17th Intl Summer School on Engineering Design Research for PhD Candidates (Jul/Aug 2015, Germany/Luxembourg)

Dates: 28 June – 3 July 2015 / 2-8 August 2015
Locations: Gut Schöneworth, Freiburg/Elbe, Germany / Franciscan Mother House, Luxembourg
Website: http://www.ssedr.org
Deadline for application: 10 April 2015

The aims of the Summer School on Engineering Design Research are to make PhD students who are working on topics related to Design Science better qualified and equipped for their research by (i) helping them select a theoretical foundation and develop a research approach, and (ii) encouraging discussion and collaboration.

The objectives are to provide the participants with:
insight into existing design theories and models to enable the selection of a suitable theoretical foundation,
an overview of design research methods to enable them to develop the most appropriate approach for their own research,
an interactive environment in which individual research topics are presented to and discussed with other participants and the lecturers,
the opportunity to get to know and learn from other researchers and develop long-term collaborations.

To achieve the objectives, participants are actively engaged in the Summer School: the emphasis is on discussions and exercises based around the research projects of the participants.


The Summer School is suitable for PhD students who have decided on a research topic, have undertaken a literature study, have formulated first aims and objectives and have an initial plan of work. For a three-year PhD, this will normally be at the end of the first year; for a four- or five-year PhD, at the end of the second year.

Conditions of Participation

The Summer School on Engineering Design Research runs over two weeks, participants will have to attend both weeks:
Week 1: June 28th – July 3rd, 2015
Week 2: August 2nd – August 08th, 2015

The course language is English.

The number of participants is limited to ca. 20. Therefore, you have to apply for participation (see below). In case of over-subscription the number of participants of a single university will be limited.

Travel details for both locations will follow.

If you are non-European, please check whether you need a visa for Italy or Germany!


The total fee including full-board accommodation is 1,100 Euro. This includes the following for both weeks: accommodation (Sunday to Friday in the first week, Sunday to Saturday in the second week), dinner on the date of arrival, all meals during the stay, refreshments during the breaks, hand-outs, a CD with background material, and the book “DRM, a Design Research Methodology”. Only the costs of travelling and insurance are not included.

17th Summer School on Engineering Design Research 2015 Programme

Week 1: Introduction of participants through presentation of their projects; the nature of design and design research; concepts and models and schools of design and designing; Design Research Methodology (DRM); defining aim, context, phenomenon of own project; identifying areas of relevance and own contribution; formulation of research questions/hypotheses for own project; establishing reference models; research types.

Week 2: Descriptive design research (data collection, analysis, interpretation, drawing conclusions); relating data collection methods to research questions/hypotheses; the nature and use of theories in design; prescriptive phase of design research – developing knowledge, methods, models, tools; visualising main research object(s) of own project; evaluating research results; writing a thesis or other publication; reviewing articles.

All issues are treated using a mix of lectures, discussions, exercises (applied to own project) and presentations of results. Results of discussion and exercises are minuted and distributed to all participants.

Dates and Venues

Week 1: Arrival Sunday afternoon, June 28th, 2015
Location: Gut Schöneworth, Freiburg/Elbe, Germany (near Hamburg)

Week 2: Arrival Sunday afternoon, August 2nd, 2015
Location: Maison d’accueil des Srs. Franciscaines, Luxemburg

Travel details for both locations will follow.

Participants will have to attend both weeks.

If you are non-European, please check whether you need a visa for Germany and/or Luxemburg!


Week 1: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Krause, Dipl.-Ing. Tammo Bahns,
Week 2: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lucienne Blessing, Université du Luxembourg, Luxemburg

Certificate of Participation

All participants will be registered at the Technical University of Denmark, from which they receive an official certificate. The course leads to 5 ECTS points. Whether or not these points are recognised depends on each participant’s university and PhD program.


To apply, please send an email before April 10th, 2015 to all three course leaders (see below). The application should contain:

A few lines about your research topic
Your affiliation and the PhD-supervisor
The date on which you started your PhD
The year when you plan to finish
The progress you have made thus far in your research (literature study, research questions, initial model, etc.)

You will be notified by email before April 26th, 2015 about your acceptance. After that we will send further details about payment, travel, etc.

Departure Friday at lunch time, July 3rd, 2015; http://www.gut-schoeneworth.de
Departure Saturday morning, August 8th, 2015; http://web.cathol.lu/article1629

Course Leaders, Contacts

Prof. tekn dr Mogens Myrup Andreasen (Technical University of Denmark), mmya@mek.dtu.dk
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lucienne Blessing (Université du Luxembourg), lucienne.blessing@uni.lu
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Weber (Techn. Univ. Ilmenau, Germany), christian.weber@tu-ilmenau.de

Preparation and Homework

Preparation for Week 1:

Participants are asked to prepare a one-page (A4) written introduction to their work containing:
Your research topic
Introduction to the problem to be solved
Main research question(s)
Outline plan
Expected outcome
A picture of yourself

This introduction is to be uploaded to the website http://www.ssedr.org (user-ID and password will be announced to accepted participants) and/or emailed to all participants and lecturers by June 19th, 2015.

All participants are expected to download and read all introductions prior to the Summer School and to bring copies of them (a binder will be provided by us). A maximum of 3 slides or transparencies for a presentation of 5-7 minutes has to be prepared.

Preparation for Week 2:

Select research type of own project
Perform review of articles that will be distributed (to be discussed in week 2 of the course)
Prepare a two-slide presentation: one slide about the research project as a reminder, the second slide a reflection on week 1 of the course with respect to own work

Final report:

Within one month after the course, the participants are requested to write a short report reflecting on the course and on the effects of the course on their own research.


Running the Summer School is supported by:
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany
Technical University of Denmark
Université du Luxembourg
Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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