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CWUAAT: Design for Sustainable Inclusion

The Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (CWUAAT) series has hosted the multifaceted dialogue on design for inclusion since 2002, involving disciplines such as computer science, engineering, design, architecture, ergonomics and human factors, policy and gerontology. The biannual workshop is characterised by a single session running over three days in pleasant surroundings.

If you are already part of the CWUAAT community, welcome back to the reunion. If you are new, please join us and you will enjoy the stimulating, friendly and pleasant atmosphere.

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Conference theme

The conference theme for 2023 is ‘Design for sustainable inclusion’. This requires a cross-disciplinary approach and close collaboration with many stakeholders. In the context of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, the CWUAAT 2023 invites all relevant disciplines and stakeholders to gather at the University of Cambridge, and discuss the implications of design for sustainable inclusion openly, critically, rigorously and imaginatively.

The workshop is open to contributions related to the themes below. We are particularly interested in themes 5-10, and welcome additional topics broadly relevant to design for sustainable inclusion.

  1. Sustainable inclusion for products, environments, services and systems
  2. Reconciling accessibility, usability and inclusivity
  3. Designing assistive and rehabilitation systems
  4. Measuring/Visualising exclusion and inclusion
  5. Legislation, standards and policy in inclusive design
  6. Co-creating with different types of users
  7. Educating future generations of designers for a more inclusive world
  8. Healthy ageing enabled by inclusive design
  9. Emerging technologies for inclusion
  10. Sustainable inclusion: lessons learned from the Pandemic

Important dates

  • 9 September 2022 Submission deadline of long and short papers and poster abstracts
  • 31 October 2022 Notification of paper acceptance
  • 12 December 2022 Deadline for revised versions of accepted papers
  • 12 December 2022 Author registration
  • 06 January 2023 Early bird registration (for non-authors)
  • 15 February 2023 Student and late academic registration (for non-authors)
  • 27-29 March 2023 Conference

Submitting a paper

All papers will be peer reviewed.

Accepted long papers (6-8 pages) will be invited for a full presentation at the workshop, and will be published as chapters of a book by Springer (an electronic version will be accessible to authors at the workshop and hard copies will be available on order).

Short papers (1-2 pages abstract, 3-4 pages for the final version) will be presented as posters and/or a 3-minute presentation at the conference.

The following files are available to download to help in the preparation of papers:

We are in the process of arranging the submission system and it will be available in summer 2022.

Registration fees

Registration will open in autumn 2022, and the fees for attending the conference will be as follows:

  • Student registration: £320
  • Early bird / Author registration: £420
  • Late registration: £520

Rooms within St Catherine’s College will be available to book for the duration of the conference, and further details on this will be provided in due course.

Organising committee

  • Dr Joy Goodman-Deane, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
  • Prof Hua Dong, Brunel University, London
  • Prof Ann Heylighen, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Prof Jonathan Lazar, University of Maryland and Trace Center, USA
  • Prof P John Clarkson, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge

For further information please contact:

Ms Mari Huhtala

Tel: +44 (0)1223 748245