EUROPEAN DESIGN INNOVATION SUMMIT – Helsinki, 17-18 September 2012


The main event of the European Design Innovation Initiative in 2012 will be held on September 17 and 18 in Helsinki, World Design Capital in 2012. The report of the European Design Leadership Board “DESIGN FOR GROWTH AND PROSPERITY” will be presented and discussed during the event.

The European Design Leadership Board was established in early 2011 by Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Enterprise and Industry. Vice President Tajani invited the Leadership Board to provide recommendations on how to enhance the role of design in innovation policy in Europe at the national, regional or local level and to develop a joint vision, priorities and actions to enable design to become an integral part of innovation policies in Europe, in line with the Innovation Union. Over a period of one year, the European Design Leadership Board held seven meetings and a co-design policy workshop with over fifty key stakeholders from government, industry, academia, the design industries and the public sector.

Taking a broad-based view of design, the Leadership Board identified twenty-one policy recommendations, in six strategic areas for design action:

  1. European design on the global stage
  2. Design in Europe’s Innovation system
  3. Design in Europe’s enterprises
  4. Design in Europe’s public sector
  5. Design in Europe’s research system
  6. Design in Europe’s education system

The twenty-one recommendations will be spelled out during the Summit. All participants will receive a copy of the report “DESIGN FOR GROWTH AND PROSPERITY”

The Summit will be hosted by the City of Helsinki. The audience is limited to 200 participants and will be completed in the order of registration. REGISTER NOW!

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