The Design Research Society sponsors and is affiliated with a wide range of design research events. These include conferences and events of the International Association of Design Research Societies (IASDR).
The Design Research Society in collaboration with host universities organises the DRS biennial international conferences.
One a year, usually in October, the DRS has elections for its Council accompanied by the DRS Annual General Meeting and Symposium.
The DRS organises a variety of symposia and provides support and sponsorship for design research events for affiliated organisation.