Conferences and calls for papers

A large conference venue with a speaker on stage and a large audience.4th Australian Universal Design Conference will be held 12-13 May 2020 in Melbourne. The theme is Thriving with Universal Design: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday. We had an excellent response to the call for papers and were over subscribed. We will do our best to notify everyone of the outcome of their submission by 11 November as promised. Many thanks for your enthusiasm! It promises to be a great event!  POSTERS and TABLE TOPICS are still being accepted.


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

UD2020 Finland – Call for papers extended. 15-17 June 2020. Not to be confused with the 4th Australian Universal Design Conference UD2020. This follows the four previous conferences in Scandinavia, UK and Ireland. Call for papers closes 30 November 2019.

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.”

Destinations for All 2021 Summit save the date: It will be held in Miami Florida in the Fall of 2021. This follows from the one held in Belgium. Updates to follow.


​​International Conference on ​Transport & Health – theme: Smart Cities. Disruptive Mobility. Healthy People. 4-8 November 2019, Pullman Melbourne on the Park. The topics are wide ranging because transport links to everything else. Melbourne Cup Day activities included in the program.

52nd AAG Conference Sydney. Coming of Age Together: New Ways of Knowing and Acting. 5-8 November 2019. Topics include social engagement, environment, design, innovation and technology.  

International Conference on Urban Health: People Oriented Urbanisation – Transforming cities for health and well-being. 4-8 November 2019, Xiamen, China. 

Intelligent Transport Conference, 5-6 November 2019, London UK. A global view of the latest in public transportation systems.

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia 2019 State Conference, 6-8 November, Hunter Valley NSW. Theme: Unlocking the Value of Infrastructure. This conference is targeted to local government staff and planners, and other government departments. 

4th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference, 7-8 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. The topics are broad ranging. The Theme is “Building Bridges towards a Common Goal: Advancing and Promoting Equity and Accessibility among People with Disabilities Worldwide”.

A11y Camp, 12-15 November 2019, ICC Sydney. A digital accessibility and inclusion conference. Check out the advances in ICT accessibility and digital inclusion in urban environments.

International Urban Design Conference, 13-16 November 2019, Hobart Tasmania. Call for presenters closed 26 July 2019 with blind peer review for accepted papers. Several topics to choose from.

Conference on Landscape Architecture, 15-18 November 2019, San Diego. Professional event with workshops and education sessions. Also an Expo and all the usual activities for a large event.

World Engineers Convention – theme is Engineering a Sustainable World: The next 100 Years. 20-22 November 2019, Melbourne. 

Festival of Inclusion 20-21 November 2019, Sydney. Presented by the Centre for Disability Studies and the Inclusive Research Network. This is specifically about people with disability rather than a universal inclusion event. First day at University of Sydney, second day at Sydney Olympic Park. Ticketed event.

Sustainability and Disability Conference, 25-26 November 2019, Buenos Aries.  A good one for policy makers. Conference topics are wide ranging and include universal design.

Open Learning Conference 26-27 November 2019, Sydney. It would be good to see papers on Universal Design for Learning in this space.

Space International Conference 2019 on Housing: 29 November – 1 December, London, UK.  Aim: to discuss recent advances and research results in the fields of Housing as well as architecture, policy studies, education, interior architecture, city planning and urban studies, social sciences, and engineering.

International Congress on Accessible Cruise Destinations, 2-3 December 2019, Valencia, Spain. Cruises are no longer a luxury item for many holidaymakers. The aim of the event is to promote accessibility in cruise tourism for everyone.

State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC2019) 3-5 December 2019, Perth, Western Australia. The focus is on the challenges ahead in a disruptive environment. There are seven broad themes. The PhD/ECR Symposium will be held 30 Nov – 2 Dec. 

2020 Conferences

Florida State University AMPS Conference: Experiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments. 16-17 January 2020, in Tallahassee. Call for papers closes 20 November 2019 (round two).

Slips, Trips and Falls Conference 13-14 February 2020 Madrid. Topics include architectural design, ageing, ergonomics, footwear, and safety standards as well as falls prevention and analysing accidents. Website is in Spanish and English.

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.

Smart Accessibility 2020.  International Conference on Universal Accessibility and the Internet of Things and Smart Environments. 22-26 March 2020, Barcelona, Spain. Call for papers open until 8 November 2019. 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.

National Sustainability Conference, 27-28 April 2020, Brisbane. Call for papers closes 8 November.  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. Discount for presenters to attend. 

6th International Conference on ICT for Ageing Well and e-Health (ICT4AWE2020), Prague, Czech Republic 3-5 May 2020. Call for papers closes 13 December 2019. 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

Not to be confused with the 4th Australian Universal Design Conference, there is another one in Finland in June 2020. This follows the four previous conferences in Scandinavia, UK and Ireland. Call for papers closes 30 November 2019.

International Dementia Conference 11-12 June 2020, Sydney. Call for Papers closes 8 November 2019. Main theme: Care in the age of outrage. There are many topics including built environment.

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 2020. 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, 9-11 September, Lecco, Italy. Call for contributions for close 1 April 2020 for science track and 1 May 2020 for forum track.