European Design Innovation Initiative (EDII)

Design has been recognised as a key discipline and activity to bring ideas to the market in the Innovation Union – Europe’s 2020 flagship initiative.

Strategic use of design in all sectors of the society – business, enterprises, and the public sector – contributes to user-driven innovation for the benefit of the citizens. To exploit the full potential of design for innovation and to reinforce the link between design, innovation and competitiveness, the European Commission launched the European Design Innovation Initiative (EDII) in January 2011. The initiative aims to raise awareness about design as a driver of innovation in Europe.

The European Design Leadership Board was set up by the Commission and consists of 15 design and innovation experts Europe-wide. The Board drafts proposals to enhance the role of design in innovation policy. The report of the Board will be presented to Commissioner Antonio Tajani and discussed in the European Design Innovation Summit to be held on 17-18 September 2012 in Helsinki.

Aalto University runs the Secretariat for the European Design Innovation Initiative. The EDII Secretariat assists the European Commission and the Leadership Board in the establishment, development, operation and promotion of EDII by providing secretarial services to the Board and by acting as a coordinator, promoter and animator of EDII.

More information:

European Commission website

EDII blog


European Design Innovation Initiative (EDII)
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
P.O. Box 31000
FI-00076 AALTO

Secretary General
Mr Tapio Koskinen
Tel. +358 50 500 4350
tapio.koskinen [at] aalto [dot] fi

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