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3rd Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication

We are pleased to announce that the 3rd Swiss Conference on Barrier-free Communication will be held on 5–6 June 2020 at the School of Applied Linguistics of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Coronavirus Update (16.03.2020)

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the BfC Conference 2020 might be rescheduled. The Organising Committee is currently considering all viable options. For this reason, online registration will not open until further notice.

Please check this page regularly for updated information.

Information about coronavirus: current situation at the ZHAW

About the Conference

This is 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 sets out to provide a wider international forum to discuss most recent progress and future challenges in barrier-free communication. The conference will be 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 will strive to be financially, physically and linguistically accessible, as well as mindful of environmental sustainability.


The BfC 2020 Organising Committee is immensely grateful to all its sponsors, without whom this conference would not be possible.

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Principal Project Partners

  • Logo Swiss Research Centre Barrier-free Communication
  • Logo ZHAW School of Applied Linguistics
  • Logo Université de Genève Faculté de Traduction et d'Interprétation