The theme of the 2024 edition of the UD conference - Unfolding Design Boundaries, promotes reflection on today's challenges through improbable design practices. Instead of fearing the unknown, this edition makes room for uncertainty and chance as the driving forces behind the design process, which is strongly mediated by a practical dimension. The nature of uncertainty is ubiquitous and transversal not only to the practice of Design, but also to its boundaries with other disciplinary territories, whose relevance requires new readings and has successfully led to new opportunities for growth and relationships with the world.

The demand for quick and precise answers via technology, adjacent to scientific thinking and rigor, does not allow room for the improbable, which is often seen as a detriment to the production of results. However, the evolutionary path that marks the History of Science is characterized by its non-linearity. This path has often been driven by unusual and even accidental advances, which have transformed and conditioned the discovery of new avenues of investigation. The uncertainty of accident presents itself as an anarchy to the formula. Its introduction into project highlights an alternative for achieving innovation and economic prosperity, through unexpected contributions, analogous to the subject being approached and/or transferred from other fields of knowledge. 

Unfolding Design Boudaries thus emphasizes the unique perspectives and unexpected results that emerge from unusual combinations, which allow for a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of Design. In addition to this fact, designing in boundary zones reflects the breadth and expansive nature of this area of knowledge, making it possible to scrutinize and signify its very essence and define new trajectories.

UD24 - Unfolding Design Boudaries is an event open to the scientific, academic and professional community, inviting contributions where the focus is on practices that explore the limits of the approaches used in design. The aim is to promote reflection on the introduction of unusual or lesser-known design practices, or in conjunction with other areas, broadening the territories in which design operates. It is proposed to identify a set of processes that give ground for exploration, taking advantage of the various areas of knowledge that cross the discipline of Design and its modus operandi.

It is hoped that these contributions will enrich scientific production, the applicability of which could have a positive impact on industry, the market and society. To this end, it is possible to submit original articles that explore one of the following discussion topics.




Serendipity: uncertainty as a practice

Explore how uncertainty can be methodologically incorporated into Design, encouraging the formulation of new hypotheses and (possible) innovations.

- Can decision-making among design practices be informed by serendipity?
- How can the encounter with chance, from a methodological perspective, contribute to the production of knowledge in Design?
- How does the creative process condition the validation of projects (in and for Design)? And how legitimate is it?



Uncover: remember not to forget

Valuing knowledge that has been forgotten and/or is about to be lost. We are looking for contributions that recover knowledge from the past, revitalizing it to create new realities in contemporary design.

- What role does design play today in revitalizing (or destroying) cultural heritage?
- How can Design play an important role in the proliferation and inheritance of ancestral knowledge, adding intellectual value?
- How can memory contribute to meeting future challenges?



Decolonizing: design research through practice

Approach to the ontology of Design, exploring the limits of its scope and respective disciplinary domains, as well as the concerns that compromise the present and future of the discipline.

- How should the boundaries of Design's ontological responsibility in the economy, society and ecology be understood?
- How is it possible to obtain validation for design projects, a process generally characterized by its abductive reasoning?
- How can design theory condition the discipline of designing?



In-between: design as interface

The potential of interdisciplinary synergies in the field of Design, where the intersection with other areas of the Sciences and Humanities can lead to innovative approaches and solutions.

- How can Design's mediation between scientific areas contribute to the knowledge and reflection of the discipline?
- How can Design contribute to the transfer of knowledge and new practices, interoperable in the 21st century?
- Can the economic, social and cultural fabric benefit from the inclusion of Design in decision-making and implementation processes?





The participation fee includes one paper subject to peer review. Each author can submit a maximum of one paper as lead author. To ensure inclusion in the conference proceedings, at least one of the authors must register, participate in the conference, and present their work.
ID+ members will be entitled to a reduced fee.

Fee: Author 100€ or ID+ members 0€

It is possible to take part of the conference by pre-register Online pre-registration guarantees you on-site access to all the events described in the conference programme: to attend the keynote speakers, the sessions, the coffebreak and also a conference kit. There are two ways of participation: you can select just one day or both.

Fee: 2 days = 15 € / 1 day 10 €

It is possible to take part of the conference by pre-register in a volunteer team. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate in a major academic event as a coordination assistant, communications and media assistant, registration assistant, provide technical support or be part of the hosting team.


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The conference registration should be made by applying the chosen participation mode (MEMBER ID+ / NON-MEMBER ID+).

Within 24 hours, a confirmation e-mail will be sent with the registration number and a Word document with the paper template.

Papers must be submitted in response to the e-mail, attaching the document in Word format (.doc/.docx), following the template sent. It should be labelled according to the following example: registrationnumber_Title_UD24.doc.

The Scientific Committee will evaluate all submitted papers using a double-blind peer review.

Following notification of acceptance, authors will receive an e-mail with payment information, which must be made by bank transfer according to the category selected, to the following IBAN: PT50 0035 0361 00002885330 45.

To finalise registration, proof of payment must be sent in reply to the registration e-mail or to the following e-mail address:

The submitted proposals should include the following information:

- Title (up to 10 words) + Subtitle (up to 15 words)
- Authors' names and contact information, organised by relevance
- Selection of the Thematic Axis
- Up to 5 keywords + selected thematic axis
- Abstract (up to 200 words)
- Paper, including endnotes (up to 2500 words)
- Bibliography following APA 7th edition style
- Up to 5 images, numbered and with captions (e.g. Figure 1: text up to 80 words)

Images should be submitted alongside the Word document in JPEG format, with a resolution of 300 DPI, respecting dimensions 80mm x 70 mm. Each image should be identified according to the corresponding figure number (e.g. Figure 1.JPEG). The main image, considered for the physical poster and presented at the event, should also be identified with the word "INDEX."

