Brisbane has won hosting rights for the 2020 Design Research Society Conference (DRS2020), which will see the international conference return to Australia for the first time in 16 years. 

According to professor Ming Cheung, DRS2020 co-chair and head of design at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art, winning hosting rights for the conference was a coup for Brisbane and Australia’s design research community.

“Hosting DRS2020 will see Brisbane and Griffith University take the lead in promoting excellence in design research,” says Cheung. 

“With 600 of the world’s most talented academics and designers expected to meet in Brisbane, this conference will also provide significant development opportunities to local researchers, designers and students.”

“As Australia’s New World City, Brisbane is an ideal destination to bring together world-class researchers, academics, designers and students to share insights on evolving design trends and research,” adds lord mayor Graham Quirk. 

The Design Research Society is a learned society committed to promoting and developing design research. Founded in 1966, it is the longest established, multi-disciplinary worldwide society for the design research community. The Society’s international conference series, special interest groups, and online presence draw together a community from around the world in all areas of design research.