DHT 7.0


event_note Pühapäev, 16.06.2019 12:00
location_on Viirelaid, Kategooria: Koolitus

The 7th edition of the doctoral course takes place from June 16 to 18, 2019 in Estonia. The three day course is organised by Tallinn University in collaboration with Roskilde University and University of Trento.

Topic of the course

Designing Human Technologies is a broad (participatory) design-oriented research approach with a central human principle of participation and ethical concerns. Common goals of research activities in this field include being constructive and solution-oriented in close dialogue with citizens and users. Deep analysis of how designs are used and enter the daily life of their users as well as innovative design solutions are the core of this course. The human principle includes involving users and main interest groups in the design and evaluation of the ability of design artefacts to meet the goals. Technology is understood in a broad sense including information and communication technologies, sustainable environmental technologies, energy technologies, and technologies for design in urban, nature, or other spatial settings.

Purpose & format

We meet to discuss our experiences in relation to doctoral work in the rich and diverse field of designing human technologies. The course is a blend of lectures and discussions in small groups. Invited lectures by senior academic staff present key theories, methodological reflections and novel approaches within the field. Discussions will take place in groups with of five doctoral students and two faculty members, discussing the position papers of the students. Group discussions will dedicate one hour to each position paper, which will be divided into (max) 10 minutes of informal presentation and 50 minutes of discussion. Students will present each other’s papers not their own paper. In addition, the course provides opportunities for networking with other doctoral students and senior faculty in the field of designing human technologies, thereby enriching relations among those who also attended last year’s editions and providing an entry point for those who did not.


DHT 7.0 will take place on a small island Viirelaid located off the west coast of Estonia. The island offers accommodation for up to 35 people and spacious seminar rooms in small buildings around the lighthouse that provide a lovely atmosphere for fruitful discussions. Meals and shared rooms and transportation from the capital Tallinn will be provided by Tallinn University for up to 20 PhD students.

The full call is available here ( and the application deadline is 1st of March 2109.

We look forward for welcoming you!