In early 2019, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Wolverhampton, led by Dr Denise Doyle, were awarded funds to join the STARTS Prize initiative co-ordinated by Ars Electronica on behalf of the European Commission.

Concentrating their research under the title ‘Identifying Successful STARTS Methodologies’ the research team have spent the past year analysing the various theoretical and methodological strategies used by previous ‘Winners’ and ‘Honorary Mentions’ of the STARTS Prize.

The aim of the project has been to understand the conditions for effective art-science-technology collaboration and to analyse how said collaborations might be utilised to meaningfully address issues (sustainability, innovation, education, inclusion) outlined in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 agenda.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Deadline: March 15th 2020
  • Notifications of Acceptance: March 19th April 2020
  • Delivery of final papers: May 15th 2020
  • Exhibition opening: 30th June 2020
  • Conference and exhibition: July 1st and 2nd 2020
  • All works must be submitted via Easy Chair

DOWNLOAD Call for Papers pdf document

Conference Fees

Early Bird: to 31st May 2020 – includes Conference Dinner £200
Full: includes Conference Dinner £250
Early Bird Student: to 31st May 2020 includes Conference Dinner £80
Student: includes Conference Dinner £95
Non Speaker Day Pass: £130
University of Wolverhampton Staff and Students: FREE
Conference Dinner: £30


We have a number of bursaries available to cover the conference fees in particular for those who would otherwise be unable to attend if fees prohibited them.

Please get in touch for more information.

Keynote – Camille Baker

Camille Baker

Dr. Camille Baker is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and researcher with a background in digital and electronic art and design, working across creative digital disciplines.

Baker’s digital media practices and experience includes making, teaching, and curating, with a background in wearable technology and e-textiles, mobile media art and performance,VR/AR/Mixed Reality, the body and technology in performance, digital art curating, video art, new media art, alternative music, interactive installation, and emerging technologies research and education.

In 2019 Baker became the PI for UCA on the EU DG-CNCT funded STARTS Ecosystem project that supports all the funded innovations in the STARTS umbrella since 2015. In 2016, she was the initiator and primary consortium partners’ to apply for and win EU funding for the WEAR Sustain project which runs January 2017-December 2018 and is focussed on transforming the smart/e-textiles industry to become more ethical and sustainable.

Nina Czegledy is independent media artist, curator, and researcher with academic affiliations in Toronto, Canada. Informed by ‘paradigm shifts’ in the arts in a cross-cultural context, interdisciplinary education, and practice, Czegledy collaborates internationally on art-science-technology projects.

Recent projects:

  • Agents for Change/ Facing the Anthropocene (2020)
  • The Museum, Canada; Who’s you? (2019)
  • JD Reid Gallery, New Zealand; Leonardo 50th, CyberArts ARS Electronica (2018)
  • SPLICE Re-examining Nature (2017)
  • Oulu Museum of Arts, Finland. Upcoming: Sense, Contemporary Art Centre Laznia (2021) Poland.

Keynote – Nina Czegledy


Czegledy has participated in numerous international forums, workshops, and festivals. On behalf of Leonardo/ISAST she initiated and co-presented 27 Leonardo 50th Celebrations in 24 countries (2017, 2018). Adjunct Professor, Ontario College of Art and Design University; Senior Fellow, KMDI, University of Toronto; Research Collaborator, Hexagram International Network, Montreal; Member of the Governing Board Leonardo/ISAST; Researcher, Noea, Italy, Chair Intercreate org New Zealand.