Conferences and calls for papers

picture of a large audience watching a presentation. 4th Australian Universal Design Conference. 

Yes, it’s on!  Speakers have re-confirmed and final arrangements are being organised for the 4th UD conference in Melbourne 17-18 May 2021. See the update.

This event is popular for networking with like minds and learning more about what’s going on the the world of universal design and inclusive practice. As an aside, the ATSA Independent Living Expo will be held at the same venue 18-19 May – Melbourne Showgrounds. Free entry to the Expo. 

New to the list: 

Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Conference in the Asia-Pacific. A virtual event over four days in May 2021. 

    • 6 May: Best practice in accessible and inclusive tourism
    • 13 May: Understanding and attracting the accessible tourism market
    • 20 May: Accessible and and inclusive destination marketing
    • 27 May: The future of accessible and inclusive tourism.

Arts Activated 2021 is calling for expressions of interest from artists, arts workers and researchers to get involved in the upcoming National Arts & Disability Conference. Closing date 10 May 2021. Event will be mostly virtual with some live components over 9, 16, and 23 August.

Destination and Visitor Economy Conference, 26-28 May 2021, Port Macquarie. Hosted by Local Government NSW. Includes site visits. 

Future of Place: AI + City Design, 18 May 2021, Zoom. Artificial Intelligence enables technology to sense its environment, learn from datasets and perform predictive analysis to make autonomous decisions which can influence digital and real environments. This potentially creates relationships between people, place, technology and data that we have not fully considered.

Other conferences and events:

Artificial Intelligence + City Design. Free webinar 18 May 2021, one hour 11am – 12pm AEST. Being run by the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand.

33rd Aged and Community Services Association National Summit – online. 17-21 May 2021.  The theme is “A New Age for Aged Care”. ACSA covers both residential and home care.

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.

AHURI – Unchartered Urban Futures: Australian Cities Post Pandemic. 20 May 2021, Melbourne and hybrid. Long held assumptions about the development of Australian cities have been up-ended by the COVID-19 crisis. The expectation of high and continuous population growth has been undermined and, at the same time, the way we live and work has changed. While we have learned that our systems have capacity and resilience in a time of crisis, new vulnerabilities and hazards have also been exposed.

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  19-21 September 2021, Miami, Florida. This event has been postponed to 2022.