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Author's Guidelines and Dates

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Author's Guidelines and Dates
Important Dates

Extended deadline for Abstract and Hyper Poster submission: 11th June 2023 at 11:30 AM (GMT+3)

Acceptance/Rejection: 3rd of July 2023

Submission of Final Extended Abstracts and Hyper Posters based on comments from reviewers: 28th of August 2023 at 11.59 PM (GMT+3)

Full paper submission opens for CIJ (optional): the 3rd of July 2023

Submission deadline for CIJ full paper (optional): 28th of August 2023 at 11.59 PM (GMT+3)

Conference presentations: 5th - 6th of October 2023

Conference Themes
Conference Themes

The Design Factory Global Network is diverse as a passion-based network. We value exploring different perspectives, practices, and pedagogies to solve complex challenges. We welcome submissions that explore how design thinking and practices can be infused with new meanings and approaches using the concept of multiplicity. We also encourage contributions that demonstrate how diversity and multiplicity can foster design and innovation that are more responsive to diverse perspectives and needs. What to know more? See below the inspiring words from the Scientific Advisory Board about the DFGN-R'23 - Designing for Multiplicity.

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Some of the major topics that occupy the discourse of design and innovation in recent years refer to challenges of inclusivity, diversity, sustainability, equality, and social justice. While there are numerous approaches towards these topics not only within the field of design and innovation but also in other fields (i.e., economy, education, sociology, anthropology), we’d like to suggest that one of the common denominators of all these discourses lies in the theoretical-philosophical-practical concept of multiplicity.

Multiplicity has no one confining definition. The power of this concept lies in its ability to resist the ‘one’. Western thought has habitually privileged the one through notions of identity, essence and static existence (Przedpelski and Wilmer, 2020). The concept of multiplicity, on the other hand, undermines these assumptions and interrogates their derivative patterns. It challenges Western traditional preference for unity and logic, and resists the type of thinking that undervalues difference, diversity, becoming and becoming other. Multiplicity can be viewed as a ‘substantive noun’ that refrers to ‘an organization belonging to the many as such, which has no need for unity to form a system’ (Deleuze 1994).  It is related to variously formed matters, it allows the exploration of de-territorialization, of creating assemblages, strata, unexpected connections, and horizontal logic (in contrast to the usual vertical thinking).


We refer to multiplicity as a generative force and a pragmatic tool that may allow some paradigm shiftings. It has the ability to overcome binary logic and dichotomous divisions while combining practical real-life vectors such as design and education to advance pressing challenge trajectories of climate change and public good in social innovation (Council, 2021). Design, as Holmes (2018) observes, has a profound social impact: ‘the people who design the touch points of society determine who can participate and who’s left out’. This ‘cycle of exclusion’ is related to economic growth, to business success, and to the collective and individual well-being. The process of acknowledging multiplicity for design and design thinking, education and innovation, may help us not only to be better designers, innovators and educators, but also to fulfill Holme’s ethical inclusive imperative.


By adopting multiplicity as a way of thinking and designing, we can overcome binary categories; challenge static points of view that tend to focus on one dimension; explore complexities; and replace molar approaches with molecular series of actions, movements, flows, and gestures.

The Design Factory Global Network is, in a way, already multiple. As a passion-based network, we acknowledge the challenges and benefits of exploring diverse perspectives, practices and pedagogies to increase the chance of working towards solving challenges beyond the remit of a single solution, practice or discipline (such as net zero planet and rights to equality as per sustainable development goals and tenets of the World Health Organisation).


We invite submissions exploring how design-driven thinking and practices can gain new meanings and approaches using the multiple as a way of thinking; how design can support the creation of a more inclusive and achievement-oriented learning environment; how inclusivity can be upgraded by interaction with the concept of multiplicity. We invite provocations as to how the concept of the multiple may allow novel or hybrid methods and paradigms; how it affects paedagogic approaches to design and innovation; and how it may be used to generate radical innovation. We welcome contributions showing how multiplicity and diversity can foster design and innovation that are more responsive to diverse perspectives and needs.

Authors are welcome to submit their research on the following sub-themes:

  1. [EDUCATION] How is the multiplicity of teaching and learning in higher education expanding one's capacity for innovation?

  2. [CULTURE] How is design-driven education contributing to creating a more open culture, embracing ethics and design of the multiple?

  3. [TECHNOLOGY] How are new technological advancements shaping education, inclusivity and multiplicity?

Additional topics may include:


  • Strategies for incorporating multiple lived experiences and needs into the design process.

  • Managing diversity in design teams

  • Teaching and learning empathy from the perspective of the multiple

  • Design for Everybody: inclusive and universal design principles

  • Multiplicity and design for the Earth: leveraging diversity to increase the social, ethical and environmental sustainability of design

  • People first: How can the future generation of global innovators use concepts of multiplicity, flows, and horizontal thinking and who are the educators that can foster their passion and skills.

  • Multiple spaces, places and inclusive learning environments for work and play

  • Dissolving disciplinary distinctions or forming new ones to forecast the challenges of the 22nd century.

  • Creativity and critical thinking for uncertainty, ambiguity and unknown future skills. Managing up, down and sideways, negotiating diversity in innovation ecosystems

Contributions Format

For the DFGN.R Conference, authors are welcome to submit two different types of contributions:

Please mind that Experiential Contributions are not accepted for the Full Papers submission process

Research Contribution

The primary method for reporting and presenting scientific knowledge is through research contribution. Authors are required to submit an extended abstract of 1500 words, reporting:

  • Empirical findings obtained through testing of models and hypotheses using various research methodologies.

