Research Through Design conference (March 2015, Cambridge UK)

Dates: 25-27 March 2015
Location: Cambridge, UK
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 4 July 2014

We are excited to invite submissions for the second bi-annual Research Through Design (RTD) conference, to be held in Cambridge, UK, between the 25th and 27th of March 2015. RTD supports the dissemination of practice-based research through a novel and experimental conference format, comprising a curated exhibition of design research accompanied by round-table discussions in “Rooms of Interest.” The exhibition will be used as a platform for presenting and demonstrating research processes and outputs, and for generating debate about the role of the design practitioner and their work in a research context. Building on the success of inaugural RTD conference held in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2013, the second conference, RTD 2015, is to be hosted at Microsoft Research’s new European lab in the centre of Cambridge, which promises to be an exciting venue for exploring what design practice means in the early-21st Century.

RTD 2015 aims to foreground the materiality of design research, placing its artefacts, processes, and practices centre stage. We invite submissions from researcher-practitioners documenting research through design projects, including descriptions of methods, processes and insights emerging from a design inquiry and offering a departure point for rich discussion. Criteria for selection are based on the authors¹ presentation of artefacts (constituting research process or outcomes) as central to their submission; the artefacts will be included in the curated exhibition, and papers should accompany the exhibited artefact in a presentation of ‘research through design’ at the conference.

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CHI2014 Workshop: Perspectives on Gender and Product Design: Are We Living in a “Man-Made” World? (April 2014, Toronto Canada)

Dates: 26 April – 1 May 2014
Location: Toronto, Canada
Deadline for submissions: 17 January 2014

This one-day workshop will be held as part of the CHI 2014 <> annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Science, held in Toronto, Canada  26 April – 1 May.

Interactive technologies have a profound mediating effect on the way we obtain and contribute to knowledge, relate to each other and contribute to society. Often, “gender” is not a factor that is explicitly considered in the design of these technologies. When gender is considered, products are often designed with idealised models of gendered “users”–designed for men, designed for women, designed for boys, designed for girls, or designed for the “average user” who could be male or female. However, the ways in which gender-bias or gender-neutrality are constructed in the design process and the resulting effect on the interactive artifacts that are produced is not well understood. Further, research within the HCI arena has only begun to scratch the surface of how perceived “gender” influences interactive product use by users of any gender.

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DESIGNA 2013 – Intl Conf on Design Research (Nov 2013, Portugal)

Dates: 21-22 November 2013
Location: University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2013

DESIGNA 2013 – International Conference on Design Research will take place November 21-22 at the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal.  The theme of DESIGNA’s third edition is INTERFACE and the call for papers will be open until September 15th.

Maintaining its matrix, DESIGNA aims to debate this subject through six panels: Communication, Multimedia, Product, Fashion, Theory and Education, inviting to the submission of original ideas that will incorporate the final program as communication or project.

For more information, please check out the conference’s website:

Siemens Urban Ideas Contest (Aug 2013)

Deadline for submissions: 19 August 2013

With half of humanity living in cities, urban life is becoming more and more challenging: clogged up subways, huge amounts of waste or bad air quality are just a few of the issues city dwellers struggle with. Luckily, exceptional minds around the world are already coming up with inventions that can help us lead a sustainable life in urban jungles. These people have been able to make their ideas come alive in order to improve the quality of life for themselves and the people around them.

Help Siemens find these inventions and create a human story about one of them! As a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, Siemens strives to drive innovations in cities and wants you to participate in their think tank of ideas for sustainable cities. The growth of urban infrastructure is approaching its limits and eventually, the fight against climate change will be decided in cities. Contribute to the conversation about this important topic and share YOUR urban ideas with us in a touching, human story!

More info, rules, etc. available at the website.

