The Design Research Society wishes to encourage, recognise and promote high quality events which support its aims throughout the world. The endorsement scheme provides support for members who are organising conferences and other events that will promote the development of design research and its international community. Members may apply for endorsement of conferences and symposia of whatever size, by completing an application form which will provide enough information to allow DRS Council to assess the quality of the event.
Any proposal for endorsement must come from a DRS member who is also a member of the core conference organising committee, the group which plans and manages the event. Membership of a refereeing committee would not be sufficient.
DRS endorsement can help:
- Marketing and promotion
Agreement that the event may use the DRS brand can help it to reach a larger audience, for example through DRS news, DRS membership mailings and the DRS website
- Promote quality
Endorsement by DRS will signify to external bodies, for instance potential funders, that the event has standing in the research community. DRS members will be assured of the quality of the event and this may aid participation.
- Reviewing processes
DRS will be happy to offer advice to help develop robust reviewing processes and to provide a list of experienced international reviewers with expertise in a range of design fields
- Keynote Speakers
We will be happy to suggest appropriate speakers for your event
DRS has a set of Conference Guidelines developed for major DRS events and these are available to help members in planning conferences. DRS can also provide advice on good practice or nominate an experienced DRS member to help you plan an event
Criteria for endorsement To qualify for endorsement, the proposed event must:
- Further the aims and policies of the Design Research Society, for example by widening international participation.
- Develop understanding of and participation in design research.
- Demonstrate open and transparent event management and sound financial practices.
- Apply an appropriate standard of quality in selecting contributions to the event. It is expected that applicants in their application for endorsement describe review processes and the method by which the review panel has been selected. If papers are by invitation only, there must be a rationale for this and a brief description of how and why particular presenters have been appointed. For a conference to be recognised as an international event it is expected that at least one third of the organising committee and of the reviewer panel should be individuals from countries other than where the event takes place.
- Share and disseminate outcomes of the event to the benefit of the wider design research community, for example by making materials available on the DRS web site.
Event Organisers will:
- Include a clear statement of DRS support in any publicity and at the event itself.
- Charge a discounted fee for DRS members attendance at the event, where a fee is charged
- Include a provided DRS membership flyer in the conference pack
- Notify DRS of any significant changes relating to the event such as date, venue or speaker(s)
- Provide a report on the event suitable for circulation to DRS members, eg on the DRS website.
How to Apply
Members of DRS may apply for conference endorsement on our application form. It is very helpful if the address of your conference website (where appropriate) is included with your application. Applications should be sent to the Events Secretary +44 778.639.0053 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use this address if you have any questions about the scheme.