Preliminary report on the 8th International Conference for Universal Design in the Cloud 2021
Video-message from Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in the Opening Ceremony
“The 8th International Conference for Universal Design in the Cloud 2021” was successfully held on February 26 and 27, marking the first holding online due to the spread of the COVID-19. It received appx.660 participants from 25 countries or regions (UK, Denmark Germany, Jordan, India, Thailand, Mexico, Japan etc.) and ended as a resounding success.
This is the first online international conferences that will be held multiple times as a prelude to the “9th International Conference for Universal Design in Dubai 2021 (tentative)” scheduled to be held in the autumn of 2021.
The theme on this occasion was “Design for the Coronavirus Infection Prevention” and the outcomes of the research and solutions for it based on scientific evidence that have been carried out thus far were shared through the keynote addresses, lecture sessions, and panel discussions featuring experts from countries worldwide.
Furthermore, we could bring together the knowledge and it was served as a very good opportunity extensively raises awareness regarding UD.
February 26, Friday
On the first day it was held Keynote speeches and Panel discussion by invited speakers from Japan and overseas.
As for ensuring the reliable provision of information during the conference, participants could listen to simultaneous interpretation in English or Japanese, Japanese sign-language interpretation and simultaneous subtitles in Japanese were offered on the screen.
The event was opened with an address by Satoshi Kose (Chairman, Board of Directors, IAUD). This was followed by a host greeting by Mr. Hisafumi Koga (President, Organizing Committee / Honorary Chairman, Kyodo Public Relations Co., Ltd.), and the showing of a video message from Mr. Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister.
Following this, Keiji Kawahara (Executive Director, IAUD) gave an address to close the ceremony.
February 27, Saturday
On the second day five lecture sessions on professional and technical knowledge were given and a panel discussion took place by experts from Japan. Furthermore, UD Workshops has started.
The two-day conference was officially closed after Mr. Keiji Kawahara, Co-chair, Executive Committee, delivered the closing address.
Going forward, we will thoroughly carry out review work regarding this conference, and will work hard so that UD initiatives continue to significantly contribute to a safe and secure society. As such, we hope to receive your ongoing support and assistance in the future.