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Conference Date : 18th October, 2023

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This biennial conference is organised by European Academy of Design (EAD) to connect with your values, grow your research leadership, and reflect on what is needed to fuel the future of design education. The 2023 conference will be delivered over five one-day events in five cities over four time zones. The conference explores doctoral design research and education and its role in defining agendas for the next 25 years.

Each country hub is focusing on separate themes:

  1. The Discipline of Design – Transdisciplinary Practices (Bilbao, Spain) Monday 16th
  2. Living in the Pluriverse (São Paulo, Brazil) Tuesday 17th
  3. Beyond Human-Centred Design Research (Sonipat, India) Wednesday 18th
  4. Exploring the Social Impact of Design Research (Espoo, Finland) Thursday 19th
  5. Extreme Making (Glasgow, Scotland) Friday 20th

With a single registration you’ll be able to attend the in-person conference at WUD Sonipat and the online conferences in 4 other cities. The in-person event at WUD Campus on October 18th, will have keynote addresses and presentation by more than 25 researchers. Also, in attendance will be about 150 delegates and invitees from major universities of Design across the country, industry, stakeholders, and doctoral students. For design academics and researchers, this will be a not-to-be-missed networking event.

Conference Date/ Venue

  • Date & Time: 18th October 2023, 9.30 AM
  • Venue: Central Atrium, World University of Design Campus, Plot No.1, Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Sonipat, Haryana, India – 131029
  • How to reach : Click on "Directions" below on map to reach WUD.

Organizing Committee

Programme and Conference Chair:
Prof. (Dr.) Sanjay Gupta - Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, World University of Design, Sonipat, India

International Programme Committee:

  • Prof Louise Valentine - School of Fashion, Kent State University, USA
  • Prof Leon Cruickshank – Imagination Lancaster, Lancaster University, UK
  • Dr. Marzia Mortati - Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano
  • Dr Spyros Bofylatos - Royal College of Art, UK
  • Dr Béatrice Gisclard - Alliance France Design, University of Nîmes, France
  • Dr David Perez – Imagination Lancaster, Lancaster University, UK

Sonipat Hub Convener :
Dr. Neena Zutshi – Dean Academics, World University of Design, Sonipat, India

Sonipat Hub Organizing Committee:

  • Dr. Preeti Yadav - Associate Professor, World University of Design, Sonipat, India
  • Dr. Parul Purohit Vats – Dean, World University of Design, Sonipat, India
  • Dr. Shakunpreet Kaur – Professor, World University of Design, Sonipat, India
  • Harsh Mehta – Assistant Professor, World University of Design, Sonipat, India

Keynote & Panel

Keynote Speakers (At Sonipat)

Jay        Speaker: Jay Dhariwal
       Organization: Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
       Title: How can we Change the World through Design Research?

       Jay Dhariwal is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Design, IIT Delhi. His education has been at the frontiers of engineering, architecture and design in     India and the United States. He is passionate about contributing to pressing environmental challenges facing the world through scientific thinking and         interdisciplinary research. He is also incharge of IIT Delhi Makerspace and loves to teach functional prototyping to translate powerful ideas into reality.

Mukul        Speaker: Mukul Goyal
       Organization: Designwise India Pvt. Ltd. Tattva Art Hardware and Studio Mukul Goyal
       Title: Craft in Your Hands: The Interwoven Relationships between Tradition, Materials and Processes for Contemporary Design

     Mukul Goyal's distinctive creative expression successfully walks the line between art and design, aesthetic and function. Mukul sells his products under two       labels Tattva- a range of Hardware & his eponymous label Mukul Goyal, which consists of Objects for the home. The products sell from more than 200 stores in       India & in about 30 countries internationally.
      His Bespoke collaborations of installations, artworks & architectural features find pride of place in prestigious projects for various private and public spaces.The       Studio continues to research and experiment with techniques, language and objects creating an eclectic line of accent pieces viz. furniture, lighting, screens and     artworks. Mukul has studied Engineering at IIT Kanpur, Product Design at NID, Ahmedabad and Domus Academy, Milan. He has taught at various Design       schools such as NID Ahmedabad, RMIT Melbourne, SPA Delhi. Mukul operates out of his studio workshop in Gurugram, India.

Sudipto Mukherjee        Speaker: Sudipto Mukherjee
       Organization: Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
       Title: Towards Developing the Mind's Eye

     "Dr. Sudipto Mukherjee has B.Tech degree from IIT Kanpur in 1985 and his MS (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) degrees from Ohio State University in USA. He started       his teaching career at IIT Kanpur in 1992 and has been at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi since 1997. He has been Prof. Incharge Planning and       Dean Faculty and he is currently the Henry Ford Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    His areas of interest are in Design of Mechanical Systems, Robotics and Impact Biomechanics. He has been on the International Research Council for the       Biomechanics of Impact (IRCOBI). He has over 80 papers in academic journals, 60 patents and has supported several technology-driven startup companies."

