Call for Cumulus Conference Hosts for 2021 & 2022 Now Open!
Submission deadline: December 16, 2019
Members are encouraged to submit a proposal for one of the four slots that are available, consisting of two conferences in 2021 and two in 2022.
The proposal submission deadline is 16 December 2019.
Cumulus Conference Bid Proposal
Cumulus Conference bid proposal consist of a comprehensive narrative written in English approximately 4 to 5 pages in length. The narrative should touch upon the 8 required content areas listed below. Writing this narrative is an opportunity for the institution applying to gain a clearer understanding of their individual approach and capabilities to host a possible conference.
The application must include an endorsement letter signed by a senior authority of the applicant institution in official letterhead. The application package should include supporting documents as indicated in the required content section below. Once accepted upon review by the Cumulus Executive Board (CEB) and Secretariat, the application is binding.
CEB will review the proposals in its first board meeting in February 2020. CEB is likely to request further information from the applicant before or after that board meeting to inform the selection process. Cumulus Secretary General and a board member may visit the host and negotiate details about the conference’s planning before a final decision of the 4 selected institutions is presented during the General Assembly in Rome Italy during the Cumulus conference in 16-19 June 2020. The Cumulus Secretariat will coordinate closely with the Cumulus host institution key aspects of the organization leading up to the conference and along with the CEB will guide the process as needed to guarantee its success together with the host institution.
A Briefing for Hosts
Cumulus is the only global association to serve art and design education and research. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices.
Since its founding in 1990, Cumulus has been a pioneer in advocating for the vital role artists and designers play in shaping better and more humane futures for all. A champion of internationalization in higher education for the art, design and media disciplines, Cumulus is an active network that celebrates the power of creativity, social commitment and engagement with the world. Cumulus members demonstrate the importance of collaboration and global learning in a world where ideas and communities intersect and cross borders.
Cumulus has close to 300 institutional members from 56 countries and representing around 1.000.000 students and 80.000 academics and staff members.
Since the early days of the founding of Cumulus, Cumulus members have been invited to gather twice a year to attend the two annual Cumulus Conferences hosted by institutions in the Cumulus Association. A full list of all Cumulus conferences prior to date is available at the end of the call.
While each conference is characterized by the unique make-up of the people, culture and region of the institution that is the host, all Cumulus conferences share a common vision: To create a learning environment that fosters engagement, networking, internationalization, collaboration and knowledge plus innovation exchange about art, media and design education and research in an open and friendly atmosphere that celebrates the increasingly diverse and global nature of the Cumulus “Family”. For our members, attending Cumulus conferences is one of the most rewarding experiences and tangible results of being a part of Cumulus.
Benefits of Hosting a Cumulus Conference
The advantages of organizing a Cumulus Conference are numerous. For host institutions, organizing a Cumulus conference is an invitation to expose their institution and stakeholders to an inspiring set of peers from around the world and in turn highlight the work happening in their community and region. The efforts that are directed towards hosting a conference will often have a positive impact on the organizational development of the host institution and beyond.
Given the international prominence of Cumulus, its advocacy as an association for the role of art, media and design education and research in the society, and its vast network of academic, industry and government partners, Cumulus conferences represent a prestigious showcase for host institutions to be conveners of unique learning moments and networking with Cumulus members and partners from around the world.
II. Important Facts – Big Things for Success
Timing and Sequence of Conferences
Cumulus Conferences are held twice a year. The first conference of the year is typically held in Europe (where 60% of the Cumulus membership still resides) between the end of April and mid-June. The second conference of the year takes place between October through mid-November. Conference proposals suggested for times that fall in other windows must be negotiated with the Secretariat. With the Cumulus membership expanding its global footprint since 2006, the second conference is increasingly hosted by member institutions located outside Europe reflecting the diversity of the association´s make-up.
