Emerging Practices Design Research and Education Conference 2017 is Now Open for Registration

College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

October 9–10, 2017


Conference Theme:

The Social World



Every autumn, the Tongji University College of Design and Innovation organizes a small and highly interactive design research and education conference titled “Emerging Practices” (EPC). In a series that began in 2012, we are now planning the sixth edition of EPC for 2017.


Following the publication of the DesignX Manifesto in 2014, EPC has developed conversations around DesignX topics. Over the past three years, we have expanded the frame of EPC. In 2014, we explored “Developing: Community - Economic - Education - Research - Exploration.” In 2015, we worked on “Design Activism.” In 2016, we focused on “Design in Complexity.” This year, we return to the challenge of complex sociotechnical systems, the original subject of the DesignX Manifesto. Starting with EPC 2017, we will initiate two rounds of conversations. The first, in 2017, considers complex sociotechnical systems from the perspective of society. The second, in 2018, will examine complex sociotechnical systems in the context of technology. To focus on “The Social World,” EPC2017 will cooperate with the DESIS Network.


EPC2017 will focus on society, exploring complex systems by inquiring into social goals, needs, and approaches. We will carry the insights of this year's conference forward in EPC2018 by extending the focus to the technological sphere of DesignX.


Echoing the theme of Tongji Design Week 2017 — “New World” — EPC2017 will specifically invite young scholars from the BRIC countries and developing regions to share their practices and insights on “The Social World.” We also invite leading scholars from around the world to enrich the conversation. EPC2017 will include a special discussion session to develop these ideas.


We invite you to attend EPC2017. We hope that you will join us for two days of participatory interaction, working together in dialogue and the encounter of ideas.


Conference Information


Dates: October 910, 2017


Location: College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai, China


Conference language: English


Conference Registration

All participants need to download and fill in the registration form. Please send the registration form to Email: The registration deadline is September 25th, 2017.


Registration Fee



Registration Fee


Pay in advance

* complete registration and payment before Sep. 25, 2017

General Participant

800 RMB

Includes full conference, lunches, and snacks on Oct. 9-10.

Graduate Student 

500 RMB

Pay On-site

* complete registration before Sep. 25, 2017 and pay on-site via cash

General Participant

1000 RMB

Graduate Student

800 RMB

*Students need to provide the images of their student ID during registration.



1.      Pay in advance

Please inform us of your registration by mailing to after payment of the registration fee. Make sure the bank remittance voucher is carefully kept. You will receive a confirmation message if you have successfully registered. Please indicate your name, organization, and contact information in the message and enclose the bank remittance voucher. If you need an invoice, please indicate in your mail the invoice title and content.


Bank Remittance Information

Beneficiary Bank: Bank of China, Shanghai Branch Yangpu Sub-branch

NO.83 Chifeng Road, Shanghai, 200092, P. R. China

Swift code: BKCHCNBJ300

Beneficiary: TongJi University

Beneficiary Bank Account No.: 433859245525

Please leave the remark “For EPC2017” while conducting bank remittance.


2.      Pay On-site

Registration should be completed before Sep. 25, 2017. Payment could be completed on-site via cash.

Time for On-site Payment: Oct. 9, 2017 (8:00AM-10:00AM)

Location: College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University

NO.281 Fuxin Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai






If you have any question, please feel free to contact us via email:


 Registration from can be downloaded here:





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