Key Dates

call for papers15 January → 15 April → 21 April

Notification of acceptance19 May

registration (early bird)15 January → 08 June

Keynote speakers

José Duarte

Easydataviz Director

His work is about exploring the relationship between data and citizens in South America, through playful participatory experiences that take place in public space and aims to spark meaningful conversations. This approach isn’t about pumping out pristine graphics worthy of the New York Times, it’s about encouraging people on something much more important: critical thought for change. For 15 years, he has designed more than 100 data participatory playful experiences in cities such as Mexico City, Barcelona, ​​Paris, Santiago, Lima, Brussels and Berlin to trigger conversations with citizens on topics as diverse as peace, the environment, public health, conflict armed forces, the future, mobility and security.

Manuel Lima

RSA Fellow. TED Speaker. Design Lead, Startup Mentor, and Educator.

Currently Global Head of Design at ex-Nokia, Microsoft, and Google. Author of 4 bestseller books. Spoke at 100+ events around the globe and his talks have been watched by 3M+ people.

Olga Subirós

Architect and curator

Olga Subirós is a Barcelona based architect and designer focusing her work as curator of exhibition projects that integrate the transformations of the digital era and eco-social crises with new perspectives. Her current effort "MATTER MATTERS" will be part of the program for the Barcelona 2026 World Capital of Architecture. Her work has been presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the CCCB and at international venues such as the Digital Culture Center in Mexico, Arts Science in Singapore, and the MIT Museum. In 2022, her project "AIR/ARIA/AIRE" won the FAD International Award. Olga is a guest professor and jury member at schools in Barcelona and abroad.

special speaker:
Pau Garcia

Founding Partner at Domestic Data Streamers

As leader of the consultancy firm Domestic Data Streamers, Pau works in research and communication projects for cultural institutions, organizations, and companies such as California Academy of Sciences, Western Digital, UNICEF, Nike or the Mobile World Congress in gathering and communicating information in new data languages.

Special presenters

Two new guests enrich the program, to the point we have decided to add one day to the program: 2CO4 begins one day earlier! On July the 3rd Santiago Ortiz, Darjan Hil and Nicole Lachenmeier of Superdot will lead two workshops, and in the following days, in a special presentation session, they will enlighten us with some of their recent work.

Santiago Ortiz

Consultant at Moebio-Lab and co-founder of DrumWave.

Santiago creates digital experiences based on data that help solve complex problems. He explores synergies between human and algorithmic intelligences. He also develops interfaces that enable exploration, combination, deep understanding, and decision-making, connecting with large dynamic databases.

Workshop: Educating Complexity

Our education system continues reinforcing a linear view of the world, while the challenges that humankind face now are terribly non-linear: a highly interconnected economy, unstable and unpredictable weather, fragile ecosystems that we keep pushing to their resiliency boundaries, an exponential growth in algorithmic intelligence capacity and presence. How to educate for complexity? How to prepare next generations into system thinking, collaborative intelligence, and an economy of well being without growth dependency…? In this workshop we’ll explore different strategies to learn and educate math, biology, history, art and any other subject, through experimentation and games, from a non-linear perspective. It will be playful workshop, because playing is enjoying complexity.

Nicole Lachenmeier
and Darjan Hil

Founding Partner at SuperDot

Nicole Lachenmeier and Darjan Hil founded Superdot.Studio, where they created the Modular Information Design System and wrote the award-winning book, "Visualizing Complexity.“ They create visual tools and design systems for print and web that make complex information accessible to a broad audience. They've worked with a wide range of clients, from startups to big companies and international groups, including UNICEF, Roche, Swiss Federal Statistical Office and the City of Basel. Darjan and Nicole also teach their design methods at at various organisations, Swiss and international Universities.

Workshop: Prototyping with Modular Information Design

In this workshop, participants will learn the principles of modular information design and how to easily create unique multidimensional visualizations. Participants will perform practical exercises with a data set provided by us. The hands-on approach will involve using simple tools such as pen, paper, and ruler to manually construct the diagrams step by step.

Conference Fee

  • Attendee 60€

    Non presenting public, non presenting co-authors.


Please keep in mind that in order to present the paper at least one author has to register to the conference.

  • Junior Track 25€

    Post-graduate students, students in their final university years.

  • Full paper Early bird fee / Academic partner 250€

    Discounted rate available until June 8th 2024

  • Regular Fee 350€
    → SOON

    Registration from June 9th 2024.

Registration fee includes:

Access to the conference and to related events, coffee breaks.
LUNCH will be available at the Elisava cafeteria for 8,50€.


On Thursday 4 we will have 2CO4's SOCIAL DINNER at the extra cost of 50€.
Details will be available soon.


As in the Conference's previous editions, we are looking for contributions and approaches that describe on-going exploration experiences, completed projects and case studies in design based-research, methodologies and practitioner fields.

