Conferences and calls for papers

People sitting either side of an aisle listening to a speaker at a conference. Upcoming conferences and calls for papers.


This page has the latest information on upcoming conferences and calls for papers.

New to the list:

AHURI National Housing Conference, 2-4 March 2022, Melbourne. Theme: Resilience, Connection, Transformation.   A call for abstracts  closes 31 August. You can see their proposed program structureThe theme creates structure for three parallel streams of discussion:

    • Resilience examines the importance of the housing systems resilience to shocks (e.g. COVID-19, natural disasters such as bushfires, floods, and the climate change)
    • Connection considers how people in the housing system are connected (tenants to support services; different systems linking together – e.g., health, education, training)
    • Transformation considers systemic reforms (home care to support ageing in place, mental health and DFV system reforms, and digital innovation).

Designs for Planet Festival will be run alongside the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference in Dundee, Scotland 9-10 November 2021. “A great opportunity to champion the power of design, deliver an impactful and inclusive festival, and galvanise the UK’s design industry into committing to a sustainable, climate-first future.” They are seeking speakers.

Developing Specialist Disability Accommodation, New Dates: Melbourne, Saturday 23 October and Sydney Saturday 20 November 2021. 

6th International Conference on Universal Design, 7-9 September 2022. Brescia, Italy.  Save the date. 

16th Annual TRANSED Conference 2022, Seattle, Washington, September 2022. Theme is Inclusive and Accessible Transportation in Community and Regional Resilience. This event was postponed from 2021.

National Home Modifications Conference, Canberra, Postponed to 22-23 November 2021 and webcast. With changes ahead for the NDIS and aged care this is an important time to plan for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Note that website not easy to read. 

Other conferences and events:

8th National Brain Injury Conference, Postponed to15-17 November 2021. University of Sydney. Brain Injury Australia’s annual Conference is a learning and development event. It drives improvements in services and supports for people living with a brain injury, their families and carers.

Australian Placemaking Summit, Melbourne, Postponed to 23-24 November 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.  Hybrid event.

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

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. 

Future of Place Summit, 25 August 2021, Brisbane. The nation’s leading discussion about the future of cities. Where people and place meet technology and data, for good. Hybrid event. 

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. 

M-Enabling Summit  4-6 October 2021 Washington DC.  Digital Accessibility: A Driver for Inclusion Strategies. This summit will integrate the annual International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Conference. 

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. 

National Sports and Physical Activity Convention, 9 -11 November 2021, Melbourne. The value of Community Sport and Active Recreation. Session on measuring community outcomes and impact of social and economic benefits. Includes tours and expo.

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 September 2021, Miami, Florida. This event has been postponed to 2022.