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3rd Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication

The 3rd Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication was held online from 29 June – 4 July 2020.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the conference was held online from 29 June – 4 July 2020. In this way, the BfC 2020 Organising Committee aimed to actively respond to the current emergency situation, as well as to explore more innovative ways to reach out to the barrier-free communication academic and professional community worldwide.

About the Conference

This was the third and final conference being held as part of the project entitled "Proposal and implementation of a Swiss research centre for barrier-free communication" (2017–2020), the main goal of which is to ensure access to higher education for people with visual, hearing or temporary cognitive impairments. The project, which is a cooperation between the Institute of Translation and Interpreting of the ZHAW and the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Geneva, is funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and is supported by the Swiss University Conference.

The 1st Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication was held on 15–16 September 2017 in Winterthur, Switzerland. It aimed to offer both a theoretical and an empirical perspective on the state of the art in the field (cf. BfC 2017 Proceedings). One year later, the second edition of the conference, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 9–10 November 2018, further explored accessibility in educational settings (cf. BfC 2018 Proceedings).

Building on the 2017 and 2018 events, the 2020 conference set out to provide a wider international forum to discuss most recent progress and future challenges in barrier-free communication. The conference was centred on all aspects of the field, focusing in particular on novel research findings and emerging disciplines, such as interlingual live-subtitling, live-subtitling into easy-to-read language and text-to-sign interpreting by deaf interpreters.


The conference strove to be financially and linguistically accessible, as well as mindful of environmental sustainability.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

The BfC 2020 Organising Committee is immensely grateful to its official Sponsors, without whom this conference would not be possible. The Committee would also like to thank the Conference Exhibitors for their trust in BfC 2020.