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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
  • 19 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

Provisional programme

The following programme is provisional and may change before the conference.

Day 1 (Monday 27 March)

  • 9:30 Registration
  • 10:20 Welcome
  • 10:30 Paper session: Understanding people
  • 12:00 Keynote: The chronicles of Code Jumper: Reflections on building inclusive technologies. Cecily Morrison, Microsoft Research
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Posters and demos session
  • 15:45 Paper session: Assistive technology
  • 17:00 End of formal sessions for the day

Day 2 (Tuesday 28 March)

  • 9:00 Paper session: Inclusive built environments
  • 10:45 Paper session: Design methods
  • 12:00 Discussion: (provisional title) Is inclusive design sustainable? Is sustainable design inclusive?
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Paper session: Designing for an ageing population
  • 16:00 Paper session: Healthcare
  • 17:15 End of formal sessions for the day
  • 19:00 for 19:30 Gala dinner

Day 3 (Wednesday 29 March)

  • 9:00 Paper session: Education and training
  • 10:45 Keynote: Creative Leadership: born from inclusive design. Rama Gheerawo, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art
  • 11:45 Discussion: (provisional title) Moving forwards and the future of CWUAAT
  • 12:45 Farewell and best paper presentation
  • 13:00 Lunch

Submitting a paper

The submission system is now closed

All papers were peer reviewed by an international panel of currently active researchers. Papers accepted for oral presentation will be published as chapters in a book "Design for Sustainable Inclusion" by Springer. An electronic version of the book will be accessible to authors at the workshop, and hard copies will be available to order. Papers selected for poster presentation will be published internally.

Conference registration and accommodation

Registration is now open at the online store for the University of Cambridge.

The fees for attending the conference are as follows:

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

The registration fee includes 1 gala dinner ticket. Extra tickets for guests can be purchased through the online store


If you would like to book a room at St Catherine’s College for the duration of the conference, please visit the conference accommodation booking page. En-suite rooms with breakfast included cost £80+VAT per night.

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