Given the high number of requests from researchers, UD’22 will accept the submission of abstracts until May 30th, allowing the submission of full papers after the event, until July 31th.

Abstracts will be selected from a double blind peer review. They should be submitted through the easychair platform, with a limit of 500 words (ES/PT or EN).

Only full papers will be included in the proceedings book.

The 8th edition of UD’22 – PhD Design Conference will take place between June 30th and July 1st, 2022 at the Department of Communication and Arts of University of Aveiro.

UD’22’s central theme is Metamorphosis, a concept essentially defined as the visible alteration or change in structure or form.

The event will take place in a blended model, allowing both authors and audience to remotely attend the conference, if needed. We accept papers in Portuguese, English and Spanish

UD’22 central theme is Metamorphosis; a concept essentially defined as the visible alteration or change in structure or form. In Biology the term is comprehended as a process of considerable change to which some animals are subject in post-embryonic development, particularly common in insects.

Activated by environmental signals, pressure and temperature, this metamorphic process is a developmental adaptation strategy to the environment in which it is inserted. Thus, adjusting to new conditions is a slow and gradual process, as opposed to the speed that adaptations to survival requires, presenting this topic a rich field for dialogue regarding the Design role in changing its own forms.


  • FORM

Informare / To embody, to grant shape

To approach the metamorphosis in the prototypical manifestation of forms.

Discuss the practical processes in creating/apprehending forms.

Dialogue the contemporary doing in the Design project.

Elaborate considerations about its dimensions, weaknesses and strengths.


Informare / To model, to discuss

Debate the theoretical foundations.

Literature work, expand the dialogue about what has already been done.

Assign new meanings and contributions.

Approach theory, communication and literature review in Design.


Formulae / To manifest, to expose, to sketch

Present the construction of new theories in Design.

Sketch the expression of developing paradigms.

Call for Papers

The papers submission should be done through the EasyChair conference platform, following the link below: link

The Scientific Commission will evaluate all submitted papers in a double blind peer-review system. Accepted papers will be invited to become a part of the conference panels and will be presented as an oral communication (approximately 10 minutes).

Presented papers will then be featured in the conference proceedings book (digital format) with its own ISBN, available for free on a date to be established by the Organizing Committee after the end of the conference.

Only papers presented at the conference will be included in the book of abstracts and conference proceedings.

On EasyChair each proposal should be submitted by filling the following information:

  • Title of the Paper (EN);
  • Abstract up to 300 words (EN);
  • Up to 5 keywords (EN);
  • Selection of one submission areas (the Organizing Committee might change the submission area of a paper, if considered suitted).

And then attaching the paper in Word format (.doc/.docx) following a template that can be download directly from the website here. Artigo_Paper_UD22docx

  • Title of the Paper (EN);
  • Abstract up to 300 words (EN);
  • Up to 5 keywords (EN);
  • Full paper up to 3000 words;
  • References following the APA

At this stage the submitted papers in Word format must not feature any sort of identification of its author(s), as it will result in exclusion from the conference.

1st Call For Papers

03/04 — 04/04 2022

2nd Call For Papers

04/05 — 05/04 2022



Notification of Selected Proposals

1st Call For Papers


2nd Call For Papers


* under special circumstances, a 3rd Call for Papers may be opened


Keynote Speakers

Gjoko Muratovski

Dr. Gjoko Muratovski is an award-winning designer, researcher and innovation consultant working with a wide range of universities, Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and various governments from around the world. Throughout his career he has held numerous leadership and high-profile appointments at various academic and professional institutions. He also served as a member of various thought-leading organizations such as the Forbes Councils, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, Oxford Digital Leaders Network, and the Yale Higher Education Leadership Summit. By combining design thinking, social sciences, and cultural theory with lean business principles and evidence-based research, he helps organizations become human-centric, more efficient, and future-proofed.

Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton is the Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (MICA). She has authored and edited numerous books on design processes, including “Thinking with Type”, “Graphic Design Thinking”, “Health Design Thinking”, and “Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers”. As a curator at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City for thirty years, she organized numerous exhibitions, including “Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master”, “Face Values: Understanding Artificial Intelligence”, “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision”, and “Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics”. She is an AIGA Gold Medalist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.



Early Bird before 05/30

Authors 50€

Public 25€

Students 10€

After 05/30

Authors 50€

Public 35€

Students 20€

P­ayment of registrations must be made by bank transfer and the respective proof sent to the email ud22@ua.pt, with the following data:

Designation (if public entity – Institution’s commitment will be required)

TIN (Tax Identification Number)




The bank transfer must be made to the following

IBAN: PT50003503610000288533045

With the following description:

UD22_Participant name



Francisco Providência

Vasco Branco

Adriano Pinho

Alexandre Guerreiro

Cátia Monteiro

Fábio Pereira

Mariana Santana

Olivia Matni

Rita Carvalhas

Scientific Comittee

Afonso Borges | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Álvaro Sousa | ID+ | University of Aveiro 

Ana Rita Coelho | ID+ | Polytechnic Institute of Porto

Ana Thudichum Vasconcelos | University of Lisbon

António Lacerda | University of Algarve

Augustin Frances | Complutense University of Madrid 

Bernardo Providência | University of Minho

Carla Paoliello | University of Beira Interior

Catarina Moura | University of Beira Interior

Cláudia Albino | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Claudia Sarmiento | University of Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano 

Demétrio Ramos | ID+ | IPCA 

Eduardo Noronha | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Elisa Bertolotti | ID+ | University of Madeira

Emanuela Bonini Lessing | Università Iuav di Venezia

Fátima Pombo | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Federica Dal Falco | Sapienza University of Rome

Feđa Vukić | University of Zagrev

Francisco Providência | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Graça Magalhães | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Gonçalo Gomes | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Helena Barbosa | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Inês Guedes Oliveira | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Inês Secca Ruivo | University of Évora

Ingrid Wanderley | UNIBRA 

Joana Quental | ID+| University of Aveiro

Jonathan Woodham | University of Brighton

João Mota | ID+ | University of Aveiro

João Vilnei | Federal University of Ceará

José Bártolo | ESAD Matosinhos 

José Carneiro | ID+ | University of Porto

José Vicente | University of Évora

Jorge dos Reis | University of Lisbon

Julie Pires | Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Júlio Dolbeth | ID+ | University of Porto

Lucy Niemeyer | Rio de Janeiro State University

Luís Ferreira | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Luísa Ribas | University of Lisbon

Leonardo Ventapane | Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Maria Àngels Fortea | BAU College of Arts & Design Barcelona 

Maria Loschiavo dos Santos | University of São Paulo

Maria Teresa Cruz | NOVA University of Lisbon

Marlene Ribeiro | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Mário Moura | University of Porto

Miguel Terroso | ID+| IPCA 

Miriam Reis | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Nuno Dias | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Olinda Martins | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Paula Trigueiros | University of Minho

Pedro Amado | University of Porto

Pedro Bessa | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Pedro Carvalho de Almeida | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Priscila Arantes | University Anhembi Morumbi 

Rafaela Noro Grando | University of Beira Interior

Raul Cunca | University of Lisbon

Rui Costa | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Sandra Gonçalves | University of Lisbon

Sara Velez Estevão | University of Beira Interior

Silvina Félix | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Soraia Ala | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Susana Barreto | ID+ | University of Porto

Susana Gonzaga | ID+ | University of Madeira

Suzana Dias | ID+ | IPCA 

Steven McCarthy | University of Minnesota

Teresa Franqueira | ID+ | University of Aveiro

Tiago Navarro Marques | University of Évora 

Violeta Clemente | ID+| University of Aveiro

Vasco Branco |ID+| University of Aveiro

Wellington Júnior | Federal University of Ceará