Accepted works will be invited for on-site presentation in the form of an oral presentation, including the presentation of a printed poster. The poster will be produced by the organizing committee team.

Only works presented during the conference will be included in the proceedings book, in physical format with ISBN, available on a date to be announced by the Organizing Committee after the event.

Papers can be written in English or Portuguese.
Only one paper per lead author will be accepted; however, there is no submission limit for co-authored papers.

Submissions must fulfill the requirements; otherwise, they will be excluded from the conference.












Alexandra Beleza Moreira Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Álvaro Sousa Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Ana Filomena Curralo Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo
Augustin Frances Universidad Complutense De Madrid
Bruno Giesteira Universidade do Porto, ID+
Carla Paoliello Fac. de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa
Catarina Moura Universidade da Beira Interior
Cláudia Albino Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Cláudia Sarmiento La Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano
Cristiana Serejo Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, ID+
Daniel Raposo Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco
Demétrio Matos Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, ID+
Eduardo Noronha Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Emília Duarte IADE - Universidade Europeia
Fabio Feltrin Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul
Fátima Pombo Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Fernando Moreira da Silva Fac. de Arquitetura da Universidade de Lisboa
Fernando Poeiras ESAD.CR - Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
Frederico Duarte Fac. de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa
Gonçalo Gomes Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Graça Magalhães Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Heitor Alvelos Universidade do Porto, ID+
Helena Souto IADE - Universidade Europeia
Jade Piaia UNESP, São Paulo
Joana Cunha Universidade do Minho
João Mota Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
João Sampaio Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
João Vilnei Universidade Federal do Ceará
Jorge Brandão Pereira Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, ID+
Jorge dos Reis Fac. de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa
José Vicente ESAD.CR - Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
Julie Pires Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Júlio Dolbeth Universidade do Porto, ID+
Luís Ferreira Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Luísa Ribas Universidade de Lisboa, ID+
Marcelo Ribeiro Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Maria Cecília Loschiavo Universidade de São Paulo
Maria João Felix Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, ID+
Maria Teresa Cruz Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Mário Vairinhos Universidade de Aveiro, DIGIMEDIA
Marlene Ribeiro Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Miguel Terroso Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, ID+
Nina Costa Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Olinda Martins Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Paulo Maldonado Fac. de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa / Univ. Évora
Paulo Silva Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Pedro Carvalho de Almeida Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Priscila Arantes Universidade Anhembi Morumbi
Priscila Farias Universidade de São Paulo
Raul Cunca Fac. de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa
Renato Bispo ESAD.CR - Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
Rita Branco Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Rita Filipe Fac. de Arquitetura da Universidade de Lisboa
Rui Costa Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Sara Velez Estêvão Universidade da Beira Interior
Sílvia Soares Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Silvina Félix Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Soraia Ala Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Susana Barreto Universidade do Porto, ID+
Susana Gonzaga Universidade da Madeira
Suzana Dias Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, ID+
Teresa Franqueira Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Tiago Navarro Marques Universidade de Évora
Vasco Branco Universidade de Aveiro, ID+
Vítor Quelhas Instituto Politécnico do Porto, ID+
Wellington Júnior Universidade Federal do Ceará



Francisco Providência University of Aveiro (PT)
Helena Barbosa University of Aveiro (PT)
Joana Quental University of Aveiro (PT)
Emanuel Oliveira PhD student University of Aveiro (PT)
Marco Balsinha PhD student University of Aveiro (PT)
Rute Carreira PhD student University of Aveiro (PT)
Eduardo Vanzeler PhD student University of Aveiro (PT)
Arthur Braga PhD student University of Aveiro (PT)
Vitor Agostinho PhD student University of Aveiro (PT)
Nuno Viola PhD student University of Aveiro (PT)




Located on the west coast of Portugal, in the centre of the region, Aveiro is the capital city of its homonymous district. Aveiro stands out for playing an important role in urban, port, railway, academic and tourist terms.

The city developed on the outskirts of the Ria de Aveiro - an indentation in the sea that is one of the most important geographical features on the Portuguese coast - which unfolds into four canals that run through the streets of the city, giving it a picturesque landscape where biodiversity predominates. These seafront canals are navigated by small, iconic, colourful boats, which give the city of Aveiro its identity and its historical and cultural heritage.


The architecture is prominently marked by the polychromatic tile cladding that surrounds the historic squares. This is a consequence of the influence of technological developments in the ceramics industry, which goes back a long way to the late Roman period.

The city's academic progression has also fuelled its economic development, with the University of Aveiro making an important contribution. Based on the transfer of knowledge and the response to contemporary demands, this ensures a path towards a sustainable future.

The University of Aveiro is a public foundation with a private legal regime whose mission is based on the promotion and development of undergraduate and postgraduate educational programmes and research in close collaboration with society. Its main purpose is to create, share and apply knowledge through teaching, research and co-operation with the environment, with a view to leveraging significant transformation for individuals and society.


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1,5 km - 21 min on foot

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Aveiro Train Station (TAXI)> UA
3,3 km - 10min. min by car

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Aveiro Train Station > UA
3,3 km - 10min. min by car
2,4 km - 33 min on foot

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Oporto Airport > UA
89 km 57 min by car


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