Keynote Speakers (Online)

  • Sampsa Hyysalo, Aalto University School of Art
  • Harri Paananen, Aalto University School of Art
  • Lucy Kimbell, Central Saint Martins
  • Rathna Ramanathan, Central Saint Martins
  • Dr. Renata M. Leitão, Cornell University
  • Dr. Stephen Knott, Kingston School of Art
  • Guy Julier, Author Economies of Design (2017); The Culture of Design (2014)
  • Dr. Marizilda Menezes, São Paulo State University
  • Eduardo Arroyo Muñoz, Architect & Planner


Name Institution Affiliation Title of the Paper
Aastha Deshpande World University of Design, Sonipat Beyond User-Centered Design: Moving Forward with Responsible Practice in and Outside Classroom
Abhishek Kumar Srivastava World University of Design, Sonipat A Paradigm Shift from Human-Centred to Life-Centred Design
Dr. Akanksha Pareek National Institute of Fashion Technology, Jodhpur Craft of Temple Services: Pipli
Akshay Bhandral World University of Design, Sonipat Analyzing the Architecture Timeline of India on Social, Cultural and Ecological Parameters to Comment on Future Trends
Chenxi Dong Jiangnan University, People's Republic of China Interactive Design as Mediation for Social Connection Against Loneliness of Vulnerable People
David Sánchez Ruano Tec de Monterrey, Mexico Designing as Nature, Defining an Ontological Path
Gaurav Vaidya Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar Design, Emotions, and Theories of Product Emotion. A Review
Gautam Agrawal New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi Exploring Metaverse from Designing Sustainable Future Perspective
Ghita Ait Bensalah World University of Design, Sonipat The Impact of Socio-cultural Systems on The Animation Industry
John Varghese World University of Design, Sonipat Design for Sustainability, A Craft Based Approach
Komal Gehlatia World University of Design, Sonipat Exploring Opportunities for Fashion Brands in the Metaverse: Embracing Emerging Technologies in the Retail Industry
Lucile Haute Université de Nîmes, France Living with Kombucha, Taste, Feminism, Free Culture, Ritual
Nicolas Marechal Feng-Chia University, Taiwan Transitioning Fitness Habits into Sustainable Practice through the Study of the Green Gym Community
Padamchitt Saxena, Srikar AVR Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad Looking beyond Human Centred Design approach for bettering lives of Construction Workers in India
Sachin Datt Sushant University, Gurgaon Taxonomy of Educational Objectives for Value and Skill Education in Product Design Program
Simer Preet Sokhi World University of Design, Sonipat Exploring Non-Anthropocentric Design Principles in Indian Classical Dance
Siva Ganesh Babu World University of Design, Sonipat Impact of Personality Traits on Collaborative Fashion Consumption: A Review
Tapan Soni Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad Digital Banking Acceptance in Gen X Citizens of Urban India
Tejaswini Rai Sushant University, Gurgaon Defining Human Experience in Virtual Replicated Cultural Landscapes: A Case of Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varansai
Vikas Kumar National Institute of Fashion Technology, Patna Understanding Minimalism and Sustainability
Yun LU Edinburgh College of Art, UK Not knowing with Plants as Animation Practical Strategy


Same Day Agra Tour

Itinerary: (SONIPAT – AGRA – SONIPAT) 275 Kms, Approx 4.5 hrs drive one way.)

0700 hrs: Pick up from conference venue, WUD Sonipat and Drive to Agra via express way.

Taj Mahal 1100 - 1230 hrs: Upon arrival in Agra, visit Taj Mahal - world famous marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the ever lasting memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, It is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love. Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

13:00 - 1400 hrs: Lunch at a deluxe restaurant

Agra fort 1415 - 1500 hrs: Visit Agra Fort which is a huge monument of red sandstone that dominate a bend in the river Yamuna, 2 km northwest of Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal during 1565-1571. The fort contains wonderful mosques and palaces in red sandstone and white marble erected by two generations of inventive builders during the time of Akbar and afterward Jehangir and Shahjahan.

1530 - 1600 hrs: Shopping at Agra which is famous for its marble and soft-stone inlay work, leather goods, brassware and carpets which involve delicate yarn overlays. Semi-precious and precious jewellery in ornate Mughal style is also available.

1600 hrs: Drive back to Sonipat, reach Venue 20:30 Hrs (approx.)

Delhi Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 10 Hrs (Pick up at 9 AM from Conference Venue, Drop back at WUD, Sonipat at 7pm

Visit: The architectural marvels of Mughal Era – Humayun’s Tomb & Qutub Minar. Drive past India Gate and Parliament House. Shopping at the Dilli Haat)

Program Brief

Qutub Minar Qutub Minar complex at Mehrauli. Qutub Minar is the tallest stone tower in India and one of the greatest bequests of Islamic culture. This 72.5-metre-high tower dates back to the 13th century. At its base lies the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the very first mosque to be built in India. A famous iron pillar of the 5th century stands before it, that has remained rust free for 1500 years!

Qutub Minar Humayun’s Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage monument) Built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun, it is an outstanding monument in Indo-Persian style & a precursor to the Taj Mahal.

Drive past India Gate and Parliament House India Gate – the war memorial dedicated to Indian soldiers, who died during World War I. The eternal flame runs on gas and is a tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in the service of the nation.

Delhi haat Dilli Haat (a village market setting), it transports you to the magical world of Indian art and heritage presented through a fascinating panorama of craft, cuisine, and cultural activities. It is the best place to buy Indian handicrafts and textiles.
You can also savour the inimitable flavours of delightful local foods from various regions of India be it the momos from Sikkim or the Bamboo hot chicken from Nagaland, Kahwa & Kebabs from Jammu, Pooran poli from Maharashtra or the Gujrati Dhokla.

Programme Schedule

*Detailed Programme Schedule “Announcing Soon”

EAD 2023 Program Schedule – WUD, Sonipat
18 th October 2023 (IST, INDIA)

09:30 AM Registration
10:00 - 11:00 AM Inaugural Session + Keynote Address I
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Tea
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Paper Presentation Session -I
1:00 PM - 1: 15 PM Poster Presentation
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Keynote Address II & III
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Paper Presentation Session -II
4:30 PM - 5: 00 PM Concluding Session
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Tea

Registration/ Conference Fee

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Fee :

Students: INR7000/-
Others: INR8000/-

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