Workshops at DIS2024

Workshop proposals due22 February, 2024
Acceptance notifications3 May, 2024
Camera ready due17 May, 2024
Workshops will be held on1-2 July, 2024
Deadlines specified as Anywhere on Earth time.


We welcome proposals for hosting a workshop at DIS 2024 that align with this year’s theme of “Why Design?”, as well as continual topics of interest to DIS that will spur debate and shape the future of interactive systems design and practice. Workshops offer unique opportunities for diverse groups of scholars, practitioners, and researchers to come together and engage with specific topics.

We seek workshops that can attract broad interdisciplinary interest, inspire interaction between participants, and foster community-building. Examples of interesting workshop topics include but are not limited to Artistic and humanistic approaches, Craft, Theoretical discussions, Digital fabrication, Artificial Intelligence, Social justice, Participatory aspects of design, Algorithmic ethics, VR/AR, Design education, and Design methods.

We encourage interdisciplinary, provocative, and discussion-generating proposals relating to the themes of DIS, such as:

  • Critical Computing and Design Theory
  • Design Methods and Processes
  • Artifacts and Systems
  • Research Through Design (RtD)

We ask the workshops to consider in their proposals topics related to “Why Design?”. Examples include: 

  • What is design good for? Where can it be used to engage with contemporary troubles? 
  • Who designs? What does design look like when everyone designs? 
  • How does design produce knowledge? How can that knowledge feed back into the troubles and uncertainties of our world? 
  • What kind of design strategies, methods, and approaches can be used to respond to current issues? 
  • How can design imagine new relations to ourselves, our societies, and the environment?

Workshops will be held on 1-2 July, 2024, the two days prior to the main conference. They will be hosted at the IT University of Copenhagen. We will have classroom style spaces as well as some spaces available that can accommodate more hands-on making activities. Workshops are 1 or 2 days and we expect them to be held on-site. However, hybrid workshops (both on-site and online) are acceptable but please note that there must be an on-site part and the conference will not provide any assistance or technical support in setting up online activities. We invite the workshop organizers to consider inclusion and accessibility aspects.

Accepted workshop proposals should aim to attract between 10-25 participants. All accepted workshop proposals must have a minimum of one organiser who registers for the workshop, and at least five confirmed participants.

NB. DIS 2024 will be an in-person-only event, and attending online or with a video will not be possible. We encourage you to ensure you can make it to Copenhagen the first week of July 2024 before you submit

For a list of last year’s workshops, please see Workshops at DIS’23 – DIS 2023 (

Submission Details

Proposals to host a workshop have two separate components submitted as separate files: 1) a 4 page abstract, and 2) a detailed workshop description. Proposals are not anonymised for review.


An abstract describing your proposed workshop should be up to 4 pages in length including references in the ACM Primary Article Template, submitted via the PCS submission system as a .pdf. The Abstract is archived in the ACM DL.

The Abstract should contain:

  • Title and proposed duration
  • Organisers’ names and institutional addresses (proposals are not anonymised for review)
  • Workshop theme and goals, background and motivation, anticipated outcomes

Drafting workshop call

Author bios do not need to be in the Abstract; they go in the Detailed Workshop Description.

References do not count towards the 4 page limit.

Final accepted abstracts should be made accessible. Follow the guidelines “Creating an Accessible ACM Conference Submission” in the Call for Papers and Pictorials and the instructions on Creating Accessible Figures and Tables.

Detailed Workshop Description

A workshop description should also be submitted (as a separate file), containing details of your proposed workshop to help the workshop chairs understand the specifics. The Detailed Workshop Description is not archived in the ACM DL; it is used to help practically plan the workshops. This document should be 2-4 pages in length, in any legible format as .pdf.

The document should as a minimum contain:

  • Intended audience and recruitment strategy
  • Schedule and description of activities planned
  • Intended outcomes of the workshop, their benefits and significance
  • Required facilities
  • Any equipment workshop organisers plan to bring and use for the workshop, including size, weight, light emission, sound emission, power requirements, etc
  • Inclusion and accessibility aspects related to the workshop.
  • A plan for how the results of the workshop will be disseminated beyond DIS 2024
  • Short biographies of the organisers
  • A draft 250-word call for participation for your workshop which will be posted on the DIS 2024 conference website. This should contain information on how and what potential participants should submit to you.

All submissions (Abstract + Detailed Workshop Description) will be reviewed by the workshop chairs. Workshop chairs will review independently and convene for a ranking of reviews.

Workshops Chairs

  • Erik Grönvall, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Kening Zhu, City University of Hong Kong