The Value of Engineering Design Research

Edgecomb, Ian M. and Brisco, Ross (2024) The Value of Engineering Design Research. The Design Society, Glasgow. (

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The research presented within this paper was first envisioned at the Design Society Rigi Meeting 2023 in Paris, France. During Science Day, where attendees include the Design Society Board of Management, Advisory Board, Special Interest Groups and Chapters Leaders and other invited guests including representatives of SNCF Research (host of the meeting), it was identified that Design Society members can face the challenge of justifying the value of engineering design. This value has been harder to justify in recent years with a lack of visibility of the impact of engineering design. This value is important to state to increase the chances of securing research funding for design society members, and to influence policy and strategy on funding of engineering design research in the future as is an aim of the charitable company.