Include 2009 Call for Papers

Jul 6, 2008

Deadline extended until Wednesday, October 15

The RCA Helen Hamlyn Centre is pleased to announce a first Call for Papers ( for
Include 2009 Inclusive Design into Innovation: Transforming Practice in Design, Research and Business, to be held at the Royal College of Art, London 5-8 April 2009.

Include 2009 will be chaired by Professor John Clarkson (Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge), Steve Wilcox (Design Science) and Melanie Howard (Futurologist and author of 'The Future Unwrapped').

Professor Alastair Macdonald (Glasgow School of Art) will chair the
Review Committee and act as rapporteur of the event, drawing together
the key areas of design, research and business and their role within
innovation through inclusive design.

Include 2009 will be the fifth International Conference on Inclusive Design and aims to engage those involved in all aspects of user- centred design practice, research and advocacy.

Papers on completed research are sought from academic researchers,
design managers, designers, design educators and design commissioners
that describe inclusive approaches in their chosen field and the
innovative outcomes.

Submissions that deal with inclusive design in its broadest sense and in any context of user-centred practice will be considered.

Suggested themes may include:

  • New and emerging practices
  • New users (exploring beyond age and disability)
  • New designers
  • Realising new ideas
  • People Centred Innovations

Issues and experiences that may be discussed include:

    Changes in design education to encompass an inclusive approach

    Legislation and policy for inclusive design

    Collaborative research with users in inclusive design

    Boardroom barriers to inclusive design

    Excluding Design - who are we missing?

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit 6 page papers of previously unpublished
work (including references and images). Please download the Include
template at Guidelines for preparation of papers and design stories (

  • The conference language is English
  • Please avoid any reference to your name or institution / company
    within the title or body of the paper for anonymous peer review.
  • All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings
  • Accepted authors will be invited to present papers in either a
    podium or poster format.
  • We are not accepting proposals for workshops.
  • Keynote authors will be identified through review and will be
    invited to expand their original submissions.
  • Papers are to be received electronically through the Include website by 15 October 2008.


Deadline extended until Wednesday, October 15

  • 15 October 2008 - Deadline for all submissions
  • 8 December 2008 - Announcement of reviewed papers
  • 19 January 2009 - Conference registration opens
  • 26 January 2009 - Authors deadline for amended submissions
  • 5 April 2009 - Opening Reception
  • 6-8 April 2009 - Include 2009

Join the Include Network to register your interest in Include 2009 and receive registration discount at Include Network (

Contact us

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