PDR will be representing Design4Innovation at the BEDA Forum which takes place during the 12th edition of the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne.

Since 1998, the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne has been offering an experience of training and transformation of the public through exhibitions and event programming. The biennial showcases visions of design, combining technical culture, authorial productions and international perspectives. Over the years, this major design event has played a role for the international community in uncovering themes that reveal certain states of the world. This process has been bringing about social and economic transformations for more than twenty years.

At a time when Europe is laying the foundations of the New European Bauhaus, and in addition to the biennial's programming, this week dedicated to research, education and training will give designers, schools, universities, companies and networks the opportunity to share their practices and to build together the foundations of a lifelong education and practice of design.

The aim is to reveal the role that design can play in enabling everyone to act and find their place in a Europe that is facing the challenges of the changes it is undergoing or creating.

More specifically, we will focus on the bridges and connections that mark out, throughout life, the stages and experiences of design training; it will be a question of crossing the academic and applied scientific, cultural and institutional worlds to determine what connects us or excludes us from the activities of a desirable, sustainable and inclusive social life.

The programme will cross the issues and practical cases of academic research, research within companies, higher education, education and vocational training.

Programme of the BEDA Forum at the Biennale:

09:30 to 10:00 CET Welcome coffee at Le Théâtre

10:00 to 12:00 CET Latest insights on the position and ambitions of design in European policies. BEDA is part of several actions and working groups to support policies of the European Commission, including:

  • New European Bauhaus
  • Pact for Skills
  • Industrial Forum
  • Advanced Materials for Prosperity

Design, Cultural and Creative Industries are driving forces to help develop the European Industrial Strategy through the fourteen sectoral ecosystems.

12:00 to 12:30 CET Conclusions and conversations

13:30 to 16:00 CET Moving BEDA Forward: co-creation workshop

This workshop aims to engage all members in co-creating the next tone for European design voice.


BEDA have always been active and successful in influencing European design policy. With design language becoming mainstreamed and driving main transformational projects (New European Bauhaus, Circular Economy Action Plan, innovation in business and government ), we want to make sure that we capitalise on those successes, but also stay curious about the evolution of design and stay on top of where design should be heading to continue to create more impact.

The Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne is an event under the French Presidency of the European Union.

The Forum discussions are available in-person and on-line.