Monday, February 7, 2011

Policy, Innovation & Design Conference

The SEE project, led by Design Wales, is a network of 11 European design organisations engaging with regional and national government to integrate design into policy, particularly innovation policy. The project runs from September 2008 to June 2011, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVC programme.

This conference is the project’s final event and aims to provide delegates with an overview of design’s role in innovation, recent design policy developments in Europe, examples of successful design policies and promotion programmes. The programme will be opened by Polish MEP, Jan Olbrycht with reflections on design as part of the Europe 2020 strategy. Other highlights from the conference include:

Design as part of innovation policy in a global context
Gavin Cawood / Operations Director, Design Wales

Making design policy happen in Denmark: the journey since 1997
Anders Byriel / CEO of Kvadrat, Chairman, Danish Design Council

Innovate and integrate: Design support for companies in New Zealand
Judith Thompson / Director, Better by Design

Design policy in practice: innovative strategies for local authorities in Flanders
Patrick Janssens / Mayor of Antwerp
Jan Van Alsenoy / Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities

Design as a Government capability
Bryan Boyer / Strategic Design Lead, SITRA – the Finnish Innovation Fund

EU Design and Innovation Initiative: What’s next for design in Europe?
Christine Simon / European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry

During the day, the SEE project lead partner, Design Wales, will briefly present the project’s achievements over the last three years, we will screen 11 short films about design policy developments in the SEE partner countries and delegates will receive the ‘Service Design Toolkit’.

This is a free event but delegates are required to register. The programme, logistics and registration can be found at

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