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DRS 2014 Conference

Design Research Society Conference 2014
June 16-19, 2014 Umeå, Sweden

Välkommen! We welcome you to join us for the Design Research Society 2014 conference in Umeå, Sweden.

The conference will be held June 16-19, 2014. It will give you an opportunity to experience the nightless nights and sunny days of the Swedish Midsummer, and the many events of Umeå, Cultural Capital of Europe 2014. Host for the conference is Umeå Institute of Design, one of the world’s leading design schools.

DRS 2014 - Design's Big Debates

The main purpose of the DRS 2014 conference is to foster and support a shared design discourse. By focusing on key big issues in design, we want to create a forum where the questions that have the potential to change the way we think and do design – its philosophy, theory, practise, methodology, education, profession and history – will be discussed and debated. To create this platform for discussions and debates we want to open up a wider set of possibilities for engaging and participating. Thus, the DRS 2014 conference will make use of multiple publication and presentation formats, including both established ones such as ‘papers’ and new ones such as ‘conversations’, each with its own submission and review process.  Now is the time to begin asking yourself: 'What do you think are the big debates in design?' What would you like this exciting conversation to be like to really matter to you – and how will you contribute to make that happen?’

All information about the conference is available at:


News and Reports

1st Design for Health and Wellbeing Conference

Nottingham Trent University on Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A timely forum bringing together academics, researchers, healthcare companies and medical professionals to discuss issues, identify challenges and future directions, and share their R&D findings and experiences in the areas of medical design. Researchers, designers and developers must understand how to progress or appropriate the right technical and human knowledge to inform their medical innovations.


Designing Learning for Tomorrow: OSLO 2013

Oslo conference2013

More than 40 countries were represented by 278 delegates at the 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers in Oslo in May.  A partnership event between the Design Research Society and Cumulus (the International Association for Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media), the event was hosted by HIOA (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences).

Conference chair Professor Liv Merete Nielsen, co-chair Janne Beate Reitan and the conference organising committee (including members from nine other universities) arranged a full programme of events in addition to papers and keynote speeches.


EKSIG 2013 Knowing Inside Out

tracyOn 4th and 5th July 2013, Loughborough University’s Design School welcomed 65 delegates from 12 countries to the International Conference 2013 of the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG 2013). Delegates from diverse disciplines travelled from around the world to this small university town in the British Midlands to present their current research and to discuss issues related to the theme of the conference “Knowing Inside Out – Experiential Knowledge, Expertise and Connoisseurship”.


Design Studies Award

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Design Studies Award, for the best paper published in the journal. The award is to be made to Stefan Wiltschnig, Bo Christensen and Linden Ball (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and Lancaster University, UK) for their paper Collaborative problem–solution co-evolution in creative design, published in Vol. 34, Number 5 (September 2013) Pages 515–542;

See the article here:


About DRS

The Design Research Society is a multi-disciplinary learned society for the design research community worldwide.The DRS was founded in 1966 and facilitates an international design research network in around 40 countries.
Read the Welcome message from the President of the Design Research Society, Professor Nigel Cross.
DRS is a founder member of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR).


DRS joins forces with Cumulus to promote design research


Following the success of the 1st International Symposium for Design Education Researchers in Paris in 2011, the DRS has signed a collaborative agreement with Cumulus. DRS Chair, Seymour Roworth-Stokes and Luisa Collina, Cumulus Vice-President, signed the agreement at the opening of the recent DRS/Cumulus  ‘Design Learning for Tomorrow’ Conference held on 14-17 May 2013 in Oslo, Norway.

Cumulus is the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. Founded in 1990 it has over 180 member institutions from 46 countries.

The agreement aims to support the development of joint events and activities to further design education research between the two organisations.

Pictured in the photograph are (left to right), Seymour Roworth-Stokes (DRS Chair), Petter Øyan (Dean, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences – hosts for the conference), Liv Merete Nielsen (joint Conference Chair) and Luisa Collina (Cumulus Vice-President)


New DRS Fellow

We are pleased to announce the election of a new DRS Fellow: Professor Yoram Reich, Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Conferment of the title of Fellow of the Design Research Society acknowledges an established record of achievement in design research, and attainment of peer recognition as a researcher of professional standing and competence. Members of DRS can apply for election to Fellow; see 'Becoming a DRS Fellow' in the members menu item on the left.


DRS Student Research Bursaries

The DRS Student Research Bursary Scheme offers grants of up to 500 GBP to student members of the society. The purpose of the scheme is to help research students progress towards a publication in the design research field. 2500 GBP is available for the scheme in each calendar year.


Call for Papers: Design Management in an Era of Disruption

The Design Management Institute has issued a call for papers for the 19th Academic Design Management Conference to be held at the London College of Fashion, London, UK September 2-4, 2014.

DRS 2014 Conference

DRS 2014Conference
June 16-19, 2014 Umeå, Sweden


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