RTD 2017 has now taken place, the next conference will be in 2019, with details to be announced in 2018.

Conference passes for 22-24th March included lunch and teas/coffees and Thursday morning tours.

Full Price:
Early bird- £320 (registration before 6th February)
Full Reg- £370

Students / concessions:
Early bird- £270 (registration before 6th February)
Full Reg- £320

21 March Design Research Workshops:
£20 per person

23 March Conference Dinner (Dovecot):
£40 per person (not included in registration fees)


Student Volunteers:

Are an essential part of RTD and we will be looking for new volunteers for the 2019 conference. The fantastic 2017 Student volunteer chairs were Bettina Nissen (University of Edinburgh and Becca Taylor (Lancaster University).



The Venue

We partnered with the National Museums Scotland for RTD 2017 and we were hosted in their historic building on Chambers Street Edinburgh. RTD 2017 offered a unique opportunity for conference exhibits to be juxtaposed with traditional curated NMS artefacts and collections, challenging contemporary and future notions of value and expertise.


The National Museum of Scotland holds a wealth of historical and also contemporary material, their website states:

Our collections are a legacy which we look after on behalf of everyone in Scotland. Our wealth of objects represent everything from Scottish and classical archaeology to applied arts and design; from world cultures and social history to science, technology and the natural world.The National Museums Collection Centre, in Edinburgh, is home to millions of items not currently on display. It also houses state-of-the-art facilities for conservation, taxidermy and academic research.


Through our research, we aim to explain the significance of the millions of objects in our care to a wider audience. How we interpret our collections can increase public understanding of human history and the natural environment.”