International News

Dec 12, 2018

The 3rd World Disability & Rehabilitation Conference 2018 invites researchers, practitioners, policy makers, industry experts, members of professional bodies, practitioners, advocates and volunteers involved in disability to send their abstracts for the conference to be held from 12th and 13th November 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. High quality contributions describing original and unpublished (or submitted/under consideration anywhere in other conferences) results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, experiential or theoretical work are particularly expected.

Jun 7, 2018

Oslo, 7-8 June 2018

This is not just a conference: it is about interactive learning, practical workshops and keynote lectures. 

Welcome to two days of creativity, inspiration and competence building on topics including:

• People-friendly, healthy cities
• Autonomous Vehicles
• Tourism for All
• Artificial intelligence and robotics
• People-centred technology
• Inclusive, sustainable design for business and entrepreneurs
• Inclusive architecture

Design Thinking and Mingling

Experience personal and organisational transformation through Design Thinking. Meet world-leading experts and mingle with a creative network of like-minded individuals.

Design Thinking and Mingling

Travel through Oslo to tackle people-centred urban design issues in real-time and gain live experience of Inclusive Design Thinking in action.

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Oct 30, 2018
In 2018 The Universal Design and Higher Education in Transformation Congress (UDHEIT2018) will be held at Dublin Castle, Ireland from 30 October to 2 November 2018. This exciting four-day event will bring together key experts from industry, education, government and non-government organisation sectors to share experiences and knowledge with all participants.  This congress aims to   transform our world through celebrating and integrating all that is good in design, diversity and education. 


Oct 1, 2018
Destinations for All logo
The second world summit on accessible tourism will present the innovations and best practices for the development of accessible destinations for all.
Brussels, October 1st, and 2nd, 2018.
For more information visit the Destination for All website
Oct 11, 2017

DEEP 2017 logo

Oct. 11-12, 2017.
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

This year at DEEP 2017:

Learning to Support and Understand Diversity & Complexity

“Let’s not teach our machines our stereotypes & presumptions.”
More and more decisions are being delegated to machines, whether to authorize access, recognize illnesses, predict risks, determine loan and credit worthiness, academic potential, future employment performance or a multitude of other functions. This trend has the potential to amplify existing inequities.
Whether we welcome or fear machine intelligence, it is important that we attend to what we teach machines. Do our machines understand and serve individuals that are different or fail to recognize and ignore anyone that does not conform to the model of an average human?
In understanding how bias against outliers is detrimental to machine-learning we gain insights into how our human stereotypes are embedded in our traditional research and public policies, and damage our society.


Aug 21, 2017

Eclipse SoundScapes Project

On August 21, 2017, millions of people will view a total solar eclipse as it passes through the United States. However, for the visually impaired, or others who are unable to see the eclipse with their own eyes, the Eclipse Soundscapes Project delivers a multisensory experience of this exciting celestial event. The project, from NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium, will include audio descriptions of the eclipse in real time, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app that will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch.



Sep 19, 2017

Helen Hamlyn Research  Symposium 2017

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 5-6.30pm

Followed by a private view of the Design.Different exhibition, 6.30–8pm

The Symposium features presentations of the Centre’s current Research Associate and PhD projects, and also includes special guest speakers. Following on from the Symposium will be a private view of the accompanying exhibition Design.Different; a show that displays the breadth of the Centre’s design-research work, highlighting projects that explore the Centre’s main research themes: Age & Diversity, Social & Global, and Healthcare.


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Call for Papers

Paper proposals for the 55th IMCL Conference on Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods are invited from elected officials, scholars and practitioners. The following are examples of the types of issues that will be addressed...
Aug 26, 2017

IEA Florence 2018 Creativity in practice

The Italian Society of Ergonomics is pleased to host in 2018 in Florence, Italy, the 20th international IEA conference. It is the first time in the history of the 50 years of the IEA and the SIE that this event will take place in Italy and we are proud! The theme of the congress is “Creativity in Practice”, with reference to the typical challenge of the Italian way to innovation engaged to transform the results of research on innovation in concrete actions to improve the quality of life and work. The event will be not only an occasion to share new researches and case histories, but also an occasion to meet professionals from different countries, all engaged in brainstorming sessions to generate new ideas.
A quite new transversal design approach that is developing interesting synergies and practical results is Design for All-Universal Design.

International Design for All Foundation Award Ceremony 2017

Group picture of laureates and winners

On 18 May 2017, during the gala dinner of the 1st International Congress of Active Tourism for All, in Sant Antoni de Calonge, Girona, the Design for All Foundation award ceremony took place. 
For the 8th edition of the awards, the Foundation awarded a total of 36 projects/products from 13 different countries as “Good Practices 2016” as they had met the assessment criteria. These Good Practices were then assessed in terms of their relevance, methodology, outputs, impact and innovation by an international jury to select the five winners of the trophy 2017. Four Special mentions were also given.