Welcome to Senses & Sensibility 2019
in Lisbon, Portugal!

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 10th UNIDCOM/IADE International Conference Senses & Sensibility – Lost in (G)localization, to be held 27-29 November 2019, in Lisbon, Portugal.
This biannual conference, organized by UNIDCOM/IADE and hosted by IADE – Universidade Europeia, aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to present their research, explore contemporary agendas, discuss emerging directions and future challenges that are at the forefront of design research. This event will also serve to celebrate UNIDCOM’s 20th anniversary and IADE’s 50th anniversary. The conference theme – Lost in (G)localization, will foster new thinking towards a compelling, meaningful and radical dialogue regarding the role that design plays in addressing societal and organisational issues. Glocal became popular during the 1980s, being one buzzword of the beginning of the nineties’. Glocalization, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica[1], is “the simultaneous occurrence of both universalizing and particularizing tendencies in contemporary social, political, and economic systems. The term, a linguistic hybrid of globalization and localization, was popularized by the sociologist Roland Robertson[2] and coined, according to him, by Japanese economists to explain Japanese global marketing strategies. (…) In the marketing context, glocalization means the creation of products or services for the global market by adapting them to local cultures.” More than 30 years afterwards, the notion of glocalization still entails an interesting and pertinent question for design, which this conference aims to discuss:
How to design for the interconnectedness of global and local events in an increasingly fluid world[3]?

[1] Blatter, J. (2013). Glocalization. In Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/topic/glocalization

[2] Robertson, R. (1995). Glocalization: Time-space and homogeneity-heterogeneity. In M. Featherstone, S. Lash & R. Robertson (Eds.), Global Modernities (pp.25-44). London: Sage Publications.

[3] Manzini, E. (2019). Politics of the Everyday. London: Bloomsbury

Book of Proceedings


We invite proposals for long and short papers, as well as workshops and “tales from the field”. A selection of the best papers will be considered for publication as book chapters of a volume to be proposed to Springer. More than discussing the very idea of globalization and all the tension associated with it, we would like to discuss the relation between local and global in the design context, in terms of the following tracks:

Design for Diversity and Inclusion

An inclusive approach to design strives to create equitable products and services by embracing the opportunities and challenges presented by a diverse population. Human-centred thinking is key to delivering solutions that are accessible but that also provide enriching and engaging experiences for as many people as possible, regardless of age, gender and (dis)ability. This track aims to be a forum for reflection on best practices in inclusive design, in both its global and local dimensions.


Nuno Sá Leal, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Paula Trigueiros, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Regina Heidrich, Universidade Feevale, Brazil

Design for communication and branding
Communication design can well be framed as the heartland of effective communication. Brands are the result of a communication design exercise and their impact on lifestyles, either in terms of behaviour change or adaptation, ways of communicating, or one’s own perception of the human condition and the world, is well established. On the other hand, research fulfils the purpose of questioning, understanding and transforming the world. Such positioning shapes the central question for this track: How can brands engage with ground-breaking communication design to transform the world we live in for the common good?

Daniel Raposo, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, Portugal
Fernando Oliveira, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal
Catarina Lélis, University of West London, UK

Design for culture

Culture and design share a space of reified ambition. Design for culture extends the enquiry into the intention embedded in the programme of artefacts and communications, to the broader web of interactions in which they move. 
Design practice experienced over the last three decades a transition from a culture of service to one of self service (Axel et al, 2018). The resulting fragmentation of its remit into a series of highly localized spheres of action makes now the practice of design both successfully universal and semantically slippery. Every taxonomy of design disciplines is inevitably contextual and temporary.  
The semantic and symbolic values with which design is invested fluctuate while artefacts experience their life cycles. In the process, these things of material or immaterial design are actively inscribed with meaning, but they are also unwittingly imbued with records in a forensic fashion. As research on design trains its lens on the territory that lies between things and other things, as well as between things and people, this very in-between space reveals itself as a continuous environment of information waiting to be decoded. 
This panel invites contributions on themes including and not limited to: design and cultural industries; history of design cultures; design and information; design practice as facilitation in material and immaterial heritage; data cultures; memory between tradition and innovation. 


