21st – 24th March 2017
09:00 – 16:00
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

The Research Through Design (RTD) Conference is coming to Edinburgh this year, hosted by the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh College of Art) and Edinburgh Napier University. The conference will take place at the National Museum of Scotland between the 22nd and 24th of March 2017 with the theme New Disciplines of Making – Shared Knowledge in Doing.

RTD supports the dissemination of practice-based research through a novel and experimental conference format, comprising a curated exhibition of design research, accompanied by round-table discussions in ‘Rooms of Interest’. The exhibition will be used as a platform for presenting and demonstrating research processes and outputs, and for generating debate on the role of the design practitioner and their work in a research context.

Speakers for this year’s conference include Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and British Artist Alexander Groves from award winning Studio Swine and Prof. Elisa Giaccardi, TUDelft.

Building on the success of the second RTD conference held in Microsoft Research’s lab in Cambridge in 2015, RTD 2017 is to be hosted at the National Museum of Scotland (NMS) in Edinburgh. This promises to be an exciting venue for exploring new and emerging making disciplines, in a sustainably minded and socially aware community of practice. RTD 2017 offers a unique opportunity for conference exhibits to be juxtaposed with traditional curated NMS artefacts and collections, challenging contemporary and future notions of value and expertise.

This year we are introducing four hands on workshops before the conference examining a mix of disciplines from printmaking to sandcasting, mapping to communication. The workshops will take place across Edinburgh on the 21st March all day. More information on each of the workshops here.

Tickets for the conference are now on sale with early bird tickets available until 6th February (£320 full price, £270 for students). Buy your tickets here.

Full programme for RTD is available here.