The DESIGN Conference provides an interactive environment where participants pro-actively create opportunities to share design knowledge and new cross-disciplinary research that leads to innovation.

DESIGN Conference

Plenary Sessions

Will host invited keynote speakers presenting the leading thoughts, new ideas and visions. Speakers will be allocated 30 minutes for presentation and discussion of their paper.

Topic Oriented Sessions

Fifteen minutes will be allocated for the presentation, with an additional five at the end allowed for questions from delegates or the session Chair. All contributions scheduled for presentation will be available for all participants in advance, two weeks before the conference. We believe this time will enable participants to prepare for the discussion. There is a possibility that some of the topic sessions will be organised as discussion forums (shorter time for presentation, and extended time for discussion).That will be decided by Programme Chairs based on the profile of the received submissions.


Workshop sessions at DESIGN conference aim to bring together users and experts in interactive, half-day sessions elaborating specific topics. The workshop coordinators could invite selected presentations and demonstrations in order to stimulate the debate as well as to propose any format of delivery that inspires interaction. The workshop participants receive all the workshop contributions prior to the conference in order to stimulate a discussion on the workshop.

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PhD Forum

The PhD Forum is now in its fourth year and gives PhD students the opportunity to discuss their work, as well as ask for feedback on more specific issues or challenges. This is framed in a group discussion, giving participants insight into how others are approaching related topics. Feedback is provided by experienced scholars as well as by the participant’s peers. This is all combined into a vibrant workshop where participants can explore their subject and network with other young researchers.

The Design Debate

Organizers and debaters expect the audience will actively and lively participate in this event that was introduced successfuly for the first time during DESIGN 2012 conference. The purpose of the debate is to investigate in a forensic manner some key topics that affect the engineering design research community. This will be achieved by key players in the community presenting evidence for or against a particular topic.

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Industrial Forum

Industrial forum will be an opportunity to discuss industrial views, needs and expectations of design research, tracing emerging trends in industrial innovation and the right strategies for a sustainable future. Forum will offer a platform for debate among decision makers, practitioners and academics about the future of design research, needs and expectations.

Companies that have consistently invested in research and development have been seeing their competitiveness increase. The global operation paradigm has raised new questions. Innovation, sustainability, environmental awareness, social, and governance issues are becoming driving forces of new product development. The design research is maturing into an overall and consistent theory of engineering design, but the results still seem to be used by industrial practitioners in a fragmented manner.

DESIGN 2020 industrial forum will be an opportunity to discuss industrial views, needs and expectations of design research tracing emerging trends in industrial innovation and the right strategies for a sustainable future. The forum will be opportunity for the companies from the region and Europe wide to present academia their research and development capacities and potential to be involved into the future joined projects.

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