Conferences and calls for papers

bright pink seating in an auditorium 4th Australian Universal Design Conference

We are looking forward to hosting the postponed 4th conference in Melbourne 17-18 May 2021. We hope you can join us.

Other conferences and events: The events and conference industry has experienced a very difficult year and many events for 2020 have been moved to 2021. Next year we should see a return to the staging of regular events. Here is the latest information on conferences and events.

Australian Placemaking Summit 2020, Melbourne, New dates 24-25 March 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, postponed until 2021. Perth, Western Australia. In lieu of this year’s conference 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.

7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (ICT4AWE 2021). See the conference website for other submissions. 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.

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. The Summit will be online as a series of virtual events over the course of a number of weeks in March 2021.

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 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. There are instructions for submitting a proposal. 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

M-Enabling Summit Conference 2021,  This is a new date, 21 June 2021. Washington . 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. 

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 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.

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 follows from the one held in Belgium in 2018. Updates to follow on a dedicated website. 


4th Australian Universal Design Conference

Conference logo. Universal Design Conference 2020COVID-19   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. Our thanks to delegates and speakers for their patience. 

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, 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 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