Design Thinking: A crash course

Would you like to translate your scientific knowledge and discoveries to potential real-world applications? Do you want to see if innovation is something that you can do? Sign up for a new crash course in Design Thinking.

2018.10.11 | Christian Haaber Rasch

[Translate to English:] Buildings at the faculty og Science and Technology, Aarhus University. Photo: AU Foto

The workshop will introduce researchers and students to this new tool in four process phases rolled into two intense but fun days. Photo: AU Foto

On 29-30 January, 2019, Department of Bioscience is hosting a two-day workshop for students and researchers at Bioscience on the new paradigm of Design Thinking – a new tool to translate knowledge towards the external world.

Teacher of the course is Rajiv Vaid Basaiawmoit, head of ST Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.

While mostly used in Business Schools and Design Schools, the concept can also be translated to science when viewed as a complementary method to the scientific method. See how a synthetic biology lab at UCSF work uses the method to be more human-centered in this article in CELL.

Who uses it?

Institutions as diverse as the UCSF, Paolo Alto; Royal College of Art, London, Goldsmiths at the University of London, Stanford University’s D-School, and Singapore University of Technology & Design are leading a rapidly growing movement on Design Thinking. It is a new way of thinking about serious problems such as environmental perseveration, and energy conservation and supported by the industry too.

What will I get out of the workshop?

The workshop will introduce researchers and students to this new tool in four process phases rolled into two intense but fun days:

29 January 2019 at 9.00-21.00

Breakfast at 08.30, lunch at 12.00 and pizzas at 18.00 (working dinner) + coffee/tea is provided.

30 January 2019 at 9-17:
Breakfast at 08.30 and lunch at 12.00.

PhD students will qualify for 1 ECTS point. To be able to get this, the PhD students will have to prepare and hold a mini-Pecha-Kucha Style presentation of themselves and their PhD topic (10 slides Max – in 3.20 Mins SHARP). Find out more about Pecha-Kucha here: and Design Thinking here: (Video in Danish).

Contact Else Staalsen for more info about the event:


Workshop location: Studenterhus, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus.

Sign-up link:

Teacher of the course: Rajiv Vaid Basaiawmoit, PhD, MBA (Head of Sci-tech Innovation & Entrepreneurship, ST-Dean’s office). For more details contact: