Call for Papers for the International Conference 2017 of the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG 2017)

ALIVE . ACTIVE . ADAPTIVE - Experiential Knowledge and Emerging Materials
19-20 June 2017, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Conference Website:
Special Interest Group Website:

Alive . Active . Adaptive is an International Conference organized under the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG). It focuses on the experiential knowledge of designing with emerging materials that are alive, active and adaptive, whether by means of biological or computational processes or an integration of the two. The conference brings together design practitioners, researchers, engineers, architects and artists to discuss the future of emerging materials and its implications for design research and practice.

Maurizio Montalti (Officina Corpuscoli), Anna Vallgarda (IT University of Copenhagen) and Mark Miodownik (Institute of Making) will represent our headline of speakers. Check the website for further details on their work: 


31 May 2016: First Call
31 October 2016: Full submission due for Papers and Pictorials 
31 January 2017: Notification of acceptance of Papers and Pictorials
28 February 2017: Submission of revised Papers and Pictorials
19-20 June 2017: Conference

We welcome submissions both in the format of Full Papers (max 5000 words) and Pictorials (max 2000 words), in which the visual component is at least as important as the textual. Contributions should be submitted before October 31st, 2016 through Easychair system: 

Please check Authors’ guidelines on the webpage: 

For your convenience, we also provide templates for submissions at the link: 

deadline for Early Bird is March 31st, 2017.
Reduced fees will be allowed to students and DRS member.

EKSIG 2017 on Alive . Active . Adaptive will be held in the vibrant Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam, The Netherlands). The conference will be hosted by Delft University of Technology, the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.
Learn more about the venue:

You can find the complete Call for Papers in the attachment of this email and on the conference website, together with guidelines for authors. For further inquiries, please contact us at:

Best wishes,
EKSIG 2017 team

Elvin Karana | Delft University of Technology, NL 
Elisa Giaccardi | Delft University of Technology, NL 
Nithikul Nimkulrat | Estonian Academy of Arts, EE
Kristina Niedderer | University of Wolverhampton, UK


Design Management Academy 2017


Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections

7th-9th June 2017

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Full paper submission deadline:

Monday 9th January 2017 

Full details


Design is becoming more strategic, both in the private and the public sector. There is a wider range of interfacing activities with internal and external clients and collaborators than before and there is also a wider spread of disciplines to productively interact with. New methods and technologies for collaboration and interfacing have come up. China has been the centre of manufacturing for quite some years. Now it has become a leader in the development of internet services and the most important market in the world in many categories. In this new landscape, the roles and responsibilities of designers are changing dramatically, both in Asia and in the rest of the world.

The Design Management Academy invites an international community of scholars to formulate areas of explorations and academic contribution which are outlined by the following 7 meta themes, within the 19 tracks around which the conference is organised:


1. New Models of Innovation

(a) The Interplay between Science, Technology and Design
(b) Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Trends in Open Innovation
(c) From R&D to D&R: Challenging the Design Innovation Landscape
(d) Design Creating Value at Intersections


2. Product-Service Systems

(a) Capturing Value and Scalability in Product-Service System Design
(b) Future: Service Design for Business Innovation for Industry 4.0


3. Policy Making

(a) Creative Intersection of Policies and Design Management


4. Intersecting Perspectives

(a) Changing Design Practices: How We Design, What We Design, and Who Designs?
(b) Challenges and Obstacles to the Enactment of an Outside-In Perspective: The Case of Design
(c) At the Intersection Social Innovation and Philosophy


5. Methods

(a) Design Practices for Effective Strategic Design
(b) Markets and Design: Vertical and Horizontal Product Differentiation
(c) Foresight by Design: Dealing with Uncertainty in Design Innovation
(d) Contemporary Brand Design


6. Capabilities

(a) Building New Capabilities in an Organization: A Research Methodology Perspective
(b) Exploring Design Management Learning: Innovate with ´User’ Oriented Design and KM Perspectives
(c) Design Teams in the Pursuit of Innovation
(d) Designing the Designers: Future of Design Education


7. Foundations

Pioneering Design Thinkers




DMA2017 is organised under the auspices of the  Design Research Society’s Design Innovation Management Special Interest Group (DMSIG) and the Design Society’s Design Management Special Interest Group (DeMSIG). DMA2017 is also organised in collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Loughborough University, Tsinghua University, University of Strathclyde and Delft University of Technology.


Seymour Roworth-Stokes 

Seymour Roworth Stokes

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Professor Seymour Roworth-Stokes, our outgoing DRS Chair, has passed away after a period of illness.

Seymour was also the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Coventry University. Seymour made a huge contribution to the Design Research Society; he was DRS Chair from 2009 until June 2016 and a member of Council for over 10 years.

He worked hard to promote the society and design research in general and will be very much missed by all DRS Council Members.


You can read the Times Higher Education obituary here.


The Design Research Society is the multi-disciplinary learned society for the design research community, promoting excellence in design research globally.

  • recognising design as a creative act common to many disciplines
  • understanding research and its relationship with education and practice
  • advancing the theory and practice of design

Find out more about the society, and its aims and activities, history, governance, current council and events.

Special Interest Groups

DRS now has nine SIGS which aim to facilitate debate and networking between DRS members, and to produce resources accessible to the research community. Find out more on the individual SIG pages.

  • Experiential Knowledge SIG (EKSIG)
  • Design Pedagogy SIG (PedSIG)
  • Objects, Practices, Experiences, Networks SIG (OPENSIG)
  • Inclusive Design SIG (Inclusive SIG)
  • Inclusive SIG
  • Sustainability SIG
  • Design for Behaviour Change SIG (Behaviour Change SIG)
  • Design for Tangible, Embedded and Networked Technologies SIG (tentSIG)



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Cumulus Hong Kong 2016: Design for E-very-thing

21-24 November 2016. Hong Kong, China

Registration is now open here.

Themed on ‘Open Design for E-very-thing – exploring new design purposes’, Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 is an international conference for designers, researchers and students to discover the possibilities of Open Design under six different tracks: Open Design for Empathy, Ethnography, Experiment, Environment, Education and Engagement.



The 12th EAD Conference: “Design for Next...”  

12-14 April 2017. La Sapienza in Rome Italy

We invite contributions from professionals, academics and students to address the following questions with their own research, projects and experiences: What is Design for the Next? And what is the 'Next' focus of Design?

15 August 2016: Abstract submission via



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MODE Motion Design Education Summit

June 7-9, 2017. The Ohio State University, USA.

Call for proposals and readers deadline 1 October 2016.

This international event brings together motion design educators from different areas of expertise to present work and discuss motion and how it enhances, effects, changes messages, meaning, and communication.


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30 May–2 June 2017. Design School Kolding, Denmark.

How do we REDO our design education, our design practice, and our design research so that our knowledge comes to have an actual effect on how we live, from the micro level of the domestic to the macro level of politics? How do we train our students to become DOers and to confront the challenges that face the world in terms of social inclusion, climate/environment, and economic growth? How do we impact our disciplines and beyond?