Call for Papers and Abstracts

Conference overview

Universal design, design for all and inclusive design all aim at dismantling physical and social barriers to inclusion in all areas of life. This event will bring together a diverse group of practitioners and researchers in a broad conference that focuses on collectively exploring creative and desirable solution proposals that will shape the future of universal design products and practices.

Our aim is to make UD2014 in Lund a creative and diverse meeting place for both speakers and participants. By exchanging knowledge, experiences and ideas we can build global connections and creative networks for future work on universal design. The conference will strive to give participants and contributors a chance to also exchange practical experiences through an extensive demo/exhibition track.

UD2014 is thematically inclusive to allow for conversations on how to improve inclusion in all areas of societal life, in work and in play, in indoor and outdoor spaces, in cities and rural settings, for young and for old.

Conference topics include,
but are not limited to

  • planning
  • spaces
  • experiences
  • housing
  • cultural heritage
  • transport chains
  • cities
  • gaming
  • culture
  • public services
  • working life
  • research
  • user involvement
  • products
  • technology
  • wayfinding
  • logistics
  • recreation or leisure
  • education
  • social networks
  • public areas
  • methods


We invite submissions from both researchers and practitioners and we particularly encourage demonstrations. Submissions can be made in the following four categories:

  1. Long papers (maximum 10 pages)
  2. Short papers (maximum 2 pages)
  3. Design cases (maximum 10 pages)
  4. Demonstrations/exhibits (maximum 2 pages)

Long and short papers will be published in the proceedings from the conference. Design cases and demonstrations will be made available electronically. All submissions will be peer reviewed by a scientific committee.

Presentation formats

There will be a number of different formats for presentations and each session may consist of a combination of these, in order to make the session as interesting, creative and interactive as possible.

  • 30 minutes oral presentation, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussions
  • 15 minutes oral presentation, plus 5 minutes for questions and discussions
  • Demonstrations and posters (demonstrations/exhibits, short papers and design cases). These will take place in the exhibition  area, preferably at a time when there are no other parallel sessions. They will be preceded by “poster madness” in the morning, where each poster/demonstration will be advertised.

Conference language

The conference language is English.

We look forward to seeing you in Lund in June 2014!