Design Exchange Partnership Forum
Thursday Oct 20, 2022
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Bakala Auditorium, the Design Museum

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Join the Design Museum’s Future Observatory and the Arts and Humanities Research Council for our Design Exchange Partnership research forum on Thursday 20 October.

Find out more about Future Observatory: Design the Green Transition research opportunities and how to apply to develop design-led solutions to climate challenges facing UK coastal and island communities.

Design Exchange Partnerships (DEPs) are AHRC-funded research projects which bring researchers into collaboration with non-academic partners, such as local council and business, to address the climate crisis. Applications are currently open for funding proposals to form next year’s DEP cohort.

The forum includes introductory talks and application guidance from Future Observatory and AHRC on this year’s coastal communities theme, and a chance to hear 2021-2022’s DEP cohort present their research projects responding to Net Zero+.

This is an opportunity to join the Future Observatory research network and meet fellow green transition design researchers across the UK’s academic and industry landscapes.


Speakers include:

Justin McGuirk, Director of Future Observatory

Samantha McGregor, Head of AI and Design at the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Katherine Mansfield, Senior Investment Manager (Design) at the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Cher Potter, Curatorial Director of Future Observatory


Brunel University and Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, UAL 
and Elvis & Kresse
Creative Computing Institute, UAL and Power to Connect
London College of Communication, UAL and Southwark Council
De Montfort University and Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre
Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow City Council
Ulster University and Western Health & Social Care Trust (WHSCT)
University of Cambridge and PLP Architecture

University of Brighton and Posh Totty Designs
University of Hertfordshire and Harris Tweed Hebrides
University of Hertfordshire and St Albans City & District Council
University of Hertfordshire and Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council
University of Kent and LEAP
University of Reading and Urban Transcripts

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To find out more and apply, please visit refer to our Design Exchange Partnership Research page.