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External Research Activities

Research Grants and Awards

2020-2022 Horizon2020 MSCA Research Fellowship grant IDoService, GA no. 895620. PI: Niedderer, Fellow: Dr Isabelle Tournier.

2016-2020 Horizon2020 MSCA RISE grant Designing for people with dementia: designing for mindful self-empowerment and social engagement, GA no. 691001. PI: Niedderer. Project partners include: Universities of Wolverhampton (co-ordinator), Luxembourg, Twente, TU Dresden, Queensland University of Technology; Alzheimer Europe, Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust, Alexianer St Hedwig Kliniken Berlin, Zorggroep Sint Maarten, Intras, Picharchitects, Panton Design for Healthcare, Duit, ITMO, Manchester Metropolitan Unversity.

2014 Arts and Humanities Research Council - 'Design in Innovation’ development grant: Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change. PI: Niedderer. Project partners include Universities of Warwick, Loughborough, Lancaster, RCA, TU Twente and TU Delft.

2012 Argentium Guild Competition Winner: Silver prize.

2008-2009 Arts and Humanities Research Council - AHRC practice-led Grant: Exploring New Avenues for Silver Design.

2005. The Arts Council England - Grant for Individuals: Exploring the Creative Possibilities of Argentium Silver and Laser Welding.

2001-2004 Alessi-Research-Scholarship. Falmouth College of Art, UK.

2001 Goldsmiths' Company Design Award (Silver Design). London, UK.

1999-2000 Bursary, Royal College of Art, London.

1998-1999 Scholarship. The Carl-Duisberg-Gesellschaft Köln, Germany.

1993 & 1995 Internationaler Edelstein-Preis, young competition. Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

Keynotes, Invited Research Lectures and Workshops

2022 Invited speaker and demonstration of the "All about Us" game developed by the MinD team. Games Studies Network, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 27 April 2022.

2020 Interview with UKHealthRadio (9 November 2020) about designing for people living with dementia.

2020 Virtual Booth (invited): MinD - Designing for People with Dementia, 30th Alzheimer Europe Conference 20-22 October 2020.

2020 Invited Speaker: Co-designing mindfulness with and for people with dementia, Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, Bradford University, 7 July 2020.

2020 Invited Speaker: Designing for Health, LACHCOM, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 18 February 2020.

2020 Professorial Lecture, Designing for Mindful Social Change, Manchester Metropolitan University, 13 January 2020.

2019 Invited Speaker: MinD - Designing for People with Dementia: reporting on the project results, European Working Group of People with Dementia, Brussels, Belgium, 10 December 2019.

2018 Invited Speaker and workshop leader for Doctoral Symposium in the Crafts, Gothenburg University, Sweden, April 2018.

2017 Invited Speaker: MinD - Designing for People with Dementia: reporting on the Project’s framework and data collection, Design for Dementia Symposium, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 7 March 2017.

2016 Invited Speaker: MinD - Designing for and with People with Dementia, Alzheimer Europe Public Affairs Group, Brussels, Belgium, 29 June 2016.

2015 Keynote Speaker: Craft transferable: Values, knowledge and skills for design and industry?, HDR Research Training Workshop “The changing role of skills, craft and the designer in the light of delocalisation of manufacturing practices”, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 5 November 2015.

2015 Workshop leader: Workshop 5 - Strategic Design: Designing sustainable innovation through behaviour change, ERRIN Design Days, Flemish Parliament, Brussels, 24-25 September 2015.

2015 Keynote Speaker: Craft Research, Intellect Editors Forum, Bristol, 17 September 2015.

2012 Keynote speaker: Explorative Materiality & Knowledge - the role of creative exploration, artfacts and knowledge in design research, NordFo 2012: Making – an International Conference on Materiality and Knowledge, Notodden, Norway, September 2012.

2011 Invited workshop leader: Art & Design Research: towards the REF in Applied Arts, presentation and workshop on the Research Excellence Framework 2013, University of Ulster.

2010 Keynote speaker: Finding the Balance - Understanding the role of creative practice and written documentary in the PhD. AHRC doctoral training day, University of Dundee.

