3rd Intl Conf for Universal Design (Oct 2010, Japan)

Japan’s first international Universal Design (UD) Conference was held in Yokohama in 2002. The declaration adopted on the last day stated that UD means the building of a social environment that respects the dignity of each individual, and that it was of urgent importance to create a more humane social system by rebuilding relations between users and designers and producers and by reinventing a system that places human beings at the center in all respects. Since then, we have all been involved in realizing the principles and philosophy contained in the declaration. Following on another successful Conference in Kyoto 2006, we will seek to achieve a higher plateau of UD society by coming together in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture in 2010 to share with our global friends and partners outcomes of our latest research and practices as well as to send our collective vision for the sustainable future through a cordial and constructive exchange of information among men and women committed to the realization of UD society everywhere.

The theme of the third conference will be For the People and the Earth of Tomorrow – Towards a Sustainable Co-existence. We plan to have special lectures and keynote addresses at the public symposium on the first day and a very active dialogue and exchange of opinions throughout the plenary and sub-sessions.

With those plans in mind we invite all those actively pursuing the realization of UD in business, government, academia and civic activities to make presentations on your past achievements as well as issues and policy recommendations as you see them for further disseminating the UD concept in all its ramifications. We invite papers on your research, as well as reports and editorial articles.

Papers are invited from every sector of society: educators, merchandisers (product planning and developers), administrators, consultants and civic activists of NPOs, and students. “The 3rd International Conference for Universal Design in HAMAMATSU 2010” is your opportunity to share with your friends and the rest of the world your dreams, your struggles, and your accomplishments in making life better for all.

Please refer to the following schedule regarding the invitation for papers and the review. Further details will be posted on the official website as soon as they are finalized.

  • Oct.2009: Start receiving abstracts for evaluation
  • Jan.31,2010: Deadline for the abstracts
  • Feb.1: Review and assessment of the abstracts
  • Mar.1: Notice of results are sent out and the submission of a full paper is to be requested (only to those who passed abstract review)
  • May.31: Deadline for the full paper
  • Jun.1: Review of the full paper
  • Jul.15: Notices of final results are sent out. Necessary correction of the full paper is to be requested.
  • Aug.31: Deadline for all the papers
  • Oct.30 –Nov.3: Presentation at the International Conference

Further details available at http://www.ud2010.net/papers/en_index.html.

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About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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