Submissions, Presentations and Publications

The deadline for submitting abstracts is expired.


Proposals may be submitted for the following presentations at RSD6 using EasyChair by first of May. If you have not used EasyChair, you will briefly set up an account and upload your abstract file (Word or PDF).

We also encourage to submit suggestions for discussion panels and posters or Gigamaps.  See below for a brief description of each category.

Submit an extended abstract of no more than 1000 words provided in Word or PDF format. If a poster, the abstract field in the submission form is sufficient, and a copy of the poster if available. We request all abstracts written in English, with a distinct title, listing all authors and their affiliations, and summarizing the research or a case project proposed for presentation. Inclusion of key images is encouraged.  We will assess your proposal against the following criteria:

  • Fit to themes
  • Significance (Newsworthy)
  • Originality, or creativity in context
  • Balance or depth of design and systemics
  • Maturity (readiness for presentation).

Selections will be informed by June 01.

Presentation Types


Posters / Gigamaps

Posters are encouraged for presenting professional work in progress, theoretical work with high potential interest, and graduate student work of high quality and primarily visual format. The Gigamap category, embracing variations like Synthesis Map, layeres scenario map or similar,  refers to rigorous, studio or research developed system maps in the tradition of Systems-Oriented Design. Posters and maps will be hung on walls or mobile boards in a gallery space. While we do not define a standard size or type of map, the printed format should be at or larger than 36 in x 48 in. RSD6 provides printing resources – ask the organizing team if required.

We consider to have a separate call for entries to the exhibition. This might include objects and vidoes in addition to the posters and Gigamaps. Stay tuned and / or send an email to for questions and suggestions.

Dialogues / Panels

Proposals for dialogue sessions or interactive panels will be considered for track sessions for RSD5. Depending on the topic and its significance, dialogues/panels might be included within longer paper tracks or if of substantial interest, might be considered for plenaries.

Original Research

Original research papers in RSD are not conventional presentations of reports or academic studies. RSD encourages research-based presentations that share novel developments of strong theoretical work, or significant outcomes of rigorous design-led or social science inquiries with a substantial design component. Extended abstracts for presentations should provide enough detail of a study or design-led engagement to evaluate its potential merits for presentation based on the above criteria. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, of high visual quality, and delivered with the expectation for interaction and discussion (additional time will be provided only for discussion). Interactive  presentations (audience interaction within and during delivery) are encouraged but not required.

Case studies

Case studies are 20-minute presentations of completed or ongoing design-led, or design heavy practice-based work conducted by consultancies, students or similar, that share the results and process of a significant outcome involving approaches and methods at the intersection of design and systemics. See the Proceedings for examples of prior case studies delivered at RSD3 to RSD5, many of which are found in the Public Value track. Case studies will be selected based on their fit to the same criteria.


Further development and publications.

The RSD symposia offer an unique publication ladder, that encourages to present and discuss work in progress, and to develop concepts and ideas through dialogue.

The first step of the ladder is the formulation of the abstract

The second step is the presentation and discussions at the symposium. The presentation files will be part of the conference proceedings and it is important to add references to text and images, ad to consider that the presentations should be understandable o their own.

The third step is the call for developing the abstract, presentation and feedback into a working paper. This call has a very short deadline after the conference. The working paper will be part of the conference proceedings together with the abstract, the presentation and other material like sketchnotes and videos.

The fourth step is the development of a research paper to be published in a scientific research paper format.  The call for this will go out after the conference and authors need to be prepared that this is a process that will take some time. Examples of publications are to be found here