25th–28th JUNE 2018

DRS2018 Limerick
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Design Research Society 2018

Design shapes our daily lives, influencing how we interact with each other and with our environment. When at its best, design is a powerful catalyst for change. DRS2018 Limerick, invites designers to explore these relationships across an exciting four day conference from 25th–28th June 2018.

About DRS2018 Limerick


The University of Limerick and Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT invite you to DRS2018: Catalyst, 25th–28th June. Building on the futures orientation of DRS2016, DRS2018 will explore emergent themes at the intersections of design research, practice and policy. We invite designers; design researchers, academics and students to input and share research and practice insights through keynotes, debates, presentations, workshops and conversations.

DRS2018 will also explore the changing territorial contexts of design (e.g. the local, national and transnational) and the relationships between design practice and design policy. Ireland is an ideal location to position these explorations as it has recently launched an ambitious programme of capacity building for design policy and practice.


The Venue DRS2018 Limerick

The Venue

Located on Ireland’s longest waterway, the river Shannon, Limerick is Ireland’s oldest chartered city. Conquered by the Vikings in the 9th century and besieged by the English in 1691, the city is rich in history and natural beauty, A city famed for sport, Limerick is proud of its rugby tradition and its strength in hurling and Gaelic football. The city offers a cultural programme of music and visual arts as well as excellent shops and a choice of good restaurants and lively bars.

The University of Limerick, is a distinctive and magnificent riverside campus location, and provides a stunning venue for the DRS Council’s worldwide community. Together with Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT’s city centre venue, delegates will experience the stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Limerick and the beauty and warm hospitality of the Atlantic coast of the West of Ireland.

Design Research Society 2018

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