Conferences and calls for papers

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

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.

NEW TO THE LIST

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.

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.

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 11-12 November 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.

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, Postponed – date to be decided. Sydney. Includes the Dawn Booker Masterclass is cancelled. Speakers include Ita Buttrose and Janet Anderson. They are considering online options. Sign up for information.

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.

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.

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. 

M-Enabling Summit Conference 2021,  This is a new date. Arlington (Washington DC). 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 and exhibition: Joint ITE International Annual Meeting and Exhibition, 9-12 August 2020.  Program to be published soon. Will be held online. It has a technical program and an interesting social program.

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.

17th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs,  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. Will be held online.

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, 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.  (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.

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. 

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.

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.