  • Theoretical and critical essays.

  • Literature reviews.

  • Experiments.

  • Case studies.

Advancing scientific knowledge depends upon research. It is through research that new discoveries are made, and existing theories are tested and refined. The extended abstract, which is no more than 1500 words in length (excluding references), is the primary medium for reporting and presenting scientific knowledge. The extended abstract should include the following sections: Introduction, Theoretical Background, Method and Data, Results, Discussion and Conclusions, References. The review of the abstracts is managed by the DFGN.R Scientific Advisory Board and a team of reviewers. The DFGN.R Scientific Advisory Board and a team of reviewers, will assesses the quality and significance of research presented in the abstracts. Upon acceptance of the abstract, authors may submit a full paper that expands on the ideas presented and provides a more detailed account of the research. The full paper should be no more than 3000 words and will be considered for publication in a special issue of CIJ (to be published on December 2023), an interdisciplinary journal that publishes research in a wide range of fields. Please note that full papers will not be included in the conference proceedings.

Experiential Contribution
(Not eligible for Full Paper submission process)

The Experiential Contribution offers an opportunity to experiment with non-traditional formats for sharing research ideas and contributions related to the conference theme. The objective is to prioritise knowledge sharing through experiential, emotional, or aesthetic means.

Experiential papers allow for personal observations, reflections, and ongoing research on a range of topics without relying exclusively on academic sources and citations. These contributions can explore a broad range of subjects, from events and activities to designs and ideas. Submissions may include works of art, multimedia formats such as creative videos and graphic design artefacts, short films and documentaries, artistic renditions and crafts providing metaphors or allegories, prototypes, storytelling, data and knowledge visualisation, and anything else that is too crazy to list here.

Hands-on experiential workshops are also encouraged. These workshops will provide participants with the opportunity to engage with the conference theme and explore creative solutions to challenging problems. Note that all artefacts should be submitted in digital format. The digital submission for the Experiential Contribution must be in a Hyper-Poster format that prioritises visual impact and is accompanied by a content description of 200-250 words. Multimedia elements such as animations, videos, audios, or embedded virtual objects that can be accessed through QR codes should also be included. The experiential description should include the following elements: title, author's name, keywords, research objective(s), description of the work, research value, and implications.

The presentations for artefact contributions should not exceed 7 minutes, and hands-on forms of experiential workshops should not exceed 1 hour. In summary, the Experiential Contribution track offers a unique opportunity for contributors to think outside the box and explore new and creative ways to share their research ideas and contributions.

Template for presentation
Templates and guidelines for the presentation

Each presentation is 10 min long and will be

followed by a 15 min discussion.

We have created templates for your presentation during the Conference, and authors should use the template provided and follow the guidelines. Together with this, we ask authors to send their presentations in advance.

Please submit your final presentation in PPT format by Monday, the 2nd of October on EasyChair Platform:

  1. Login to your EasyChair account with the credentials that you used when uploading your contribution.

  2. Press the role ‘Author’ right next to ‘DFGN.R 2023’

  3. Press the magnifying glass icon under the view column.

  4. You should see all the information regarding your submission on this page. Please upload your presentation in the "Presentation" section.


After a reviewing process, contributions have been categorised into six themes: 

  1. Design Thinking & Pedagogy in Higher Education

  2. Exploring multiplicity and diversity in media and materials

  3. Organizational design for multiplicity and diversity

  4. Re-Thinking for research and innovation

  5. Sustainability: Exploring Diverse Futures

  6. Technology Adoption and Transformation

Each theme has a different layout for the presentation, meaning that you must use the layout of the theme you have been assigned to.

To know the template you should use, please download the file below:

Registration &
Participation Fee

The fee for attending the 2-day DFGN.R Conference is:

  • 150€ For Authors (including dinner)

  • 100€ For Authors (excluding conference dinner)

  • 75€ For external participants (excluding conference dinner)

  • 125€ For external participants (including dinner)

  • 50 € For dinner only guests (invited by authors; spouses, mascots, friends)

  • 40€ For students (bachelor and master)

  • 65€ For students (including dinner)

Please note that conference attendance is included for attendees of the "International Design Factory Week 2023."

For registration and more information about the process and the event, click on the button below.

Paper Submission Process

Pape Submission Process

All authors are welcome to publish their Extended Abstracts and Hyper Posters in the conference proceedings. After confirmation of extended abstract acceptance, authors may submit a full paper of no more than 3000 words that expand upon the ideas presented in the abstract to be considered for a special issue of CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation (CIJ). Please refer to the steps below to understand the paper submission process. Note that the full papers will not be published in DFGN.R 2023 Conference Proceedings.

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Step 1: Submit 1500 word extended abstract / and Hyper Poster with 250 words description (Extended Deadline: 11 June 2023)

Step 2: Receive acceptance/rejection (3rd July 2023)

Step 3: Full paper submission opens. (3rd July 2023)

Step 4: Author registration and payment of the conference fees (Deadline: September 2023)

Step 5: Submit revised abstract and hyper poster (Deadline : 28th August 2023)

Step 6 (optional): Submit full paper for consideration of the CIJ's special issue (Deadline: 28th August 2023)

Step 7: Presentation at the DFGN.R conference (5-6 October 2022). Note that presentations will be submitted beforehand.

Step 8: Review of full papers by the editorial committee. Selection of papers that will be considered for publication in the special issue of The CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation. (September 2022)

Step 9: Publication of selected papers in the special issue of CIJ (December 2022)

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