Unfrozen – 1st SDN Design Research Winter Summit (Jan 2016, Switzerland)

Dates: 28-31 January 2016
Location: Swiss Alps, details TBA
Website: http://www.swissdesignnetwork.ch/
Deadline for submission of abstracts & workshop proposals: UPDATED: 4 May 2015

Unfrozen – First SDN Design Research Winter Summit January 28-31 2016

After three years in hibernation, the Swiss Design Network invites you to Unfrozen, the 9th SDN Symposium and the 1st SDN Design Research Winter Summit – January, 28-31 2016. Whether you are uncovering gems from the glaciers of design history, exploring the melting snowcaps of design’s changing climate, or riding the fresh powder of emerging trends, we welcome submissions exploring this metaphor. You are free to submit your work for the platform of your choice : as a classical lecture, a workshop, a fireside talk, or to suggest an alternative form.

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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.

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Networking Knowledge, Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network “Make, Mistake, Journey: Practice-led Research and Ways of Learning” (Mar 2015)

Website: http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/about
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 13 March 2015

Practice-led research has become particularly pertinent in art, design and the social sciences in recent years, alongside a more general blooming of interest in the relationship between the mind, body and external world. Studies increasingly acknowledge or embrace the presence of the researcher or use the body as the means of doing research. In practice-led research bodily movement is simultaneously the mode of knowledge production and reception (Sklar 2000: 71).

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EKSIG 2015: Intl Conf of the DRS SIG on Experiential Knowledge: Tangible Means – Experiential Knowledge through Materials (Nov 2015, Denmark)

Dates: 22-26 November 2015
Location: Design School Kolding and University of Southern Denmark
Website: http://www.experientialknowledge.org.uk/conference.html
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 8 June 2015

This conference welcomes contributions exploring and discussing materials in relation to sensuous qualities, objects, context, strategy, service, space, time, place, techniques, discipline, domain, production, sustainability, interaction, use, metaphors, imaginations, associations, reflective thinking, etc. We interpret materials here in the widest possible sense to include any kind of creative outputs in whatever formats. With this conference, we wish to explore different ways in which experiential knowledge through materials can be given more appropriate consideration within the framework of research. This may include for example investigations into the nature, aims, validity, evaluation and/or necessity of different modes of communication and exchange.

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Cumulus Mumbai (Dec 2015, Bombay India)

Dates: 4-6 December 2015
Location: Industrial Design Centre (IDC), at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Mumbai.
Website: http://www.cumulusmumbai2015.org
Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2015

Cumulus Mumbai 2015: ‘In a planet of our own – a vision of sustainability with focus on water’.

The event Cumulus Mumbai 2015: ‘In a planet of our own’ is being held at Mumbai, India on 4,5, 6 December 2015, hosted by the Industrial Design Centre(IDC), at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Mumbai.  This international event is aimed at creating design awareness on sustainability bringing focus on water and simultaneously offers a platform for interaction for the art, design and media community. The events are centered around the interests of students, educationalists and practicing professional designers. The event is expected to throw light on the role of art, design and media in an interconnected global world within the context of sustainability.  The event has been designed to be lively, interactive and thought provoking and will provide great opportunity to converse with grandmasters of design, interact with thought leaders and listen to visions by outstanding speakers.

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Creative Practice Conference: Making Research and Researching Making (Sep 2015, Aarhus, DK)

Dates: 10-12 September 2015
Location: Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
Website: http://adapt-r.eu/creative-practice-conference-aarhus/
Deadline of Conference Call: 16 March 2015

‘Making Research and Researching Making’ is an international conference for creative practice research, aimed at practitioners undertaking research through the medium of practice, and researchers interested in practice-based research. The focus of this conference is to better understand designed and/or contingent processes of how creative practice research happens, understanding research as an embodied, emplaced, material and social undertaking.

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IASDR 2015 Interplay (Nov 2015, Brisbane Australia)

Dates: 2 – 5 November 2015
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Website: http://www.iasdr2015.com/
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 20 April 2015

IASDR 2015 invites papers, posters, workshops, exhibitions and doctoral colloquium submissions from any area of design research that explores the interplay between design research, science, technology and the arts. All submissions will be double blind reviewed. Submissions must be in English and submitted through the online submission system. All submissions should comply with IASDR 2015 guidelines.

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Design4Health 2015: Synergies of Practice (July 2015, Sheffield UK)

Dates: 13-16 July 2015
Location: Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Website: http://www.design4health.org.uk
Deadline for submission of abstracts: UPDATED 14 January 2015

We will be holding the third European conference on Design4Health at Sheffield Hallam University in July 2015. There is now just one month to go until the deadline for submission of abstracts on Monday 5th January and I am pleased to attach the Call for Papers for Design4Health2015.  A detailed Call for Papers is available at http://research.shu.ac.uk/design4health/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/D4H2015-call-for-papers.pdf.

This year’s theme is Synergies of Practice.

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Introducing a new international journal: Design Science

Website: http://www.designsciencejournal.org/

The aim of Design Science is to serve as the archival venue of science-based design knowledge across multiple disciplines. There is increasing recognition that design is a discipline in its own right with a holistic and multifaceted nature. Design knowledge is widely dispersed across fields with different terminologies, traditions and research practices. Rigorous design research is published primarily in discipline-oriented journals, most often inaccessible to wider audiences interested in design but without the requisite disciplinary depth. Design Science aims to facilitate communication across diverse fields and serve as a bridge across several communities, publishing original research but with a strong emphasis on accessibility by scholars from a diversity of disciplines. Design Science further aims to motivate scholars from these diverse fields to recognize the importance of their expertise to the design of artifacts and systems and thus pursue work with direct applicability to design.

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Special Issue of Constructivist Foundations: Composing Conferences: Exploring Alternatives to the Traditional Conference Format (Nov 2014)

Website: http://www.univie.ac.at/constructivism/journal/special/composing/
Deadline for expressions of interest: 17 November 2014

The goal for this special issue of is to explore constructivist alternatives to the conventional paper presentation format of academic conferences. How can a conference be organised so that it can be an active place of questioning and exchange where new research questions can be composed and addressed? How can exploratory conversations be central rather than peripheral to the programme? In what ways do constructivist approaches to fields such as education or science also suggest possible rethinkings of academic practices more generally?

Please find the more information here: http://www.univie.ac.at/constructivism/journal/special/composing/

Expressions of interest due: Monday 17 November 2014
Submission deadline for full paper submissions: Friday 6 March 2015

Please send texts or enquiries to composing@constructivistfoundations.info.

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