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Pre-Summit Meeting at Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne France 2019


Hosted by the Cité du design, a Pre-Summit Meeting will take place in the French city of Saint-Étienne on 3–5 April 2019 to coincide with the city’s 11th design Biennial, the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2019. The 2019 Pre-Summit meeting is the next milestone on a path leading to future full-scale Design Summit Meetings in 2020 and 2023.

The Pre-Summit Meeting will focus on key projects proposed in the Montréal Design Declaration identified by the international design entities in a recent survey as highest priority:
01. Establishing metrics and collecting data and case studies to more effectively communicate the value of design;
02. Supporting development of National and Regional Design Policies;
03. Fostering development, recognition, support and funding for design education and research, including development of new formats for design education curricula.

The Pre-Summit Meeting agenda will include plenary sessions and sessions devoted to each of the Projects. Project sessions will include curated keynote presentations and panel and round table discussions. The results of these sessions will inform the pathway for full activation of the Projects leading to the next full scale Summit Meeting. Each of the project-dedicated sessions are being organised by Project Management Committees. The committees include representatives of the organisations that participated in the initial Montréal Summit and invited experts in each of the subjects.

Active participation in the Saint-Étienne Pre-Summit Meeting is by invitation only and is reserved exclusively to international entities. In addition to the representatives of the 22 international entities listed in the Montréal Design Declaration, additional international entities have indicated interest in participating.

The Design Declaration Summit Steering Committee (DDSSC), composed of representatives from six international design organisations—Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA), International Association of Universities and Colleges in Art, Design and Media (Cumulus), International Council of Design (ico-D), Interaction Design Association (IxDA), International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) and International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) (http://www.designdeclaration.org)

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