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Design Summit Meeting Steering Committee

International design organisations announce next stage of Montréal Design Declaration deliberations to be conducted in Saint-Étienne (France) on 3–5 April 2019 in conjunction with Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne.

An agreement was signed today between the Design Summit Meeting Steering Committee (DSMSC) and the Cité du design—École Supérieure d’Art et Design Saint-Étienne to conduct a 2019 Pre-Summit Meeting on 3–5 April 2019 to coincide with the City’s design Biennial, the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne. The Design Summit Meeting Steering Committee represents the 22 international entities that participated in the first Design Summit Meeting (DSM01), which took place in Montréal (Canada) on 23–24 October 2017 resulting in the historic Montreal Design Declaration.

The 3–5 April 2019 meeting is the next milestone on a path leading to future full-scale Design Summit Meetings in 2020 (DSM02) and 2023 (DSM03). The Pre-Summit Meeting will focus on key projects included in the Montreal Design Declaration identified by the international design entities in a recent survey as highest priority. Thus, the Saint-Étienne Pre-Summit Meeting sessions will be devoted to three focus areas:

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

Work committees composed of representatives of the participating international entities will prepare for the April PreSummit Meeting sessions, beginning in September 2018. The working committees will start to identify working methodologies, collaborators, project timelines and objectives as well as determining resource requirements and cataloguing available expertise.

The Design Summit Meeting Steering Committee is composed of:

Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA): Bart Ahsmann, Päivi Tahkokallio
The International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP): Flemming Borreskov, Regitze Marianne Hess
International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (Cumulus): Elsebeth Gerner
Nielsen, Salmi Eija
International Council of Design (ico-D): David Grossman, Zachary Haris Ong
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA): Kathryn Moore
Interaction Design Association (IxDA): Alok Nandi, Brenda Sanderson

For a full list of Summit participants please see below.

The Saint-Étienne Pre-Summit Meeting, organised by the Design Summit Meeting Steering Committee, is the first official meeting of the Summit participants since the Montréal DSM01 in 2017. The Design Summit Meeting Steering Committee will soon be launching the DSM02 and DSM03 bid process to identify host cities for future Design Summit Meetings.

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 that have expressed interest in joining the process since DSM01 have also been invited. As in DSM01, additional international, national and regional stakeholders will be invited to attend as observers.

There is no charge for participation in the Saint-Étienne Pre-Summit Meeting. Delegates are, however, responsible for their travel and hotel expenses. Pre-registration is required. A hotel package will be available.

For more details on the meeting, please contact:
Jovana Milović,
Secretariat Coordinator of the Design Summit Meeting

Supplementary information
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