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Call for Contributors Opens for High Point Design, Art & Science Symposium

The Design, Art & Science Symposium is set to take place October 12-14, in conjunction with High Point Market. 

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Biophilia is a component of how design affects the health in our homes.

Science in Design is sharing its open Call for Contributors for the first-ever Design, Art & Science Symposium. 

The symposium is brought to you by Science in Design Founder Mike Peterson, and Co-founder Linda Kafka, alongside strategic partner High Point x Design (HPxD), whose vision is to make High Point a year-round art and design destination open to all.

Jane Dagmi, Managing Director at High Point x Design (HPxD) commented, "Science in Design is a compelling concept, and the positive impact it will have on our industry and our local community are vast. After a successful launch at High Point Market, we look forward to working with their team to further the conversation and create opportunities for thought leadership, learning and design inspiration to happen here year-round.”

Designed in conjunction with High Point Market, the inaugural Design, Art & Science Symposium will offer a three-day event experience held on October 12-14, 2023 with a multi-events program that offers innovative thought-leadership and evidence-based education from the field of science in design. The Symposium’s Main Educational Event on Friday, October 13, 2023, with deliver a full day of education from 8 AM to 5 PM at Congdon Yards with (8-10) sessions that will dive into the principles of science in design. Topics include Biophilia, Neuroaesthetics, Health Benefits of Interior Design, the Importance of Beauty & Nature, Fundamentals of Color, Art & Design, and the Intersection of Technology + Design. 

“Science in Design teaches the design industry about the positive effects of beauty, nature and fine design on people’s physical and emotional health," Peterson said. "Since our conception, our goal has been to help designers, architects, manufacturers and retailers to use beauty to promote healing, which has been proven by the study of neuroaesthetics and medicine. Our mission is to provide space for leading scholars and academics to present evidence on why science thinks of the design industry as an "alternative health resource." 

Peterson explains the Symposium’s registered guests will get all access to their events including a welcome reception, networking mixers, experiential exhibits and product discovery, with catered meals while also connecting with the community of High Point’s thousands of furnishings brands, makers, artists and innovators. The event will also feature the support offered by city leadership who are thrilled with the opportunity this event brings to Triad as well as leveraging the City of High Point’s beauty, history and design resources. 

“Offering innovation talks, experiential exhibits, and design inspiration our Symposium will bring together and inspire the entire design community, led by the leading academics in the field of science and design whose findings will expand the value perception of the home furnishings industry," added Kafka. "Our Symposium's education will also be game-changing and will help the City of High Point to be known as a world-class leader in education. Our speakers and leading experts will document the impact science and design have on clients' physical and emotional health. With two of our event's biggest takeaways are that our design industry can be a source of health and that human needs are essential for the future of design and build environments.”

The Design, Art & Science Symposium is looking for leading experts and academics who will present on the convergence of science and design with an open Call for Contributors including academics, educators, interior designers, thought leaders and visionaries. The deadline to submit topics is August 18th and selected contributors will be notified soon after. 

Science in Design incorporates strategies that validate the industry’s role as an alternative health resource. Their specialties help to translate the convergence of science and design and the practical principles of biophilia, neuroaesthetics, neuroscience, circadian rhythms, nature x design, cognitive architecture and the health benefits to creating a more sustainable livable environment. 

“Design has the power to create pleasure and beauty, which can have a positive impact on our emotions and physical health. Studies in neuroscience have proven this to be true. Science in Design is dedicated to inspiring the design and trade community by showing them that their value and role in creating beautiful spaces is important and valuable,” shared Science in Design’s Faculty.

Tickets are available now for the Design, Art & Science Symposium’s B2B trade event held on October 12-14, 2023 in High Point, NC. This event includes a multi-events program and world-class education that will inspire and educate the design industry including designers, architects, manufacturers, retailers, educators, design students, and others on their ability to improve the health of their clients. 

“We are honored to be a Partner of Science in Design and to support the launch of the first-ever “Design, Art, and Science Symposium. Phillips Collection is eager to learn alongside our design community how science proves that beauty, nature, and design improve health,” said Mark Phillips, CEO of Phillips Collection.

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