Include Asia 2013 Intl Conf (July 2013, Hong Kong)

Dates: 2-3 July 2013
Location: Hong Kong
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 December 2012

Theme: ‘Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design’
Organised by Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong, China

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, London, is pleased to announce that Include 2013, the seventh international conference on inclusive design, will take place on 2-3 July 2013 at the Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong, China.

Include Asia 2013, organised in partnership with the Hong Kong Design Centre, marks a major international departure for the Include series after six successful conferences in London. Include Asia 2013 will form part of HKDC’s Knowledge of Design Week 2013 and draw in new design researchers and practitioners from south-east Asia to the Include network.

We are inviting paper proposals for Include Asia 2013 on the theme of Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design.

Researchers and practitioners are asked to consider the role of inclusive design within the twin contexts of emerging global challenges such as ageing populations, better healthcare and climate change and the need for local tailored solutions for individuals and communities. In effect we want to explore the paradigm shift from scaling up (the main driver of design over the past 50 years, through mass manufacturing, global branding) to ‘scaling down’ to meet specific needs.

We welcome paper proposals (abstracts) from researchers, designers, educators and policymakers that address the Include Asia 2013 theme. Authors of accepted paper proposals will be asked to develop their ideas into full (10 page) papers for oral presentation at the conference held in Hong Kong.

Paper proposals can contribute to inclusive design theory, provide examples of empirical research or use case studies (design stories) to illustrate how, when and why an inclusive design approach can address wider challenges and/or local needs.

Include Asia 2013 will be a forum for the exchange of ideas, academic research projects and models of best practice from the global community of those engaged in inclusive design. Accepted papers will be published online in the Include Asia 2013 proceedings.

Submission Guidelines

Please make a submission by paper proposal (abstract) for a full paper. All proposals for full papers will be reviewed anonymously by two reviewers on the Include International Review Committee.

The template for submitting abstracts can be downloaded from:

1000 word abstracts should be submitted now through Kinetix Events at

The deadline for abstract submissions is 1 December 2012.

Selected Authors will be informed of review decisions on 31 January 2013.

Full papers will need to be submitted by 30 April 2013.

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

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