Save the Date UD2020 (v2)

Two screens on a desk. One is showing pictures of several people on a video conference. The other is displaying a regular web page.In lieu of our postponed UD2020 conference we are pleased to be offering a half day virtual event 13 October 2020. The topic is People and Transport. It will run from 10 am to midday Sydney time (AEDT) with a short break in the middle. The program has four speakers and there will be plenty of time for questions.

Lee Steel, Assistant Secretary, Australian Department of Infrastructure, will bring us up to date with the review of the Disability Transport Standards and how we can get involved in the consultation process.

Penny Galbraith, Access Consultant, will take us on her personal journey from home in Queensland to Sydney. Her picture show will illustrate the “Good, Bad and Ugly”.

Michael Walker, Principal Advisor Universal Design at Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority will discuss how to establish the principles that direct designers of train stations.

John Evernden, Civil Engineer and Access Consultant, will use his experience to show, in pictures, how thoughtful design makes a big difference to pedestrians.

Griffith University is sponsoring the publication of papers from the original UD2020 program. Dr Faith Valencia-Forrester, Director Service Learning, will launch the papers just before the break.

At midday, everyone is welcome to join CUDA’s Annual General Meeting.

The event is free to everyone who registered for the original UD2020 conference. You will automatically receive the link to join the event. It’s also free to CUDA members who will also get the link sent to them. Otherwise you can register for a small fee on the conference website.   

The original UD2020 has morphed into UD2021 and is now scheduled for 17-18 May in Melbourne.

Conferences and calls for papers

bright pink seating in an auditorium 4th Australian Universal Design Conference

Update 14 September: Due to the current COVID-19 situation in Melbourne we are postponing yet again to 17-18 May 2021 in Melbourne. It will become UD2021.

In lieu of our postponed UD2020 conference we are pleased to be offering a half day virtual event 13 October 2020. The topic is People and Transport. It will run from 10 am to midday Sydney time (AEDT) with a short break in the middle. The program has four speakers and there will be plenty of time for questions.

NEW TO THE LIST

7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (ICT4AWE 2021). Regular paper submission deadline is 30 November 2020. See the conference website for other submissions. A meeting point for those that 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.

International Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Online 26-28 October 2020. Earlybird registration 30 September. This is a major event. Diversity and Inclusion scholarships are available. There is a list of technical papers on the website, but the program is yet to come.

National Sports Convention Forum. “Our Communities Future – Targeting Specific Communities to Encourage an Inclusive Approach” Three dates with COVID-safe conditions. Sydney 9 November 2020, Melbourne 11 November, Brisbane 13 November. The NSC 2020 Forums will be focusing on Shaping Our Future, post COVID-19. Forums are offered both for onsite delegates to attend and virtually for those who cannot attend in person. The program for each forum covers a wide range of interests.

Other conferences and events:  Where conference websites have been updated, new dates are shown below. There might be additional calls for papers. Check with conference organisers.

Inclusive Africa Conference 2020 on Digital Accessibility, 3-4 November, Nairobi, Kenya. Call for video submissions close 1 October 2020. Submit online. The conference web page has a “webinar” tab. There are two past and one future webinar on offer.

Australian Placemaking Summit 2020, Melbourne, New dates 24-25 March 2021. 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.

Access Israel conference postponed from May 2020 to a date to be advised.

Liveable Cities Conference, postponed until 2021. Perth, Western Australia. In lieu of this year’s conference there is a webinar series.  2021 conference 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. 

Dementia Australia National Symposium 2020, morphed into a virtual event over six weeks. Includes the Dawn Booker Masterclass is cancelled. Speakers include Ita Buttrose and Janet Anderson. You can sign up for live event or check it out later. It is now free. 

Designing Cities 2020: Will be held virtually.  “The NACTO Designing Cities Conference brings together 900 officials, planners, and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities.”  This will be held as a virtual summit

From Access to Inclusion 2020; an Arts and Culture Summit: Postponed until 22-25 March 2021. Dublin, Ireland.  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 9-11 June 2021this is a revised date. This follows the four previous conferences in Scandinavia, UK and Ireland. This one will be Dipoli, Aalto University, Espoo.

Liveable Cities Conference, postponed until 2021. Perth, Western Australia. In lieu of this year’s conference there is a June webinar series.  2021 conference 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. 

