IDCnet Sankt Augustin Workshop

Introduction

IDCnet held successfully its first workshop in the facilities of our member STAKES in Helsinki. Our second workshop was held in Sankt Augustin the 15th and 16th of January, 2004.

Workshop Concept

The primary objective of the second IDCnet workshop was to support the development of recommendations for Design for All education and research policies and strategies in Europe.

Recommendations to further develop Design for All education and research policies and strategies will be based on the input of invited experts participating in the IDCnet workshop in Sankt Augustin, and in the assessment made of the state of art of European Design for All policies and strategies. The updating of Design for All policies and strategies in education and research in EU countries has been made during the IDCnet project, to provide a basis for the recommendations. The update document will be sent to all experts invited to the Sankt Augustin workshop.

The Design for All education and research policies and strategies recommendations will support the Commission in establishing recommendations for the European Design for All curriculum for designers and engineers by the end of the year 2003, a task specifically defined as part of the eEurope 2002 action programme.

The recommendations for Design for All policies and strategies will also support implementation of the Design for All knowledge base and skills sets taxonomy, developed in the IDCnet project to encourage Design for All curricula development. From the policy or strategy development point of view, the taxonomy can be seen as a support for higher education institutions to systematically commit themselves to development of Design for All education.

Stakeholders developing Design for All policies and strategies

Higher education institutions are key stakeholders in developing Design for All strategies. They also participate in the Design for All policy making together with professional organisations, industry, ministries of education and other relevant ministries, and a number of EU level institutions, including the DG Education.

The aim of the IDCnet workshop on Design for All policies and strategies is to provide a platform for innovative discussions, to ensure that recommendations for Design for All strategies and policies will be based on inter-disciplinary expertise derived from a variety of relevant stakeholder groups.

Workshop programme outline

The two-day IDCnet workshop on Design for All policies and strategies recommendations was based on a series of presentations by invited experts to highlight experiences and challenges identified in higher education institutions strategy planning, through the policy work in the national level, up to the European level. The IDCnet project partners will respond with the following project outcomes 1) the analysis of industry needs in relation to Design for All education; 2) the identification of Design for All core knowledge and skills sets; and 3) the assessment of state-of-art of Design for All education and research policies and strategies in Europe. This dialogue will feed into the roundtable discussions to complete both workshop days. The main objective of the roundtable discussions is to propose recommendations for further development of Design for All education and research policies and strategies in all levels identified above.

Participants list

Sankt Augustin Workshop participants
NameOrganization
Bryan Boyle CRC (IE)
Jenny Darzentas University of the Aegean (GR)
Frédéric Degouzon L'École de Design Nantes Atlantique (FR)
Dirk Delaruelle IDEWE (BE)
Jan Engelen KULRD (BE)
Keith Gladstone RNIB (UK)
Jan Graafmans CESAER Network (BE)
Susan Hewer Royal Society of Arts (UK)
Tuula Ikonen Independent Consultant (BE)
Marco Koettstorfer JKU, i3s3 (AT)
Loïc A. Martínez-Normand SIDAR (ES)
Yehya Mohamad FIT (DE)
Colette Nicole Loughborough University (UK)
Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero European Commission (BE)
Rafael Romero University of Valencia (ES)
Christophe Strobbe KULRD (BE)
Yngve Sundblad KTH (SE)
Päivi Tahkokallio STAKES (FI)
Reino Veenstra TU Delft (NL)
Carlos A. Velasco FIT (DE)
Tony Verelst ISdAC (BE)
Nadine Verelst-Verbruggen ISdAC (BE)
Gerhard Weber Multimedia Center Kiel (DE)
Fredrik Winberg KTH (SE)