Organisations

Introduction  There are several national and international organisations that promote design research.


Design Research Society (DRS) is a multi-disciplinary learned society for the design research community and is represented in about 40 countries. The website is a growing design research resource, with publications. (It should be noted that DRS has an active student membership offered at low cost, offers several student awards annually, and promotes a biennial series of international peer reviewed conferences.)
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International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) was established in 2005 as the main global body representing the leading societies of design research. IASDR promotes student activities at its biennial congresses, including a doctoral training workshop.
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Design Society is a UK-based international society that promotes research in engineering design. The society has several special interest groups, and runs a major international conference (ICED) annually.
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Vitae supports the personal, professional and career development of researchers and builds upon the work and activities of the UK GRAD Programme for postgraduate researchers and UK Higher Education Researcher Development (UKHERD) network for research staff.
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UK Committee for Graduate Education (UKCGE) has helpful postgraduate literature broken down into useful headings, and runs several training events each year.
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Cumulus is an international organisation for art, design and media education and research. It is predominantly Europe based, but hosts conferences around the world with published proceedings.
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