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13th International European Academy of Design Conference, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, 10-12 April 2019 13th International European Academy of Design Conference, RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, 10-12 April 2019


Walks will be an opportunity to take your research and interests out into nature or the built environment, hosting an open-air discussion and-or debate around a topic of interest.

The associated history of walking with philosophy, health, learning, thinking, resolving, daydreaming is well documented and, proposals to lead walks are welcome as part of the RUNNING WITH SCISSORS theme. Proposals can be framed as, and based in research, and should demonstrate a demand or interest for the subject area. Walks should be guided and facilitated, possibly with the ability to sit or ‘cluster’ at geographical places and spaces (e.g. a café, park) along the walk.

We anticipate proposals for walks will be diverse in nature and will fit around four time-frames: dawn, dusk, midday and midnight. Walks can be no longer than 2 hours for dawn; 1 hour 30 minutes for sunset; 1 hour for midday and 30 minutes for midnight walks. Walks will fit around the conference scheduling to ensure they complement attendance and the wellbeing associated with their inclusion.

Please include the following in your proposal:

  • define the purpose of your walk – social activity, research networking and academic dialogue, nurturing wellbeing and-or a sense of place – and detail the context of this.
  • demonstrate a demand or interest for the subject area. For example, is there a community in place already and-or a Special Interest Group? Does it link to one of the Track themes?
  • detail the route of a walk with considerations for accessibility in terms of navigation and orientation. If the proposal is unsuitable for reduced mobility, this should be made clear.
  • detail(s) of any transportation requirements to move participants to-and-from a walk location. The organising committee can help arrange this, however, the walk organiser(s) should cover the cost of travel.
  • careful consideration of timeframes to complement the conference timetable thereby allowing participants to attend all keynotes and the a.m./p.m. sessions.
  • details of the number of walkers and guides
  • commit to producing a short (~500 word) illustrated and-or animated report on the results of the walk for the EAD website.e. a summary of the walk in any media format that captures the essence of the activity, evidencing aspects of the duration, destination and observations from the walk.

Walks can happen at four times in the day throughout the conference, and consideration of the safety of participants when preparing your proposal is crucial. It is advisable to connect with local colleagues in order to consider the best routes.

Ethical consideration for any data gathering from EAD delegates should be arranged by the walker(s).

Proposals of 600 words and a maximum of three images are invited. There are no abstract submissions for these, rather submission is of the final walk proposal only.

DUNDEE’S CIVIL SUNRISE, SUNSET and TWILIGHT TIMES has detailed Dundee’s civil sunrise, sunset and twilight times as:

  • 10 April 2019 – sunrise 06:19 + sunset 20:06
  • 11 April 2019 – sunrise 06:16 + sunset 20:10
  • 12 April 2019 – sunrise 06:13 + sunset 20:12
  • 10 April 2019 – twilight starts at 05:39 ends 20:48
  • 11 April 2019 – twilight starts at 05:36 ends 20:50
  • 12 April 2019 – twilight starts at 05:33 ends 20:53

Walkers will be offered secure places to store belongings during the conference midday walks.

Authors have been notified.

Peer Review

EAD2019 is an international conference for the reporting and conduct of a wide variety of design from researchers, innovators, professional design services and service users. We invite a broad range of research and design projects at every stage of the journey. We encourage the highest standards of scholarship, seeking clarity in terms of context, explanation of methods, and the reporting of results and-or next stage(s) for the work.

Our aim is to support the design community in an enterprising manner and increase the quality of peer reviewing for EAD. All forms of submission, including full papers will be selected through a double-blind review process conducted by an international review panel. The review process for each sub-track of the conference will be managed separately by a sub-chair and their team who will oversee the peer review process for submissions. This will involve inviting and allocating reviewers, resolving any opposing reviews, and making recommendations to the overall EAD 2019 review committee. ConfTool is the primary tool for managing the submission and reviewing process.

Conference Presentations and Proceedings

Authors of accepted papers and all other submission formats are expected to attend and present their work at EAD2019 in Dundee. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.