Conference Audiences and Participants
Cumulus Conferences welcome a mixed audience of stakeholders from member institutions including faculty, researchers, university leadership and administrative staff, practitioners, artists, and increasingly students. Cumulus conference audiences also count with the participation of educators from non-member institutions, and with a variety of special guests from business, industry, government and other organizations collaborating with Cumulus. Hosting institution always makes an effort to involve their own constituencies and special guests in a Cumulus conference. The Cumulus Secretariat and the host collaborate closely to maximize the impact and reach of the conference through broadcasting, live streaming and other outreach and media.
Conference Size and Core Cumulus Programming
The 1st conference of the year
Attendee range is approximately 500 people.
The programming of this conference integrates two important Cumulus activities coordinated in collaboration with the Secretariat: the New Member Fair and the Cumulus General Assembly (GA).
The New Member Fair is a lively forum and serves as a showcase within the conference premises for new institutions to present themselves and network with Cumulusians. The New Member Fair is scheduled at the front-end of the conference in a space that is set up with booths hosted by new member representatives where they are encouraged to make available materials from their institution and start engaging with the Cumulus family.
The General Assembly (GA) meeting consists of a subset of conference attendees (approximately 150) who are the individuals designated as voting Cumulus representatives from the full member institutions. Ideally, the GA is taking place in the first days of the conference. It is the main governance body of the association, it gathers annually to review and ratify the Cumulus Association annual agenda and budget, to share and deliberate on pertinent issues and to ratify proposals from the Cumulus Secretariat and Cumulus Executive Board. Please refer to the Cumulus Statues for more information about the role of the GA.
Cumulus Conferences must also accommodate programming slots for Cumulus Working Groups and offer a setting for Conversations where partners and any friends of Cumulus or members have a possibility to dialogue in a workshop format.
Cumulus Working Groups are spaces for Cumulus members to self-organize around key topics of interest to members. There are presently about 10 active Cumulus Working Groups that range widely in thematic scope: e.g. Sustainability, Research Vectors in Art, Design (ReVeDa), Leadership and Strategy, Women+Design, X-Files, Digital Culture, Contemporary Art, Industry – Business and Innovation, Art and Design Teacher Education and Pedagogy, Fashion and Textiles (please see https://www.cumulusassociation.org/cumulus-goes-on-with-10-cumulus-working-groups/). Each Cumulus Working Group is governed by chair(s) among Cumulus members who help determine the programming and agenda for each session. Cumulus Working Groups are open to all members and conference participants who might wish to attend and learn about their activities.
The 2nd conference of the year
Attendee range is approximately 200 to 300 people. Numbers may fluctuate depending on the host country and venue. Otherwise similar to 1st conference (except for GA and the New Member Fair).
Conference Organization and Execution
Cumulus Conferences are organized as non-profit events by either one single member institution, or alternatively, by a consortium of institutions that come together to design a single conference experience that is closely coordinated across multiple institutional venues.
The host institution(s) is responsible for the fundraising necessary to support the conference (through internal institutional resources and outside sponsorship). The registration fees of Cumulus delegates cover only partially (typically 80%) of the total costs that are incurred in the execution of these conferences which are non-income generating events for neither the host institution nor the Cumulus Secretariat. The conference budget must take into account a small number of free registrations (typically a dozen or so) for the participation of a range of individuals: from Cumulus Student Ambassadors to Cumulus partners and special guests.
The Cumulus Secretariat currently does not have the capacity to fundraise for Cumulus conferences. As a matter of principle however, the Cumulus Secretariat and CEB collaborate with hosts to identify additional resourcing and sponsorships for key initiatives and opportunities that may arise.
Host Institution Imprimatur
Cumulus celebrates the distributed leadership of its membership and as such, host institutions have a significant degree of autonomy with regard to the authorship of the conference and the theme that they propose hosting under the Cumulus umbrella. Once their proposal is accepted, host institutions must take charge for the budget, planning and the execution of their conference.
