Design Days 2016 Innovation starts with Design: the future is now

September 21, 2016
THE BMW BRAND STORE BRUSSELS, Boulevard de Waterloolaan 23-24 B - 1000 Brussels

Draft Agenda

h. 09.00 Registration

h. 09.30 Welcome speeches

  • Ludovico Monforte, Vice Chair ERRIN
  • Alexandre Hauben, BMW Brand Store Manager Brussels

Moderator of the day: Dave Keating

h 09.45 Key note speech

  • Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports for Education and Culture

h. 10.00 ERRIN Design & Creativity Community – new initiatives pointing forward

  • Ludovico Monforte, Head of Brussels EU Office, Unioncamere Lombardia
  • Aase Højlund Nielsen, EU Special Adviser, Central Denmark European Office
  • Anna Spechtenhauser, Deputy Head of Office, Stuttgart Region European Office

h. 10.15 Innovation starts with design: are we ready for the future?

  • Robin Edman, President of BEDA - The Bureau of European Design Associations 
  • Mark Nicklas, Head of Unit, Innovation policy and investment for growth, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
  • Andrea Pestarino, Design for Entreprises
  • Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning, Kolding Mobility Challenge
  • Steve Harding, Design For Europe


h. 11.30 Coffee Break

h. 11.45 Elephants and gazelles: Innovative solutions to cities and regions from startups through Creative Business Cup

  • Rasmus Winstedt Tschering, Creative Business Cup

h. 12.00 Design for a step change towards zero carbon emissions in new and retrofitted buildings

  • Ljubomir Jankovic, Professor of Zero Carbon Design at Birmingham School of Architecture, Birmingham City University

h. 12.30 Walking Lunch

h. 14.00 Impact of international design events in regions

  • Mauro Parolini, Minister of Economic Development - Regione Lombardia/UCL
  • Ferd Crone, Mayor City of Leeuwarden, Northern Netherlands

h. 15.00 Expanding the boundaries of a circular economy: using design to sustain inclusive growth

  • Matthew Thomson, Chief Executive of Cornwall Food Foundation and Fifteen Cornwall

h. 15.30 Coffee break

h. 16.00 Key elements for success in design: regional experiences

  • Kim Nordfeldt Thomsen, Project Manager at the Capital of Children
  • Paolo Barichella, Entrepreneur and Partner in Design Companies, Food Designer, Concept & Strategic Design Consultant
  • Isabelle Vérilhac, Head of Business and Innovation Department, Cité du Design, Saint-Etienne


h. 17.30 Design Week Pordenone: the impact of design on society, culture and education

  • Sonia Massari, Director of Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies and Academic Director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Food Studies programs-Rome

h. 18.00 Next steps

  • Richard Tuffs, Director, ERRIN

h. 18.30 Design Dialogue by BEDA

  • An interactive cocktail organised by “BEDA -The Bureau of European Design Associations”