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Invitation to Paper Submission

  • Full Paper submission deadline: 26th November 2018 (maximum 10 pages in A4)
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  • Review results will be notified mid-January 2019
  • Presentation will be on 5 and 6 March 2019. Venue: King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), etc.

Japan’s first international conference on universal design (UD) was held in Yokohama in November 2002. The International Universal Design Declaration adopted on the final day defined UD as a way of creating a social environment that respects the humanity of every individual, and asserted that it was urgently necessary to rebuild the relationship between makers and users and thereby create a human-centered system that applies to all aspects of society. Since then, various people in various fields have conducted activities based on that declaration.

The next international conference, after Yokohama in 2002, Kyoto in 2006, Hamamatsu in 2010, Fukuoka in 2012, Tokyo 2014, and Nagoya in 2016, will be held in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2019. At this conference we will transmit, from Japan and Thailand to the world, the results of the further advances that have taken place in UD-related research and practices, and also share information and carry out interpersonal exchanges, thereby aiming to realize a higher-quality UD society.

The theme of the next conference in 2019 is “Universal Design and Sustainable Development.” Plenary or sub-sessions and other forums will be presented during the conference, where we expect lively exchanges of opinions to take place.

The Sub-theme of the conference is followings;

  • Innovation for all
  • Regional and urban development
  • Sustainable inclusive city
  • User-friendly product design and service
  • Rapid global ageing

To encourage the widest possible range of activity reports, essays, research papers, etc., from people active across industry, government, academia, design practice, civic activities, and other areas, and to facilitate a dynamic debate around key issues of participation, inclusion and design-for-all we are asking for full paper submission by 20th November 2018. Each paper should specify subjects / activities and the nature of any proposed presentation, workshop theme etc. The intention is to facilitate planning of presentation sessions in order to ensure the best possible subject coverage and workshop / session structure for the conference, to avoid possible conflict of scheduling.

Contributions are sought from people active in any relevant field, and we are particularly interested in reports of ongoing UD activities and the results of recently completed projects, along with themes and proposals for the further development of UD in the future. We hope to receive papers from a diversity of people, including researchers, educators, design practitioners in all disciplines, product planners and developers, consultants, people involved in NPOs and other civic activities, students, and others. The 7th International Conference for Universal Design in Bangkok 2019 could thus be an opportunity for you to present your research results, or your efforts in product creation or practical affairs, to an international audience of experts and leaders in the field of UD.

Call for Papers

1. Papers Are Invited

Deadline for receiving full papers: November 26, 2018 (The paper review will be sent back to authors for suggestion of revision by mid-January 2019. The deadline for receiving revised papers is February 15.)

*In the past occasions, we have asked abstract submissions first, but experiences suggest that information contained in the abstract is not enough to judge the real quality of full papers, and due to limited time available, we are asking the direct submission of full papers.

2. Eligible Applicants

Anyone involved in research and development, or practical activities, related to universal design is eligible to apply. Applicants whose papers were accepted for presentation (it might be oral or poster) are requested to complete registration to participate in the conference by January 31, 2019. By registering and paying the registration fee, you are entitled to publish your refereed paper in the conference proceedings with ISBN, even if situation did not allow you to attend and present the paper in person. (The final version has to be submitted taking into consideration of the reviewers comments, and the discussion at the conference.) Presenters are required to register. Early bird registration fee will be around 300.00 USD.

3. Schedule for Receiving and Reviewing Papers

Papers will be received and reviewed according to the schedule below. Any additional information that should become necessary will be posted on our website.

July 30, 2018 Announcement of call for papers
November 26 Deadline for receiving full papers
November 26 Start of review of full papers
January 15, 2019 Notifications of review results and request for revisions of full papers
February 15 Deadline for receiving all revised papers
March 5-6 Presentations at the international conference

4. Points to Heed in Writing a Paper

When writing your paper, please bear in mind those of the following review criteria, topics, categories and keywords that pertain to it, and ensure that it deals with them appropriately.

