In this one-day learning workshop, we explore how embodied speculation in participatory design and innovation can help stakeholders imaginecritically reflect and engage in dialogue about the social opportunities and ethical implications of emerging technologies.

Embodied speculative approaches offer a great resource in identifying social opportunities and ethical implications of new technologies in early stages of development. They can provide a more enriched problem definition, and help shift attention towards real-life concerns and contexts. In this workshop, we introduce three embodied speculative techniques as a starting point for learning about and discussing embodied speculation in participatory design and innovation. We introduce narrative prototyping to explore future needs, sensuous speculation to explore future interactions and applied improvisations to explore social implications of future technologies.

The workshop starts with a round table discussion about relevant criteria when conducting embodied speculations. We then engage in embodied speculation ourselves, focusing on identifying the social opportunities and ethical implications of Quantified Self technologies for the year 2026. We end the workshop by reflecting on our experiences with these embodied speculations to foster knowledge exchange and learning.

We would like to invite researchers and practitioners from the fields of design and innovation who would like to further develop their understanding of embodied speculative techniques, and who want to explore the research opportunities this opens up. We would like to attract about 20 participants with different professional backgrounds (engineering, science and technology studies, industrial design, human factors, etc.) to mimic the reality of transdisciplinary teams that work on emerging technologies.

Participants registering for this workshop will be asked to submit a two-slide presentation that includes their professional background and a relevant project that highlights their research interest.

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You can apply for the workshop via the registration system:

For further inquiries about the workshop please email Marco Rozendaal:

Organised by:
Marco C. Rozendaal (
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering,
Delft, The Netherlands.

Marie L. Heidingsfelder (
Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Innovation,
Berlin, Germany.

Frank Kupper (
Athena Institute, VU University,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.