BEDA International Design Policy Conference

Design Policy Conference Ornamo BEDA EU

To celebrate BEDA 50 Years, BEDA will organise an International Design Policy Conference in Helsinki on 4–5 December, 2019 in collaboration with Ornamo Art and Design Finland and coinciding with Finland’s Presidency of the European Union.

4th December will be a pre-conference day to encourage stakeholder meetings between conference participants. City of Helsinki kindly hosts a reception for conference participants on 4th December at 18–19h.

The conference on 5th December will start at 8:30h and close at 16h to be followed by annual Ornamo Awards ceremony and networking cocktails. The day will finish at 19h. Venue for the conference is Oodi, the new public library in the heart of Helsinki, created through a service design led approach.

Conference App

The dedicated conference app is now up and running and you can download it easily to your handheld devices. Please download the Eventos Mobile App at and simply enter the pin code 6627 when asked to do so.

The app contains the conference programme* with background information on our inspirational speakers. Detailed content on participants; background reading material on EU-level policy issues – including a newly published positioning paper from BEDA – and information on the conference venue and more is all available on the app.



08:15 Registration and badging

09:00 Conference opening

  • Päivi Tahkokallio, President of BEDA
  • Hanna-Kaisa Alanen, President of Ornamo
  • Hanna Kosonen, Minister of Science and Culture, Finland

09:00 Session 1 – Policy Landscaping

  • Anna Athanasopoulou, European Commission, Head of Unit, Tourism, Emerging & Creative Industries, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry Entrepreneurship & SMEs
    The Policy Landscape at the EU level and the role of design and the Cultural and Creative Industries in a successful Europe.
  • Anna Whicher, BEDA Policy Lead, PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales
    Towards next Generation Design Policy for Europe – A positioning Paper in the making

10:15 Session 2 – Challenges Landscaping

  • Climate Change
    Julia Lohman, Professor of Practice in Contemporary Design, Aalto University                                                                                            
  • European Values
    Tommi Laitio, Executive Director, Culture and Leisure, Helsinki
    Speaker invited
  • Digitalisation
    Erkki Liikanen, Chairman IFRS

12:45 Lunch

14:15 Session 3 – Between Landscaping and Mining

  • Workshop session in mixed groups with feedback presentations and discussion

15:45 Closing Presentation

  • Antti Vasara,
    President & CEO of VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd),
    Member of EU High Level ’Industry 2030 Roundtable’,
    President of EARTO

16:15 Final comments and close of conference

  • Päivi Tahkokallio, President of BEDA

Delegates are invited to walk across the Square to transfer on foot to the The Lower Foyer, Musiikkitalo – Helsinki Music Centre, Mannerheimintie 13 A, Helsinki

17:00 – 20:00 Ornamo Award Ceremony and After Party

  • Mari Kiviniemi, Managing director of the Finnish Commerce Federation


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