Conference tickets are now on sale and available via

Conference passes for 22-24th March includes lunch and teas/coffees and Thursday morning tours. REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON THE 15th MARCH.

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:

If you would like to volunteer to help at the conference we have a few spaces available, if you would like to volunteer please fill in this short expression of interest If you have any further questions or queries regarding student volunteers at Research Through Design 2017, please email Bettina ( or Becca (,


Travel and Accommodation:

The Conference will take place at the National Museum of Scotland (Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF) and is centrally located so is easily accessible via public transport and Edinburgh Airport and train station has good links to national and international connections. There are also a wide range of accommodation options to suit different budgets but if you would like some suggestions nearby there is (from high to low in price):
Or an Airbnb apartment–United-Kingdom


The Venue

We are pleased to be partnering with the National Museums Scotland for RTD 2017 and we will be hosted in their historic building on Chambers Street Edinburgh. RTD 2017 offers 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.”