Conference Host Coordination with Cumulus Secretariat and Executive Board CEB
Host institutions and their conference organizing team are expected to coordinate and communicate closely with the Cumulus Secretariat and CEB throughout key milestones of the conference’s planning in order to design a successful conference.
There is an expectation to comply with integrating a number of key activities and events that relate to the association’s ongoing work within the master schedule of all Cumulus conferences. This close partnership between the Cumulus Secretariat / CEB and the host institution ensures quality standards and the continuity of Cumulus programming across conferences.
Programming that is coordinated with the Secretariat and CEB includes, but is not limited to:
• Cumulus Executive Board Meeting
• New Member Fair
• General Assembly
• Cumulus Working Groups
• Student Ambassadors and Cumulus Plus+ Awardee Presentations
• Special Award Ceremonies and Exhibitions
• Sessions of Cumulus partners and friends (Conversations)
In addition, Cumulus Conference hosts are expected to liaise with two assigned advisors from the CEB whose responsibility is to act as “mentors” to the conference organizing team. Board mentors typically support the Secretariat and the conference hosts vis-à-vis strategic decisions related to ensuring that there be alignment in the overall content programming of each conference within the mission and values of Cumulus. The Secretariat collaborates closely regarding the operations for the conference.
Conference Length and Formats
Cumulus conferences are typically 3 to 4 days in length. Conferences are usually scheduled to start mid-to late-week to take advantage of weekend departures which help accommodate long-haul international flights for many delegates.
The format and overall conference programming of each Cumulus conference may vary and is approved by the Cumulus Executive Board at the time of the host institution’s bid.
Typical formats will accommodate plenary keynote sessions, parallel sessions with academic and/or other paper tracks, workshops, Cumulus working groups and conversations (special sessions co-hosted with Cumulus partners and friends), exhibitions, award ceremonies and cultural/social networking events. All Cumulus Conferences include a Gala dinner for conference attendees (this dinner is typically included as an optional activity for delegates and can be an additional cost to the conference registration fee). Cumulus conferences include optional programming that can vary widely depending on the host venue: examples include pre-or post-conference related seminars, any student or research focused workshops, exhibitions, and regional or in-country educational/cultural field trips or events (organized by the host or with partners and offered outside the conference fees), to name a few.
III. Key Ingredients in the Recipe of a Successful Cumulus Conference
In submitting a proposal bid to host a Cumulus conference, member institutions are encouraged to develop a plan that strives to embrace the following 6 key ingredients which are conducive to designing a successful Cumulus conference experience:
1. Embracing Multidisciplinary Conference Themes
Unlike many other academic and professional conferences that may focus on a narrow domain of research or practice, Cumulus conference themes succeed best when they strike a balance in their programming approach. For example, conferences can be provocative about new directions and contemporary issues in art, design and media education, research and/or practice and profession as well as be multi-disciplinary and broad enough to resonate with the wide spectrum of interests and backgrounds of Cumulus conference delegates.
2. Rigorous Management of the Academic Dimension of the Conference
While Cumulus conferences may vary in format with some hosts choosing to take a more practice oriented focus, all conferences should strive to include a mix of professional sessions and academic papers, panels and poster sessions. Many faculty members from the Cumulus member institutions will only be able to participate if there is an academic program for them to present at. This academic dimension in the programming of a Cumulus conference should be managed with the expected standards of rigor of the Academy (appropriate communication lead-times of deadlines, organization of Scientific Review Committees and double-peer review submissions, organization of track themes, designation of track chairs, publishing of conference proceedings with ISBN-numbers. This dimension complies also with the practice/profession orientation of the conference program.
