Research within the Design Society community offers many possibilities of exchange and collaboration between fellow researchers. While these opportunities cover a broad scope from young researchers to senior members of the community with a range of research interests, we aim to support the specific needs of PhD students. Therefore, the DESIGN conference 2018 offers a

PhD Forum
on Monday, 21th May


  • To foster the exchange of ideas and research approaches between younger researchers
  • To provide opportunities for discussing personal research topics, methodologies and potential problems with experts
  • To enhance networking and collaboration


The forum will be an opportunity for PhD students to discuss their research questions and ideas with their peers and experienced researchers in order to support their research. Small discussion groups will be organised in which individual research topics are presented to and discussed within the group. Discussion groups will consist of 5-6 PhD students and 1-2 experts.

Participating students will be asked to give an elevator pitch introducing their research in a speed-dating round prior to the main discussion (1 min):

  • Research topic
    • research objectives / question(s) and relevance considering published research and industrial needs
    • research methodology applied
  • Personal questions/problems or issues you want feedback on e.g.
    • Research methodology
    • Research methods
    • Potential ideas for enhancing the approach


The PhD Forum is aimed at PhD students. To facilitate meaningful discussion it is essential that potential participants should already have defined their PhD research topic, undertaken an initial literature study and formulated aims and objectives.


To apply, please send an application (please use the following template: D2018_PhDForum_Template.docx) by email before April 30th to with Subject PhD Forum.

The number of participants is limited to 25 so please e-mail as soon as possible if you are interested, as participants will be selected on a first-come first-served basis. Additionally the number of participants from a single department may be limited.

Participants will be informed about acceptance and necessary preparations on May 7th.

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