Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Research Program “Designing for Sustainability”

The Hasso Plattner Institute and MIT collaborate on tackling global societal challenges through new joint research program “Designing for Sustainability”.

Further information

HPI and MIT formalized their collaboration with the launch of the “Designing for Sustainability” Program.  The signing on November 2, 2022 between the Morningside Academy for Design (MAD) at MIT and HPI marked the beginning of a new global partnership. We invite grant proposals for research on design and/or technology in sustainability. Funded research teams comprised of at least one faculty member each from HPI and MIT will be tasked with sustainable innovations. HPI and MIT wish to make joint contributions to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established in 2015. HPI has already developed many initiatives in the area, including the clean-IT initiative.

Program Vision

The HPI-MIT “Designing for Sustainability” Program engages multidisciplinary research teams to investigate both innovation in all its dimensions and different application contexts as well as computer science for designing sustainable digital solutions. In particular, researchers should develop ambitious, long-term explorations related to the innovation strategies of design to generate sustainable impact for society across various domains of practice. The program applies rigorous academic research methods to understand the scientific basis for how and why design innovation works and fails. Design is understood broadly to include design research and thinking, design in the field of computer science, and design in entrepreneurship.  Funded researchers study the complex interaction between members of multi-disciplinary teams challenged to deliver breakthrough product, service, and business-model sustainable design innovations.

The first HPI-MIT “Designing for Sustainability” Workshop will take place in Cambridge, MA (US) in Spring 2023.  Interested faculty from both institutions will be in attendance for networking.  Multi-disciplinary research topics will be discussed, existing challenges will be diagnosed and solutions to complex international problems will be proposed.

The research collaboration is supported by the Hasso Plattner Foundation and set up over eight years, with an interim evaluation after four years. The funded program will entail semi-annual research workshops, quarterly virtual seminars, and student exchanges between both institutes.