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DRS2018 Conference Call for Track Sessions

DRS2018 Conference Call for Track Sessions

The DRS2018 organisers are seeking Track Session Proposals that will act as a Catalyst for Change, the main theme for the conference.

In DRS2018: ‘Design as a catalyst for change’ we will critically engage with our key research questions: How can design research help explore the changing territorial contexts of design practice and/or policy? How can design, as a catalyst, shape the relationship between research and practice? How can design, and social, economic and political change, shape each other?

Track sessions

To capitalise on emerging research networks, as well as existing networks not already covered by SIG areas, we welcome proposals for track sessions of full papers related to any area of design research.

The aim of track sessions is to provide specific research themes for paper submissions. These sessions will be managed by sub-chairs as part of the general paper submission and final programme.  

Sub-chairs will be responsible for promoting their track to potential authors, identifying and allocating reviewers, curating conference sessions, and sub-editing their specific track section for the proceedings. Tracks will require a minimum of four accepted papers.

Proposals should consist of a title, proposed sub-chair/s for the session, a list of 2–3 key people who will assist in managing the track submissions, track context and an outline (up to 250 words), and a brief list of references (up to 5) to indicate the track scope.


To allow us to publicise additional tracks prior to the full-paper deadline, track session proposals should be submitted to on or before the deadline of 16th May 2017.  

Track session proposals will be reviewed by a subset of the programme committee with sub-chairs informed of outcomes within two weeks of the deadline.  Successful proposals will be publicised on the website as part of the conference Call for Papers.

Submissions for successful track sessions will take place via the online submission system along with standard paper submissions.

 March 17, 2017