Times in GMT. All events to take place via Zoom. Please note that some timings may change in the coming weeks as programme details are finalised

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.

Tuesday 12th October

09:30 – 10:00
Informal networking and coffee

10:00 – 12:00
EAD PhD Gathering

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

Track Chairs:  Dr Noël Palomo-Lovinski, Kent State University
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

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

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 – 15:30
Track Session 3: Safe Harbours for Experimenting with Humans and Numbers

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


Thursday 14th October

09:30 – 10:00
Informal networking and coffee

10:00 – 11:30
Track Session 4: Safe Harbours for Working Safely Together

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

Friday 15th October

09:30 – 10:00
Informal networking and coffee

10:00 – 11:30
Track Session 5: Safe Harbours for Reflection and Reorganisation
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 Best Paper Award


14:30 – 15:00
Planes, Trains and Automobiles

The final EAD Social as you journey home.