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Access Services Experts Meeting 2017

Access Services Experts Meeting 2016 / RBB, Berlin

Broaden your view

Access services increasingly encompass more than simply traditional subtitling and audio description. Today, the question is how can we make sure that EBU Members’ online services and content are accessible to everyone? How can deaf and blind people be informed in the event of national, regional or local emergencies?

All this requires a broader view on what accessibility actually is. That is precisely our agenda for this year’s meeting. The topics that we are preparing will shine the spotlight on various facets of accessibility. There will of course be opportunities to network and share knowledge.

Pre-events on Sunday 8 October

All participants are invited to attend pre-events on Sunday 8 October, the day preceding the EBU Access Services plenary meeting.

  • 14:00 Welcome to DR: Guided Tour
  • 16:00 Special Concert at DR 
  • 17:40 Warm-up: Open network session to be followed by a reception 

Plenary meeting on Monday 9 October

Sessions will focus on the following indicative themes, with contributions from VRT, BBC, NRK, ARD, RBB, DR, SVT, SWISS TEXT, ORF, SAMSUNG, ERICSSON, OFCOM and UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona):

  • Update on European Accessibility Act
  • Digital Accessibility & User Experience 
  • On demand Accessibility
  • Country report: SVT
  • Reasearch projects on Future Access Services
  • Audiodescription, Easy language & Text to speech
  • Subtitling & Automatic Speech recognition 
  • Quality improvement 
  • Round-table session on Access Services & Social Media

Download the final programme (.PDF)

About the EBU Access Services group

The EBU Access Services Experts Group brings together broadcast professionals from access services such as subtitling, signed programmes, audio description and audio subtitling which enable sensory handicapped people to access public broadcasters' content all over Europe. This group meets once a year to discuss important issues in access services. More information about the 2016 event can be found on ebu.ch: 2016 event page / 2016 news article 


DR, Emil Holms Kanal 20, 0999 Copenhagen, Denmark


Hotel recommendation with special rate:

Park Inn By Radisson Copenhagen**** (map)
Engvej 171
2300 Copenhagen S

Please contact rossignol@ebu.ch to get a discount code and benefit from special rate. 


The participation fee for this year's event is EUR 199 for EBU Members and EUR 299 for non-members (please note that non-member participation is subject to approval from the EBU Access Services bureau).


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  • Presentations from the 2017 meeting are available on our content exchange platform “Showcase”. To access and download the documents, you need to be registered and logged in to the EBU platform. - Access is restricted to EBU Members and to non-members who attended the event. If you’re having any trouble logging into the platform or downloading the presentations, please send an email to rossignol@ebu.ch
  • Photos of the event are also available on photos.ebu.ch.