International Design Policy Conference

BEDA’s first International Design Policy Conference 'Successful Europe. How can design serve?' will take place in Helsinki Central Library ‘Oodi’ in the heart of Helsinki on Thursday 5th December 2019.

Building on BEDA’s latest draft of a new Design Action Plan for Europe, this high-level, invitation-only conference will bring together European and international experts from the fields of business, environment, government, policy-making, science, technology and design to proactively shape the development of next generation design policy for Europe.

With the central question of ‘How can design serve?’, experts and policy-makers will explore and offer new ways for design to positively and creatively influence decision-makers seeking solutions to the complex challenges of climate change & circular economy; digitalisation & artificial intelligence and shared European values.

The conference, which is a part of the official side programme of Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will be preceded by an international stakeholders' meeting day on Wednesday 4th December 2019.

Organiser: BEDA, The Bureau of European Design Associations, in collaboration with its Finnish member organisation Ornamo Art and Design Finland, supported by the Finnish Ministry of Science and Culture and the City of Helsinki.

Contact: Michael Thomson, Managing Director of BEDA [email protected], or Elina Perttula, Communications Manager of Ornamo Art and Design Finland, [email protected]




Töölönlahdenkatu 4, Helsinki, Finland