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DRS2022 Bilbao Theme Track Proposals DEADLINE 26 July

DRS2022 Bilbao Theme Track Proposals DEADLINE 26 July


Extended Programme: 25th June - 3rd July 2022
Main Conference: 27th June – 1st July 2022
We are living through extraordinary times where design in many forms is necessary to counter the enormous problems we face in the challenges of our coexistence. 
How has the discipline of design research responded? Can design and design research bring the insights and methods needed for transformation and collaboration? 
Join us at the Guggenheim in Bilbao for DRS2022, a hybrid conference with unique participation opportunities and a showcase for the best in design research. Whatever your orientation to design research we encourage you to participate, to show the true diversity and potential of our discipline. 
DRS2022 is hosted by the city of Bilbao, in Northwest Spain, in association with the University of the Basque Country (Universidad del País Vasco) and the wider ecosystem of local academic and design institutions. In 2014 Bilbao became a member of the UNESCO City of Design network. As such, it hosts a permanent Design and Creativity Council with a mission to promote design-oriented urban policies and to integrate goals related to the cultural and creative industries into local development plans. Bilbao recently joined the Global Destination Sustainability Index with a commitment to meet specific guidelines for the development of more sustainable conferences. 
DRS2022 is also hosted online in a hybrid mode, with opportunities for new interactions between the place-based and online conferences. The extended conference format will give you the chance to experience the energy and creativity of Bilbao wherever you choose to participate from. 
To capitalize on emerging research networks we welcome proposals for theme-tracks of research papers related to any area of design research not already covered by existing Special Interest Groups. Chairing a theme-track provides a leadership opportunity to develop a profile for an emerging area of research and bring together a community of researchers. 
Theme tracks will be managed individually by sub-chairs as part of the general paper submission, peer-review, and final programme. Sub-chairs will be responsible for suggesting and allocating reviewers, writing an introduction to their theme-track sessions to be published in the conference proceedings, and curating and chairing sessions at the conference. 
DRS2022 will be hybrid conference enabling both in-person and online presentation and participation, including within theme-track sessions.
Proposals should be submitted as a 1-2 page Word or pdf document and should consist of:
   • Theme-track title;
   • Names of proposed sub-chair/s for the session; 
   • Up to 5 people who could be involved in the review process for theme-track paper submissions; 
   • Theme-track context and outline (up to 250 words); 
   • A small number of references to indicate theme-track scope.

To allow us to publicise additional theme-tracks prior to the full-paper deadline in November, theme-track proposals should be submitted to the conference submission system by the deadline of July 26th 2021.
Theme-track proposals will be reviewed by the conference programme committee with sub-chairs informed of outcomes within three weeks of the deadline. Successful proposals will be publicised as part of the DRS2022 conference call and invited to optionally develop their ideas and network at the DRS Festival of Emergence in September 2021.

Paper submissions for successful theme-tracks will take place via the online submission system: 

For examples of theme-tracks at previous DRS Conferences please visit the DRS Digital Library.