Designing Human Technologies 7.0

June 16 to 18, 2019 in Viirelaid, Estonia


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

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 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 great atmosphere for fruitful discussions. Meals and shared rooms and transportation from Tallinn will be provided for up to 20 members of the ICT graduate school. Travel to the island is organised from Tallinn city centre by bus (and boat). The bus will leave Tallinn at 10AM on June 16th and is expected to return at 4PM on June 18th.

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Call for participation

Application deadline: March 1, 2019

Applications are to be submitted online. The application form consists of your contact data, short description of your research topic and a short explanation of your motivation for participating in the course. APPLY HERE >

Notification of admission: March 15, 2019

Notifications are sent by email, and, if accepted, you’ll be given the full programme and further instructions. 20 PhD students will be admitted to the course.

Position paper submission deadline: April 26, 2019

All participants are expected to submit a position paper (up to 6 pages) elaborating on their research problem, research questions, theories, methods and a selection of achieved and/or expected outcomes. Detailed instructions will be sent to all admitted students after March 22.



David Lamas, Tallinn University
Jesper Simonsen, Roskilde University
Vincenzo D’Andrea, University of Trento
Sara Eriksen, Blekinge Institute of Technology
Gunnar Ellingsen, Arctic University of Norway
Kai Pata, Tallinn University
Helena Karasti, University of Siegen
Ilya Shmorgun, Tallinn University
Maarja Pärnpuu, Tallinn University

Local organizers

David Lamas, Tallinn University
Hanna-Liisa Pender, Tallinn University


pender [at] tlu [dot] ee

Organizing institutions

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The course is supported by TU TEE - Tallinn University as a promoter of intelligent lifestyle

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