2010 Invited speaker: Understanding Methods - mapping knowledge, rigour, and the flow of methods in design research methodology. ESRC seminar: New Forms of Doctorate, London Knowledge Lab, 2 October 2010.

2008 Invited plenary speaker: Studying for PhD: In Art & Design? Artistic Research / Forschung durch Kunst und Design. Inaugural Symposium of the Doctoral Programme, Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany, 17-18 October 2008.

2008 Invited plenary speaker: Art & Design Research: What’s That? Swiss Design Network Conference 2008, Bern Switzerland, 30-31 May 2008.

2007 Keynote speaker: Relating the Production of Artefacts & the Production of Knowledge in Research, The Art of Research: Connections between Research and Art/Design Practices, International Conference 2007, UIAH, Helsinki, Finland, 1-3 October 2007.

2005-6 Invited speaker: Konstfack University, Stockholm, Sweden; Manchester Metropolitan University: MIRIAD symposium; Coventry University/University of the Arts London: AHRC collaborative doctoral symposium; University of Central England (BIAD): doctoral symposium; University of Sunderland; University of Hertfordshire, School of Education: doctoral training day.

Journal Editorship, Conference Organisation, Reviewing

2020- Reviewer for Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK.

2019- Review member for WHO Global Dementia Observatory (WHO GDO) Knowledge Exchange platform.

2017-Member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) College of Peer Reviewers, UK.

2018- Co-chair: MinD International Conference 2019 - Designing with and for People with Dementia: Wellbeing, Empowerment and Happiness, MinD Conference 2019, 19 and 20 September 2019, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. Coorganised by MinD and the DRS Special Interest Groups on Behaviour Change and on Health, Wellbeing and Happiness.

2018 Co-organiser and speaker: Third MinD Symposium: Mindfulness applications in working with people affected by mental and neurological diseases, organised by INTRAS and held at Miguel de Cervantes European University, Valladolid, 20 November 2018.

2017 Co-organiser and speaker: MinD - Designing for People with Dementia: reporting on the Project’s data collection results, MinD Second Symposium & Design Workshop, 3 July 2017, Panton design, Deventer, The Netherlands.

2017 Advisor EKSIG conference 2017: Alive. Active. Adaptive. International Conference on Experiential Knowledge and Emerging Materials, EKSIG & TU Delft, NL.

2016 Co-organiser and speaker: MinD - Designing for People with Dementia, First MinD Symposium & Design Workshop, 7 December 2016, Europe House, London.

2014, 2015 Expert evaluator for the European Commission.

2015-2016 Executive Adviser for the International Conference of the Design Research Society, DRS2016, Brighton, UK.

2014-2015 International Advisor IASDR conference 2015, Brisbane, Australia.

2015 Advisor EKSIG conference 2015: Tangible Means - experiential knowledge through materials, EKSIG & Design Schoolen, Denmark.

2012-14 Co-organiser and Paper Chair for the International Conference of the Design Research Society, DRS2014, Umeå, Sweden.

2013 Co-organiser EKSIG2013: Knowing Inside Out - experiential knowledge, expertise and connoisseurship, EKSIG & Loughborough University, UK.

2011 Co-organisor and Academic Chair, EKSIG2011: SkinDeep - experiential knowledge and multi sensory communication, EKSIG & University for the Creative Arts, UK.

2010- Member of the AHRC College of Peer Reviewers.

2009 Founding Editor, Journal Craft Research, Intellect Publishers.

2009 Co-organisor and Academic Chair, International Conference on Experiential Knowledge 2009, London Metropolitan University, London, UK.

2007- Editorial Board: Journal of Visual Art Practice Taylor & Francis.

2007-2014 Convenor of the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge.

2007 Organisor of the Experiential Knowledge Conference 2007, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, and London Metropolitan University, London, UK.

2006- University Partner for: Design Advanced Research Training (DART).

2003- International Conference and Journal Reviewer in design, health and sustainability.

Membership of Professional Bodies

2013- Higher Education Academy (HEA): Fellow

2002- Design Research Society (DRS): Member; 2007-2019: DRS Council Member and Secretary for Special Interest Groups

2000-2007 Chartered Society of Designers (CSD): Graduate Member

1996- Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst, Germany: Member


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