IV MDA Conference Ginosa

The conference is free access to the public

 

Sponsored by

ComunediGinosa partner

With the patronage of:

PolitecnicodiMilano partnerPolitecnicodiBariArcod partnerUniversidadIndoamerica partner
UniversidadesLusiada partnerUniversidaddeSanpauloa partnerUniversidadTecnicaDeAmbato partner
OAPPC partner   ADIPuglia partner

 

 

CONFERENCE TRACKS

1 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The impact of human actions on the environment and ecosystems is evident, with consequences that we can now directly observe. Therefore, this track seeks contributions that focus on sustainable transformations and development, proposing alternative frameworks and approaches to traditional ones.

2 SOCIAL INNOVATION

The increasing complexity of society and its dynamics, combined with the other transformational dynamics at work, is the main focus of this track, which seeks critical contributions whose aim is to study societies and the relationships that exist between different individuals, producing innovative approaches and solutions to old and new social problems.

3 TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS

The ever faster and widespread technological development we are witnessing is strongly contributing to global processess of change and transformation. New technologies are reshaping many aspects of our daily life. Therefore, this track seeks for contributions that investigate the topics of production, technology development and its applications.

4 HEALTHCARE & WELLNESS

The field of healthcare and wellness, also in light of recent events, is gaining an increasingly relevance which is visible in the various disciplinary fields that are tackling it. This track seeks for contributions which should tackle the topics of new procedures, aging people, human and planetary health, and other related issues.

5 POLICY & GOVERNANCE

This track seeks for contributions from the field of Policy Design, Political Design, Service Design, Political Sciences, Policy Studies, and other bodies of knowledge which aim at investigating and producing new ways to create and implement policies through different means, including the influence that new technologies may exercise.

6 ALTERNATIVE FUTURES

Imagination is one of the faculties that can mostly contribute to radical changes in our futures, by enabling us to mentally travel through time and shape collectively desirable visions. This track seeks for contributions whose aim is to pluralize and to foster critical reflections regarding alternative futures.

7 MADE IN ...

Drawing on international initiatives such as the New European Bauhaus, which emphasize the relevance of aesthetics as a driver for radical innovation, this track seeks for contributions that provide insight into local and national enterprise best practices, such as those that qualify the Made in Italy brand.

 

 

One of the most fascinating characteristics of design is its lack of clear and defined boundaries, which has led and is leading to deep changes in its approaches, aims, scopes, objects, methodologies, and tools. Likewise, the ecosystems and our societies are going through processes of rapid and systemic modifications and transformations, which contribute to an increase in the level of complexity and interconnectedness of the world we live in.

In this scenario, transdisciplinarity, defined as a unity of knowledge that goes beyond the individual disciplines involved in the processes, should become the foremost approach to tackle and address wicked, complex and systemic problems.
A wicked problem presents various characteristics, firstly highlighted by Rittel and Webber (1973), such as their undefined formulation, their “no stopping rule”, the impossibility to have “true-false” solutions and to test these. Wicked problems are consequential, they do not have a describable set of solutions, and they are unique. Every wicked problem is strongly linked to the others and it can be explained in multiple ways that influence how the wicked problem will be approached and solved. Finally, wicked problems pose different difficulties for those who aim to solve it (Lawrence et al., 2022) and they are often accompanied by significant pressure due to their urgency (Bremer, 2013). Nowadays, there are uncountable wicked problems such as climate change, the growth of digital technologies, sustainable development, and COVID-19 pandemic.
In the light of these arguments, we are looking for contributions that explore the concept of transdisciplinarity to be found in design processes, approaches, methodologies and research, and, shifting the paradigm, that shows how integrating design into different fields of knowledge can contribute to the establishment of a transdisciplinary approach and to address wicked and complex issues.

MDA Conference

The International Conference is a moment of convergence of different people, knowledge and expertise from all over the world. It is a convivial event, also open to a non-expert audience, which aims to create networks and disseminate transdisciplinary knowledge related to design and other areas of strong contemporary interest.
It is now in its fourth edition, after previous events in 2015, 2017 and 2019, which have seen an ever increasing participation of both researchers and audience.
Click here to Submissions and uploading papers.

 

Opportunities:

The opportunities for the Industries are:
  • Knowledge: to take part in an international conference means acquiring new knowledge regarding topics and fields of interest.
  • Benchmarking: by participating in the conference, all the companies will have the possibility to understand the state-of-the-art
    of the fields they are involved in.
  • New visions and ideas: by comparing yourself with other companies it should be possible to be stimulated to produce new visions and ideas

The opportunities for the sponsors are:

  • Visibility and advertising: to be part of an international means to become part of a spread network.
  • Tourism in the low season: the event will bring a significant number of people from all over the world

The opportunities for the Municipality are:

  • Cultural visibility and communication: hosting and providing editorial services for an international event increases the visibility of the location
  • Tourism in the low season: the event will bring a significant number of people from all over the world

Organization and Patronage

The Conference is organized by MDA (Mediterranean Design Association).
Sponsorships will be requested from public/private institutions and research institutions.

