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The Eighth Participatory Design Conference
July 27 – 31 Toronto, Canada

The PDC04 welcomes scholars, researchers, students, practitioners and enthusiasts from around the world. Registration is open. You do not need to be a member of the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) to participate.

This page contains information about registering for the conference, and links to the online registration form.

Key Dates and Times:

The conference proper opens at 9AM Thursday July 29, and ends at 4PM on Saturday July 31.

You can also go to the Travel and Accommodations page to book your stay in Toronto.

Register here for

  • Conference
  • Pre-Conference Tutorials
  • Pre-Conference Workshops
  • Banquet Night
  • Ordering Additional Proceedings

Please review registration options, pricing, and event information below then:

This is an automated form. You can register here online. Or you can print out the form and fax or mail in your registration (see instructions on the form).


On-line registration closes on July 20. Registration begins again on-site with the pre-conference events July 27.

Fees ($US)

  Early (ends June 15) Regular (ends July 20) On-site

Students/low income
$85 $100 $115
CPSR member $200 $250 $275
other $300 $350 $375

All prices in US dollars.

Conference registration does not include pre-conference events (doctoral consortium, workshops, tutorials) or the banquet, for which additional fees are required. See below.

Early registration closes midnight June 15; regular closes midnight July 20.

Students do not need to be CPSR members to enjoy the low student registration fee. However, students will need to present proof of student status when they pick up their registration material at the conference (student card, transcript, letter from a Prof, etc.).

CPSR members enjoy a discount on the regular registration fee. If you are not already a CPSR member, you might wish to take this opportunity to join. Membership fees are low. Combine CPSR membership with PDC04 registration, and save on the cost of conference registration alone. Go to CPSR []. Students do not need to become CPSR members in order to benefit from the student discount on the PDC registration fee. CPSR membership will provide no additional discount for students registering at the PDC.


Pre-conference events run through July 27 (tutorials) and July 28 (workshops), offering participants hands-on collaboration in small groups on focused topics. There is an additional fee for pre-conference events.


A separate cost is involved for tutorial registration. You do not need to be registered at the PDC04 to register for a tutorial. Tutorials run concurrently, all day on July 27. You will only be able to attend one. Participants may register on-site, but you are urged to register in advance, as space is limited. All tutorials are at the Bahen Centre. Rooms to be announced.

Tuesday, July 27, 9:00-5:30
Fee is US$100 for each. (includes lunch, tutorial materials)
Space is limited.

Tutorial A. "User Participation in Product Design." Thomas Binder (Centre of Design Research, Royal Academy of Art, Denmark); and Jacob Buur (Mads Clausen Institute for Product Innovation, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark). Description [PDF format].

Tutorial B. "Video Techniques for Participatory Design: Observation, Brainstorming, Prototyping." Organizer: Wendy Mackay (In Situ Lab, INRIA Futurs, Université Paris-Sud).
Description [PDF format].

Tutorial C. "Introduction to Participatory Design." Organizers: Sara Eriksén, Annelie Ekelin, and Jeff Winter (Informatics and Work School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning, Blekinge Institute of Technology).
Description [PDF format].


You must be registered for PDC04 to register for a workshop. A separate cost is involved for workshop registration. Workshops run concurrently, all day on July 28. You will only be able to attend one. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to register for a workshop on site. You must register for both the conference and the workshop in advance. All workshops are at the Bahen Centre. Rooms to be announced.

Wednesday, July 28. 9:00-5:30
Fee is $25 for each. (includes lunch)
Space is limited.

Workshop A. "Hands-on Experience with Design Games in Collaborative Design." Organizers: Eva Brandt and Jörn Messeter (Space & Virtuality Studio, Interactive Institutet, Sweden); and Jacob Buur (Mads Clausen Institute for Product Innovation, University of Southern Denmark)
Description [PDF format].

Workshop B. "The Software Engineering Code of Ethics, Participatory Designers, and the Public Good." Organizer: Sarah Kuhn (Department of Regional Economic and Social Development, University of Massachusetts Lowell)
Description [PDF format].

Workshop C. "Book Project: Participatory Design of a Participatory Design Book (and Other Resources)." Organizer: Doug Schuler (The Evergreen State College; Director, Public Sphere Project).
Description [PDF format].

Workshop D. "Teaching Participatory Design." Organizers: Finn Kensing (The IT University of Copenhagen); Keld Bødker and Jesper Simensen (Computer Science, Roskilde University).
Description [PDF format].

Workshop E. "Establishing the Web of Shared Understanding enabling Cooperative Knowledge Processing in Participatory Design." Organizers: Theodor Barth (SINTEF, Norway); Arthur Baskin (Intelligent Information Technologies, USA); Gianni Jacucci (UNITN, University of Trento, Italy); Frank Lillehagen (Computas, Norway).
Description [PDF format]
Read a preamble/invitation from this Workshop's organizers [PDF format]

Banquet Registration

Banquet Dinner
Thursday, July 29
Space is limited; please book early.

Jane Bunnett & The Spirits of Havana []
at the Revival restaurant []
(783 College St. West, at Shaw)
See venue map [link will open in new window]

picture of Jane Bunnet Celebrated as one of North America's most talented and authentic interpreters of Afro-Cuban music, Jane Bunnett combines innovative rhythms with riveting vocals in jazz-based compositions for an evening you won’t forget. Join colleagues and friends, old and new, for this special PDC Banquet dinner at one of Toronto’s premier music lounges.

Ticket price includes dinner, wine, and show. Price in US$.
Extra tickets are available for conference participants traveling with a companion, but their guests must register for the banquet separately.

Early (ends June 15) Regular (ends July 20) On-site
$50 $60 $75

Ordering Additional Proceedings

The Proceedings of PDC04 will be published in two volumes:

Volume I of the Proceedings will consist of the full research papers.
Volume II of the Proceedings will include all the other accepted contributions: short research papers, tutorial and workshop descriptions, etc.

All participants registered with the conference will receive one copy of each volume as part of their registration fee. You can purchase additional copies at the conference, or you may wish to pre-order copies to benefit from the discount (your order will be waiting for pick up at the conference). With your additional copy of either volume you get a mailing envelope so you can avoid the extra weight when returning home.

Price per unit in US$

First copy
Additional copy or copies
Pre-order (ends June 15)
After June 15
Volume I Free with registration $25 $30
Volume II Free with registration $12 $15

If you have reviewed all registration options, pricing, and event information you can:

Go to the Travel and Accommodations page to book your stay in Toronto.


Last updated on: 16.07.2004

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