International Conference on Transport & Health

Banner for call for abstracts for the International Conference on Transport and HealthThere’s a second call for abstracts for the International Conference on Transport and Health. Have a look at how many topics are covered! It’s just about everything! The call closes 21 January 2018. The conference will be held 24-27 June 2018 in Michigan, USA. From the conference website:

For policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers. ICTH is designed to bridge the gap between scientific investigation and real-world application. This avant-garde experience is guaranteed to make you feel just a little uncomfortable, a little bit curious and possibly change your perspective. Join us by becoming an abstract presenter. 

2018 European UD Conference call for papers

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Wondering where the 2018 European Universal Design Conference is being held? It will be in Dublin, Ireland. It follows on from Oslo, Norway in 2016, and Lund, Sweden in 2014.  It’s easy to miss the call for papers because they have partnered with higher education for this one. It will be held at Dublin Castle from 30 October to 2 November 2018. This event will show how universal design across all disciplines including education and learning are interrelated. The call for abstracts is now open and closes 30 January 2018. The conference home page gives more information about the partners and the event. The full title of the event is Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation Congress: Transforming our World through Diversity, Design and Education. The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design is the major host.

There is also a call for papers for the International Conference on Transport and Health, which covers just about everything, and for the Design Research Society’s conference which will be held in Limerick. And don’t forget to save the date for the 3rd Australian Universal Design Conference 4-5 September 2018 in Brisbane.


3rd Australian Universal Design Conference

SAVE THE DATE 4-5 September 2018, Brisbane

Banner for the conference The third Australian Universal Design Conference will be held at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre. The theme is, Home and Away: Creating inclusion everywhere. A call for papers will be made shortly. The Home and Away theme is to encourage contributions on housing and home, and on tourism and travel. The aim is to attract more practitioners in home design and construction, and tourism operators and businesses. With everything being connected via the digital world, we will also welcome contributions on digital accessibility. Watch this space for more information to come.


Transport & Health Conference call for papers

picture of Macinac Island holiday centre showing a horsedrawn carriage in a street of pedestrians lined by early American buildingsThe next international conference on transport and health will be held in June 2018 in rural Northern Michigan, USA. The call for abstracts opens 31 October 2017. This is a high ranking conference with various ways of contributing including posters and a Pecha Kucha session. The abstract and presenter categories are extensive and include ageing in place, older populations, disability and accessibility, including housing. The conference website already has comprehensive information about the event, so planning is well under way. Although the conference is hosted by the transport and heatlh collaboration, transport and health are major aspects of all our lives so the topics are wide ranging. A good way to bring together many disciplines for sharing research and networking.

Picture is a view of a Mackinac Island street.


Destinations for All: Get ready

The photo was taken in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. A woman in a red dress stands looking at plants and behind her is a man in a hat sitting in a wheelchair and moving along the path between the plants. The glass windows can be seen above.Brussels will be hosting the 2nd World Summit on Accessible Tourism next year. It will present the innovations and best practices for the development of the accessible tourism chain. Abstract submissions open November 2017 and close end of March 2018. The date of the summit is 1-2 October 2018.

You can read more about the first summit held in Montreal in 2014 where 360 participants from 31 countries shared their expertise and experiences. At the end of the summit, they adopted the declaration “A world for all”. Available in 10 languages, the declaration includes 40 concrete measures to implement the recommendations of the UNWTO for inclusive tourism. The declaration is a genuine action plan at the local, national and international levels, promoting the accessibility of tourist infrastructure, buildings and services.  Proceedings from the first summit are also available and worth a look.  


Upcoming conferences and events

logo for healthy liveable cities conference Designing Healthy Liveable Cities: 19-20 October 2017 in Melbourne. The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communites is hosting the event.    


ACAA logo header green merging to blue with white text.Access Consultants Conference: Accessible Wayfinding Experiences – Events and Destinations – are we there yet? 18-20 October 2017, in Brisbane.   


Logo for the forum white background with purple textUniversal Design Forum: Designing and Building for All.  26 October 2017, in Adelaide. Recommended for public and private sector, local government, advocacy and the construction, architecture and design industries.  


The Ageing Well Revolution: Insights into the business and social opportunities of modern ageing. 22-23 November 2017, Adelaide.


UD Forum: Designing and building for all

twilight picture of AdelaideA diverse range of speakers and topics are lined up for the Universal Design Forum to be held in Adelaide 26 October 2017. Among others, Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese will give a brief overview of the vision for the City of Adelaide followed by an address by The Hon Kelly Vincent MLC. Norwegian Architect Kronkene Snøhetta will discuss how beautiful architecture can come together with universal design, and David Hobbs will provide a change of pace with the design of a gaming system using universal design principles. Also on the program is a Pecha Kucha session where presenters show 20 slides for 20 seconds each. The day concludes with table top discussions with questions around themes, and a panel session. You can see the full list of speakers and topics on the conference website. 

If you want to know more about Pecha Kucha, the video below uses the concept of 20 slides in 20 seconds to show you how to present at a Pecha Kucha session.