Maria Helena Barbosa, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Maria Helena Souto, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal
Gabriele Oropallo, London Metropolitan University, UK

Design for education

A significant challenge for design education is making impactful connections with wider societal and organizational issues while incorporating cross-disciplinary knowledge, and at the same time remaining pertinent and relevant to local concerns. This track would like to explore ways of fostering the connections between design education, practice and research aiming to better understand the relation between local and global within the educational context. Research at both the macro and micro levels, as well as the bridges between them, are welcome. 


Naz A G Z Börekçi, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Nico Souleles, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Violeta Clemente, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Design for empathy, engagement and fun

The culture produced by the media arts has been responsible for the creation of human experiences that the mere nature or even the direct relation between human beings could not simulate or provide any experience in the course of one singular life. These experiences are triggered by what we call artefacts, works generated by humans, which, although created as autonomous artworks, always aim at establishing a relationship between subjects — creators and recipients — without which the experience would not exist. Today, there is a lot of talk about the “empathy deficit” in our contemporary society, but is this problem related to the fact that we are interacting with artefacts? Invoking empathy in different experimental and social contexts may mean that we are not talking about the same thing. In the Design community, especially among agile and UX Designers, the use of empathy maps has become paramount in their quest to advocate on behalf of the user. How do we create a shared understanding of empathy, engagement and fun, when we know that these are not simply „user needs“ but genuine human qualities? This track intends to attract discussions, model presentations and projects aiming at developing new types of experiences and relationships between humans and artefacts.


Nelson Zagalo, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Thomas Behrens, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal

Design for health and wellbeing

Challenges in design for health and wellbeing are related to becoming acquainted with the culture of clinical practice, research and standards, conducting fieldwork and addressing vulnerable user groups. This track welcomes contributions addressing i) case studies, ii) challenges and lessons learned from the field, iii) design research methods, iv) user studies and knowledge production practices, v) the relationship between design and health research and industry, vi) how to accelerate the translation of knowledge into industry, and vii) analysis of literature in the field.


Paul Chamberlain, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Teresa Cotrim, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Ana Correia de Barros, Fraunhofer Portugal Research Center for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions, Portugal
Louise Kiernan, University of Limerick, Ireland

Design for innovation, management and services

Innovation, services and management are now accepted areas of design research and design practice. All three areas cross from private into public organizations, concern business, public sector and social innovation; reach from design management to public management and challenge us to envision what a service may mean, look and feel like in a rapidly changing world dominated by digitalization and sooner rather than later, artificial intelligence.  
The track “Design for innovation, services and management” seeks contributions from authors who link research in service design with research in design management and one or more areas of innovation (business, public sector, or social). We are interested in looking more closely at: (i) the role of human-centered design in this; (ii) the implications, regard (or disregard?) of Sustainable Development Goals; (iii) emerging new areas of practice and research (i.e. design for policies); (iv) the overall body of knowledge (literature) that exists; (v) the gaps in research and literature.


Sara Gancho, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal
Paulo Maldonado, Universidade de Évora, Portugal
Sabine Junginger, Hochschule Luzern, Switzerland

Design for new materials and new manufacturing technology

Materials have always played a key role in the design process. Through them designers were able to express themselves and give shape, function and meaning to design ideas. If, at one time, materials and technologies were reasonably well known and stable, today, both worlds are characterized by dynamism and fast evolution. Nothing can be taken for granted anymore, and almost everything seems possible. Both yesterday and today, however, materials emerge as cultural expression and details that characterize a society – and therefore any reflection upon them cannot be set apart from a wider (social and cultural) framing. The track “Design for new materials and new manufacturing technology” aims to illuminate the role of materials in the present as well for the nearby future. Focus will be set on a broader scope the planetary social changes highlighting the relation between local and global in the design context. The track would like to explore, but is not limited to, the following topics: (i) materials and technologies for social changes; (ii) local materials and technologies; (iii) alternative sources for future materials; (iv) tools for materials selection; (v) challenges in the design of materials identity.


Manuel Benito Martínez Torán, Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia, Spain
Valentina Rognoli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Pedro Oliveira, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal
Markus Holzbach, Offenbach University of Art and Design, Germany 

Design for product use and experience

Understanding product experience has become an important fact in product design. Designers are not only focusing on use and aesthetics of a product but also experience and emotions. In this sense, this track considers theoretical, practical and/or case studies papers that present some of the following topics: Design thinking, design philosophy, and design process; evaluation/comparison of methods and techniques of UX; qualitative and quantitative measurement and evaluation of usage and UX; international standards in usability, accessibility & UX; new methods and innovative ways to present results of user surveys; cross-cultural products, emotional design.


