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Join us at the EAD2019 PhD Gathering!

#EADPHD is designed for PhD students by PhD students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. In line with EAD values, this event aspires to nurture budding researchers by cultivating conversation, confidence and collaboration. Our team of designers are busy planning a dynamic event full of lively sessions, including:

PhD on a Postcard

In this creative session use collage techniques to represent ideas or elements of your PhD topic on an A5 postcard. Exchange your postcard to continue conversations with the #EADPHD community beyond the conference.

Special Tutorial Session with EAD Heroes and Heroines

Work with EAD Heroes and Heroines of design research to discuss your research presentations with peers, including EAD Founder, Professor Rachel Cooper, and Professors Leon Cruickshank, Tilde Bekker and Martyn Evans.

Demystify the Design PhD

An open discussion with our Heroes and Heroines to explore key themes and common experiences of the design PhD highlighted over the course of the afternoon.

EAD PhD Best Paper Award

Successful PhD papers will be reviewed by EAD Heroes/Heroines, with Best Paper Award being presented to the winning author at the close of the PhD event.

By definition every design PhD must take an untrodden path – which can make the journey every bit as risky as it is worthwhile.

The PhD Gathering – EAD’s first ever PhD dedicated session – aims to demystify the practice and process of the design research PhD. Taking place on the afternoon of Tuesday 9 April – just before the full EAD2019 conference opens – and supported by EAD Heroes and Heroines of design research, we are hosting a nurturing and dynamic afternoon of activities, discussion and community-building.

Peer learning and guidance is crucial to early stage researchers. The PhD Gathering provides PhD students the opportunity to build their peer network and to share and get feedback on work-in-progress research from this community as well as experts in their field.

Our PhD Gathering offers PhD students the opportunity to:

  • Get to know one another in advance of the main EAD2019 conference
  • Build the EAD PhD network
  • Share research and best practice with one another

We welcome international PhD students of all stages from across the design research discipline. Aligned to the main conference theme, Running with Scissors, this special event seeks to celebrate and nurture a strong, diverse international student community, placing emphasis on peer support and learning.


Any PhD student attending EAD2019 may participate in the event; they are to identify themselves as a PhD student during submission/registration.

Successful submissions to the full conference qualify PhD students for a special tutorial session with EAD Heroes and Heroines during the PhD Gathering event. PhD students can share the research which they plan to present at the main conference and gain feedback and advice from their Hero or Heroine. Additionally, PhD student papers will be judged for the first ‘EAD PhD Best Paper’ award, by our EAD Heroes and Heroines of design research.

PhD students who are not presenting at the full conference but wish to participate will not qualify for this particular tutorial but will have the opportunity to observe or share aspects of their current research throughout the afternoon.

Join us


For further information follow our blog posts.
Our contact for the PhD Gathering is doctoral
researcher Sara Nevay: email Sara>
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in
seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust