Times in British Summer Time (BST). All events to take place via Zoom unless specified. The EAD Slack Channel will be open for chat, networking and technical support throughout the conference.

For a full description of conference tracks please see here

Monday 11th October - The journey to EAD 2021

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

5 minute video presentations with an overview of each conference paper will be posted on the EAD web site and made available to all delegates on 8th October to inform the open discussions in the Track Sessions. Our intention is to collaborate and facilitate meaningful dialogues during the conference. As you would if you were travelling to EAD 2021, please set some time aside on Monday to immerse yourself in the proceedings and video presentations of the papers.

The EAD Slack Channel will be open for introductions and chat throughout the day.

Tuesday 12th October

09:30 – 10:00
Informal networking and coffee (via Slack channel)


10:00 – 12:00
EAD PhD Gathering
An informal, student only event with talks from guest speakers and a chance to meet and chat with like-minded design students.
*Only open to Masters and PhD students

12:30 – 13:00
Informal gathering before the Welcome Ceremony

13:00 – 13:30
Welcome to EAD 2021
With: Professor Louise Valentine, EAD President, Kent State University
Professor Leon Cruickshank, Conference Chair and EAD Vice President, Lancaster University


14:00 – 16:00
Track Session 1: Safe Harbours for Rethinking Design Education

Thought Leader:  Distinguished Professor Rachel Cooper OBE
Rachel will be looking at design education and how it has changed, considering what design education is for whilst also looking to the future and asking where it’s heading.

Track Chairs:  Prof Noël Palomo-Lovinski, Kent State University, Professor Louise Valentine, Kent State University
Dr Beatrice Gisclard, University of Nîmes, 

The last year has been a global shock to the system, the move from face-to-face to contactless communication and indeed living. Educators around the world unexpectedly prepared themselves to teach at a distance and many had to scramble to implement effective teaching approaches in these unprecedented circumstances. There is an opportunity here, a chance to rethink the traditional studio system for design education. The aim of this track is to explore how educators have been inspired to undertake research that rethinks the past and starts to develop a new form of design education.

Wednesday 13th October

09:30 – 10:00
Informal networking and coffee (via Slack channel)


10:00 – 12:00
Track Session 2: Safe Harbours for Cultivating Sustainability

Thought Leader: Professor Stuart Walker
‘Design in the Realm of Silence’. Stuart discusses the role of design in developing more resilient futures while questioning the effectiveness of technology, innovation and growth and suggesting an alternate path.

Track Chair: Dr Spyros Bofylatos, University of the Aegean

Many of the contemporary crises we face are rooted in the unsustainable way that modern society is structured. The goal of this track is to collectively explore how might we create an alternative model of interacting with the natural and social spheres to foster the flourishing of an empathic, graceful, and ecological world by design.


14:00 – 16:00
Track Session 3: Safe Harbours for Experimenting with Humans and Numbers

Thought Leader: Professor Paolo Ciuccarelli
Paolo will lead a discussion on how design can translate data-related technologies into meaningful experiences from a human perspective, and how, in turn, data and algorithms are impacting the design process.

Track Chair: Dr Marzia Mortati, Politecnico di Milano

Human-machine collaborations are a reality. Much of what we build entails the co-existence of human and non-human agents and implies (ab)using data as a new design material. This track calls for a collective exploration about the desirable future we might build making virtuous use of data and engaging with diverse forms of artificial intelligence.

18:00 – 19:00
EAD Virtual Cocktails

This is an opportunity to meet conference delegates informally for a chat and to share experiences, please feel free to attend with a glass of something delicious. 

Thursday 14th October

09:30 – 10:00
Informal networking and coffee (via Slack channel)


10:00 – 12:00
Track Session 4: Safe Harbours for Working Safely Together

Thought Leader: Kelly Ann McKercher
‘Who cares? A model of care for co-design’. KA’s talk will focus on a proactive framework for caring for self and others throughout co-design.

Track Chairs: Dr David Perez, Lancaster University, Professor Leon Cruickshank, Lancaster University

This track is an invitation to explore collaborative practices that foster the participation of those excluded. We want to discuss design research initiatives that contribute to creating conditions for collaboration in communities united by practice, geography or needs. 


13:00 – 14:00
EAD Social: Let’s Collaborate

Let see if we can work together, this open session is an opportunity to find people with complementary interests and explore new possibilities for writing, doing and exploring together in the future.

Friday 15th October

09:30 – 10:00
Informal networking and coffee (via Slack channel)


10:00 – 12:00
Track Session 5: Safe Harbours for Reflection and Reorganisation

Thought Leader: Seshmitha Vadachalam
Learn why synthesis or sensemaking is the most important and underappreciated past of research. Includes practical tips and techniques to set up and conduct synthesis sessions with your team.

Track Chairs: Dr David Hands, Dr Sotiris Lalaounis, Dr Ida Telalbasic

The ongoing epochal challenges, such as climate change and socio-economic crises, are impacting organisations and bringing profound transformation across many sectors. This track aims to explore the emerging role design can play towards building strategic resilience in an era of uncertainty. Probing into the future, how can design strategically spur organisations to proactively plan for their long-term survival?


13:00 – 14:00
The Future of EAD

An open Town Hall exploring how EAD will strike out from this safe harbour into future events

14:00 – 14:30
Closing Ceremony

EAD highlights and Closing Ceremony

14:30 – 15:00
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (via Slack channel)

The final EAD Social as you journey home.