Conferences and calls for papers

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

Due to the current COVID-19 situation in Melbourne we are postponing yet again to 17-18 May 2021. COVID-safe, of course.

Other conferences and events:  Where conference websites have been updated, new dates are shown below. There might be additional calls for papers. Check with conference organisers.

Hope in the Age of Dementia virtual conference 10-12 December 2020. Will have both scientific and non-scientific papers. A multi-disciplinary event by the Alzheimer’s Disease Association. You can check out the program and the speakers who come from around the world. 

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.

Designing Cities 2020: Will be held virtually 2-10 December 2020.  “The NACTO Designing Cities Conference brings together 900 officials, planners, and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities.”  This will be held as a virtual summit

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.

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.