16TH May: DRS2016 IS SOLD OUT!

We would like to thank everyone who has registered for the conference so far but have now officially sold out at 600 delegates.

25th May: Registration for DRS2016 Workshops is Open

For registered delegates, booking is now available for DRS Workshops on Monday 27th June: Register for DRS2016 Workshops 

The deadline for workshop registration is Monday 20th June, and early booking is recommended.

When registering please make sure you note the date and time of the workshop you book and avoid booking any other workshop that runs at the same time. Registration for all workshops is free, but places are limited, and you will need to be a registered DRS2016 delegate to be eligible as a workshop participant.


To register as a DRS Member or DRS Student Member you will first need to verify your membership and obtain a Member Code which will then give you access to the lower rate Member packages when you Register. You can do that by sending an email to the DRS Administrator with the subject line 'Verify Membership for DRS2016' and your Name and Contact details in the body of the message.

You will receive an email with a unique member code which you can then use for registration. 

Student Registration

To register as a student for the conference you should be in full-time education, for example studying for a PhD and/or unwaged. You may be asked to provide evidence of your status.

If you would like to know what the conference fee is in your local currency please visit


Conference Fee, DRS Member: £460

Conference Fee, Regular Attendee, Including a DRS Membership: £495

Student Conference Fee, DRS Member: £285

Student Conference Fee, Regular Attendee, Including a 3-year DRS Student Membership**: £325

**Student membership is subject to approval

Early-bird registration is now closed


Conference Fee, DRS Member: £560

Conference Fee, Including a DRS Membership: £595

Student Fee, DRS Member: £345

Student Conference Fee, Regular Attendee, Including a 3-year DRS Student Membership**: £385

**Student membership is subject to approval

Registration is now closed. If you would like to be added to the reserve list please contact


Your registration fee covers your whole conference experience and includes: access to pre-conference workshops, the opening drinks reception at Brighton Museum, all teas, coffees, refreshments and lunches during the conference days, the conference dinner at the Grand Hotel on Wednesday 29th June, and the closing drinks reception on the beach.

If you are not currently a member of the Design Research Society your registration fee includes a one-year subscription if you are a regular attendee, and a three-year subscription if you are a student attendee (subject to approval by the Society).

Registration as a PhD Student also enables you to apply for free participation at PhD by Design on Monday, 27th June. Note that the decision about acceptance is by the organisers of PhD by Design. 

one day registrations

One day registration will be available from 16th April for any of the conference days (28th / 29th / 30th June).

One-day Conference Fee, DRS Member: £255

One-day Conference Fee, DRS Student Member: £145

One-day Conference Fee, Regular Attendee: £295

One-day Conference Fee, Regular Student Attendee: £195

Conference Dinner, One-day registrations and Additional Guests: £40

Associated Events

Tuesday 28th June: 
(Evening) Following the Annual General Meeting of the Society, we will open an exhibition to accompany the DRS 50th anniversary conference, curated by the University of Brighton Design Archives. There will also be a series of talks about the the history of the DRS in the Sallis Benney Theatre.
DRS Members £20/£10, Non-Members £30/£20

Friday 1st July:
Brighton Seafront Development Tour
Find out about the history and development of Brighton’s famous seafront and hear a presentation from the architect of the new i360 moving observation tower.
Coffee and refreshments included.

Brighton Creative Tour (morning)
Visits to a number of creative technology start up and maker organisations together with a presentation about BrightonFUSE.
Coffee and Refreshments included.

Sussex Museum Tour (all day)
Visits to two world-renown Sussex museums: the Ditchling Museum and De La Warr Pavillion.
Coach, refreshments and lunches included.


As a popular seaside destination Brighton has a wealth of hotels of all sizes, as well as guest houses, bed & breakfast, and of course Airbnb options. There are some fantastic and unusual places to stay so it is worth searching if you're looking a less conventional place or a more boutique experience (try 'Brighton Boutique Hotels'). If you find a good place and would like to let others know then do tweet a link. Here's one that we came across recently if you want some rock 'n' roll when you stay. 

We have also put together a list of hotels at preferential rates along with lower cost University accommodation for those on a tighter budget (please use the promo code 'DRS2016' when booking University accommodation). 

Book your hotel accommodation in Brighton

Help out at the conference and don't pay a fee

DRS2016 is looking for student volunteers to join the Conference team in June. Meet the names behind the research, network with DRS participants, socialise with other volunteers, eat the food, and best of all, don't pay a registration fee.

We're looking for 20 student volunteers for a number of tasks around the conference: setting-up equipment, helping out in sessions, guiding participants, tweeting and social media, web uploading, photography, graphics, technical support - there is a lot of stuff to do! In total we'd expect you to work about 24 hours for three days, either before or during the conference.

If you're interested then send us an application with:

  • Your name and contact information;
  • Your current study or position;
  • Your motivation to come to DRS2016 (250 words max);
  • The skills and abilities you could bring to make the conference a success (250 words max);
  • Your T-shirt size.

Try and make it all fit on to one page of A4 and the sooner you apply the more chance you'll have of success.

Send your application to with a subject line of: 'DRS2016 Volunteering' by 16th April, 2016