Important announcement: ARSAD is moving online.

Updated information

on the programme and reduced fees available.

Registration will open in September.

Instructions to speakers will be sent in September.



ARSAD 2021 will take place on 26 January 2021 (all day) and 27 January (morning) 2021, and will be followed by a free EASIT workshop and Media for All 9.

ARSAD has become an established forum to exchange ideas on audio description with all interested stakeholders: users, practitioners, researchers, trainers, trainees, regulators, broadcasters, policy makers, social activists, cultural managers and anyone interested in audio description.

In 2021 the RAD project will organise the ARSAD conference and will put the focus on audio description beyond its traditional boundaries. We are interested in new insights into audio description, especially concerning:

  • AD delivery: prosodic features, voicing, user preferences, sound mixes.
  • AD workflows: creation and translation.
  • AD in traditional and innovative productions, from videogames to opera.

We are also interested in continue discussing other relevant topics related to audio description such as: 

  • AD and business models.
  • AD experiences across the globe.
  • AD research from multiple perspectives.
  • AD training, and training in AD.
  • Audio introductions, touch tours, audio subtitling.
  • User-generated audio descriptions.
  • Historical approaches to AD.
  • New AD distribution systems.
  • New media formats: 360º and virtual reality.
  • Standardisation and policy-making.
  • Technologies in audio description.
  • User involvement.



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