Hande Ayanoglu, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal
Francisco Rebelo, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Claudia Mont’Alvão, PUC, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Design for self-reflection, imagination and disruption

Critical and speculative design can be an effective tool for exploration – both of the society and of the design discipline itself. It can also have a strong emancipatory effect on the designer, leading to more ethical and sustainable design practices. The change can be achieved by means of disruption, ambiguous inputs, quiet questioning or in many other ways, as the method is dependent of the circumstances and the expected outcomes.
Design for self-reflection, imagination and disruption aims for a rational reflection on the challenges emerging from contemporary society. Whilst drawing creative solutions supported by rational processes, it disrupts reality as we know it, improving human / community experience.
This track welcomes new ideas – as well as real-life experiences to learn from – on how to foster a productive self-reflection and promote imaginative approaches in design. We are also eager for contributions that would allow us to discover the outcomes of said approaches.


Ricardo Loução, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal
Cristina Caramelo Gomes, Universidade Lusíada, Portugal
Liene Jakobsone, Art Academy of Latvia, Latvia

Design for social innovation, circular economy and sustainability

Design for social innovation and design for sustainability usually walk hand in hand. However, design for social innovation differs from design for sustainability in the sense that the latter tends to have a more technical approach to the intervention and construction of the artificial world, whilst the former tends to have a more “liquid” and enabling intervention in the way people organize and are called to act on behalf of a common well-being. This track aims to inspire scholars and practitioners to rethink and pursue the fundamental idea that the circular economy fosters the conditions for innovation and creativity in order to develop (g)local solutions to meet social, eco-friendly and economic needs.


Isabel Farinha, IADE – Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Teresa Franqueira, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Robin Teigland, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Design for tech and digital interactions

Nowadays, technologies play a significant role in shaping the ways people experience the world. Technological artefacts may thus be seen as arguments about how people may lead their lives. Design is, in this sense, an activity that thinks beyond the materials in order to shape technology to better suit people’s needs but also enable people to understand and use novel artefacts. Following this year’s theme, this track is focused on the ideas, practices, and processes used in Design to make global technologies useful, delightful, and meaningful for people at a local level. We seek papers and proposals from different perspectives, by designers, engineers, scientists, etc. that discuss and explore new approaches and methods in interaction design, HCI, UX, research and applications contributing to this vision.


Daniel Buzzo, UWE, Bristol, UK
Rodrigo Ramirez, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal
Teresa Chambel, LASIGE, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal


There are four ways to participate in the S&S’19 conference: Long papers, short papers, “Tales from the field” and workshops. Regardless the type of work, initial submissions are in the format of a long abstract (600 words).

Presentation types
Long Papers

Long papers should report on substantial contributions of lasting value. The maximum length is 12 pages, in English. 
A selection of the best long papers will be considered for publication as book chapters to be proposed to Springer. Long papers not selected as book chapters will be published in the Conference e-book of Proceedings with ISBN.

Short Papers

Short papers typically discuss exciting new work that is not mature enough for a long paper. In particular, novel but significant proposals will be considered for acceptance to this category despite not having gone through sufficient experimental validation or lacking strong theoretical foundation. Applications of PhD works are especially welcome. The maximum length is 6 pages, in English. Each accepted short paper will be included in the Conference e-book of Proceedings with ISBN. 
Short papers can be either presented in a poster session or communication sessions according to the scientific committee decision. 

"Tales from the field"

This category is intended for those that are practitioners, active in the market or non-profit organizations who are exploring design in their work within the communities. The proposals maximum length is 4 pages, English language. In the conference, presentations in this category will take the form of panel/roundtable discussions. The manuscript will be published in the Conference e-book of Proceedings with ISBN.


Submissions to this category are expected to propose sessions that go beyond the conventional communication formats and that actively engage participants in other types of activities such as small discussion groups, do-it-yourself, hands-on group work. The proposal should include: the workshop’s title and its goals; the planned format, duration, methods or techniques used to structure the workshop; the way participants should contribute to the workshop; how the workshop topic and format link to the conference, minimum/maximum number of participants; and required equipment or setup conditions (if any). The abstracts will be published in the Conference e-book of Proceedings with ISBN.

