PhD Course in Service Design for Socially Innovative Services (23-26 May 2016)

This PhD course will focus on the contribution of service design to social innovation initiatives. Such initiatives are often generated by spontaneous actions of individuals or groups of citizens, but the contribution of service designers may help providing them with a structure, a consolidated service system and can even create the basis for their scalability.

For this reason the intersection between service design and social innovation represents an interesting ground for research.

The PhD course is also connected to the activities of the DESIS network. The network, which include Aalborg University, brings together schools and research enters that are working on Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability. Several participants will come from the institutions connected with this network.


The course  will start on May 23 with presentations from relevant speakers on social innovation, followed by  a 3-days conference on Service Design (ServDes2016) on May 24-26.

The following Draft program is more detailed for the first day and includes some relevant information concerning the following days.

9:00 – 9:15 Registration – Coffee
9:15 – 10:00 Welcome, Nicola Morelli – Introduction to the research themes of the course
10:00- 12:30 Presentation of PhD works on Design for Social Innovation
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 14:00 Presentation Anna Meroni, Politecnico di Milano, DESIS Network

Tuesday 24.5 to Thursday 26.5 2015 , ServDes2016 Conference

The conference will include keynote speeches and panels concerning relevant themes (including a DESIS panel and several papers presentation on design for social innovation)

Organizers: Professor MSO Nicola Morelli, e-mail:, Assistant Professor Amalia de Götzen, e-mail:, Assistant Professor Frencesco Grani, e-mail:

Lecturers: Nicola Morelli, Anna Meroni,

ECTS: whole course (4 days): 3 ECTS; participants to the first day only: 1 ECTS

Time: 23-26 May 2016

Place: Aalborg University Copenhagen, A.C. Meyers Vænge


There is no fee to register to the first day of the PhD course, however for the conference days, a fee applies.