Contributions

  1. RESEARCH PAPER
    The full papers should not exceed 5000 words, excluding abstracts and references and they should adhere to the conference paper submission guidelines and template. Authors of accepted papers are required to register and present their work at the conference. All accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings and available for authors at the beginning of the conference.
    EMPIRICAL STUDIES_LITERATURE REVIEWS_THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS_POSITION PAPERS
  2. INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTION
    The full papers should not exceed 2000 words, excluding abstracts and references and they should adhere to the conference paper submission guidelines and template. Authors of accepted papers are required to register and present their work at the conference. All accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings and available for authors at the beginning of the conference.
    POSITION PAPERS_WHITE PAPERS

    The “Challenges” format consists of roundtables that explore a challenge related to the Conference Tracks, and proposed by one or more companies. The proposition should not exceed 500 words, it should highlight the traits of the challenge to be tackled and propose a set of questions related to the challenge itself. The roundtables are going to be moderated by academics. The Proceedings of this session are going to be published after the conference as an annex of the general Conference Proceedings.
    CHALLENGES

  3. DOCTORATE SYMPOSIUM
    PhD candidates will have the possibility to present their PhD research during the Panel session which represents a moment of peer review and dialogues. The contributions should not exceed 1000 words and they should adhere to the conference paper submission guidelines and template. Accepted authors are required to register and present their work at the conference. All accepted contributions will be published in the Conference Proceedings and available for authors at the beginning of the conference.
    PANELS

    PhD candidates will have the possibility to organize workshops as part of their research plan. To present the application, the PhD candidates should submit a short abstract (not exceeding 200 words) in which they have to highlight the structure and the aim of the WS and what they need to fulfill the activities. The Proceedings of the workshop session are going to be published after the conference as an annex of the general Conference Proceedings.
    POSITION PAPERS_WHITE PAPERS

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. 
By submitting a paper to the conference, authors agree to the review process and understand that papers are reviewed using a double blind review system, matching each paper to the best possible area and reviewers.

  • Deadline for paper titles, abstracts, and authors: December 31, 2023
  • Final deadline for full papers: February 29, 2024
  • Acceptance notification: March 15, 2024
  • Final deadline for submitting revised papers and author payments: March 30, 2024
  • Conference: May 9-11, 2024

Fees

  • Single author: €400,00 In case of papers written by more than one author, the fee for the publication of the article (€400,00) will be increased by 50,00 € for each author in addition to the first, (e.g.: three authors: €400,00+€50,00+€50,00)
  • PhD Student: €150,00
  • Corporate Research Center: €800,00

Registration

Access the registration platform on EasyChair Smart CFP and create an account to upload documents.

 

The conference is free access to the public

For more information, you can contact us by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

President

Dott. Federico Picone

Scientific Director

Prof. Mario Bisson

Industry Relations Manager

Dott. Giorgio De Ponti

Organizational Committee

Giulia Alvarez
Andrea Cavaliere
Federico De Luca
Alessandro Ianniello
Crispino Lanza
Benedetta Meretti
Stefania Palmieri
Dario Russo

