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Sustainable Innovation 05

Creating Sustainable Products, Services & Product-Services Systems

Towards Sustainable Product Design

10th International Conference

24th – 25th October 2005

Farnham, Surrey

Ezio Manzini, Professor of Industrial Design at the Milan Polytechnic & Chair Professor of Design under the Distinguished Scholars Scheme at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

At the Milan Polytechnic he is Director of CIRIS, an Interdepartmental Centre of Research on Innovation for Sustainability; Co-ordinator of the "Dottorato in Disegno industriale" (Phd in Industrial Design); Director of the Master in Strategic Design.
At the Hong Kong Polytechnic University he is Project Leader of the programme “Strategic design and Design for sustainability in China”.
His work focuses on innovative processes in the system of production and consumption and, in particular, on the relationship between product strategies and environmental policies in the perspective of sustainable development.
He has been involved in several international commissions, expert panels and working groups as:

  • Advisory Panel on the 5th Framework Programme "Competitive and Sustainable Growth" for DG XII of the European Commission (1998).

  • Scientific Panel of the National Environmental Agency (1998 – 2000).

  • Expert Panel for the “Futures Project”, a prospective research activity promoted by the European Joint Research Centre, IPTS, in Seville (1998 – 1999).

  • Expert Group on “Competitive and Sustainable Production” for the Research Directorate-General of the European Commission (2000).

Recent research activities

  • Short Term Strategies for Sustainability, for the Joint Research Centre of the European Community IPTS - Institute for Perspective Technologies (1997)

  • Sustainability and competitiveness. Systemic Innovation and Business Ideas, for the DG XII, within the drawing up of the 5th Framework Programme "Competitive and Sustainable Growth" for DG XII of the European Community (1998).

  • Strategies towards the sustainable household, within the Environment and Climate Programme of DG XI of the European Community (1998 – 2000).

  • The role of Industrial Design in product innovation: the Italian design System, from local resources to global markets, for the Italian Ministry of University and of Scientific and Technological Research (1999 - 2000)

  • Strategic design and Design for sustainability in China”, programme of research promoted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • HiCS, Highly Customerised Solutions, within the Growth Programme of the European Community (2001, 2004)

He is member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Industrial Ecology (USA), Journal for Sustainable Product Design (UK), Design Issues (USA).

Most important publications: La materia dell'invenzione (The material of invention) Arcadia Edizioni, 1986 (published in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese), Artefatti. Verso una nuova ecologia dell'ambiente artificiale (Artefacts, Towards a new ecology of the artificial environment), Edizioni Domus Academy, 1990 (published in French and Spanish), Solid Side. The search for consistency in a changing world" co-author with Marco Susani, V + K Publishing, Netherlands, 1995 (Published in English and Italian), Lo sviluppo di prodotti sostenibili (Sustainable products development) co-author with Carlo Vezzoli (Maggioli Editore, 1998).

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