  •  At the initial submission (long abstract), the authors should indicate the presentation type and the tracks (main and secondary) they are submitting their proposal;
  • If your submission was invited by a particular Track-Chair, please mark as such and include their name when submitting.
  • All the accepted abstracts, with the exception of those selected for publication as book chapters, will be published in the Conference e-Book of proceedings, with ISBN;
  • The language of the conference is English and all submissions must be in English.
  • The conference referencing style is APA, v.6.
  • For inclusion in the e-book, at least one unique registration per paper is required;
  • Submissions that do not comply with the conference rules/templates will be excluded from the evaluation process and subsequent publications.

The peer-review process is double-blind (i.e., anonymised). Thus, authors must remove any information identifying them or their organisations. Specifically, do not include names and affiliations, anonymise citations to your previous work and avoid providing any other information such as acknowledgements and funding.

The revision will occur in a two-phase process: 1) Abstracts revision, when one applies to the four types of works; i.e., long-/short-papers, workshops and tales from the field and 2) Papers revision, applied only to papers category. 

Long Abstract Submission | Deadline 18-10-2019

To participate, authors are invited to submit a long abstract (maximum 600 words, plus references in .PDF format).
In the header of the abstract authors are required to indicate the type of work (paper, tales from the field or workshop), and the track to which they are submitting their manuscript. Please, do not forget to omit any references to the author(s) or the institutions of affiliation.

Full Paper Submission | Deadline 06-12-2019

After the notification of the abstract acceptance, full long/short papers should be submitted according to a template, which will be later provided to the Authors.
Once reviewed, the accepted manuscripts will receive comments for necessary revisions for the final camera-ready submission.

Your final paper should be submitted through Easychair platform in PDF format (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ss19).
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not update your initial submission but, instead, create a NEW one.

Camera-ready short paper Submission | Deadline 11-01-2020

After the notification of short paper acceptance, the final (camera-ready) version of the full paper should be submitted in MSWord (.doc or.docx) according to the conference template. Other formats are not accepted.

Camera-ready short paper Submission | Deadline 17-01-2020

After the notification of long paper acceptance, the final chapter (camera-ready) version of the full paper should be submitted in MSWord (.doc or.docx) according to the Publisher rules for inclusion in the book. Other formats are not accepted.


Contrary to usual, full papers will be reviewed and eventually published after the conference. The reason for this is mainly the tight schedule of the event, but it has the advantage of allowing authors to improve their manuscripts based on the feedback received at the conference.



Deadline: 18 October 2019
Extended Deadline: 22 October 2019
Decision: up to 28 October 2019


27 – 29 November 2019

Full Papers (Short/Long)

Deadline: 06 December 2019
Decision:  up to 10 January 2020

Camera-ready papers

Deadline short-papers: 7 February 2020
Deadline long-papers: 28 February 2020


Registration in the conference to ensure publication: 4 November 2019

Scientific Board Member
Business fee
Non-IADE Students
IADE Students
Early Bird (up to 31 October)
Regular (1 – 14 November)
Late (16 – 25 November)

For further information on payment options, please contact the Organizing Committee.







Honour comittee

Pedro Barbas Homem, Rector of Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal;

Conference chairs

Emília Duarte, Coordinator of UNIDCOM, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal;
Carlos Rosa, Dean of IADE, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal;

Organizing comittee
Conference Manager

Eduardo Gonçalves, Executive Director of UNIDCOM, IADE, Universidade Europeia;

Support Team

Ana Nolasco da Silva, UNIDCOM Member
Andreia Reis, Science Manager, Europeia ID
André Clemente, PhD Student
Catarina Pereira, Bachelor Student
Davide Gambera, PhD Student
Diamantino Abreu, UNIDCOM Collaborator
Fernando Martins,  UNIDCOM Collaborator
José Graça, Lab Tecnician – Project Factory / Game Lab
Laura Matos, Master’s Student
Margarida Costa, Master’s Student
Maria Margarida Silva, Master’s Student
Maria Mercedes Cartay,
Master’s Student
Maísa Pimenta, Master’s Student
Mihaela Boldescu, Bachelor Student
Pedro Alegria,
PhD Student
Sara Gancho, UNIDCOM Member
Vasco Milne dos Santos,
Willy Silva, Master’s Student


