Proposals may be submitted for the following presentations at RSD5 using EasyChair by June 19. If you have not used EasyChair, you will briefly set up an account and upload your abstract file (Word or PDF). If a poster, the abstract field in the submission form is sufficient, and a copy of the poster if available. See below for a brief description of each category.

  • Workshops
  • Dialogues / Panels
  • Posters / Gigamaps

Submit an extended abstract of no more than 1000 words provided in Word or PDF format. 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 27.

Presentation Types


RSD will host two sets of 8 workshop tracks of half-day or full-day workshops, allowing for up to 16 workshops, all held on Thursday Oct 13 at OCAD University. Workshop abstracts should follow the same abstract criteria as paper sessions, and will be selected based on their strength and fit to the  themes of the conference.  Please include the following details for evaluation and planning:

  • Title, presenters, and duration (3 hour or 6 hour)
  • Max number of participants, and their level of experience in systems/design methods (Anyone, Mixed skill, Advanced)
  • Purpose/Learning objective
  • Description of workshop process
  • Methods or skills introduced
  • Materials needed or you will provide
  • Any readings or background required

Posters / Gigamaps

Posters are encouraged for presenting work in progress, theoretical work with high potential interest, and graduate student work of high quality and primarily visual format. The Gigamap or Synthesis Map category 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. RSD5 does not provide printing resources, but high quality printing is available reasonably nearby within Toronto, if needed – ask the organizing team if required.

Dialogues / Panels

Proposals for dialogue sessions or interactive panels will be considered for track sessions for RSD5. Because panels require multiple (typically 3) discussants and dialogue conversations require ample time for deep discussion, these proposals will be defined for 45 minutes or an hour. 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. 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 work by the author 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 RSD4 and RSD3, many of which are found in the Public Value track. Case studies will be selected based on their fit to the same criteria.