3. Gaining a Deeper Understanding of the Richness of the Local Institutional and Regional Context
Providing Cumulus delegates with an introduction to the host institution is paramount to the experience of a Cumulus conference. Finding ways to honor the richness of the host’s local and regional context in the overall programming of the conference and any related pre-or post-events is an important consideration. Host institutions are encouraged to shape this experience in a variety of ways that make sense to their unique circumstances. Past conferences have included tours of campus facilities for example, but also orientations about a particular approach to pedagogy in a degree program or the visit to a novel research lab or partner venue or the exhibition of the host. Cumulus community always sees as a great gift the opportunity to share knowledge and participate in conferences where every touch-point from a new keynote speaker, a workshop, an exhibition, a field trip or a meal have been designed with the aspiration to foster engagement and networking that honors the local culture of the host. Building networks with local stakeholders is an additional beneficial aspect of this intentional planning.
4. Cultivating a Sense of Community
The “open and friendly atmosphere” of the Cumulus family is foundational to all conferences organized under the Cumulus umbrella. Designing a conference program that allows for delegates to network and celebrate being together through sharing expertise, connecting over a coffee break or meal, participating together in a local cultural or social event or field excursion is a very important part of a Cumulus conference. Less is sometimes more.
5. Professionalism and Production Matters
A great majority of Cumulus delegates are educators, artists and designers that will pay attention to the details of the whole conference experience: i.e. conference website, branding, badges, wayfinding, schedules, conference venues, access to local transportation choices and pre-negotiated and diverse range and price-points in accommodation etc.
6. Diversity, Access and Inclusion
Cumulus is committed to celebrating the diversity of its membership and see that diversity reflected by conference hosts in key aspects of the programming of all conferences (inclusive of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, etc.).
In terms of access, initiatives such as the Cumulus Plus+ scholarship program offer support that broadens the participation of educators and academic staff in universities of art, design and media in regions of the world where Cumulus is poorly represented and where financial resources to attend a conference may be a barrier. Conference hosts are always encouraged to design ways to make their conferences as inclusive as possible both from the perspective of programming topics as well as by identifying mechanisms to encourage wide participation (i.e. by the Secretariat offering a menu of pricing structures for partial attendance).
IV. Cumulus Conference Requirements
• Once accepted, Cumulus host organizers should start the active preparations of their conference a year and a half before their proposed conference. They must attend a minimum of two prior Cumulus conferences, and actively participate to brief the Cumulus Secretariat, CEB and Cumulus members of their progress in conference planning.
• Host Institutions should consult with the Cumulus Secretariat before setting the final amount of registration fees and the registration system. In recent years, registration fees have been in the 400 € range.
Host Institutions should anticipate a period of great intensity 6 months prior to a conference happening. The demand of communicating closely with the Secretariat during this time period and have in place the adequate operational plan and infrastructure to execute on the conference becomes critical. A dedicated conference manager and the conference team should be in place that will be responsible for registration, program oversight, website, social media, visa guidance, finance issues, info and guidance during the conference etc.
• Cumulus Conferences must integrate the Cumulus organization branding and logo in all key conference materials (print, digital and key signage and wayfinding). This co-branding supports the host institutional brand as well as the visual identity related to the host conference theme.
• Cumulus Conferences are expected to produce conference website (linked to the main Cumulus site) that are effective at communicating the various components and programming of a given conference and maintained indefinitely after the conference. Hosts must design a communication strategy promote the conference adequately (through press releases, social media channels etc.) to ensure the target attendance is reached. Host keeps the Cumulus Secretariat closely apprised of the conference communication plan and media actions and shares all releases with the Secretariat to be further available in Cumulus media.
• English is the language of Cumulus conferences and all of their communication materials: Conference hosts must arrange for live translation services if needed in plenary and other main conference related events and/or publications.
• If the academic or practice/profession component of a Cumulus conference require double-peer review, or a review, conference website should typically go live with the call for papers at a minimum 9 months before the conference takes place. The site should include all of the necessary information to allow for delegates to register and plan their participation. The website should be designed as an archival repository of conference proceedings that Cumulus will have access to after the conference is over.
• Cumulus Conference must provide delegates with accepted abstracts and the full conference program schedule in downloadable format before the conference via the conference website. Any other source, an App or equivalent, is welcomed, too.
