Call for Doctoral Colloquium

The 2014 Design Research Society Conference' Doctoral Colloquium is accepting submissions from PhD students in the first half of their doctoral research to explore and exchange ideas on design research on equal level. The Doctoral Colloquium provides an opportunity for participating doctoral students to share their research ideas and approaches with other students and obtain feedback from advisory experts with different perspectives.

We welcome research approaches from any field of design. Distinctions of both theory and praxis are important. However, so too it is to find commonalities across different domains. Thus this Doctoral Colloquium welcomes all design research approaches indifferent to if it is based on classical research disciplines (humanities, social sciences etc.) or more recent approaches such as "constructive design research".

The Doctoral Colloquium can accommodate 10 students. If more submissions are received, the selection criteria are based on the quality of the submission and available expertise. Accepted submissions will be distributed to the participants in advance of the conference. Participants in the Doctoral Colloquium are expected to get familiar with the other submissions beforehand to ensure good discussions during the day. In addition, each student is expected to prepare questions and comments to one of the other presenters. More detailed information about the format and agenda of the day will be circulated in advance of the event.

The Doctoral Colloquium is part of the pre-conference program taking place the day before the main program starts. Participants in the Doctoral Colloquium are expected to register to the conference, and to pay the conference fee. There is no additional fee for attending the Doctoral Colloquium.

Peter Gall Krogh, Aarhus University (DK)
Tuuli Mattelmäki, Aalto University (FIN)

All applicants are required to write a max 4 page position paper, using the DRS paper template, in which they present their research, preliminary results, challenges, describe their approach and how it embeds theories, methods and techniques from neighbouring approaches.

Submissions should describe PhD research that is at a stage where feedback from the international design community might be of value. Thus, it is expected that position papers address the following key points:
• Context and motivation that drives your PhD

• Background/literature review of key works that frames your research

• Problem statement/research questions

• Research objectives/goals

• Research approach and methods
and how these share familiarity with neighbouring approaches
• Results to date and future steps

• Current and expected contributions to the design field
• Dissertation status, i.e. in which year of the doctoral programme
• A personal insight, concern or a challenge that is meaningful to share with other design researchers.

» The DRS paper template is here

Submissions of position papers to the Doctoral Colloquium are made to:

Review process
Submissions will be reviewed and selected by the workshop committee led by the Doctoral Colloquium chairs. Submissions to the Doctoral Colloquium will not be subject to a full peer-review process. Based on accepted submissions the chairs will form an expert panel by including fellow acknowledged international researchers.

Submission of position paper for Doctoral Colloquium: 15 February 2014
Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2014
Doctoral Colloquium: 15 June 2014