BEDA International Design Policy Conference

Successful Europe How can design serve Ornamo BEDA

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.

The full conference programme will be published during October.

Organisers: 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.

Keynote speakers: Keynote speakers include Erkki Liikanen, the former Governor of Bank of Finland and former EU Commissioner and Timo Pesonen, Director-General of EU Commission DG GROW and Hanna Kosonen, Finland’s Minister of Science and Culture.

Registration: is now open for invitees. Please register preferably before Friday 4th October and latest by Friday 1st November 2019.
Registrations after 1st November cannot be guaranteed attendance.

Contacts: Should you have any questions on content, please contact Päivi Tahkokallio: paivi(at), or Michael Thomson, BEDA’s Consulting
Managing Director, at michael(at) organisational and communications queries please contact Elina Perttula at