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RSD11 Sessions: Key info

by | Aug 2022 | SDA blog

RSD11 sessions come in six formats – mostly hybrid, some online or in-person only

The RSD11 programme includes keynote speakers, paper tracks (papers & presentations), activity sessions, workshops, and exhibits. Most will be available both online and in-person, with exceptions based on the presenters’ location or the session’s suitability for an online or in-person experience.

Online sessions offer captions, camera control, and chat options. Please contact | +44(0) 1273 642156 if there’s anything that will help improve your RSD11 in-person or online experience.

Online & In-person

The RSD11 pre-symposium (Day 1) features two distinct programmes – one in-person and one online. RSD11 (Day 2-5) is primarily hybrid (sessions are online and in-person). The programme runs from 09:00 to 18:00, with extended times for workshops starting as early as 06:00 and as late as 21:30. All times are BST.

RSDX panels and workshops are online only. They are open to RSD11 attendees and Systemic Design Association members.

Depending on the day, in-person sessions will be held at one of three locations. RSD11 venues are close to Brighton North Laines and the seafront. All venues are fully accessible (ramps & washrooms) and offer quiet spaces. Coming to Brighton?

RSDX | Monday thru Friday, October 3-9 | online

A unique programme that explores systemic design directions and offers opportunities to apply methods in a systemic design context. RSDX panels and workshops are available at no extra cost to registered RSD11 participants (you will receive a code). RSDX sign-up on Eventbrite.

Day 1 | Wednesday, October 12 | in-person

University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb Campus, Cockcroft and Elm House, BN2 4GJ | MOULSECOOMB CAMPUS MAP

Wednesday features in-person pre-symposium workshops.

10:00 onwards – Walking workshops in central Brighton

12:30-18:30pm – In-person workshops @Moulsecoomb.

Moulsecoomb is Brighton’s biggest campus and student village, home to the School of Business and Law, School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering, School of Applied Sciences and part of our School of Art and Media. Moulsecoomb is two miles north of Brighton city centre. The campus is near Moulsecoomb train station, bus services, and cycle lanes.

Day 1 | Wednesday, October 12 | online

The Wednesday pre-symposium online programme includes three parallel workshop tracks.

Workshop sessions begin at 10:00 and finish at 18:00 BST.

The day also includes:

  • An online discussion of RSD11 exhibits with creators
  • The Systemic Design Association General Assembly from 18:30 to 19:30 BTS


Day 2 & 3 | Thursday, October 13 & Friday, October 14 | hybrid

Ironworks Studios – 30 Cheapside, Brighton, BN1 4GD | MAP

The main in-person programme runs from 09:00 to 18:00.

Online morning and evening sessions: Additional online sessions will run before and after the main in-person programme each day, with times to suit participants in different time zones.

In-person social programme: A range of in-person social events are planned in the evenings (Wednesday-Saturday).

Ironworks Studios is a local Brighton multimedia events space operated by Brighton Pride CIC. Ironworks Studios are multi-configurable spaces that can host virtual and hybrid corporate events. Commercial studio hire and events held at the Ironworks production space contribute to ongoing venue operational costs as well as support their continued development of Pride’s cultural activity in Brighton & Hove. The walk from the main train station to the studio takes just a few minutes.

Day 4 & 5 | Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16 | hybrid

University of Brighton, City Campus, Grand Parade Building | CAMPUS MAP

The main in-person programme on Saturday runs from 09:00 to 19:00, and on Sunday from 09:00 to 16:30.

Online morning and evening sessions: Additional online sessions will run before and after the main in-person programme each day, with times to suit participants in different time zones.

In-person social programme: A range of in-person social events are planned in the evenings (Wednesday-Saturday).

The University of Brighton’s Grand Parade Building is a hub for creatives, with a variety of art and design courses and studios centred there. Grand Parade is also the base for Brighton Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA). Part of the University, Brighton CCA hosts an engaging and exciting public programme including world-class exhibitions, projects, commissions and research by international emerging and established artists. Several exhibitions are running in the Grand Parade and Dorset Place galleries at Brighton CCA during RSD11. Grand Parade Building is a short walk from the main Brighton train station and is easily accessible via many Brighton bus routes.

RSD11 session formats

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers are featured each day. Engagement via chat is encouraged and will be moderated by the host.

Paper tracks

Paper tracks can highlight similarities and create an environment for seeding ideas and making connections. The sessions can also represent divergent views provoking creative tension and heightening complexities. Both papers and presentations might be combined in a session.

Papers are an opportunity to share finished work as a platform for discussion. Papers in a session might have a similar topic or focus so that the discussion can build on the presented ideas; however, they might also be dissonant and open up debate.

Presentations cover new and novel topics, explorations, work-in-progress, and the startup of further research. Like paper sessions, presentations are grouped according to topics, ideas, stage of work, etc.

Authors describe their work in a ~15 minute presentation followed by a moderated discussion open to all participants. These sessions generally cover four to six papers. 

Abstracts and full pre-symposium versions of papers are posted so they can be reviewed in advance of the session. Both papers and presentations are peer-reviewed. Authors can revise their proceedings entries following feedback from the symposium session.

Activity sessions

Activities are 30-minute interactive sessions that provide a space for participants to engage and enact (not just listen to) new ideas and practices. Whereas conventional paper presentations usually begin with a talk and end with (often rushed) questions and comments, this format places interactions amongst participants as the main activities.

10 minutes – Opening, including introductions and scene setting
15 minutes – Activity, with participants getting the chance to interact
5 minutes – Conclusion


RSD11 hosts workshops that open up systemic design practice and possibilities to participants. Workshops are either online or in-person, often using whiteboards, cards, and other manipulatives.

Workshops are generally a small-scale format for a limited number of participants; therefore, only people who have registered for the workshop can attend.


The systems map exhibition is a popular part of every RSD symposium. Maps are presented as an online collection, and some are exhibited onsite.

Maps are primarily of the following types:

  • The National Institute of Design metaphor maps
  • Synthesis maps derived from OCAD University’s MDes
  • Gigamaps developed through the Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Other systems mapping styles and exhibits of works that are not mapping and take other formats are included in the programme.


Final submissions are due on
April 30

Open call for Reviewers
April 1–30

Feedback to authors
June 30

sessions OCTOBER 16–18

RSD13-OSLO & Nordmarka Forest October 22–26

Lidar-derived image of the Danube River and floodplain near Tulln, Austria. Daniel Coe. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED

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