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Responsible Design: The Launch

DesignLab, part of University of Twente, invites you to the launching event of its Responsible Design research agenda. It will be an afternoon full of inspiring talks and discussions, integrating different disciplinary perspectives for shaping a desirable future. With this event, we aim to introduce Responsible Design and its applications as a research theme at the University of Twente, and inspire scholars, practitioners and students to collaborate in advancing this agenda. 

About Responsible Design

Responsible Design is focused on acting responsibly in a world where technology can create new problems as well as help tackle existing ones. It means to act in an open, reflective and holistic manner in order to respect and care about the world and everything living. It aims to unite, rather than divide, through enabling people to make their own decisions, which requires designers to be open, critical & constructive.

Target audience

This event is meant for scholars, practitioners, and students who are interested in addressing societal challenges through design.


More programme elements and exact times will be announced later.

13:00 | Opening

 Doors open, welcome coffee

13:30 | Opening speech & introduction to Responsible Design W. Eggink (Wouter) is Assistant Professor Industrial Design Engineering and especially interested in the relationships between design, technology, and society. He is the coordinator of the master programme Human Technology Relations. In his research, Eggink approaches human-technology relations both from a Design History perspective and through Design for the Future, supported by Scenario Planning. He has also published extensively on Design Education. Read more:

13:45 | Keynote speech

More information will be published soon.

14:30 | Three parallel workshops on three pillars of Responsible Design

Designers acting responsibly

To be announced soon.

Enabling others in society to act responsibly

To be announced soon.

Producing things that do not destroy the world

by Steven Dorrestijn -

Dr. Ir. Steven Dorrestijn is Philosopher of Technology and developer of the Product Impact Tool. Currently, he is head of the research group Ethics & Technology at Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Deventer/Enschede (in Dutch: Lector Ethiek & Technologie).

15:30 | Coffee break

Break: Coffee and apple pie will be offered

16:00 | Presentations of past and future Responsible Design projects

Two presentations of past research projects by individual students

1st - Queer-Sensible Designing: Challenging Normative Gender through an Industrial Design Practice. - Silas Denz

2nd - Exploring the question of being-in-the-world in the digital age - Jonne van Belle

Pitches of future Responsible Design projects

1st  - Extimacy - expressive biofeedback - Sensory Rooms for the Future of Wellbeing – Kristin Neidlinger, Khiet Truong & Edwin Dertien

2nd - Applying responsible design to infuse employees and citizens in Enschede for adopting the StadUp project and its sustainable mobility services - Arie Paul van den Beukel & Simone Borsci.

3rd - human-machine cooperation and societal impact in the development of a chewing gum removal robot - Maarten Bonnema, Kostas Nizamis

4th - Wellbeing for all, by all: Using dilemmas as a tool for participation in community initiatives. - Deger Ozkaramanli & Bas Denters

16:30 | Debate & time for reflection

Workshop leaders are asked to reflect on their sessions. After, the discussion is open. Moderated by Wouter Eggink

17:00 | Closing

Drinks, snacks and time to make new friends.


Participation in Responsible Design: The Launch is free of charge. We do ask you to register so we can prepare the event accordingly. 

more info

This event is a DesignLab Fellows initiative, co-organised by Dr. Wouter Eggink, Dr. Deger Ozkaramanli, Dr. Nicola Liberati and Cristina Zaga. For more information, please contact: W. Eggink (Wouter)
Assistant Professor

part of #designlab5years

DesignLab 5-Year Anniversary

Responsible Design: The Launch is part of DesignLab's 5-Year Anniversary, celebrated throughout September 2019.

Responsible Design: The Launch