International Scientific Committee

Prof.ssa Lina Ahmad - College of Arts and Creative enterprises
Zayed University, Abu Dhabi - UAE
Prof. Tiziano Aglieri Rinella - IUAV Venezia, Italy
Prof. Giuseppe Amoruso - Politecnico di Milano,Italy
Prof. Venanzio Arquilla - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Antonino Benincasa - Libera Università di Bolzano, Italy
Prof. Alessandro Biamonti - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Mario Bisson - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof.sa Cristina Boeri - Politecnico di Mlano, Italy
Prof.sa Monica Bordegoni - Politecico di Milano,Italy
Prof.sa Daniela Calabi - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof.sa Rossana Carullo - Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Prof. Mauro Ceconello - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Giovanni Maria Conti - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Arch. Riccardo Culotta, Italy
Prof.sa Clice De Toledo Sanjar Mazzilli - Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da USP, Brasil
Ing. Giorgio De Ponti - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof.sa Barbara Del Curto - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Dincyrek Ozgur - Eastern Mediterranean University , Cyprus
Prof.sa Elisabetta Distefano - Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Prof. Luca Donner - American University in the Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Prof. Michele Fiorentino - Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Dr. Luca Fois - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Claudio Gambardella - Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy
Prof.sa Franca Garzotto - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Luca Guerrini - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof.sa Sandra Hipatia Nuñez Torres - Universidad Técnica de Ambato, Ecuador
Dr.sa Lisa Hockemeyer - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Alessandro Ianniello - Delft University, Netherlands
Prof. Lorenzo Imbesi - Università la Sapienza - Roma, Italy
Prof. Matteo Ingaramo - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Tomasz Jelenski - Cracow University of Technology Poland
Prof. Andres López Vaca - Universidad Internacional SEK, Ecuador
Prof. Giuseppe Lotti - Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Prof. Carlo Martino - Università la Sapienza Roma, Italy
Prof.sa Diana Navas - PUC - San Paulo, Brasil
Prof. sa Valentina Nisi - University of Madeira, Portugal
Prof. Nuno Jardim Nunes - University of Lisbon, Portugal
Prof. sa Stefania Palmieri - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof.sa Frida Pashako - Epoka University - Tirana, Albania
Prof. Pier Paolo Peruccio - Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Prof.sa Silvia Piardi - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof.sa Savita Raje - Maulana Azad National Institute of technology Bopal, India
Prof. Pinto Reaes - Università LUSIADA lisbona portogallo, Pourtugal
Prof.sa Francesca Rizzo - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Garcia Rubio Ruben - Tulane university- New Orleans, USA
Prof. Dario Russo - Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Prof.sa Francesca Scalisi - Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Prof. Antonio Scontrino - Bowling Green State University, USA
Prof. Marco Sosa - Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Prof. Cesare Sposito - Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Prof. Paolo Tamborrini - Università di Parma, Italy
Prof. Toufic Haidamous - American University in the Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Diego Vainesman - New York, Usa
Prof. Sonsoles Velais - Tulane University- New Orleans, USA
Prof. Min Wang - China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Cina
Prof. Cui Wei - Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Cina
Prof. Francesco Zurlo - Politecnico di Milano, Italy

 

 

 

 

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The conference is free access to the public

 

Benvenuti alla  III Conferenza Internazionale sull'Environmental Design, Marsala 2019. La conferenza si terrà il 03-04 Ottobre 2019. Riunirà accademici ed esperti innovativi nel campo della progettazione ambientale per un incontro internazionale. Lo scopo di questa conferenza è promuovere la progettazione ambientale, creare una base teorica per l'utilizzo e l'implementazione delle fonti. Un altro obiettivo è promuovere la ricerca nel campo del Design ambientale, facilitare lo scambio di nuove idee in questi campi e creare un dialogo tra scienziati e professionisti. Si prega di inviare il tuo abstract. Sarà revisionato dai redattori dell'International Scientific Journal e da revisori indipendenti. Tutti i paper selezionati saranno pubblicati in Proceedings in E-Format e potranno essere pubblicati gratuitamente sul Journal of Environmental Science.

Welcome to III International Conference on Environmental Design, Marsala 2019. The Conference will be held on 03-04 October 2019. It will bring together innovative academics and experts in the field of Environmental Design for an international meeting. The aim of this conference is to promote environmental design, to create a theoretical base of the utilization and implementation of sources. Another goal is to promote research in the field of Environmental Design, to facilitate the exchange of new ideas in these fields and to create a dialogue between scientists and practitioners. Please submit your abstract. It will be reviewed by the editors of the International Scientific Journal and independent reviewers. All the selected papers will be published in Proceedings in E-Format and are eligible for free publication in the Journal of Environmental Science. 

 

The MDA Conference

MDA periodically organizes a conference which is open to researchers from around the world interested in contributing to the development of the debate about the quality of life improvement. The conferences held in Agrigento in 2015 and in Turin in 2017 were attended by researchers with multidisciplinary backgrounds: architecture, design, engineering, medicine, aesthetics, and agriculture. The results were published on the association's website (http://mda.center). The Conference represents an opportunity to illustrate the MDA’s research and design activities in the field of Environmental Design. The primary objective is to promote the knowledge of complex processes in the presence of a transversal corpus of disciplines. 

 

Topics will include, but will not be limited to:

1. Visual, Haptic and Urban Design

    Color, Light, Architecture, Landscape, Design for the common good

2. Technology of Innovative Materials

    Surface design, Multisensory experience, Environment and society

 3. New Frontiers 

    Product design, Human society 2.0, Open Innovation

 4. Communication Experiences 

    User experience, Virtual learning environment, Identity e otherness

 5. Design for Social Innovation

    Political design, Co-design, Service design, Culture 3.0

 6. Health Science

    Well-being, Design for all, Advance simulation

 

 

Organization and Patronage

The Conference is organized by MDA (Mediterranean Design Association).
Sponsorships will be requested from public/private institutions and research institutions.

