Conferences and calls for papers

People sitting either side of an aisle listening to a speaker.New to the list: 

Livable Environment Conference. Save the date: 26-30 October 2021. A design and trade event. Explore new perspectives to improve design that supports living in place and wellness in the home. 

Arts Activated: National Arts & Disability Conference. Event will be mostly virtual with some live components over 9, 16, and 23 August.

Other conferences and events:

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.

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

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.

Future of Place Summit, 25 August 2021, Brisbane. A day filled with critical discussion, knowledge sharing and networking around the intersection of people, place technology and data. Earlybird registration until 28 May.  Hybrid event.

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. 

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.

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. 

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

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


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. We are delighted that the event will be opened by Mr Stefano Scalzo, Executive General Manager, Planning and Development at the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority. 

Have a look at the latest program update in the ready reference chart. Highlights include keynotes from James Thurston from G3ict direct from Washington DC, Philip Taylor from Federation University, and Fiona Morrison from the NSW Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment.

The inclusive tourism panel will have Martin Heng, formerly of Lonely Planet, and Nicole Healy, Victorian Government. The final panel session will discuss the role of government in promoting and implementing universal design: Virginia Richardson from Mornington Peninsular Shire, 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! 

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

The ATSA Independent Living Expo will be in the same building on 18-19 May. Entry to this amazing show of the latest in devices and inventions is free, but you must register due to COVID restrictions.