Submission Categories

PDC 2016 invites submissions in the following categories:

Full Papers: (maximum 10 pages). Full papers should report on original research that advances Participatory Design (PD). As a single-track conference, and the only research conference exclusively dedicated to PD, PDC full research papers have a broad impact on the development of PD theory, approaches and practices. Full papers will be published in the ACM International Conference series. Each submitted paper will be double-blind reviewed by at least 3 reviewers. There will be two rounds of reviewing (see review process). Please make sure your submission is correctly anonymized. Accepted papers should be revised according to the review reports and the language should be checked by a native English speaker.

Short Papers: (maximum 4 pages). Short papers should present original, unpublished ideas and research that advances the field of Participatory Design (PD) or reflect on its potential future developments. As these will be presented and discussed in parallel, thematic sessions, short papers can benefit from a clear scope. Compared to full papers, short papers may offer a more limited discussion of related work, or they may provide a novel design, method or theoretical concept, without a full evaluation or with less detailed explanation. Short papers are reviewed to the same standard as full papers. Each submitted short paper will be double-blind reviewed by at least 3 reviewers. There will be two rounds of reviewing (see review process). Please make sure your submission is correctly anonymized. Accepted papers should be revised according to the review reports and the language should be checked by a native English speaker.

Workshops: (maximum 2 pages). Workshop proposals should describe half-day or full-day sessions on topics that include methods, practices, and other areas of interest related to Participatory Design (PD). They should support an interactive or innovative format wherein active participation is possible and goes beyond a presentation format. These formats could include the mapping of a problem definition, small discussion groups, etc. The proposal must be written in a format that can be used for recruitment via the web. It should justify the need for the workshop and should contain the workshop’s title, its goals, the planned format, methods or techniques used to structure the workshop, its relevance to PD, and a schedule. The duration of the workshop (half day or full day), envisioned participants, maximum number of participants, and important dates (see important dates).

Tutorials: (maximum 2 pages). Half day and full day sessions for teaching conceptual frameworks, methods/techniques, and novel approaches in Participatory Design. The proposal should contain a title, goals, method or technique, its relevance to PD, intended participants and a schedule for the tutorial. We are looking particularly for tutorials with relevance to the conference theme, and the local/societal context of PDC 2016. Please describe in the proposal any handouts or materials that you intend to make available to participants.

Doctoral Colloquium: (maximum 4 page proposal). The doctoral colloquium is a full-day session intended for PhD students working within the field of Participatory Design. It will provide students with an opportunity to discuss issues of concern to them in their studies and receive extensive feedback from the session co-chairs and other student participants. Enrolment is limited and selection will be based on the quality of application submissions, taking into account how the research is related to PD. The aim will be to include a spread of students with different disciplinary emphasis, at different stages of study, and coming from different cultural backgrounds. The proposal should give an overview of the PhD project, including research motivations, questions, methods, and status of current work, major findings and plans for further research.

Interactive Exhibitions: (maximum 2 page proposal). This format allows you to share a concrete participatory design experience in an interactive format during the main conference program. The interactive exhibition format includes submissions of research cases, industry cases, art and design installations or projects. The format involves the multi-sensory presentation of material (visual, audio, physical, etc.) that will be on exhibition for two full days during the conference. And additionally, a set up for 30-minute hands-on mini workshops where an audience of approximately 15 conference participants will be invited into a concrete participatory design encounter. Submissions should include (1) A description of what will be displayed during the conference, and, (2) A description of how you will engage participants in interactions with your material during the 30-minute sessions. Each submission will be peer reviewed for applicability to the PD community, and (once accepted) undergo a process of curation into the final interactive exhibition format. Those submissions that address or explore the theme ‘participation in an era of participation’ will be favoured in the selection process. Submissions can be made in the following categories:

  • Industry Cases: Proposals should report on the use of participatory methods, tools, and/or practices within commercial, non-profit, institutional or governmental organizations. We are interested in a broad range of submissions that explore what a participatory approach means to different practitioners and audiences, which may include ideas, approaches, projects, experimentations or reflections on participation. We encourage submissions from practitioners who might not ordinarily attend the Participatory Design Conference but who are grappling with the complexities of participation or who are experimenting with novel approaches. Cases should highlight the benefits, challenges, and outcomes from the application of participatory approaches and should provide concrete lessons or challenges for others who are interested in applying PD in their organizations.
  • Art and Design Installations: PDC incorporates participatory art and design installations to inspire and innovate, and we invite artists and designers working with any form of interactive participatory methods to submit their projects. The works can take inspiration from visual and digital media, performance arts, installations, communication technologies, touch, sound and any other genres that allow participants to take part or become part of the art piece. Proposals should include a description of the artwork (incl. sketch/design) and interactive exhibition format (above), its relation to PD, and specific requirements for display. Alternatively artists can submit audio or video files describing the project.
  • Research Projects: Innovative and boundary breaking research experiences, reflections and discussions are welcome in this category. Focus of the Interactive Exhibition can include theoretical, conceptual and methodological aspects of the research, and represent individual or collective research endeavours, which could be related to any aspect of Participatory Design. Proposals should integrate reflective and sensory materials, concepts, technologies, etc. into a compelling interactive format.

The Artful Integrators’ Award: We welcome nominations for the seventh Artful Integrators’ Award, to be presented at PDC 2016 in Aarhus. The Award is intended to recognize outstanding achievement in the area of participatory design of information and communications technologies. Where traditional design awards have gone to individual designers and/or singular objects, the Artful Integrator’s Award emphasizes the importance of collaborative participation in design, and a view of good design as the effective alignment of diverse collections of people, practices and artefacts.

For nominations please refer to the instructions provided here:
Instructions for nomination