• Cumulus Conference organizers should make every effort to plan for live-streaming of plenary sessions and keynotes of the conference to include members who may not have the opportunity to attend live.
• All Cumulus conference proceedings must be published digitally within a timely schedule after the conference has taken place; 6 months is the maximum time allotted for publication of proceedings post conference. Print publications of conference proceedings are at the discretion of the host.
• Proceedings must include an ISBN number as well as ISSN number of the Cumulus Conference Proceedings series. The layout and design guidelines of the proceedings are provided by the Secretariat and must be in line with the series. The conference proceedings are open-access.
• All Cumulus hosts should plan for visual documentation and professional photography and media capture (including social media) of the conference (and obtain any necessary advance permissions from participants and speakers). Hosts must commit to transfer a curated set and the whole package of visual assets from the conference to the Secretariat for promotional and archival purposes during the conference and within 2 weeks after the conference for the post-conference usage of the Secretariat.
• Conference hosts are responsible for all logistical and hospitality arrangements connected to the organization of the conference. They should anticipate the complexity of welcoming international delegates including planning for crowd management and adequate spaces to accommodate plenary sessions and parallel sessions; conference meals; negotiating a diverse price-range of accommodations (and making available as much as possible affordable and/or free accommodations to Cumulus Student Ambassadors and Cumulus Plus+ grant recipients); Arranging when possible and/or necessary for local transportation arrangements between accommodations and main conference venue (s); organizing optional pre-or-post cultural/educational events, seminars, and cultural trips.
• Cumulus is providing the framework and branding for the conferences but has no legal nor financial binding effect on the conference.
After the bid to host a Cumulus conference is approved by the Cumulus Executive Board, the agreement that ensues between the Cumulus Secretariat and the host is binding.
Only force majeure circumstances are to be considered as permissible grounds for cancellation. In such situations, the host is responsible for all cancelled registrations. In case of no conference, only the General Assembly shall be organized in good collaboration with the host that canceled the conference or any other member institution as agreed with the Secretariat.
Conference Bid Proposal Required Content
How to Apply?
The applying Cumulus member institution must submit an application in English of approximately 4 to 5 pages. The application must include an endorsement letter signed by a senior authority of the applicant institution in official letterhead with logo. The application package should include supporting documents as indicated in the required content section below. Once accepted upon review by the Cumulus Executive Board (CEB) and Secretariat, the application is binding. The applicant has its Cumulus membership in good standing when applying and after that.
The application includes:
1. Institutional Contact: Please provide the name and address of your institution, city, country and full contact details of the conference organizing team. (Contact information: Address, email, phone/skype/whatsapp/wechat etc.)
2. Team: Please describe the qualifications and capacity of the organizing team. For the academic and scientific dimension of the conference, please articulate the expertise you will rely upon to fulfill the academic rigor expected in the conference. Provide a copy of team organizers CVs with the application.
3. Motivation: Please give a short statement about your rationale for wanting to host the conference and how your vision aligns with the overall objectives and values of Cumulus and how the conference may serve its members. Articulating the anticipated regional or national impact, business, industry and non-governmental presence of the conference is also a relevant consideration to include.
4. What: Please provide the (provisional) title and overarching theme of the conference. Describe what the key sub-themes of the conference might be and how they might connect to your institutional context and/or cultural and regional expertise and interests. If possible, provide a list of potential or desired keynote speakers and/or presenters with the application and any other material that might inform your overview.
5. Where: Please provide the location (s) you will anticipate using for the conference programming. Indicate what conference facilities are available, the number and size of lecture rooms, space for poster sessions and workshops, and exhibition venues (if planned). Include a description of planned networking and cultural activities, such as field trips and tours pre- and post-conference. Provide photos and /or architectural plans of the facilities in your application.
6. When: Please provide a range of proposed dates for the conference per Cumulus guidelines. When proposing dates, please review academic calendars to avoid conflicts with major national and/ or religious holidays. The Cumulus Secretariat will review your proposed dates and advise on any possible competing conferences from other prominent international associations that may have Cumulus cross-membership.
