Call for Papers

The conference is centered on the theme of Universal Design and 2030 sustainable development goals related to the built environment, sustainable communities, cities and urban environments, knowledge, information and life-long learning, human development, decent work, healthy ageing and wellbeing. There will be a special thematic session on Cultural Heritage. The conference gathers international research findings and best practices.

The universities of Brescia, Trieste and Venice are multidisciplinary research, teaching and learning communities, where basic and applied science, arts and humanities meet technology, economics and business. We believe that only through cross-disciplinary collaborations we can understand complex societal challenges, build sustainable environments for full human development and flourishing.

Themes for UD 2022

Universal Design and:

  • Higher education and life-long learning

  • Health and healthcare

  • Mobility

  • Information and communication technology; assistive technologies; digital learning; artificial intelligence

  • Arts, culture, aesthetics and design

  • Cultural heritage

  • Inclusive and resilient cities

  • Public and private buildings and spaces

  • Navigation and wayfinding

  • Economic and legal perspectives

  • Ethical and philosophical perspectives

  • Systems, Standards, institutions and policies in the public and private sectors

  • Post COVID pandemic perspectives

  • Vulnerables; low and middle income countries

  • Tourism

  • Workplace and employment

  • Objects, products, services


A two-step submission process is adopted:

  • Step 1: abstracts (max 500 words long) must be submitted in pdf, according to the template UD 2022 Abstract Template.docx

  • Step 2: after abstract acceptance, papers must be submitted for review; 8-page papers, including Tables, Figures, and References, must be formatted according to the template UD 2022 Paper Template.docx

Abstracts and papers will have a double-blind peer review, thus submissions will be anonymized.

Authors may submit and update their paper through EasyChair at

Final papers

The camera ready papers must be formatted according to the template camera-ready paper format.docx (the same you used for submitting the paper to be reviewed). Please follow IOS press publishing guidelines carefully.

Important dates

20th November 2021 (Extended): deadline for abstracts submission

10th January 2022: abstract acceptance notification

23rd April 2022 (Extended): deadline for full papers

31st May 2022: end of review process for full papers

20th June 2022: deadline final papers (camera ready)