Review Criteria

  1. Sustainable and Universal: The paper presents concepts and practices suitable for creating a sustainable, mutualistic society.
  2. Diversity and Inclusion: The paper shows an understanding of the diversity of traditions, cultures, lifestyles and people, and does not exclude minorities but rather expressly includes them; and thus contributes to realizing a qualitatively rich and happy way of life.
  3. Safe and Secure Society: The paper contributes to the construction of mechanisms, systems and morals appropriate to a society that protects human rights and respects the humanity of every individual.
  4. Spontaneous and Sustainable Dialogue: The paper serves to build ongoing exchanges and relationships between corporations, design practitioners and clients, government, research institutions, NPOs, and citizens.
  5. Passing-on of Knowledge and Skills to the Next Generation: Through disseminating universal design and knowledge about it, the paper serves to cultivate individuals suited to lead the next generation.

Topics / Categories

  1. Universal Design in General (Concept, Philosophy, etc.)
  2. Architecture / Regional Planning (Urban Development, Public Space, Parks, etc.)
  3. Tourism / Inclusive Culture/ Mobility (Public Transportation, Automobiles, etc.)
  4. Housing / Household Equipment / Interior Design
  5. Commodities / daily life products / Industrial Design
  6. Package Design / Fashion Design
  7. Information and Communications / Broadcasting and Mass Media / Graphic Design
  8. Software / System Design / Website Design / Interaction Design
  9. Ergonomics / Human Engineering / Sensory Engineering / Other Types of Engineering and Technology
  10. Health Care and Nursing / Hygiene and Sanitation / Social Welfare Services / Labor
  11. Environmental Protection / Ecology / Resources and Energy / Sustainable Design
  12. Education and Enlightenment / Ethics and Morality / Standards and Certification / Legislation
  13. Disaster Prevention and Rescue / Security and Public Safety / National Defense / International Goodwill / Development Assistance
  14. Protection of Human Rights / Administration of Justice / Mutualistic Society / Declining Birthrate and Aging / Gender Equality
  15. Dietary Education and Food / Agriculture and Forestry / Livestock Industry / Fishing Industry / Industrial Development
  16. Distribution / Currency and Finance / Insurance / etc.


  1. Accessibility / Usability (Ease of Use)
  2. Barrier Free / Normalization
  3. Inclusive Design / Design for All
  4. Social Design / Social Marketing
  5. Human-centered Design / Human Interface
  6. MOD (Management of Design) / MOT (Management of Technology)
  7. Regional Management / Community / Super-aged Society
  8. Social Responsibility / Social Security / Philanthropy
  9. Diversity / Inclusion
  10. Humanity / Human Dignity / Human Rights / Fairness, Equality / Gap between Rich and Poor
  11. Functionality / Comfort / Cognition (Understandability)
  12. Global Warming / Conservation of Resource and Energy / 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
  13. Safety and Security / Peace / International Contribution
  14. Other

5. Notes on the Full Papers to Be Submitted

Full papers:

  1. An English version of the full paper must be submitted.
  2. The text, photographs, illustrations, etc., of the full paper should be arranged on no more than 10 pages of the designated paper (A4 size).
  3. Please refer to the following "the format for the full paper".
  4. The contents of the full paper may not have been previously published.
  5. A collection of the abstracts will be distributed in a USB memory on the day of the conference. Following the conference, moreover, the full papers will be edited and then compiled and sold as a book or other publication. Please understand that the International Association for Universal Design will hold the copyrights to these publications.
  6. In January 2019, we will notify each author of the results of the full paper review along with the date of the presentation, and the type of presentation (oral or poster), to be provided by the author.

6. How to Submit Full Papers

  • To submit paper(s), please fill in the entry form first. Shortly after registration, Login ID and Password will be sent to the registered email address. Click the URL of "My Page for Author" indicated in the email and log in to it using them.
    Call for Papers Entry has been closed.
  • If you have any question, please contact Secretariat of "The 7th International Conference for Universal Design in Bangkok 2019" ( )

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