BEDA International Design Policy Conference 5th of December in Helsinki

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.

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 Anna Athanasopoulou, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry Entrepreneurship & SMEs 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

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.


Programme Successful Europe – How can design serve 

08:15 Registration and badging

09:00 Conference opening

09:00 Session 1 – Policy Landscaping

10:15 Session 2 – Challenges Landscaping

12:45 Lunch

14:15 Session 3 – Between Landscaping and Mining

15:45 Closing Presentation

16:15 Final comments and close of conference

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

Programme Successful Europe – How can design serve