About the conference

The recognition of the importance of play in childhood is deeply rooted in the Nordic research on child culture. At the same time, it is increasingly difficult to maintain the advocacy for play only driven by the participants without adult facilitation.

Designing for Play in New Nordic Childhood will explore how it is possible to design for play and initiate a discussion on how we can insist on the qualities of play from the perspective of the participants.

The BIN Norden 2020 Conference takes place in Collaboration with Design School Kolding, Playful Learning Programme, University College Copenhagen, LEGO House and Billund Kommune.  Day 1-2 of the conference will be held in LEGO House in Billund. Day 3 will be held at the University College Copenhagen.

The conference is aimed at researchers, educators and others with an interest in design, play, education, and child culture research. Students with relevant research projects are also encouraged to submit contributions to the conference.

The aim of the Nordic conference is to strengthen the Nordic community on child culture research and promote the formation of a Nordic network of researchers bringing child culture research and design research together.

Important dates

April 1 2020: Abstract for papers submission deadline

April 15 2020: Panels, Workshops and abstracts for Demos & Art submission deadline

June 2020: Acceptance announcements

21-23 October 2020: Conference

Call for Participation: Abstracts, Panels, Workshops, and Demos & Art

With the conference we wish to initiate a discussion of design for play that take as a starting point the existing conditions for children’s play in present-day society.

We invite proposals for panels related to the overall theme of the conference. A panel will consist of three people, as well as a chair.

Workshops are an opportunity to create a session where relation to  the practice  of playfulness becomes apparent.We invite workshops related to the overall theme of the conference. Workshops provide a forum for in-depth discussions, resource exchange and networking related to specific topics.

Demos and Art Installations are solutions for play design. The purpose of the Demos and Art Installations is to share hands-on experiences and promote and provoke debate of innovative designs that are relevant for children in one way or another. We welcome interesting demo and art installations such as prototypes, devices, systems, games, videos and performances. 

Download Call for Participation: Abstracts, Panels, Workshops, and Demos & Art

Submit for abstracts, panels and workshops 

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers & titles


The full programme will be announced end of spring 2020.


Conference day 1-2 will take place at LEGO House in Billund, Denmark

Conference day 3 will take place at University College Copenhagen

Get your ticket (please note, student discount will be available soon)

Contact the conference team at Binconference2020@dskd.dk


Helle Marie Skovbjerg

Professor, PhD / Design for Play
Design School Kolding

BIN Norden Chairman

Niels-Peder Osmundsen Hjøllund

Head of Implementation, Playful Learning Research & Consultant, Future Classroom Lab
University College, Campus Carlsberg

BIN Norden Chairman

Pia Schytz

Senior Designer / Design for Play
Design School Kolding

Mathias Poulsen

Research Assistant / Design for Play
Design School Kolding

Keila Zarl Perez Quinones

Research Assistant / Design for Play
Design School Kolding

Carsten Jessen

Emeritus at Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media
Aarhus University

Henrik Tarp Vang

IT Consultant
Københavns Professionshøjskole

Emilie Bech Jespersen

Student worker / Design for Play
Design School Kolding


What is BIN-Norden?

BIN-Norden (Children's Culture Researchers in the Nordic Countries) is a Nordic, multidisciplinary research network that is intended to support Nordic children's culture research. The network focuses on humanistic and aesthetic approaches to children's culture, but is also open to researchers with other approaches. BIN-Norden has over 200 members. Most are active researchers, but the network also includes intermediaries, artists and people who primarily work with cultural administration.

The BIN-Norden was established in conjunction with a Nordic symposium "Children's folklore in transformation" in Aaland in 1988. A working group consisting of Christer Dominder from Sweden, Flemming Mouritsen from Denmark, Åse Enerstvedt and Ivar Selmer-Olsen from Norway was established.

Initially, they were preoccupied with children's folklore and children's own culture. In the mid-90s, there was also a focus on culture for and with children. At the same time, the network was more formalized with a steering committee and grants from the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The BIN-Norden is led by a Nordic steering committee with representatives from all the Nordic countries and the chairmanship and secretariat functions are changing.

From 1988 BIN-Norden has had the following leadership:

  • Christer Dominder; Sweden 1988 - 1996
  • Ivar Selmar-Olsen; Norway 1997 - 2003
  • Beth Juncker; Denmark 2003 - 2013
  • Elin Eriksen Ødegaard and Jorunn Spord Borgen, Norway 2013 – 2017
  • Helle Marie Skovbjerg and Niels-Peder Osmundsen Højllund 2018-

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