Lissabon, 26.-27.10.18 | Why the World Needs Anthropologists: Designing the Future

About WWNA

Why The World Needs Anthropologists positions itself at the intersection of a cutting-edge academic conference and a rocking innovation event.

You will enjoy an immersive experience with our plenary session, meet amazing people in the Design Hotspot area, improve your skills at thematic workshops and have an opportunity to share your ideas & work with the audience at the PechaKucha. In addition to that, the late-night socializing might change your life forever.

Whether you are interested in user experience, industrial design, applied arts, business, organizational or applied anthropology in a broader way, Why the World needs anthropologists: Designing the Future is a perfect event for you.

We are proud to announce the 6th edition of the annual event

Why the World needs Anthropologists

A symposium that explores the different applications of anthropology beyond traditional academia.

This year’s edition, entitled Designing the Future, focuses on design anthropology, its methods, practical applications, and its potential for framing the future of humanity around the world.

It examines human-centred design and design thinking with emphasis on the value of ethnography in these type of processes and techniques, while acknowledging the opportunities arising from a collaborative approach between anthropology and design. The event will bring together researchers, designers, and developers from various domains to ensure an enriched discussion, facilitate collaborations, create innovation momentum, and provide a networking platform for new job opportunities.


  • Top speakers
  • Thematic workshops
  • Participant-led PechaKucha (info in “Registration”)
  • Exhibition stands at Design Hotspot (info in “Registration”)


The event will be held in the lovely city of Lisbon, Portugal, 26-27 October 2018.

The complete program will be announced on 1 June 2018, with the opening of full online registration.



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