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.  4th Australian Universal Design Conference 2021 papers and presentations are on another page

New to the list:

6th International Conference on Universal Design, 7-9 September 2022. Brescia, Italy. Transforming our world through universal design for human development.  Call for papers extended closes 20 November 2021. The theme links with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The list of topics is comprehensive. 

Future of Place Summit,  25 February 2022, Brisbane.  A day filled with critical discussion, knowledge sharing and networking around the intersection of people, place technology and data. This is a new date. 

8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (ICT4AWE) 23-25 April 2022, Prague Czech Republic. Call for papers closes 30 November 2021. Three sections: Ageing Well – social and human sciences perspective; Telemedicine and independent living; and Digital Health and e-health

16th Annual TRANSED Conference 2022, Seattle, Washington, September 2022. Call for papers closes 29 October 2021. Theme is Inclusive and Accessible Transportation in Community and Regional Resilience. In person and virtual. Speakers must attend in person.  

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Other conferences and events:

Livable Design Summit: Exploring best practices for living in place and wellness design. 27-29 October 2021. Virtual event based in Canada. October 28 is Sensing Design – Creating Mindful Sensory Spaces. (Timing is midnight to 6am for most Australians). 

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

The Last Mile Congress dialogue on everything ‘last mile’. On Zoom Wed 10 November 1:00-5:00pm. Free. Topics include e-mobility, digital wayfinding, mobility as a service.

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. 

8th National Brain Injury Conference, Postponed to 15-17 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.

National Sports Convention. Virtual program running weekly from 11 November to 9 December 2021:

• Thursday 11th November – A Bold Agenda for Managing Sport
• Thursday 18th November – Growing Participation in Active Cities 
• Thursday 25th November – Creating Community Sport and Leisure Facilities with Impact
• Thursday 2nd December – Sustainability in Sports Fields and Facility Design
• Thursday 9th December – NSC Oration – A Blueprint for the Next Decade, Brisbane 2032 and Beyond

Future of Place Summit,  25 February 2022, Brisbane.  A day filled with critical discussion, knowledge sharing and networking around the intersection of people, place technology and data. This is a new date. 

Trafinz – NZ Traffic Institute: New Journeys in Mobility for Aotearoa, New Dates: 21-24 November 2021, Auckland. This conference was postponed from 2020. The pandemic has made us think about mobility in different ways. 

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. 

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.

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. 

2020 International Urban Design Conference, Canberra, 25-28 November 2020. Postponed to a new date to be advised in 2021. As of 16 August no date is registered on their website but you can join the list for information.

Destinations for All 2021 Summit  originally for September 2021, Miami, Florida. This event has been postponed to 2022 – no date yet. 

AHURI National Housing Conference, 2-4 March 2022, Melbourne. Theme: Resilience, Connection, Transformation. The theme creates structure for three parallel streams of discussion. First iteration of the program.