Design and Science

This Community is situated within the context of a transdisciplinary summer school focusing on building an understanding of visual communication design in correlation with various scientific fields. Among these, each year a different topic is set. Design methods are introduced to achieve interpretation of scientific processes and findings and integration of visual theory with science.

Students will develop a clear understanding of how to design a visual communication language to appeal to users of scientific knowledge on the one hand, and how to introduce the principles of design thinking into scientific methodologies. This community offers students the opportunity to improve knowledge in the field/s of synergy between science and the arts, tackling the interdisciplinary fields where science enlightens the public and society through visual communication.
Learning Community Activities
Past Events
  • Design+Science Summer school 2023: Paraintelligence

10-14 July 2023 / Ljubljana, Slovenia

photo: Tine Lisjak
photo: Tine Lisjak

Photo: Tine Lisjak

The third edition of Design+Science Summer School is well under way. Starting off with a round table on Monday morning and a successful opening ceremony in the evening with keynote speeches by Stuart Walker and Sertaç Ersayin, 18 participants in three groups are researching the topic of Paraintelligence. On Tuesday we visited Karst region and dived deep into the secret underworld of Divača cave. Afterwards the collective Krater presented their way of tackling urban nature restoration projects, and Saša Spačal took us on a journey of the mystic world of funghi. Wednesday's presentations were focused around AI. First Uroš Krčadinac presented us the way art and design can be used to question the struggles of present culture and society. Later Matevž Pogačnik took us through the positive and negative aspects of AI with a special attention to the question of ethics.
We can't wait to see what students are busy preparing. We will have to wait until Friday's final presentations.

  • Design+Science Summer school 2021: Synthetic Foods

5-9 July 2021 / Ljubljana, Slovenia
More info here.

  • Design+Science Summer school 2022: Synthetic Foods

5-9 July 2021 / Ljubljana, Slovenia
More info here.

  • Guest lecture at the Academy of fine Arts and Design University of Ljubljana, 25 November 2022

Dominique Sciamma: The Power of Design
Dominique Sciamma, Director of CY école de Design in Paris, held a really inspiring keynote that took us on an incredible journey through the history of mankind and the impact the design had on our culture and society. We were presented the position of design in the world we live right now, and the important role design should play in our futures.

How to get involved?

(Students and educators)
Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri ( and Karen Triquet (
Learning Community Members
Lead: Boštjan Botas Kenda (UL). Email:

Full Professor of Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Graduated in Editorial graphics at IED, Milan, Italy. Also teaches visual communication at the Faculty of Architecture and at the Faculty of Computer Sciences.
Founder and partner of studiobotas, a graphic design studio which concentrates on book design and signage in public space.
In 2017 chaired the commission for the national design strategy document.
From 2017 to 2019 Vice-rector for Art and Creativity at University of Ljubljana, from 2013 to 2017 Dean of Academy of Fine Arts and Design, from 2011 to 2013 Head of Department of Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design.
Botas Kenda is cooperative in promoting practice-based research and design driven doctorate through CA²RE, ADAPT-r(PRS) and Doctorate Programme in Art at University of Ljubljana.

Lead: Marina Klemenčič (UL). Email:

Assistant professor in the field of biochemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana. After obtaining her PhD at UL FKKT, she completed two years of postdoctoral training at Umeå University in Sweden. She was a member of the board of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) action EuAgae.
In 2019 she was selected as the only representative of Slovenia at the FEMS (Federation of European MicrobiologicalSocieties) summer school, which selected the 25 most promising young researchers in the field of microbiology from around the world. She is the main organizer of the conference Plant Proteolysis, which will be held at UL FKKT in the
fall of 2022. She is a scientific mentor of the ASEF Foundation (the American Slovenian Education Foundation, USA), which aims to strengthen the links of Slovenian researchers between the USA and Slovenia, and one of the founders of the association Cutting Edge, which aims to promote scientific concepts among students young researchers.

Partner: Dominique Sciamma (CY). Email:

Director and Dean of CY School of Design @ CY Cergy Paris Université FRANCE
President of APCI (France Design promotion Agency)
Holder of a Bachelor with honours in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Theoretical Computer Science and after an eclectic career within international companies, Dominique is the creator and Director of the first ever design school in a university (CY Cergy Paris University) which welcomed its 130 first students in September 2021. He previously lead and directed Strate School of design for 7 years until September 2020, transforming it into the 1st French private design school. Before leading Strate, he successively created and led its "Intelligent Systems and Objects" department and its research activity.
Always surfing on new technologies, he successively worked as an AI researcher, software developer, marketing director, head of an AI business unit in Singapore, strategist (for Bull), head of a complex problem solving team, multimedia marketing (for EDS), electronic editor (for La Tribune economic newspaper), multimedia author, CMS author (as an independent digital consultant), before passionately investing on Design pedagogy.
A prominent figure in the design ecosystem in France, Dominique is a determined promoter of transformative design, through his actions, words and writings. As president of APCI, the main French design promotion association, he played a very active role in the Design National Conference (2019) for the implementation of a national design policy. He is a board member of the French National Design Council.

Partner: Bo Kelestyn (UW). Email:

Bo Kelestyn is an expert in design thinking with a diverse teaching and consulting portfolio. She works as an Associate Professor at Warwick, and as an Innovation Consultant at Sprint Valley. She has created and led a number of interdisciplinary modules on innovation, entrepreneurship, and design thinking, coordinates the Leadership, Communication and Innovation course at the Warwick Summer School, and leads on The Guardian Masterclass on design thinking. Bo is the creator of the Warwick Secret Challenge, a problem-solving workshop with elements of design thinking, which has become a key methodology to tackle innovation challenges at Warwick. She has recently led a scaled-up version of this programme, intended to re-imagine employability post-Covid with diverse teams from across the university, and is currently working on the sustainability version of the Challenge. Bo has also launched a limited podcast series on this topic in partnership with AdvanceHE. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to teaching & learning at Warwick, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of Enterprise Educators UK.

Teaching assistant: Jernej Kejžar (UL). Email:

Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Graphic designer by profession, working in a wide field of design; from editorial, exhibition, signage, identity, to digital. Also interested in design ephemera, especially banana stickers. Since 2017 involved in design education as an assistant at the Academy. Researching the field of presenting/teaching (graphic) design to non-designers in design-related professions, through courses at the Faculty of Architecture and Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Ljubljana. Starting as a Teaching Assistant at Design and Science LC in October 2022.