UD2021 Conference update

People are gathered for morning tea outside the seminar rooms.
Break time at the 2018 UD conference in Brisbane.

The UD2021 conference is only a four weeks away. So let’s take a closer look at the diversity of speakers and their topics. They might be diverse, but they all have one thing in common – a passion for universal design. That’s why this UD2021 conference is considered a must for anyone interested in universal design and inclusive practice. See the latest program in chart format for a quick view. 

Keynote speakers

James Thurston from G3ict will be talking about inclusive smart cities. Philip Taylor will discuss the myths of older people and work; and Fiona Morrison will take us through her experiences of creating inclusive playspaces and open space.

The conference will be opened by Stefano Scalzo, Victorian Health and Building Authority executive general manager. He is an architect with more than 20 years’ experience in public sector projects, with particular expertise in the design of  healthcare projects. In 2015, he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate high-amenity mental health units designed over multiple levels.

Conference topics include:

    • The latest research on mobility scooters and  barriers to inclusion
    • Tackling housing design from policy and practice perspectives
    • Design of play spaces and the design process
    • Teaching and learning about universal design.
    • Design of transportation infrastructure and services

Cross cultural awareness, cognition, public toilets, communication and accessible events will also be covered in the program.

‘Table Topics’ lunchtime discussions provide a great opportunity for networking, This session is always popular with delegates as it takes place during the extended lunchtime on the first day. Topics include communication, public toilets, and good design.

There will be three workshops: childhood education and universal design for learning, creating short videos on universal design, and knowing your users and what they need. Tourism will also be the subject of a panel session and a case study on accessible holiday parks, Visit the conference website to register.

Dates: 17-18 May, Melbourne Showgrounds. Remember, CUDA members get a discount on registration. The ATSA Independent Living Expo is being held at the same venue 18-19 May – registration for the Expo is free. 

Click to access Program-21-Apr-2021-.pdf