DESMA Meet-up London

August 26, 2016

On Friday 16th of September 2016, DESMA invites you to join us in exploring New Formats for Doing and Communicating Research in the Intersections of Design + Management and Academia + Practice.

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DESMA started out as an Initial Training Network within the area of Design Management funded by the European Commission’s Marie Curie Actions (FP7) including 13 researchers, 4 universities and 8 companies aiming to rethink the relationship between design and management, academia and practice, in research. You can read more about our work on the DESMA website or view the video DESMA Experiences.

Today, DESMA is an open platform hosted by the Business & Design Lab at HDK, Academy for Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. We seek to continue developing the vibrant community exploring the territory of design + management research within academia + industry enabling knowledge exchange and collaborations across these boundaries.

In collaboration with the Institute for Design Innovation at Loughborough University London we invite this extended network to a DESMA meet-up in London, 16 September 2016, kick-starting the London Design Festival that takes place all over London 17-25 September.

DESMA researchers will share their stories and experiences from the vantage point of their new settings. And of course, in good DESMA spirit, we will have interactive and constructive parts of jointly rethinking the way research can be done and communicated together with pioneers in this field.


Here is a sneak preview of the programme:

Morning: “Vision and trends for the future”
Starting with a framing by Christian Bason from the Danish Design Center the morning is layed out as interactive, constructive session with representatives of new and traditional publishing platforms such as Fjord, Informa, Design Transfer, 21st Century Design and Design Council to trigger a clash of perspectives and hence learnings and potentially new ideas for the future around conducting and publishing research.

Afternoon: “Reactions, stories and discussions”
Inspired by the morning session, Kathryn Best will lead a discussion around challenges that arise when doing and communicating research in the intersection of Design + Management and Academia + Practice combined with stories and insights from the DESMA Research Fellows representing Livework, Designit, Veryday, Aalto University, University of Gothenburg, Volvo, Engine and M4ID.