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22nd Summer School on Engineering Design Research (SSEDR ’21)

Deadline for application: Friday, February 26th, 2021


The aims of the Summer School on Engineering Design Research remain unchanged: Make PhD students who are working on topics related to Design Science better qualified and equipped for their research by (i) helping to develop a research approach, and (ii) encouraging discussion and collaboration. The objectives are to provide the participants with:

  • insight into existing design theories and models to enable the selection of a suitable theoretical foundation;
  • an overview of design research methods to enable the PhD students to develop the most appropriate approach for their own research;
  • an interactive environment in which individual research topics are presented to and discussed with other participants and the lecturers;
  • the opportunity to get to know and learn from other researchers and develop long-term collaborations.

To achieve these objectives, the participants are actively engaged in the Summer School: the emphasis is on discussions and exercises based around the research projects of the participants.



The Summer School is suitable for PhD students who have decided on a research topic, have undertaken a literature study, have formulated first aims and objectives and have an initial plan of work. For a three-year PhD, this will normally be at the end of the first year; for a four- or five-year PhD, at the end of the second year.

Conditions of participation:

  • The course language is English.
  • The number of participants is limited to max. 20. Therefore, you have to apply for participation.
  • Participants have to assent to attending both weeks and all sessions.

In case of over-subscription the course organisers will select, based on the criteria stated in the prerequisites. in addition, the number of participants of a single research group may be limited.


Monday, June 7th, 2021, until Saturday, June 12th, 2021
(with a virtual get-together on Sunday, June 6th, 2021, late afternoon)

  • Introduction of participants by pre-recorded videos presenting their projects.
  • The nature of design and design research.
  • Concepts, models and schools of design and designing.
  • The nature and use of theories in design and design research.
  • Design Research Methodology (DRM) and examples of its use.
  • Task clarification phase:
  • defining aim, context, phenomenon of own project;
  • how to find the research gap;
  • formulation of research questions/hypotheses for own project;
  • establishing reference models;
  • identifying areas of relevance and fitting in own contribution.
  • Research types and placing own project into the research type matrix. Introduction to a systematic literature review.


Monday, July 5th, 2021, until Friday, July 12th, 2021

  • First descriptive phase of design research:
  • data collection & analysis, interpretation, drawing conclusions.
  • Relating data collection methods to research questions/hypotheses.
  • Prescriptive phase of design research:
  • how to develop knowledge, methods, models, tools.
  • Visualising main research object(s) of own project.
  • Evaluating own research results (second descriptive phase).
  • Iterative development of the support.
  • How to write a thesis or other publications.
  • Reviewing articles.
  • Poster session and feedback on posters.
  • Your future life after the PhD.


The participation fee is 350 Euro. For members of the Design Society or candidates of institutes with a group
membership the fee is 300 Euro. Note that an associate membership in the Design Society is only 20 £/year.

The fee includes the presentations, exercise and discussion results, background material, and the book “DRM, a Design Research Methodology”. As the course is online, no travelling and accommodation cost incur. The payment will be done directly via the conference management system by credit card or bank transfer – after you have received the acceptance mail.

Detailed information about payment and the technicalities for uploading and downloading material will be shared in due time with the accepted students..


All participants will be registered at the Technical University of Denmark, from which they receive an official certificate. 

The course leads to 5 ECTS points. Whether or not these points are recognised depends on each participant’s
university and PhD program.


Deadline for application: Friday, February 26th, 2021

The application form asks you for the following:

  • Your research topic (introduction to the problem to be solved, expected outcome)
  • The progress you have made thus far (literature study, research questions, approach, etc.)
  • Your affiliation (university name and address, PhD supervisor), your date of birth (for the certificate)
  • The date on which you started your PhD and the year when you plan to finish

You will be notified by email before Monday, March 29th, 2021, about your acceptance. After that, we will send further details about payment, preparation and program details, access to servers for upload and download of material, invitations to the web meetings, etc.

Deadline for application: Friday, February 26th, 2021

Visit: https://www.conferencemanager.dk/ssedr2021/signup

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