Conferences and calls for papers

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4th Australian Universal Design Conference

COVID-19 Update: This conference is postponed until 12-13 October 2020


National Sustainability Conference 2020, 27-28 April 2020 will be delivered online.  All presentations and additional learning material will also be recorded and accessible post-event.

Inclusive Africa Conference 2020 on Digital Accessibility, 3-4 November, Nairobi, Kenya. Call for video submissions close 1 October 2020. Submit online. 

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.

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

Smart Accessibility 2020.  International Conference on Universal Accessibility and the Internet of Things and Smart Environments. New date: 21-25 June 2020, Barcelona, Spain. Wide ranging topics: accessibility by design, built environment, smart cities, techniques and tools, technology for independent living, digital inclusion, Internet of Things and much more. 

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

Australian Placemaking Summit, Melbourne, New dates 10-11 August. 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.

6th International Conference on ICT for Ageing Well and e-Health (ICT4AWE2020), Prague, Czech Republic 3-5 May 2020 via online streaming. Update: Papers can be delivered via video. 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: 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 15-17 June 2020 – revised dates to follow. 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. New date for September and presented online.  Main theme: Care in the age of outrage. There are many topics including built environment. ePosters are still being accepted.

22nd World Packaging Conference, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico, 15-18 June 2020. Packaging is facing many challenges. Easy opening and ergonomics are included in the conference streams. 

Liveable Cities Conference 22-23 June 2020, 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. 

M-Enabling Summit Conference 2020,  Arlington (Washington DC). New date 14-16 September . 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 24 August 2020 – date under reviewPriority 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  close 1 April 2020 for science track and 1 May 2020 for forum track. A major international event supported by UNESCO. The terminology in the full title of the conference reflects that of the first conference in 1989, so is better known now as ICCHP. 

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

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.” 


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.

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 Conference: A look at the program

Conference logo. Universal Design Conference 2020COVID-19 Update:  This conference is postponed until 12-13 October 2020. Delegates and speakers will be advised accordingly by Interpoint Events.

We will advise of any program changes due to the change of date.

Check 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 – they close 31 March!  CUDA members get an extra discount. 

The conference will be held at the brand new Victoria Pavillion, Melbourne Showgrounds 12-13 October. For extra value, the ATSA Independent Living Expo will be in the same location for 13-14 October. 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 2020

COVID-19 update: This conference is postponed until 12-13 October 2020. More information to follow. Interpoint Events will be in touch with all delegates and speakers.

We will advise of any program changes due to the new date.

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 12-13 October 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