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Call for submissions: Research Through Design 2017

New Disciplines of Making - Shared Knowledge in Doing
22nd - 24th March 2017, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh UK

Twitter: @RTD2017<>

Important dates:
Stage 1 (abstract) submission: 23rd June 2016
Author notifications: 1st August 2016
Stage 2 (full paper) submission: 6th October 2016
Final author notifications: 25th November 2016

We are excited to invite submissions for the third biennial Research Through Design (RTD) conference to be held in Edinburgh, UK, between the 22nd and 24th of March 2017. RTD supports the dissemination of practice-based research through a novel and experimental conference format, comprising a curated exhibition of design research, accompanied by round-table discussions in ‘Rooms of Interest’. The exhibition will be used as a platform for presenting and demonstrating research processes and outputs, and for generating debate on the role of the design practitioner and their work in a research context. Building on the success of the second RTD conference held in Microsoft Research’s lab in Cambridge in 2015, RTD 2017, is to be hosted at the National Museum of Scotland (NMS) in Edinburgh. This promises to be an exciting venue for exploring new and emerging making disciplines, in a sustainably minded and socially aware community of practice. RTD 2017 offers a unique opportunity for conference exhibits to be juxtaposed with traditional curated NMS artefacts and collections, challenging contemporary and future notions of value and expertise.

We invite submissions from researcher-practitioners documenting research through design projects, including descriptions of methods, processes and insights emerging from design inquiry. It is anticipated that this will offer a departure point for rich discussion. Criteria for selection are based on the author’s presentation of artefacts (constituting research process or outcomes) and should be central to their submission. Artefacts will be included in the curated exhibition, and papers should accompany the exhibited artefact in a presentation of ‘research through design’ at the conference. Conference proceedings will be publicly available via Figshare (

For full details around the themes of the conference, please see the conference website:

How to submit to RTD 2017
RTD 2017 has a two stage submission process. Deadline for submission of abstracts for Stage 1 is the 23rd June 2016. Stage 1 submissions should comprise of: 1) an abstract up to 300 words; 2) up to 10 images (as single PDF) of visual documentation / communication / illustration to accompany the abstract; and 3) a short (up to 150 word) summary of the potential materials, artefacts, etc. for exhibition and the Room of Interest sessions. The submission process is via the OpenConf system ( ). For more details on the process visit

Please note there will be no extensions to the submission deadline!

If you have any questions at this stage please do get in touch.

Best wishes

The RTD 2017 team

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