Issue 10

Design Scientist

Lynn Harles

Photos by Peter Rigaud Words by Sarah Dorkenwald

Since studying communication design at Trier University of Applied Sciences, Luxembourg native Lynn Harles has engaged in research into areas of potential offered by the interdisciplinary interface between design and science with respect to social, technological and ecological challenges. Research had always been Lynn’s ambition; however, she recalls her entry into the world of science as not entirely straightforward, given that researchers are initially left alone to generate their own fields of investigation. In many cases suitable positions in design research must be created from scratch, but when Lynn came across the vacancy at the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin she knew it was exactly what she wanted to do. Now a Research Fellow at the Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation in Berlin, she conducts research into speculative and social design practices with the goal of opening up new paths of public engagement in science and fostering social innovation. Lynn is completing a doctorate at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. In her dissertation, entitled “From Fact to Artefact”, she aims to expand the ideological concept of speculative design practices which have arisen out of critical design and establish them as scientific practice within social innovation research.


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