The event invites researchers at any stage of their research. In research sessions, participants will have 60 minutes to present their project and discuss their work with an international panel. Participants are selected through a double-blind peer-review process of the submissions. Papers and artefacts of selected participants will be published in the conference proceedings through the University of Ljubljana online repository (with ISBN). Selected participants will also contribute to the CA²RE+ database of evaluated materials (delivering digital files of the presentation and any other document presented at the event, licensed under [(CC) BY-NC-SA]). Feel free to browse the database of CA2RE+ EXPERIENCES ( and identify the driving forces of design attitude and methods as well as ANY other art practices as drivers of your research!


For the first stage submission, the applicants are asked to provide

  • an extended, illustrated abstract (from 800 to 1200 words; max 2 pages including images);
  • a short reflection on the importance and role of DDr approach, methods and techniques employed in the research project (max 250 words);
  • a short cv (max 100 words).


Selected applicants are invited to choose between three categories for the 2nd stage submission depending on the focus of the planned presentation and preferences for publication:

1/ ARTEFACT: submission focused on own, original works that are presented and discussed as research results. Participants are free to choose the number and format of the image(s) submitted. At least 800 words of text, a 150-words abstract, a revised 250-words paragraph on DDr and 3 keywords need to be submitted.

2/ EXTENDED ABSTRACT: a revised abstract with 800-1200 words and at least 3 images need to be submitted to be published in the conference proceedings.

3/ PAPER: a full paper between 1600 and 2400 words and at least 3 images need to be submitted to be published in the conference proceedings, with a 150-words abstract, a revised 250-words paragraph reflecting on DDr approaches/methods/techniques and 3 keywords.

Layout specifications will be sent with the Email of Acceptance. The 60 minutes presentation and discussion with international reviewers at the conference will be regarded as a second peer review. During the presentation, participants are invited to experiment with the potentials of presenting online through e.g. live performances, live reports from construction sites, office and research environments, movie clips, virtual 3-dimensional meeting places etc.

Important dates

APR 10 2021: Publication of Call
MAY 10 17 2021: 1st Stage Submission – extended deadline!
JUN 10 2021: Notification of Acceptance
JUN 30 2021: 2nd Stage Submission for Book of Abstracts and Online Exhibition
SEP 24–28 2021: CONFERENCE
OCT 20 2021: Final Submission for Online Proceedings and Database

If you are a PhD candidate at the CA²RE+ Consortium institutions (LJUBLJANA, AARHUS, GHENT, BERLIN, MILANO, PORTO, HAMBURG, TRONDHEIM, DELFT), special conditions apply. Selected participants need to:

  • attend the 5 full days of the conference;
  • present their doctoral work-in-progress;
  • participate actively in the discussions and summary sessions;
  • give written feedback about the impact of the Intensive Study Programme activity;
  • submit the presentation/publication/exhibition materials following the instructions of the CA²RE+ contact at your institution.

With their application, the CA²RE+ candidates accept the conditions described.

If conditions allow a face2face meeting in Ljubljana, the accepted CA²RE+ applicants travelling to Ljubljana get free access to the CA²RE+ event and, the best ones, financial travel support, based on Erasmus+ rules. The general acceptance borderline is the same for all the candidates: CA2RE and CA2RE+. For the travel support, the CA²RE+ Consortium will select the best eligible accepted candidates from each CA²RE+ Consortium institution, mentioned above. In the initial Erasmus+ plan there are 3 places for each institution available at each event.