Design Open Day: Sustainability

Express your interest in joining us at this design open day and find out more about sustainability, circularity and regenerative design alongside other researchers and innovators in the community.

Event Details


09.30 - 16.00



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The Design Innovation Network is charged with bringing together challenge holders and insightful design to solve complex innovation problems. Sustainability, circularity and regenerative design are top of our agenda.

The UK has some of the world’s top design capabilities and a world-leading research and innovation community. In order to bring these groups together and catalyse some new activities and breakthroughs, we are piloting Design Open Days.

The first Design Open Day will be hosted by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) on Thursday September 15 2022, from 10am – 4pm.

The AMRC have outstanding engineering product design capability but are also keen to build relationships with and learn from wider design disciplines. Specifically, non-technical design disciplines, service designers, communication designers, systems designers and ecosystems designers.

Designers, across disciplines, with a passion for inclusion, sustainability and mic are encouraged to express their interest in taking part.


  • Welcome
  • Opening keynote address
  • Panel session: why are new design-led approaches essential to reaching sustainability goals?
  • Three challenge presentations
  • Lunch & optional tour of Factory 2050
  • Design led workshops in response to each challenge with different design approaches discussed during each session
  • Expert input on taking challenges forward including advice on investment, funding and resources

At this stage, we are looking for:

Challenge holders who are interested in exploring their opportunities from diverse perspectives.

Expressions of interest from the design community. We are particularly interested in hearing from non-technical design disciplines, service designers, communication designers, systems designers and ecosystems designers.

If you are a designer open to collaborating with research technology organisations or their partners to address some of the global challenges we face, please express your interest.

Expressions of interest for this design sustainability open day closes on Thursday 30 June 2022. Invites will be sent out on Friday 15 July 2022.

There are a limited number of tickets for this event and therefore, this open day will be invite-only for the most suitable applications that have expressed their interest, with diversity in mind. Outcomes from the day will be published in a follow up report and the pre-workshop talks will be recorded.

The Design Innovation Network also welcomes enquiries from UK research technology organisations, innovation centres and businesses who might be interested in sponsoring or hosting future events. To discuss this further, please get in touch here.