Call for PhD Pit-Stop

Second Call for PhD Pit-Stop Proposals

The first batch for PhD Pit-Stop proposals have been evaluated and the researchers have been notified. We have participating PhD researchers from various design disciplines including industrial design, interior design, visual communication design and architecture. The diversity of design disciplines represented and the topics covered in the proposals are truly exciting. We would like to further strengthen the number of participants in each discipline and research interest so that we may engage a large number of supervisors and experts.

We would now like to make our second round of call for the PhD Pit-Stop event. This is a whole-day event that will take place on the 9th of July 2019, Tuesday. This day is followed by the conference presentations between 10-12 July. On the evening of the PhD Pit-Stop day will take place the conference welcome reception.

Deadline for PhD Pit-Stop applications (second round): 12 April 2019, Friday
Notification of Acceptance for PhD Pit-Stop applications (second round): 16 April 2019, Tuesday
Download PhD Pit-Stop application form: DRSLXD19_PhDPitStop_ApplicationForm
Submit your PhD Pit-Stop application to:

PhD Pit-Stop Day: 9 July 2019, Tuesday

Deadline for PhD Pit-Stop applications: 18 March 2019, Monday
Notification of Acceptance for PhD Pit-Stop applications: 25 March 2019, Monday
Download PhD Pit-Stop application form: DRSLXD19_PhDPitStop_ApplicationForm
Submit your PhD Pit-Stop application to:

The initiating episode of the DRS Learn X Design 2019 conference will be a one-day “PhD Pit-Stop” event gathering PhD students and supervisors from various design fields. Whether at the beginning, half-way through, or almost approaching the end, we invite you to participate in this event to present your PhD research, receive individual feedback, explore various dimensions and aspects of PhD research, and share insights from your PhD journey with an international design research community.

The PhD Pit-Stop day will start with short presentations by PhD students, followed by interactive discussions with peers and supervisors. The main event of the day will be the PhD Pit-Stop workshop, where supervisors host PhD students in separate discussion zones dedicated to specific stages, issues and challenges of the PhD research. The scope we will cover throughout the day includes the following, and more:
• What is your PhD research area and how might you problematize it?
• How might you strengthen the theoretical foundation of your research?
• What are the alternative methodologies you can adopt for your research?
• Are you dealing with atypical data analysis?
• Do you have early findings you need help to interpret?
• What are the major insights that you would like to share with your peers?
• What are the academic and non-academic career paths you can follow?

There will be mini lectures distributed throughout the day tackling the tricky aspects of carrying out a PhD research such as time management, overcoming procrastination, adopting a PhD mind-set, clarifying the research approach, and intervention strategies for worst case scenarios.

On the same evening the DRSLXD19 conference welcome reception will be held on METU campus, and the night will finish with a PhD Pit-Stop Party in the city!

Participants’ short presentations will be published in the online conference proceedings.

DRSLXD19 PhD Pit-Stop Registration Fees
PhD Pit-Stop day participation is free for all registered conference participants whose application for PhD Pit-Stop is accepted. Daily participation fees for those who would like to attend the PhD Pit-Stop day only, are indicated in the table below.

Non-memberDRS Member
International90 Euro75 Euro
Local280 TL180 TL
PhD Pit-Stop Day registration fee includes participation in all PhD Pit-Stop Day events, tea and coffee breaks, lunch, welcome reception, and transportation