9th Integrated Product Development Workshop (Sept 2012, Magdeburg Germany)

Dates: 5-7 September 2012
Location: Magdeberg, Germany
Deadline for abstracts submission: 7 July 2012

The topics of the 9th IPD Workshop are:

Fundamentals of Product Development: Common understanding of IPD / IDE
Teaching IPD/IDE:  Education and Training, Idea Engineering, Didactics and Principles
Internationalisation of IPD/IDE:  Opportunities and Challenges, Student Projects
Research:  Process View and Management, Product Lifecycle Management

As in previous workshops, we keep on focussing mainly on presentations as well as content-related discussions. We especially want to encourage young scholars to present their research results. If you are interested in presenting or in chairing a discussion on a selected topic, please contact us.

Important: We have extended the deadlines for abstract July 7th and full paper submissions to August 3th, 2012.

For more information please contact Ms. Karoline Lötzsch ( or Mr. Andreas Wünsch ( or visit

4th Intl Conf on Research into Design (ICoRD’13): Global Product Development (Jan 2013, Madras India)

Dates: 7-9 January 2013
Location: IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Deadline for submission of abstracts: UPDATED2 6 June 2012

ICoRD’13 is the fourth in a series of conferences intended to be held every two years in India to bring together the international community from diverse areas of design practice, teaching and research, to: showcase cutting edge research about design to the stakeholders; aid the ogoing process of developing and extending the collective vision through emerging research challenges and questions; and provide a platform for interaction, collaboration and development of the community in order for it to take up the challenges to realize the vision. The conference is intended for all stakeholders of design, and in particular for its practitioners, researchers, teachers and students. The theme for ICoRD’13 is Global Product Development.

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NordDesign 2012 (Aug 2012, Aalborg Denmark)

Location: Aalborg, Denmark
Dates: August 22-24, 2012
Deadline for abstracts submissions: 1 Feb 2012

The conference is organized in cooperation with the Design Society and complies to the Design Society quality standards with respect to review process, publication etc. The conference venue will be the newly renovated powerplant “Nordkraft”.  Nordkraft is an exceptional initiative combining various cultural offerings. Keynotes will be given by LEGO, Bang & Olufsen, and Siemens Wind Power.

The conference topic is design in a wide context:

  • Integrated Product Development,
  • Engineering Design,
  • Industrial Design and Conceptualisation.

2nd Intl Workshop on Science Fiction Prototyping for Technology Innovation (July 2011, Nottingham/UK)

Dates: 25-26 July, 2011
Location: Nottingham, UK
Deadline for Papers: March 28, 2011

This workshop will explore the use of science fiction as a means to motivate and direct research into new technologies and consumer products. It does this by creating science fiction stories grounded in current science and engineering research that are written for the explicit purpose of acting as prototypes for people to explore a wide variety of futures.

We we are inviting short imaginative fictional stories (prototypes) of no more than 12 pages (and presentations of 20 minutes).

The workshop is running in conjunction with the 7th International Conference on Intelligent Environments IE’11.

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CIPED 2011: An agenda for design (Oct 2011, Lisbon)

Dates: 10-12 October 2011
Location: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal
Submission Deadline: 15 April 2011

After five successful editions in Brazil, the 6th CIPED gains a new dimension with its first edition on European soil, being sponsored / organized by CIAUD – Center for Research in Architecture, Urban Planning and Design of the FA-UTL.

The congress will take place from 10 to 12 October 2011 in Lisbon, in the auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with the motto “An Agenda for Design”, seeking to assert itself as an international landmark in the dissemination of research in the main areas of Design (Communication, Product and fashion) but also Ergonomic Design, Inclusive Design and Urbanity.

The 6th CIPED will feature distinguished speakers for each of the six scientific areas, fields for which are also accepted oral and poster, approved by the Scientific Committee on the system of Double-blind-review. The communications will be accepted and published in the Abstract book and, the best ones, will be published in full length as Proceedings.

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1st Intl Conf on Smart Design (Nov 2011, Nottingham UK)

Dates: 22nd to 24th November 2011
Deadline for abstracts submission: UPDATED: 29 April 2011

Conference Website: <>
Conference e-mail address:
Conference venue:
Conference Fax: +44 (0)115 8486140

The 1st International Conference on Smart Design will take place in Nottingham, UK, from the 22nd to 24th November 2011. All papers included in the conference will be included in the conference proceedings and published by Springer, the conference papers will also be available as an e-book.

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