Preliminary Call

Preliminary call for participation at the DRS Conference Limerick, Ireland

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 design researchers to explore these relationships across an exciting four-day conference from 25th to 28th June 2018.

DRS2018: Catalyst builds on the future-focused thinking orientation of DRS2016. The overarching theme is Design as a Catalyst for Change and within that we explore themes relating to the intersections of design research, practice and policy.

In DRS2018: Catalyst 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?

We anticipate coordinating a range of formats for a unique and progressive experience, whilst rigorous peer review and high quality paper presentation remain central to the conference experience.

DRS2018 is hosted by the University of Limerick, and Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick. The conference week will afford you the opportunity to gain a rich cultural and creative experience of Limerick.

Join us in Limerick, on Ireland’s west coast, from 25th to 28th June 2018 to engage in discussions and debates on the future directions of design and design research.

Timetable for DRS2018

Call for Tracks:
Deadline: 16th May 2017

Call for Papers:
Deadline: 24th October 2017

Notification of Full Paper submission outcome:
1st February 2018

Call for workshops, conversations and PhD by Design Proposals:
5th September 2017 (Deadline: 15th February 2018)

Conference Dates:
25th-28th June 2018

Peer review process

This is a general design research conference and it is expected that a wide variety of work and projects will be reported. Irrespective of the range and stage of your research, we expect the highest standards of scholarship and clarity in terms of establishing context, explicating methods of inquiry, and reporting results. Papers will be selected through a double blind review process conducted by an international review panel.

As with previous DRS conferences the aim is to ensure a high quality peer review process for DRS2018.  The review process for each track of the conference will be managed by a sub-chair who will oversee the peer review process and make recommendations to the DRS2018 review committee.  Authors will have an opportunity to evaluate the reviews they receive, which sub-chairs may factor into making their final recommendations.

Conference presentation and proceedings

Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend and present their work at the conference.

All accepted papers will be published in an online conference proceedings and be available to view approximately one month before the beginning of the conference.


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