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Interdisciplinary Discovery Through Design

Design Council, 34 Bow Street, London WC2E 7DL
28 September 2009 10:30-16:00

This workshop will explore the role design can play in interdisciplinary research.  It is being organised by the  Designing for the 21st Century Research Initiative Team.

It will be of interest to research policy makers, those looking for new approaches for exploring and resolving interdisciplinary issues, and stakeholders within the design research community.

In the morning six speakers who have recently completed AHRC & EPSRC funded research projects will talk about the way a design approach has been used to explore a range of issues including health, crime, materials and future services. In the afternoon structured workshop activity will explore the contribution design research can make and how future potential can be realised. 

Provisional Programme

10.30 The Designing for the 21st Century Research Initiative

11.00-12.30 (provisional titles)

  • Developing smart materials through design research: Dr Sharon Baurley, University of the Arts, London
  • Mobilising older workers through design research: Prof. Jeremy Myerson, Royal College of Art, London
  • Improving healthcare through design research: Prof. Alastair Macdonald, Glasgow School of Art
  • Understanding business models through design research: Dr Lucy Kimbell, Said Business School
  • Reducing crime through design research: Adam Thorpe & Prof Lorraine Gammon, University of the Arts, London
  • Engaging audiences through design research: Prof Chis Rust, Sheffield Hallam University


12.45 Lunch

13.45 Workshop: What is the contribution of design research?  Howe should this potential be mobilised?

15.00 plenary

15.00 Close - tea and coffee - what needs to happen to move this on?


To register for this free event please email (please register early places are limited)

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