Media Accessibility Platform International Conference “Mapping media accessibility in Europe an beyond”

University of Vigo, Spain, 5-6 October 2017


Internet and audiovisual media are transforming our world, but their potential cannot be realised until they become fully accessible and enable the participation of all citizens in everyday life. For this reason, media accessibility has become an essential driver of social inclusion and integration and has lately received recognition in the literature, in EU-funded research projects and in European legislation, such as the European Accessibility Act and the review of the AVMSD Directive.

Partly funded by the EU Commission (COMM/MAD/2015/01), the first Media Accessibility Platform International Conference aims to promote awareness and foster debate on the present and especially the future of media accessibility as a pivotal instrument for the social and cultural inclusion of all human beings, especially those with specific needs, such as deaf and blind users, persons with cognitive disabilities, foreign audiences, children, and the elderly in Europe and beyond. The conference will also serve as the official presentation of MAP (Media Accessibility Platform), the first digital cloud-based platform covering all matters related to research, training, professional practice and legislation regarding audiovisual translation and media accessibility around the world. It will also help to create the first multi-stakeholder platform to coordinate work on media accessibility done at an international level.

The conference aims to provide a platform for discussion that welcomes contributions on some of the following topics regarding media accessibility and audiovisual translation:

  • Legislation
  • Guidelines and standards
  • Quality
  • Technology
  • EU-funded projects
  • Descriptive and corpus-based studies
  • Reception studies
  • New approaches
  • Training
  • Professional practice
  • User perspectives

The conference will also feature guest presentations by some of the leading stakeholders in media accessibility at a European level including:

  • Inmaculada Placencia Porrero (Directorate General for Justice, European Commission)
  • Alejandro Moledo (European Disability Forum)
  • Maria Bergerlind Dierauer (European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services)
  • Jacques Lovell (European Broadcasting Union)
  • Gregoire Polad (Association of Commercial Television in Europe)
  • Joanna Wrona  (European Commission Directorate General)
  • Gion Linder (European Broadcasting Union, SWISSTxT)
  • David Wood (United Nations, ITU-IRG AVA)


In order to submit your abstract (max. 400 words), please complete the form on the MAPIC conference website ( by 30th June 2017. We will get in touch with you by 15th July 2017, as soon as your submission is reviewed.


The MAPIC Conference will take place at Universidade de Vigo – A Fundación – Spain.


Abstract submission deadline: 30th June 2017 Notification of acceptance: 15th July 2017 Early bird registration: 25th July 2017 Regular registration: 1st September 2017


Pablo Romero Fresco (Universidade de Vigo, Spain) Gian Maria Greco (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) Anna Matamala (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) Pilar Orero (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)


Mercedes Martínez (Universidade de Vigo, Spain) Loli Docampo (Universidade de Vigo, Spain) Luis Alonso (Universidade de Vigo, Spain) Ana Pereira (Universidade de Vigo, Spain) Veljka Ruzicka (Universidade de Vigo, Spain)


Luis Alonso (Universidade de Vigo, Spain) Carlo Eugeni (Scuola Superiore per Mediatori Linguistici, Pisa) Louise Fryer (UCL, UK) Lourdes Lorenzo (Universidade de Vigo, Spain) Elisa Perego (Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy) Ana Pereira (Universidade de Vigo, Spain) Aline Remael (University of Antwerp, Belgium) Veljka Ruzicka (Universidade de Vigo, Spain) Agnieszka Szarkowska (University of Warsaw, Poland), Elena Di Giovanni (University of Macerata).


For further enquiries on the first MAP International Conference, please contact Pablo Romero Fresco (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

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