ISDDE Conferences

A major part of ISDDE's work is to organise an annual conference bringing together educational designers from around the world. Conference attendence is open to Fellows and Members of ISDDE, or by invitation.

Next Conference

28 th – 31 st May 2018 at the National University of Ireland, Galway

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Culture and Educational Design

The 14th Annual Conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education will be held May 28th-31st, 2018, at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The conference theme, Culture and Educational Design, highlights the importance of context in principled and participatory, educational design, and the significant influence of culture, the historic, natural and social environs on learning, teaching and assessment.

Continuing the tradition set by previous conferences, the meeting will be intimate and highly participatory. Attendees will enjoy plenary talks by leading educational designers, paper and poster presentations, small group work sessions on pressing problems of practice, and many meals and informal conversations over food and drink, all included in the price of registration. The conference will take place on the beautiful campus of the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Visit the conference website for details & registration

Past Conferences

Berkeley 2017

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Broader Participation in Design

The 13th annual conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education, hosted by The Lawrence Hall of Science, was held from November 6-9, 2017, at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. The conference theme, Broader Participation in Design, was chosen to highlight the twin goals of creating educational designs that allow for broad participation, and also broadening participation within the community of educational designers. The conference took place on the beautiful University of California, Berkeley campus, at both the Faculty Club and The Lawrence Hall of Science.

ISDDE 2017 Conference website

Utrecht 2016

Infrastructuring the Design Continuum

The ISDDE'16 conference took place from September 19-22, 2016 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. It was hosted by the Netherlands National Institute of Curriculum Development (SLO). The conference drew upon the intellectual, experiential, collaborative, and aesthetic opportunities for inspiration afforded by this location and the region.

The theme, Infrastructuring the Design Continuum, refers to designer efforts to develop and implement the human and material resources required for supporting education in and across various system levels.

ISDDE 2016 Conference Website

Boulder 2015

Boulder, Colorado
Boulder, Colorado

Educative Design

The ISDDE'15 conference took place from September 22-25, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the University of Colorado Boulder provided an uplifting natural landscape for presentations, showcase events, and working groups focused on design and development in education. The Boulder community is known for innovation in engineering, technology, science and the arts, and several of these local features were reflected in program options. The conference theme, Educative Design, was selected to convey the educational opportunities in both the process and results of our designs.

ISDDE 2015 Conference Website

Cambridge 2014

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Design in Practice

The 2014 conference took place on 29th September – 2nd October at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK. The conference was hosted by NRICH and chaired by Lynne McClure. For more details, please visit the conference website.

ISDDE 2014 conference website

Berkeley 2013

Inspiring Design

The conference took place from October 7-10, 2013 in Berkeley, California, USA and was hosted by the Lawrence Hall of Science. The conference was chaired by Jaqueline Barber.

Visit the conference website for full details

Utrecht 2012

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Unpacking Design Processes

The Eighth International ISDDE conference took place at the Faculty Club, University of Utrecht, Netherlands on September 11th-13th 2012. The conference was chaired by Peter Boon and co-chaired by Frans van Galen.

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Boston 2011

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Design and Development: Transforming STEM Learning

The Seventh International ISDDE conference took place at the Boston Museum of Science on September 12th-15th 2011. The conference chair was Chris Schunn and the co-chair was Frank Davis.

Visit the conference website for more details.

Oxford 2010

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Designing and Experiencing Products and Processes

The sixth annual ISDDE conference was attended by 48 delegates representing a wide range of educational design expertise from the UK, USA, The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, France, Norway and Israel.

More details.

Cairns 2009

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Principles for Design

The 5th Annual Conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education took place on Monday 28 September 2009 – Thursday 1st October, 2009 at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort in Queensland, Australia.

More details.

Egmond aan Zee 2008

Linking design research to professional educational design

June 29 — July 2, Egmond aan Zee, the Netherlands
Hosted by the Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education.

This conference brought together outstanding designers and design project leaders from a number of countries around the world, including the US, the UK, Australia, Japan and the Netherlands, together with a few people from the agencies which commission or support such work.

For more details, see the conference website at

Berkeley 2007

Principles of Design

The 2007 Conference was hosted in Berkeley, California by the Lawrence Hall of Science, and chaired by Elizabeth Stage.

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Oxford 2005 & 2006

Improving Educational Design

The first two ISDDE conferences took place at Baliol College, Oxford, organised by the Shell Centre for Mathematical Education and chaired by Hugh Burkhardt.

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Oxford 2005.