Complex problems of design cannot be solved within the boundaries of a single design or scientific discipline. They require the knowledge and expertise of researchers from various fields of science and design. As a medium of knowledge transfer, conferences open up the possibility of a temporary, intense exchange of researchers of design, humanities, natural sciences and technology. They present current questions, findings, and developments for discussion.

Conferences organized by the Köln International School of Design consider design as a process of generating knowledge and reflecting structures. This perspective aims at both questioning established scientific boundaries and assigning design a new fundamental place between the humanities, natural sciences, and technology. The conferences systematically expand to connect different approaches of design thinking and acting in order to initiate a profound examination beyond subject-specific and technological competences and to focus on socially relevant interdisciplinary issues.

KISD researchers organize conferences, colloquia, and workshops on special design issues as well as on the KISD’s key themes together with the participation of cooperation partners. These events, which are addressed to an interested public, intend to communicate research results, want to establish links between different fields of knowledge, and also present the strengths of KISD’s Integrated Design approach.