International Ergonomics Association 21st Triennial Congress. 13-18 June 2021, Vancouver. Special Sessions – Ergonomics and Design for All Track call for submissions closes 25 September 2020. Three main tracks of interest: Session 19 Different approaches for inclusive design; Session 20 Accessibility and usability for all; Session 68 Opportunities and challenges of digital technologies for inclusion. There are instructions for submitting a proposal. They have also added information about this being a hybrid event

M-Enabling Summit Conference 2021,  This is a new date, 21 June 2021. Washington . 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. 

The Disability Innovation Summit Postponed until August 2021 – date to be announced along with the Olympic Games. Priority 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.

Designing Cities 2020: Boston 14-17 September 2020. “The NACTO Designing Cities Conference brings together 900 officials, planners, and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities.”  This will be held as a virtual summit

International Council on Active Aging Conference, Summit & Expo. 26-29 October, 2020. Now virtual. Theme: Aging well: the great disruptor. 

National Parks and Recreation Annual Conference 27- 29 October 2020, Orlando, Florida.  (There is no mention of a date change due to COVID-19.)

Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting (GSA2020), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4-8 November 2020. Theme: Turning 75: Why Age Matters. 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.” 

2020 International Urban Design Conference, Canberra, 25-28 November 2020. Postponed to a new date to be advised in 2021.

Universal Design Competition, 6-14 March 2021, Munich, Germany is part of Munich Creative Business Week – a design event. It’s focus is on design for social, cultural and economic impact. Covers, digital applications, architecture, products, and service design. Talks, workshops and more are part of this event. 

International Ergonomics Association Triennial Congress, IEA2021, 13-18 June 2021, Vancouver, Canada. They have a separate web page for the technical program. There is also a Practitioner Invitation Leaflet

Liveable Cities Conference, postponed to 2021. Perth, Western Australia. 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. 

Universal Design Competition, 6-14 March 2021, Munich, Germany is part of Munich Creative Business Week – a design event. It’s focus is on design for social, cultural and economic impact. Covers, digital applications, architecture, products, and service design. Talks, workshops and more are part of this event. Website language also available in German.

From Access to Inclusion 2020; an Arts and Culture Summit: Postponed until 22-25 March 2021. Dublin, Ireland.  An international gathering of access professionals and advocates exploring how to provide seamless, person-centred experiences in arts and culture.

From Access to Inclusion 2020; an Arts and Culture Summit: Postponed to 22-25 March 2021. Dublin, Ireland.  An international gathering of access professionals and advocates exploring how to provide seamless, person-centred experiences in arts and culture.

Universal Design Summit 7: Inclusion Fusion, 12-14 May 2021, St Louis University. Call for presentations closes 30 September 2020.  Four themes: Housing, Public Places and Spaces, Community Access, and Digital Spaces. Virtual presentations will be considered.

5th Universal Design Conference, Finland 9-11 June 2021 – this is a revised date. This follows the four previous conferences in Scandinavia, UK and Ireland. This one will be Dipoli, Aalto University, Espoo.

International Ergonomics Association 21st Triennial Congress. 13-18 June, Vancouver. Special Sessions – Ergonomics and Design for All Track call for submissions closes 25 September 2020. Three main tracks of interest: Session 19 Different approaches for inclusive design; Session 20 Accessibility and usability for all; Session 68 Opportunities and challenges of digital technologies for inclusion. There are instructions for submitting a proposal.

The Disability Innovation Summit Postponed to August 2021 – date to be announced along with the Olympic Games. Priority 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.

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

Liveable Cities Conference, postponed until 2021. Perth, Western Australia. In lieu of this year’s conference there is a June webinar series.  2021 conference 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. 

4th Australian Universal Design Conference

Conference logo. Universal Design Conference 2020COVID-19   Update 10 August 2020: Due to the current COVID-19 situation in Melbourne we are postponing yet again to 17-18 May 2021 in Melbourne. A half day virtual event will be held 13 October, the second day of the previous date. More details to come. Our thanks to delegates and speakers for their patience. 

Here is a brief overview of the original content. There might be some changes depending on availability of speakers. We will keep you updated.

It’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! 

Time to think about sponsoring – what about the coffee cart at $3500?  See the prospectus for more opportunities or email Tannia Garces

The conference will be held 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