7. How: As future conferences should create more access and impact through digital media for people not attending the conference physically, please provide an overview of IT services, live-streaming capacity, translation services and your intended communication/outreach strategy for the conference. Indicate the availability of hotels and student accommodation, their locations and distance from the venue. Include details about travel access to the conference venue (major airport hubs and transportation centers). Include information about general visa timetables applications when applicable.
8. Recommendation Letter (s) and Supplemental Materials: If applicable, please include references from existing member institutions or partners of Cumulus and/or authorities such as the city, region, chamber of commerce, government, companies, etc. that you intend to engage. If your proposal is selected, the Cumulus Secretariat will follow-up with you on this information. Feel free to include any other supplemental materials that may inform your application.
The Cumulus Executive Board will review the proposals in its first meeting in February 2020.
CEB is entitled to ask for any further information necessary from the applicant before or after the meeting. The Cumulus secretary general and a board member may visit the host if necessary before the final decision of the board to be presented in the General Assembly for its final approval taking place in Rome Italy during 16-19 June 2020. The Secretariat and CEB has the right to negotiate further regarding the conferences with the applicants prior to a final decision is made and will collaborate with the host to deliver an impactful conference.
Download the call in pdf. format Call for Cumulus Conference_10-07-19
16 December 2019
TO BE SENT WHERE?
by e-mail to;
Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media
Secretary General Eija Salmi
PO Box 31000
00076 Aalto Finland
via Cumulus Coordinator Justyna Molik at firstname.lastname@example.org and as cc email@example.com
Proposals and any questions should be directed before the deadline via email to Eija Salmi and Justyna Molik.
CUMULUS Conferences 1998-2020
Prague Czech Republic, 23-25 April, “On Design Research” , Academy of Art and Design
Dublin Ireland, October, “On Design Research and Education”, National College of Art and Design NCAD
Rome Italy, 15-17 April, he Future of Art & Design Discipline – Cumulus European Design Institutions to challenge each other, ISIA Roma, IED Milano
Ljubljana Slovenia, October, University: Industry = Strategic Partners – Changing Tactics, University of Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Art & Design
Helsinki Finland, 25-27 May, Design Fusion, University of Art and Design Helsinki
Kolding Denmark, 12-14 October, Design in a Digital World, Designskolen Kolidng
Rotterdam the Netherlands 20-22 March, Willem de Kooning Academy
Baltic Sea, Stockholm-Helsinki-Stockholm, 26-28 October, Design in Transition – New Demands for Education University of Art and Design Helsinki
Paris France, European Way(s) of Life, Ecole Superieure d’Arts Graphiques et d’Architecture Interieure-Design ESAG Penninghen
Colle di Val D´Elsa Italy, Barycentre of Innovation, IED Milan
Tallinn Estonia, 8-11 May, VALID: VALueInDesign – Disabling disablement, enabling enablement, Estonian Academy of Arts
St. Petersburg Russia, 30 October – 2 November, West meets East – 300 Years of Shared Design and Crafts History, State University of Technology and Design & EU Culture2000, Cumulus
Oslo Norway, 6-8 May, Entrepreneurship and Design, Oslo School of Architecture (AHO) and National College of the Arts SHKS
Utrecht the Netherlands, 30 September – 3 October The Zone, an Area of Transition, Utrecht School of the Arts
Lisbon Portugal, 26-29 May, Pride and Pre-Design – The Cultural Heritage and the Science of Design, IADE – School of Design in collaboration with the UNIDCOM/IADE.
