Conferences and calls for papers

picture of a large audience watching a presentation. 4th Australian Universal Design Conference. 

Yes, it’s on!  Speakers have re-confirmed and final arrangements are being organised for the 4th UD conference in Melbourne 17-18 May 2021. See the update.

This event is popular for networking with like minds and learning more about what’s going on the the world of universal design and inclusive practice. As an aside, the ATSA Independent Living Expo will be held at the same venue 18-19 May – Melbourne Showgrounds. Free entry to the Expo. 

New to the list: 

Future of Place: e-Mobility + City Design, 20 April, Zoom 11am – 12pm Brisbane time. E-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards and other emerging e-mobility travel options are now at the heart of some Transportation Plan upgrades for government.

Future of Place: AI + City Design, 18 May, Zoom. Artificial Intelligence enables technology to sense its environment, learn from datasets and perform predictive analysis to make autonomous decisions which can influence digital and real environments. This potentially creates relationships between people, place, technology and data that we have not fully considered.

AHURI – Unchartered Urban Futures: Australian Cities Post Pandemic. 20 May 2021, Melbourne and hybrid. Long held assumptions about the development of Australian cities have been up-ended by the COVID-19 crisis. The expectation of high and continuous population growth has been undermined and, at the same time, the way we live and work has changed. While we have learned that our systems have capacity and resilience in a time of crisis, new vulnerabilities and hazards have also been exposed.

Trafinz – NZ Traffic Institute: New Journeys in Mobility for Aotearoa, 29-31 August 2021, Auckland. This conference was postponed from 2020. The pandemic has made us think about mobility in different ways. 

ICED21 International Conference on Engineering Design, 16-20 August 2021, Gothenburg, Sweden. The place where researchers and practitioners can bring together different perspectives to address a common goal: how we can design solutions for a higher quality of life. By sharing experiences and perspectives we can increase our understanding about how we can address societal challenges by taking full advantage of the most promising technological advancements.

23rd International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE 2021). 8-10 September 2021. Herning, Denmark. The E&PDE conference will bring together representatives from education and industry who have an interest in sharing new perspectives on design education. 

Other conferences and events:

e-Mobility and City Design 20 April 2021, via Zoom, free. E-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards and other emerging e-mobility travel options are now at the heart of some Transportation Plan upgrades for government.  Let’s discuss. Public shared e-mobility schemes are booming in some cities, but its also the privately owned e-mobility vehicles that are exploding in numbers.  

7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (ICT4AWE 2021). Online streaming 24-26 April 2021.  See Important Dates.  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. Online streaming 24-26 April 2021.

Artificial Intelligence + City Design. Free webinar 18 May 2021, one hour 11am – 12pm AEST. Being run by the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand.

33rd Aged and Community Services Association National Summit – online. 17-21 May 2021.  The theme is “A New Age for Aged Care”. ACSA covers both residential and home care.

Let’s be Clear: Easy English Webinars: A series of 2 hour interactive webinars on Easy English/Easy Read for four literacies. Computers, Health, Justice, and Money.  Dates in June 2021.

Institute of Australian Geographers & New Zealand Geographical Society Combined Conference, 6-9 July 2021, University of Sydney. Theme: Remembering, reimagining geography.  There is more information on sessions and calls for abstracts.

Australian Placemaking Summit, Melbourne, 26-27 July 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.

Liveable Cities Conference, Perth, Western Australia. In lieu of the conference planned for 2020, there is a webinar series. Dates are 9 June, 16 June, and 23 June.  The concept of inclusion is under the Community Engagement and Culture theme. Speakers listed and a program outline.

International Conference on Transport and Health, virtual event, 14-30 June 2021. This is an international multi-sector and cross-disciplinary event. Papers published in Journal of Transport & Health. Policy-makers, practitioners and academics from multiple disciplines and professional sectors involved in transport planning and engineering, public health, urban planning, spatial and architectural design, environmental planning, economics and beyond will meet to share their stories of success and failure; build world-wide collaborative friendships; but most importantly, leave inspired! 

Not to be confused with the 4th Australian Universal Design Conference, there is another one in Finland 9-11 June 2021  This follows the four previous conferences in Scandinavia, UK and Ireland. This one will be Dipoli, Aalto University, Espoo.

M-Enabling Summit 2021 Year-Long Conference Schedule & Digital Series.
The 2021 conference schedule includes two additional Virtual Leadership Briefings (April and June), followed by the M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase (October). The 2nd edition of the M-Enabling Virtual Leadership Briefing will run under the theme, The Acceleration of Innovation in Inclusive Virtual Workplaces for Persons with Disabilities, and the 3rd briefing will cover Universities at the Forefront of Digital Inclusion.

International Ergonomics Association 21st Triennial Congress. 13-18 June 2021, Vancouver. 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. They have also added information about this being a hybrid event. They have a separate web page for the technical program. There is also a Practitioner Invitation Leaflet

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.

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

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

Destinations for All 2021 Summit  19-21 September 2021, Miami, Florida. This event has been postponed to 2022.


UD2021 Conference: Earlybird closes 1 April

Banner logo for the conference.It’s a real mixed bag for our UD2021 Conference in Melbourne next month! Both the topics and speakers are diverse. But they all have one thing in common – the quest to create a more inclusive world. Earlybird closes 1 April – remember CUDA members get a $50 discount. 

With so many experts in the room, the networking is sure to be productive. Government representatives, architects, teachers, academics, designers and service providers will share their expertise and experience. Overseas speakers originally scheduled for the 2020 date will be live-streamed to the venue. 

Table Topics group at a previous conference. Men and women are sitting at a round table have a discussion.
Table Topics discussion group

The program has topics on communication, transportation, housing, tourism, urban planning, playspaces, employment and more. The Table Topics session is always popular with delegates because it is a great way to network. It takes place during the extended lunchtime on the first day. It’s an informal discussion in a small group. Delegates take their lunch to the table with the discussion leader and topic that interests them.

Three workshops add another dimension to the event. Topics are, childhood education and universal design for learning, creating short videos on universal design, and knowing your users. 

Head and shoulders of Stefano Scalzo
Sefano Scalzo

The date is 17-18 May, and the venue is the Melbourne Showgrounds. The conference will be opened by Stefano Scalzo. He is the Executive General Manager with the Victorian Health & Building Authority and has a particular interest in designing for health and wellbeing

And anyone interested in the latest in assistive technology, the ATSA Independent Living Expo will be held at the same time at the same location 18-19 May. Entry to this is free but to be COVID safe, you need to register. 

Visit the conference website to see the speakers and the program, and of course, to register!  

4th Australian Universal Design Conference

Banner logo for the conference.

It’s on!

We will be holding the 4th Australian Universal Design Conference 17-18 May 2021 in Melbourne. Speakers are being re-confirmed by Interpoint Events. Any updates to the program will be posted soon. 

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, and Philip Taylor from Federation University.

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