Professor Ming Cheung presenting the QCA bid to host DRS2020

Queensland College of Art will bring the world’s leading design minds to Brisbane, after winning hosting rights for the Design Research Society (DRS) Conference 2020.

More than 600 world-class researchers, academics, designers and students will gather in Brisbane to share insights on design trends, and examine how these impact on the way we live, work and play.

The competitive bid, led by the Queensland College of Art in partnership with the Brisbane Convention Bureau, will see the biennial international conference return to Australia for the first time in 16 years.

DRS2020 co-chair and Queensland College of Art Head of Design Professor Ming Cheung said winning hosting rights for the conference was a coup for Brisbane and Australia’s design research community.

“Hosting DRS2020 will see Brisbane and Griffith University take the lead in promoting excellence in design research,” she said.

“With 600 of the world’s most talented academics and designers expected to meet in Brisbane, this conference will also provide significant development opportunities to local researchers, designers and students.”

Queensland College of Art Director Professor Derrick Cherrie congratulated the team behind the successful bid.

“I would like to congratulate Ming and the design faculty for securing this prestigious conference for Griffith University,” he said.

“This is a remarkable achievement that will allow us to showcase the QCA on the international stage.”