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BEDA’s 1st International Design Policy Conference on 5th December 2019 in Helsinki

Think beyond. How can design best contribute to the success of Europe?

BEDA will organise its first International Design Policy Conference in collaboration with its member organisation Ornamo Art and Design in Helsinki on 5th December 2019, preceded by an international stakeholders’ meeting day on Wednesday 4th December.

The conference will focus on three topical and global themes: climate change & circular economy; digitalisation & artificial intelligence and societal values, in order to think beyond, with experts on policy making in these fields, how design can best serve and contribute to the success of Europe.

The invitation-only event will gather a total of 100 experts in Helsinki, half of them representing the best minds in design (professions and promotion) and the other half representing top experts on policy making.

We are happy to already announce that the first EU Commissioner from Finland and former Governor of the Bank of Finland, Erkki Liikanen, will join the event, as will Timo Pesonen, Director-General of DG Grow since March 2019.

If you wish to be part of the expert group, or if you know of a world-class expert in any of the three fields mentioned above who you feel would be a worthy invitee, please send your suggestion/s asap to our consulting MD at michael.thomson@beda.org.

As space is limited, we are asking for your suggestions to be emailed latest by Monday 1st July 2019. Please note that submitting a name does not necessarily guarantee attendance. The final list of 100 invited participants will represent as reasonable a balance as possible between design, policy, geographical representation, areas and level of expertise, and of course, BEDA members and non-members.

The conference will be organised as an official side event of Finland’s Presidency of European Council with the support of the Ministry of Science and Culture of Finland and the City of Helsinki.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Päivi Tahkokallio

BEDA President

Päivi has been President of BEDA since May 2019. All readers – BEDA members and non-members alike – are welcome to contact Päivi directly at paivi@tahkokallio.fi at any time.

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Remarkable venue
The venue for the conference will be Helsinki Central Library Oodi, a living meeting place right at the heart of Helsinki. Oodi is a venue for events, a house of reading and a diverse urban experience. Opened exactly one year before our conference on 5 December 2018, and already experienced and used by more than 1 million visitors, Oodi is a celebration of participatory design. It was designed by ALA Architects together with the city’s residents.

Photos: Tuomas Uusheimo