Call for Workshops

The 2014 Design Research Society Conference is accepting submissions for Workshops: half- or full-day workshops that advance existing and emerging areas of design research. The workshops are conceived as a complement to the formats of the main conference program. They take place on the day before the regular conference program starts, and they allow workshop organizers more freedom and more time to stage structured discussions, collaborative processes and the use of experimental session formats. Thus, there are two groups of people involved in a workshop: the organizers and the participants. Organizers are responsible for submitting a workshop proposal, choosing the topic and focus, creating a schedule for the day, creating a call for participation and selecting participants, and disseminating knowledge about the final outcome. Participants will shape the content and discussion for the day.

We welcome workshop proposals from all areas of design research. In particular, we encourage proposals that engage in the areas of the DRS Special Interest Groups, proposals that aims at community building in new and emerging areas of design research, and proposals that make use of session formats not possible within the main conference program.

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

Jodi Forlizzi, Carnegie Mellon University (US)

All workshop proposals should take the form of a four-page description, using the DRS paper template. The proposal needs to contain a description of the thematic research issues that the workshop engages in, including their background and current context. The proposal must contain a description of the workshop structure, participants' roles and expected contributions. The proposal also needs to contain, in a separate document, a 250-word long call for participation to the workshop that can be posted on the conference website should the workshop be accepted, and a short description of the practical requirements necessary for the workshop. We recommend creating a workshop specific web page with information for potential participants. If you plan to create such a page, please mention it in your submission. Workshop proposals should not be anonymized. 

» The DRS paper template is here 

Submissions of workshop proposals are made to:

Review process
The workshop format is a curated track based on an open call for proposals. Unlike the papers track of the main conference program, the workshop proposals will not be subject to a full peer-review process. Proposals will be reviewed and selected by the workshop committee led by the workshop chair. The title and abstract of the workshop will be included in the conference companion.

Submission of workshop proposals: 15 January 2014
Notification of acceptance of workshop proposals:  7 February 2014
Release of calls for participation by accepted workshops organizers: 15 February 2014
Deadline for submission of position statements by workshop participants to workshop organizers: 1 April 2014
Notification of acceptance of individual participation by workshop organizers: 15 April 2014 
Workshop: 15 June 2014