Despite 2CO's focus on practice-based and 'practical' design-oriented approaches, more theory and methodology-centered contributions are also welcome.

The topics covered by the conference are:

  • informative-animation;
  • info-graphics;
  • interactive data visualization;
  • informative environments

The conference is structured around two – Full and Junior – tracks, therefore we are looking for two distinct forms of contributions:

Full track

The Full track, dedicated to formal presentations, and is aimed at scholars and professionals active in the field of communicating complexity.

Junior track

A special Junior track, designed to attract 'young researchers' (post-graduate students, PhD candidates in their early research stage, junior scholars and so on) willing to present their projects and experiences, in a case-studies format.


Once notified about their contribution's acceptance, authors will be asked to register to the conference (it is required that at least one author is registered to the conference to present the contribution).

The frame window for registering to the conference (Early Bird mode) is May 15th/June 21st. Latecomers may be still be able to register after this date (at full price) for a few extra days.

As in the past editions, the papers presented during the conference (both in full and junior track modes) will be considered for publication in a following book of contributions.

Although it is likely that the contributions presented at the conference will be included in the book, a live intermediate evaluation will be carried out by a small/flexible evaluation team (formed by members of the scientific committee) in which presentations will be further scrutinized. After this, possibly with extra hints and suggestions (whereas needed), authors will be given green light for submitting a final version for 2CO's (selected) 'book of contributions'.

As a last stage, following both the scientific committee's recommendations and the publication style guidelines, authors will be asked to submit a correctly formatted ‘camera ready' paper.



The papers that will successfully go through the Conference’s reviewing process will be part of an original Conference volume published by the ELISAVA/UVIC (University of Vic) repository. The ISBN and DOI publication will be in open access.


Abstracts submission

English is the official conference language: both for abstracts submissions and for presentations.

Please make sure the text your submit does not contain any personal information. Contributions must be fully anonymous. Please take notice that, the maximum number of authors for 2CO4 contributions is three (3).

→ Submission are closed ←

Submissions should be entered as plain text and must follow the following format:

  • Author(s) name, affiliation, email.
  • Title: (max 10 words)
  • Abstract: (max 900 words)
  • Keywords: (min 3, max 5)
  • One significant image to illustrate the abstract, .pdf .jpg .png file - (Optional but preferable)
  • References Please make sure to include also a short reference list (books, articles, websites) at the end of your abstract according to APA style.

scientific committee

Letizia Bollini

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Lisa Borgenheimer

HfG Offenbach am Main, Germany

Massimo Botta

SUPSI Univ. Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Alfredo Calosci

DADU, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy

Clinton Carlson

University of Notre Dame, USA

Nicolò Ceccarelli

DADU, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy

Andrés Colmenares

ELISAVA, Barcelona, Spain

Rossana Gaddi

University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Pau Garcia

ELISAVA, Barcelona, Spain

Silvia Gasparotto

University of San Marino, San Marino

Thomas Grundigg

Hasso Plattner Institute, Univ. of Potsdam, Germany

Ariel Guersenzvaig

ELISAVA, Barcelona, Spain

Viktoria Kirjuchina

MMArt, FH Salzburg, Austria

Stewart Medley

Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Ian Mitchell

LJMU, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Matteo Moretti

DADU, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy

Eleni Mouri

University of West Attica, Greece

Daniela Piscitelli

University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli

Rodrigo Ramirez

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile

Andrea Resmini

Halmstad University, Sweden

Gianni Sinni

IUAV Venezia, Italy

Marco Sironi

DADU, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy

Herbert Spencer Gonzales

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Pete Thomas

LJMU, Liverpool, United Kindom

Michele Zannoni

Dept. of Architecture, Università di Bologna, Italy

academic partners



Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile

HfG >Offenbach am Main

Offenbach am Main

Hochschule für Gestaltung, Germany

ECU Perth


Edith Cowan University, Australia

UNIBZ Bozen-Bolzano


Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

UNIRSM San Marino

San Marino

Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino, San Marino

FH Salzburg


Fachhochschule Salzburg, Austria

UNIWA Athens


University of West Attica, Greece

LJMU Liverpool


John Moores University, United Kingdom

DA Bologna


Dept. of Architecture, Università di Bologna, Italy

IUAV Venice


Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy


The Conference will be held at the ELISAVA Facultad de Diseño e Ingeniería de Barcelona.

Conference: ELISAVA La Rambla 30-32 08002 Barcelona (España).

Social dinner: soon details.


Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering is a faculty of UVic-UCC. It promotes education, knowledge and research in the fields of design, communication and engineering. Located in Barcelona, Elisava has trained more than 25,000 students in its 60-year history.

Together with Elisava Research, the school develops projects with companies, institutions and NGOs to generate and transfer knowledge, address present and future challenges and foster change. Elisava raises professionals with the skills needed to design products, services and environments that contribute towards creating a more environmentally responsible, inclusive and community-focused society.

How to reach ELISAVA

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