Copenhagen Denmark, 23-25 September, Future Design and Innovation, Danmarks Designskole
Singapore, 29-31 March Design Thinking & Innovation: Towards a Global/Asian Perspective, Temasek Polytechnic
Nantes France, 15-17 June Ethics: Design, ethics and humanism Nantes, France, L’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique
Warsaw Poland, 12-15 October New Situation, New Reality, The Faculty of Industrial Design / Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany 14-17 June. Crossing boundaries, Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd
Bratislava Slovakia, 12-14 October Design + 3D, Academy of Fine Arts
Kyoto Seika Japan, 28-31 March [CU:] “emptiness” Resetting Design – A New Beginning, Kyoto Seika University
Zürich Switzerland, 22-24 May Small Countries – Great Futures, Department of Design, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Jinan China 3-5 July, Design, Olympics, Harmony, Shandong University of Art and Design
Saint-Etienne France, 20-23 November, Design and Research, Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design de Saint-Etienne (ESADSE)
London UK, 27-30 May Confronting Challenge with Change, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
Vilnius Lithuania, 8 – 10 October Design of Change Conference (European Cultural Capital)m Vilnius Academy of Arts
Auckland New Zealand, 9 – 10 November, Cumulus Aotearoa, Department of Design, Faculty of Creative Industries and Business, UNITEC
Melbourne Australia, 12-14 November Cumulus, 38ºSouth: hemispheric shifts across learning, teaching and research, Swinburne University of Technology and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology RMIT
Genk Belgium, 26-29 May Borderline – pushing design over the limit
Beijing China, 3 – 4 September, Academy of Arts & Design Tsinghua University
Shanghai China, 7 – 10 September Young Creators for Better City & Better Life, School of Design Innovation, SODI Tongji University (World Expo Shanghai)
Paris France, 19-21 May Crossing Talents Transversality in Design Strate College
Denver USA 20 Sep – 2 October “From Understanding to Design and Back Again, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Helsinki Finland 24-26 May, Northern World Mandate, Aalto University School of Art and Design (WDC12)
Santiago Chile 14-17 November Projecting Design, DuocUC
Ekaterinburg Russia 4-6 October Design, Business and Education in collaboration with the Association of Russian Designers and Ural State Academy of Art, Design and Architecture*
St. Petersburg Russia 15-17 March Museums and Education in collaboration with Hermitage and Pro Arte Foundation*
Kalmar Sweden 5-8 June, Global Thinking Local Action Future Life, Linnaeus University
Dublin Ireland 6-8 November, conference More for Less – Creativity in an Age of Austerity, NCAD National College of Art and Design
Aveiro Portugal 8-10 May, What is on. Cultural Diversity, Social Engagement, Shifting Education University of Aveiro
Johannesburg South-Africa 22-24 September, Design with the other 90%: Changing the World by Design “For most of us, design is invisible until it fails.”, Greenside Design Center and Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg
Milan Italy 3-7 June, The Virtuous circle of Design Culture and Experimentation, Politecnico di Milano
(World Expo 2015)
Mumbai India 2-6 December In A Planet of Our Own A Vision of Sustainability with focus on Water, IIT Mumbai
Nottingham UK 27 April – 1 May, In this Place, Nottingham Trent University
Hong Kong P.R. China 21 – 24 November, Open Design for E-very-thing – exploring new design purposes Hong Kong Design Institute
Kolding Denmark 30 May – 2 June, REDO, Design School Kolding
Bengaluru India 20-23 November, Letters to the Future, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Paris, France April 11 – 14 To Get There: Designing together. Hosted by Césaap (Conférence des Écoles Supérieures d’Arts Appliqués de Paris – Boulle, Duperré, Estienne & Ensaama.
Wuxi P.R. China October 31 – November 3 Diffused Transition and Design Opportunities. Hosted by School of Design, Jiangnan University
28/29-31 May, Rovaniemi Finland, Around the Campfire Resilience and Intelligence, University of Lapland,
30 Oct – 1 Nov; Bogotá, Colombia, The Design After: Universidad de Los Andes
10-13 June, Rome Italy, Design Cultures, La Sapienza University
Time tbc Sep/Oct, St. Petersburg and Moscow Russia, theme; Design: Vertical and Horizontal Growth
main host Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) with SPBU in StP and HSE in Moscow as co-hosts,