Date: 6th of October from 11.00-13.00

Venue: , Viru Sokos Hotel conference centreõtluspäev-2015

Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA) is developing a new platform for design and innovation. The aim is to accelerate practical and problem-based design education in the EAA. The new design and innovation platform is based on the international Design Factory concept designed to facilitate new forms of education and collaboration in an environment where students, researchers and companies work together. The focus of the EAA innovation and design platform is on environmental and sustainability issues.

The aim of the workshop is to introduce the EAA Design Factory concept and a new Sustainable Design course model which is one of the main activities of the planned design platform. Furthermore, the main outcomes of the INNOLABS project feasibility study (strengths and weaknesses of the Estonian innovation and education system) are discussed.

The workshop is targeted mainly to representatives from enterprises, research and development institutions and other possible cooperation partners.


· Introduction of the workshop (Harri Moora, SEI Tallinn)

· Presentation of the INNOLABS project and the planned design and innovation platform and new Sustainable Design course – Inga Raukas (EAA)

· Development of Estonian innovation system and support services for business innovation – Piret Potisepp (Counsellor at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications)

· Eco-innovation in Estonian companies – Mihkel Krusberg (Estonian Ministry of Environment)

· Best practices to integrate research and innovation in Estonian SMEs through the cooperation with universities: the case of Reet Aus Design – Reet Aus (EAA, Reet Aus Design Ltd)

· Discussion

The organisation of the workshop and development of the EAA design platform is carried out in the frame on the international project “INNOLABS – a way to sustainable and socially responsible growth” that is funded by the EU Erasmus+ Programme. The project aims to raise bottom-up innovation capacity for the benefit of sustainable and socially responsible growth in Estonia, Latvia and Cyprus, based on the experience from Denmark and the Netherlands.

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