4th International Design Conference


July 19 – 21, 2017

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology


The 2017 International Design Conference is the 4 th in the series of the design conference first launched in Nairobi in 2009 under the auspices of the Network of Afrika Designers (NAD). The conference is a biennial event hosted on a rotational basis by African universities and derives its name from the host city. The 2017 edition is therefore being hosted by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana hence the name NAD-KIDEC (KUMASI INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONFERENCE) 2017.

The NAD-KIDEC 2017 theme: Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: the role of Indigenous Design Concepts will be held from 19-21 July, 2017 in Kumasi, Ghana.

The KIDEC 2017 theme is a follow up on the KIDEC 2015 theme held in Kampala - Design Unlimited: Indigenous Design Processes for Development. While we greed that modern designs giants owe a lot of their successes to the indigenous designs, we feel that much can be achieved for the Sustainable Development Goals through indigenous concepts, practices and ideas; especially in Africa. The theme therefore is chosen to reflect how through indigenous processes in design, can be used in the successful achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

Target Audience

It is on this background that we welcome all people who believe that design (and specifically indigenous concepts) forms part of their personal and professional ambitions, careers, and activities to participate in this multi-disciplinary design conference. These included designers, researchers, engineers, scientists, managers, environmentalists, educators, technologists, government officials, IT specialists, systems architects, media specialists, architects, planners, developers, artists, etc.Continue Reading...

keynote Speakers

Prof. Tracy Bhamra is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) of Loughborough University, UK and Professor of Sustainable Design.  Previously she was the Dean of Loughborough Design School. She has a BSc in Manufacturing and an MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management. She then went on to complete her PhD in Design for Disassembly and Recycling at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1995.  Professor Bhamra has extensive research experience in the field of sustainable design initially during her PhD and then following that at Manchester Business School and Cranfield University before joining Loughborough University in 2003. Tracy is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (FIET), the Design Research Society (DRS) and the Royal Society of the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA) and a Member of the Institution of Engineering Designers (MIED).

In 2003 she established the Sustainable Design Research Group that undertakes world-leading research in areas such as Design for Sustainable Behaviour, Methods and Tools for Sustainable Design and Sustainable Design Education. Tracy has over 200 publications associated with her research and has been awarded over £3m of funding for her research from the UK government and research councils and a number of large industrial organisations. Her recent research is focused on approaches to enable designers to integrate sustainability into their work, how to move towards designing sustainable services rather than products and also understanding how design can be used to create more sustainable user behaviour.

Prof. Bhamra has supervised over 20 PhDs and has acted as an external examiner for MSc, MPhil, PhD and EngD theses in the UK and internationally. In recognition of her experience and expertise in the field of sustainable design she has been invited to speak at various events and conferences including the British Standards Institute, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Japanese Society of Ergonomics; Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa; University of Malaysia, Sarawak; International Hellenic University, Greece; and Royal College of Art, UK.

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Prof. Dr. Aguinaldo dos Santos is a Professor at the Design Department and Design Post-graduate Program, Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, Brazil. Since 2003 he is the coordinator of the Design & Sustainability Research Center at UFPR. His background studies include Car Mechanic Technician – (SENAI/PR, 1984-1986), Civil Engineer (UFPR, 1988 – 1992); MSc on Civil Engineering (UFRGS, 1993 - 1995); PhD on Operations Management - University of Salford, England (1996 – 1999); Post-doctored on Sustainable Design – Politecnico di Milano (2008/ feb-2009). His main research interest is Design for Sustainability, with focus on solutions for low-income families and on product-service systems. He carries editorial, referee and ad-hoc activities on journals such as Ambiente Construído (São Paulo), Construction Management & Economics, Design em Foco, Estudos em Design, Product (IGDP), Journal of Disaster Resilience on the Built Environment and Journal of Construction on Developing Countries.

At CNPq (Brazilian Funding Agency) he has coordinated the high committee on Design and represented Design at Fundação Araucária (Paraná State funding agency). He is on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Maker Project (2013-2016), sponsored by the European Community. His recent projects include: LeNSin Project (Learning Network on Sustainability International), lead by Politecnico di Milano and sponsored by the European Community; Crowd-Design (funded by CAPES/Life Program) (2014-2016); Leapfrogging the low-income consumer on energy and water consumption (funded by FINEP/CNPq) (2008-2013); product-service system for rainwater harvesting on low-income houses (funded by CNPq/Tigre – 2009-2011); Kits do-it-yourself for low income housing (funded by FINEP/CNPq - 2005–2008): Methodology for designing sustainable products for the electronics sector (funded by CNPq - 2004–2007); Methodology for designing sustainable products on cardboard (funded by Embrart/CNPq - 2004–2007); Methodology for designing sustainable products made of marble/granit (funded by TECPAR - 2002–2004); 1.0 House Project (funded by CITPAR – 2002-2003). Awards/scholarships: Research productivity scholarship (CNPq) since 2003; Academic Merit – UFPR – 2009; CAPES-Emerald Award (research project) - 2009; highly Commended Award (paper), Literati Club - Emerald (England) (2002); Visiting Scholar Placement, Glasgow Caledonian University - 2001; Research Fellowship, Salford University – 1999.

His publications include 36 journal papers; 7 books; 9 book chapters and 113 conference papers. He is also the author of 3 submitted patents.

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