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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



The submission system is now open via
Oxford abstracts



The deadline for paper submissions has been extended to 16th September. Due to publishing timescales, there will be no further extensions to this deadline.

Submitted papers should be anonymized for review.

All papers will be peer reviewed. Long papers are 6-8 pages, including abstract and references. Short papers are 1-2 pages abstract for review, 3-4 pages for the final version.

Long papers will be invited for a full presentation at the workshop, and will be published as chapters of a book by Springer. An electronic version of the book will be accessible to authors at the workshop, and hard copies will be available to order. Short papers will be presented as posters and/or a 3-minute presentation at the conference.

Papers should be prepared using the paper template below. The instruction manual gives further information on how to use the template. Papers should be anonymised for submission. Third party information should only be included in papers if it is in the public domain or you have written permission on behalf of the rights holder of the material (the permission form below can be used for this purpose).

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

Authors of accepted long papers will have to sign this Publishing agreement, so that the paper can be published by Springer. This is included for your information - you do not need to send in this form with your submission.

Additionally, if your paper contains third party material that was not produced by the authors, then this Third party material permission form should be used to obtain permission from the rights holders of the material. If your paper contains material that can identify individuals (e.g. transcripts/photos), then this Rights release form should be used to obtain permission from those individuals.

How to register

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

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

cwuaat-enquiries@eng.cam.ac.uk