|The international Joining Forces
conference invited to share ideas and experiences with leading
experts from the fields of industry, innovation development
and academic sphere.
Joining Forces explored and demonstrated
how design education, design research and the implementation
of research outcomes into industries empower the innovation
platform serving local, national and international development
Research into design and doctoral education in design have
both expanded and gained depth enormously over the past few
The conference asked what this design-driven field of research can give to other
stakeholders vital in the spheres of industry, innovation
and competitiveness and how has research operated in the paradigm shift where design
is becoming a knowledge-intensive practice led by a profession
with increasing disciplinary independence.
||What can design research offer R&D in product development?
||How can it fortify the strategic use of design?
||In which ways can we implement research findings in
the industrial infrastructure?
||What are the benefits of design and design research
for systems of innovation and industrial competitiveness?
||How can design-based thinking fortify the creative industries?
Joining Forces was organised by
of Art and Design Helsinki and functioned also as a pre-congress
conference of ERA05
World Design Congress in Copenhagen, 25-28 September 2005.
Local Organizing Committee, University of Art and
Pekka Korvenmaa, Professor, Industrial and Strategic Design,
Juha Järvinen, Director, Designium Innovation Centre
Outi Raatikainen, Head, Communications and Publications
Eija Salmi, Head, International Affairs Centre
Yrjö Sotamaa, Rector
Lotta Palmi, Conference secretary, Designium Innovation
International Advisory Board
Thomas Binder, Director, Danish Center for Design Research
David Durling, Professor, Middlesex University, London
Wolfgang Jonas, Professor, University of the Arts Bremen
Silvia Pizzocaro, Professor, Politecnico di Milano