Evaluation of Contributions

Contributions can be presented in English, Italian or Spanish; each contribution will be
subjected to a scientific evaluation with the double-blind peer review system.

The oral reports will be conducted in English, Italian or Spanish.

Proceedings

Conference proceedings: a single volume of accepted contributions will be published.

Dating/Deadlines:

Abstract submission | 07th May 2019
Acceptance notification | 10th May 2019
Full Paper submission  | 15th June 2019

Postponed Full Paper submission | 20 th June 2019 (in italian, English or Spanish language)

Acceptance notification | 10th July 2019
Final Print Paper print | 30th July 2019 (only English)

Postponed Final Paper print submission | 5 th Augurst 2019 (only English )

Conference dates | 3rd - 4th October 2019

General Program

3rd October

Meet and greet, introduction/knowledge/debate on the topics of the Conference addressed
to all the members of the scientific committee.

4th October
Conference

 

The conference is free access to the public

For more information, you can contact us by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Organizational Committee

  • Federico Picone
  • Mario Bisson
  • Daniela Calabi
  • Stefania Palmieri
  • Giuseppe Amoruso
  • Marilisa Pastore
  • Martino Zinzone
  • Fabrizio Guarrasi

Scientific Director

  • Prof. Mario Bisson - Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

International Scientific Committee

  • Ali Abu Ghanimeh | University of Jordan
  • Tiziano Aglieri Rinella | American University in the Emirates
  • Giuseppe Amoruso  | Politecnico di Milano
  • Giovanni Anceschi  | Università IUAV di Venezia
  • Venanzio Arquilla  | Politecnico di Milano
  • Antonino Benincasa | Free University of Bozen
  • Berit Bergstrom  | NCS Svezia
  • Alessandro Biamonti | Politecnico di Milano
  • Cristina Boeri | Politecnico di Milano
  • Monica Bordegoni | Politecnico di Milano
  • Daniela Calabi | Politecnico di Milano
  • Luca Carenzo | Università degli Studi di Palermo
  • Rossana Carullo | Politecnico di Bari
  • Mauro Ceconello | Politecnico di Milano
  • Pietro Cipresso  | Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Giovanni Maria Conti | Politecnico di Milano
  • Riccardo Culotta  | Università degli Studi di Palermo
  • Fiore De Lettera | Ed. De Lettera
  • Giorgio De Ponti | EPTA Group. S.p.a - R&S
  • Clice De Toledo Sanjar Mazzilli | Faculdade de Arquitectura e Urbanismo da USP
  • Barbara Del Curto | Politecnico di Milano
  • Ozgur Dincyurek | Eastern Mediterranean University
  • Elisabetta Di Stefano | Università degli Studi di Palermo
  • Massimo Duroni | Independent contractor
  • Andreas Faoro | Urban Landscape Architecture Bureau - UNLAB
  • Luca Fois  | Independent contractor
  • Claudio Gambardella | Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
  • Franca Garzotto | Politecnico di Milano
  • Luca Guerrini | Politecnico di Milano
  • Lisa Hockemeyer | Politecnico di Milano
  • Matteo Ingaramo | Politecnico di Milano
  • Pierluigi Ingrassia | Università Piemonte Orientale
  • Tomasz Jelenski | Cracow University of Technology
  • Massimiliano Mandarini | Marchingegno s.r.l.
  • Carlo Martino | Sapienza Univesità di Roma
  • Valentina Nisi | Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
  • Jardim Nunes | Técnico Lisboa - Universidade de Lisboa
  • Stefania Palmieri | Politecnico di Milano
  • Frida Pashako | Epoka University
  • Pier Paolo Peruccio | Politecnico di Torino
  • Silvia Piardi | Politecnico di Milano
  • Reaes Pinto | Università LUSIADA
  • James Postell | University of Cincinnati
  • Savita Raje | Maulana azad national institute of technology, Mhopal
  • Juan Roldan | American University in Sharjah
  • Ruben Garcia Rubio | Tulane University in New Orleans
  • Dario Russo | Università degli Studi di Palermo
  • Antonio Scontrino | Bowling Green State University
  • Christiane Sfeir Saad | Lebanese University
  • Marco Sosa | Zayed University
  • Cesare Sposito | Università degli Studi di Palermo
  • Paolo Tamborrini | Politecnico di Torino
  • Woody Wang | Tsinghua University
  • Joseph Zaarour | Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
  • Francesco Zurlo | Politecnico di Milano

 

 

 

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