EPDE 2013

EPDE 2013

Design Education – Growing our Future

Professor Larry Leifer’s conference keynote presentation saved as PDF is available from this Larry Leifer Keynote.


The 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education Conference was organised by the School of Manufacturing & Design Engineering, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), in participation with the Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIG) of the Design Society and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). The conference brought together representatives from education, design practice, industry and government agencies that have an interest in developing new approaches and directions in design education. The conference provided a forum for participants to discuss current educational issues and to identify new approaches, address new challenges and new directions for design education. This was reflected in the conference theme, ‘Growing our Future”. The conference aim was intended to reflect the increasing emphasis on design education as a driver for economic growth and in particular the importance of design in addressing such issues as sustainability, creativity and innovation.  This was reflected within the submissions that provided varied interpretations of the phrase ‘Growing our Future’ in line with the stated conference topics.

Conference Information

Information about the conference including travel and accommodation may be found in the EPDE 2013 Information.


Participation in the conference may take a number of forms:

  • Paper and Poster Presentations
  • Round table discussions
  • Exhibitions
  • Workshops

A description of your proposed contribution should be submitted in the form of a 500 word abstract. The Call for Abstracts is now closed.



Conference Aim

The E&PDE conference will bring together representatives from education and industry who have an interest in sharing new perspectives on design education. The conference will provide a forum for educators, practitioners and students from product development, engineering and industrial design, together with industry to discuss current educational issues and the nature of design education now and in the future. This year’s conference theme is Design Education – Growing our Future and aims to;

  • Provide a broad forum for designers of all disciplines and vocations.
  • Explore how design education may best promote and encourage Sustainable Growth.
  • Seek innovative solutions to a better world through “best practices” in engineering design.
  • Encourage innovation through industrial collaboration.
  • Embed the methodology of design in our curricula.
  • Discuss how design education may best be used to influence economic recovery and growth.
  • Broadening and expanding the student experience through international student exchange.
  • Discuss the role designers may play in influencing our economic and political futures.

These aims will be addressed through the following conference topics

  • Design education in practice
  • Design methodology in education
  • Best practice in design education
  • Technology transfer through design
  • Design education and industry
  • Design education and business
  • Creativity in design education
  • International student collaboration
  • Teaching design methodologies
  • Research networks for design educators
  • Innovation in design education curricula
  • Postgraduate design education
  • Technology in design education
  • Design education and design cultures
  • Learning spaces

In keeping with the inclusive ethos of the E&PDE conference and to broaden the opportunities to link design and business by creativity and innovation other stream proposals are welcomed. We invite you to send your proposals for other relevant topics to [email protected].


How to get to Dublin Institute of Technology

The conference will be held in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland.

>> Please refer to the EPDE 2013 Information for location details.



Details of conference accommodation may be found in the EPDE 2013 Information.



  • Submission of Abstracts (max 500 words) – 7 December 2012
    • Abstracts should be submitted via our conference management system.
    • Details of the submission process may be found here.
  • Notification of Successful Abstracts – 21 December 2012
  • Submission of Full Papers – 22 February 2013
    • Details of the submission process, including the paper template, may be found here.
  • Notification of Accepted Papers – 12 April 2013
  • Deadline for submission of final paper and paper summary for publication – 24 May 2013
  • Deadline for Author Earlybird Registration – 24 May 2013
  • Conference – 5 and 6 September 2013 


Abstract Submission and Handling

For a smooth abstract submission process, follow these steps:

  1. Register in the CMS and create your account.
  2. Once logged in select ‘Your Submissions’ and on the next page ‘ Abstract followed by full paper submission’.
  3. Provide all the abstract information requested and then select ‘Save submission-upload files(s) later’. Your abstract will be stored in the CMS. Your submission must be made by 3th December 2012.
  4. You will also be able to upload your full paper to the CMS. This will be required by TBA.



>>Copyright Form 2013

>>EPDE 2013 Abstract Template

>>EPDE13 Final Paper Template


>EPDE13-Word_Paper Summary Template_FINAL


Registration (not yet active)

Online register for E&PDE13 will be available from May through the Conference Management System (CMS). The link below will take you to the CMS. After having logged in (or created a new registration) select conference registration from the menu items and then follow the instructions.

Conference Fees


Two-day conference fee including publication, lunches, conference supper and reception, excluding accommodation


Two-day conference fee including publication, lunches, conference supper and reception, excluding accommodation for booking and payment prior to 24th May 2013


Two-day conference fee including publication, lunches, conference supper and reception, excluding accommodation for Members of IED and Design Society


Copy of Full Paper Publication ‘When Design Education and Design Research Meet…’


Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about the E&PDE13 conference, please contact;

For all queries relating to papers, programme and registration;

Judith Grace
Education & Training
Institution of Engineering Designers
Westbury Leigh
Wilts BA13 3TA, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1373 822801

Fax; +44(0)1373 858085

Email: [email protected]


For queries relating to local organisation e.g. travel and accommodation;

John Lawlor
Dublin Institute of Technology

Conference Organising Committee

John Lawlor Dublin Institute of Technology
Robert Simpson Dublin Institute of Technology
Ger Reilly Dublin Institute of Technology
Mark McGrath Dublin Institute of Technology
Michael Ring Dublin Institute of Technology
David Tormey Institute of Technology, Sligo
Judith Grace Institution of Engineering Designers
Bill Ion Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIG), Design Society
Brian Parkinson Institution of Engineering Designers
Chris McMahon Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIG), Design Society
Erik Bohemia DESIG
Ahmed Kovacevic DESIG