CALL FOR POSTERS | extended Deadline 15 Feb. 2020
Connected to the theme of the Conference, posters should reflect on one of the nine conference tracks, presenting the research in a visually rich format, containing images (e.g. photographs, drawings, tables, diagrams) and an abstract of up to 300 words, to be inserted also in the submission management system.
Please use the template available at, selecting the file according to the relative track. The poster template is available in PDF and AI formats of 50x100 cm (WxH) dimensions. The title and footer area should respect the defined font and formatting, while the rest can be formatted freely, albeit using the attached font is recommended. References should follow the APA Style guidelines. Author names and affiliations should be omitted for the initial poster submissions in order to guarantee the blind review process. These can be included for the final version, to be uploaded after the poster acceptance.
Authors of accepted contributions should complete the conference registration in order to exhibit the poster, which will be visible for the entire duration of the conference. Authors will have the opportunity to explain their research during a dedicated poster session. 
Therefore, an author should present only one contribution among papers and posters, even though it is possible to co-author multiple works. Printing and poster installation will be handled by the conference organizers. Moreover, poster abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings.
Posters can be submitted at Poster submissions will be selected by the Scientific Committee and the Conference Chairs. For further information regarding the Call for Poster, you can contact us at

SPECIAL CALL FOR EXHIBITION | extended Deadline 15 Feb. 2020
This call is open only to the Schools member of Cumulus Association.
Connected to the theme and the nine tracks of the conference, Schools are invited to present exhibition proposals focusing on the results of didactic activities (such as studio works, thesis projects), which should have a link to the chosen conference track.
The exhibition will be visible for the entire duration of the conference and opened during a networking event on 16 June 2020, where each of the project representatives will have the opportunity to present their projects briefly. Each selected school will have up to 7 panels (50x50 cm each), as well as a 50x50x50 cm volume dedicated to physical model(s) (optional). Models should be transported to the exhibition site by 15 June 2020 and the exhibiting schools should take care of the return transport as well at the end of the conference. Panels will be printed and installed by the Conference organizers and the exhibiting schools will need to provide a 400 Euro contribution.
Exhibition proposals should include a title, track choice, the name of the responsible person, an abstract with the aims and contents (maximum 800 words), as well as pictures about the works to be displayed. In this phase, the final graphics of the panels is not required. 
Exhibition proposals can be submitted at Proposals will be selected by a dedicated Exhibition Scientific Committee. For further information regarding the Call for Exhibition, you can contact us at


15 Oct 2019    Launch of the Call for Poster and Exhibition
15 Feb 2020    EXTENDED Deadline for Poster and Exhibition Submission
30 Mar 2020    Notification of acceptance of Posters and Exhibitions
30 Apr 2020    Deadline for Print-ready materials
14 Apr 2020    Early Bird Registration deadline
31 May 2020    Regular Registration deadline
15 June 2020    Late Registration deadline
16,  17,  18,19 June 2020    Design Culture(s) Conference

The Conference is organized into 9 parallel tracks in order to address several different Cultures of Design. Each track is described with only three keywords to tackle and explore all possible approaches, methods, visions, experiments that can draw the scenario of different Design Cultures. Therefore, authors are invited to share innovative, original, inspiring and disruptive ideas in their poster and exhibition proposals.

Design Culture (of) ARTIFICIAL. Digital | Technology | Robotics
Design Culture (of) LANGUAGES. Aesthetics | Expression | Visual
Design Culture (of) LIFE. NATURE | BIOLOGY | HUMAN
Design Culture (of) MAKING. Process | Manufacturing | Post-Industry
Design Culture (of) MULTIPLICITY. Gender | Pluralism | Diversity
Design Culture (of) PROXIMITY. Places | People | Economy
Design Culture (of) RESILIENCE. Social Innovation | Circular Economy | Sustainability
Design Culture (of) REVOLUTION. Critical Thinking | Disruption | Change
Design Culture (of) THINKING. Theory | History | Critics

Aligned with the vision of Cumulus Association and its commitment for sharing design knowledge and practices in a global and multidisciplinary perspective, Sapienza University of Rome will host the Annual Cumulus conference with the aim to house and to foster the international debate on the current cultural, social, and economic challenges in design.
In particular, the conference is calling designers, academics and experts to tackle the relationship between Design and Culture, with the purpose of valorizing interdisciplinarity and diversity in the Cumulus community.
The working title of the Conference is “Design Culture(s)” and it is aimed to map the most advanced research and education in design, by reflecting on the idea of design as a form of culture, while drawing its field and opening to new directions.
Design Culture(s) is investigating not simply on the concept of culture as a monolithic expression of a specific knowledge that reflects on itself, but as the product of an investigation that is open to many different “Cultures” which are emerging and revolving around it in society, in the places and in history.
We live in an increasingly complex society, which is crossed by new social, cultural and economic challenges and at the same time it is more global and multicultural than ever, more and more enriched by new languages and the flows of people.
As a consequence, design is evolving as a wide-open field with many new applications and cultural meanings.
Design as expression of Culture(s) is taking into consideration the cultures we are inheriting from the past and which should be granted for the benefit of future generations, so intertwining past and future, tangible and intangible, innovation and tradition.
This is the time when it is urgent to multiply the opportunities for knowledge sharing and dissemination, in order to tackle the cultural, societal, economical, technological and industrial shifts of the future, through design education and research.