes the Dawn Booker Masterclass. Speakers include Ita Buttrose and Janet Anderson. Be quick for extended earlybird.

Australian Placemaking Summit, Melbourne, 25-26 March 2020. The placemaking movement is gaining momentum in Australia. Includes rapid talks as well as a long list of speakers including from San Francisco, New Zealand, and Denmark.

NDS NSW Conference, Sydney, 6-7 April 2020. This is a disability specific conference with a focus on NDIS issues and the Royal Commission. NDS (National Disability Services) is an organisation supporting disability service providers. 

National Sustainability Conference, 27-28 April 2020, Brisbane. 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. 

6th International Conference on ICT for Ageing Well and e-Health (ICT4AWE2020), Prague, Czech Republic 3-5 May 2020. For those who study age and health-related quality of life and apply information and communication technologies for helping people stay healthier, more independent and active at work or in their community. ICT4AWE is organized in 3 major tracks:
1 – Aging well – social and human sciences perspective
2 – Ambient Intelligence and Independent living
3 – Telemedicine and e-health

From Access to Inclusion 2020; an Arts and Culture Summit 11-14 May 2020 Dublin, Ireland. Call for papers closed 12 November 2019. An international gathering of access professionals and advocates exploring how to provide seamless, person-centred experiences in arts and culture.

Not to be confused with the 4th Australian Universal Design Conference, there is another one in Finland 15-17 June 2020. This follows the four previous conferences in Scandinavia, UK and Ireland. This one will be Dipoli, Aalto University, Espoo.

International Dementia Conference 11-12 June 2020, Sydney.  Main theme: Care in the age of outrage. There are many topics including built environment. ePosters are still being accepted.

Liveable Cities Conference 22-23 June 2020, Perth Western Australia. Presentation Submissions Close 6 March 2020. Program Themes include transport and mobility, circular economy, community engagement, affordability and employment. The concept of inclusion is under the Community Engagement and Culture theme. 

M-Enabling Summit Conference 2020, 22-24 June 2020, Arlington (Washington DC). Call for Presentations closes 16 March 2020. This event is dedicated to promoting accessible and assistive technology for all. It is an annual meeting place for all who implement digital accessibility strategies or develop enabling ICT products, services for workplaces, learning environments or consumer markets.

Transportation professionals conference: Joint ITE International and Southern District Annual Meeting and Exhibition, 9-12 August 2020, New Orleans. Call for abstracts closed. Program to be published soon.

The Disability Innovation Summit will be run alongside the Tokyo Paralympic Games in August 2020. Call for papers will run between October 2019 and March 2020Priority will be given to submissions with: a passion to collaborate globally; products and ideas that are ready to go to market; or have the ability to be scaled; and tangible solutions that can impact lives around the world.

17th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, 9-11 September, Lecco, Italy. Call for contributions for close 1 April 2020 for science track and 1 May 2020 for forum track. 

Designing Cities 2020: Boston 14-17 September 2020. Save the date. “The NACTO Designing Cities Conference brings together 900 officials, planners, and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities.”

International Council on Active Aging Conference, Summit & Expo. 26-29 October, 2020, Long Beach California. Theme: Aging well: the great disruptor. Call for presentations closed 10 January 2020.

National Parks and Recreation Annual Conference 27- 29 October 2020, Orlando, Florida.  Speed Session proposals accepted from 16 – 30 April 2020

2021

Destinations for All 2021 Summit  19-21 September 2021, Miami, Florida. This follows from the one held in Belgium in 2018. Updates to follow.

UD2020 4th Australian Universal Design Conference

Front entrance of Victoria Pavilion, the conference venue

4th Australian Universal Design Conference

Excited to announce Keynote speakers: James Thurston from G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, will talk about smart cities for all. Philip Taylor will share his passion about older people and workforce issues. The panel session on inclusive tourism will feature Martin Heng from Lonely Planet, Nicole Healy from Victorian Government, and Sarah Seddon, former chair of Destination Melbourne. Fiona Morrison and Michael Walker will join James Thurston for the final panel session to give a government perspective on UD. See the conference speaker listing for their details. 

The conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 at Melbourne Showground’s brand new Victoria Pavilion. The theme is Thriving with Universal Design: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday. It promises to be a great event!. Draft program available now – lots of different topics for this conference. Registrations are open. CUDA members receive a discount on registration.

For a list of other conferences see the listing under Conferences and Calls for Papers