LAUNCH of NCAD DesignLabs | Health Made Better
NCAD is launching DesignLabs, a new interdisciplinary centre for creative, human-centred design research and practice.

Driven by collaboration with industry, academia and our wider community partners, NCAD DesignLabs will deliver impact and innovation through applied design research across three labs focused on health, circularity, and learning. 

NCAD DesignLabs are a series of collaborative design-led research spaces. Our shared focus is on the positive impact that applied design research can have on societies, cultures, economies and environments. As researchers and designers we work across disciplines and with diverse stakeholders to affect positive change through design. 

Exhibition Opening:
 6pm Tuesday, 25 April, 2023 - RSVP here.
Exhibition Opening Times: Wednesday 26 April - Friday 12 May, 2023, 11AM-6PM
Better Health by Design Symposium: Tuesday, 9 May, 9AM-3.30PM - Registration required by emailing
Launch of NCAD DesignLabs & Opening of Health Made Better (25 April, 6pm)

The launch of the first DesignLab: Health will be marked by the opening of Health Made Better, an exhibition showcasing design-led health research projects with collaborators including the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Design Innovation Lab at St James’s Hospital, Peamount Hospital and Tympany Medical. The NCAD DesignLab: Health is being launched in partnership with the HSE Spark Innovation Programme and The Digital Hub. All are welcome to join us for the launch, please register your attendance here.


Better Health by Design SYMPOSIUM (9 May, 9AM-3.30PM)
The Better Health by Design symposium brings together leading healthcare professionals and designers to make the case for design in healthcare, to share inspirational collaborative projects and to demonstrate how to embed design at an organisational level. 

KEYNOTES will be delivered by three leading voices in design and health:
Dr Claire Craig, Professor of Design and Creative Practice in Health and Co-Director of Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University
Lorna Ross, Chief Innovation Officer, VHI / Adjunct Faculty, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland / Mentor, Unreasonable
Rebecca Walsh, Design Director, Big Motive 

Through a series of exciting and immersive keynotes, panel talks and lightning presentations delivered by clinicians and design practitioners from The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St James’s Hospital and more, the symposium will address the following topics: 
The case for design in healthcare
Co-designing healthcare: bringing designers, healthcare workers and patients together
Inspirational case studies showing real world impact

* Introducing and scaling design in your organisations. The Better Health by Design symposium is delivered in partnership with the HSE Spark Innovation Programme, the Mater Transformation Office, and the Design Innovation Lab at St James’s Hospital. Attendance is free. Registration required by emailing .

Design Worrkshop with Stroklink Team

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