S&S Design


S&S Logo

André Filipe 
Rodrigo Mesquitela

Web Design & Communication

Guilherme Doval, Master Student
Bruno Nobre, UNIDCOM Collaborator


Paulo Andrade, PhD student

Scientific comittee

Agnese Rebaglio, Politécnico di Milano, Italy
Alison Burrows, University of Bristol, UK
Álvaro Sousa, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Amilton Arruda, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Ana Correia de Barros, Fraunhofer, Portugal
Ana Margarida Ferreira, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Ana Nolasco, Politecnichal Institute of Lisbon, Portugal
António Mendes, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Barbara Camocini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy 
Camilo Ayala Garcia, University of the Andes, Colombia
Carlos Duarte, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Catarina Lélis, University of West London, UK
Cátia Rijo, Politecnichal Institute of Lisbon, Portugal
Claudia Mont’Alvão, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cristiana Serejo, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal 
Cristina Caramelo Gomes, Lusiada University, Portugal
Cristina Pinheiro, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Daniel Buzzo, UWE, Bristol, UK
Daniel Raposo, Politecnichal Institute of Castelo Branco, Portugal
Demétrio Matos, Politecnichal Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal
Denis Coelho, Jönköping University, Sweden
Dina Riccò, Politécnico di Milano, Italy
Dirk Loyens, ESAD – Matosinhos, Portugal
Eduardo Gonçalves, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Ernesto Vilar, University of Beira Interior, Portugal
Fátima Pombo ,University of Aveiro, Portugal
Fernando Oliveira, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Francesco Zurlo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy 
Flávio Almeida, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Francisco Rebelo, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Gabriele Oropallo, London Metropolitan University, UK
Graça Guedes, University of Minho, Portugal
Hande Ayanoglu, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Isabel Farinha, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Laura Arpiainen, Aalto University, Finland
Licínio Roque, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Liene Jakobsone, Art Academy of Latvia, Latvia
Loredana Di Lucchio, Sapienza University of Roma, Italy
Louise Kiernan, University of Limerik, Ireland
Manuel Benito Martínez Torán, Politecnichal University of Valencia, Spain
Maria Helena Barbosa , University of Aveiro, Portugal
Maria Helena Souto, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Markus Holzbach, Offenbach University of Art and Design, Germany
Naz A G Z Börekçi, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Nelson Zagalo, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Nico Souleles, Chyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Nuno Martins, Politecnichal Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal
Nuno Sá Leal, Politecnichal Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Patrick Pradel, Loughborough University, UK
Paul Chamberlain, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Paula Trigueiros, University of Minho, Portugal
Paulo Maldonado, University of Évora, Portugal
Pedro Januário, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Pedro Oliveira, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Priscila Lena Farias, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Raul Cunca, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Regina Heidrich, Feevale University, Brazil
Renato Bispo, Politecnichal Institute of Leiria, Portugal
Ricardo Loução, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Robin Teigland, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Rodrigo Ramirez, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Rui Patrício, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Sabine Junginger, Luzerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland
Sara Gancho, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Sergio Nesteriuk, Anhembi Morumbi, Brazil
Silvina Félix, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Soraia Ala, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Teresa Chambel, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Teresa Cotrim, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Teresa Franqueira, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Thomas Behrens, IADE, Universidade Europeia, Portugal
Valentina Rognoli, Politecnichal Institute of Milan, Italy
Violeta Clemente, University of Aveiro, Portugal


Conference Location - Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa
Workshops Location - IADE, Universidade Europeia


Senses & Sensibility (S&S) Conference is a biannual international
conference in design organized by UNIDCOM/IADE since 2003.

Senses & Sensibility (S&S) Conference is a biannual international conference in design organized by UNIDCOM/IADE since 2003.

S&S aims to be a platform to bring together people who are passionate about design and believe design practice and design research can play an important role in society. We look for the participation of those that, regardless of their profession, position, expertise level or area of work (e.g., designers, educators, researchers, graduate students, professionals, entrepreneurs, managers, politicians, leaders and other concerned parties from the society), are willing to present and debate cogent, inspirational, informative and provocative views on the present and future state of Design.

Usually, S&S takes place in the autumn of odd years. Along its existence, it has been held in different venues thanks to the partnerships with diverse universities and other entities.

The three/four days long conference consists of several workshops, paper sessions and social /cultural events. Invited renowned guest speakers complement each day with a keynote address.

Previous Editions

The UNIDCOM/IADE’s International Conference has taken many formats and designations since its first edition in 2003.

After the first edition in 2003, the designation Senses and Sensibility was only retaken in 2011. In the between other designations were used due to diverse reasons, such as the association with other international events (e.g., Cumulus Conference, DRS conference).