Date and Location

Workshop date is August 16, 2021, 16:30 CEST  preceding the ICED21 event in Gothenburg, Sweden. The workshop will  be conducted in hybrid mode with an online component.

Updates can be found also at the ICED website:

Registered participants should have received their personal link to the Trippus Workshop platform to access the conference.


The workshop premise is that what happens in Africa now and in the future impacts the entire world. We all face sustainability issues which might look different at first glance. Together we can identify similarities in problems and solutions inspiring and inspired by the young people for whom this will be their future.


Attract and engage young audiences to participate in Design Society activities through AFRICA-DESIGN; reach out to professors and students from (or working with) Africa focusing on sustainable development; and attract new DS members from African insitutions, as there is currently low participation from Africa in the Design Society. 

Create a collegial global network of youth interested in the sustainable development of Africa.

Establish a platform that allows the youth to network and engage in matters of design, sustainability, research, education, and innovation in Africa in a mutual learning experience.


We have established an early network within the Design Society with workshops at ICED2019 in Delft and at DESIGN2020 online (see for further details. The following themes were identified to be of interest for future common work:

  • Design and systems approaches for complex systems contributing to the SDG ́s 
  • Co-designing design education for sustainable development
  • Efficient resource usage/low tech development
  • Sustainable product-service design methods and tools

Prior to the workshop we will conduct a survey with questions related to these themes complemented by some COVID-related questions related to the ensuing challenges and opportunities for sustainable development. We will also solicit statements on opportunities/projects within Africa-Design where others can participate. Compelling statements will be awarded a certificate of recognition and included in the workshop communications.

We will engage inspirational speakers and then arrange the discussion building upon the results of the survey and statements.

Link to the Report on the Results of The ICED21: Pre-Workshop Survey on Sustainability.

Expected outcomes

We expect to get more specific action items towards the objectives noted above using the survey results and the discussion.

  • Create and/or access educational programs on innovation, design, and sustainability
  • Support development of academic careers for young scholars through networking with peers and more established experts around the world.
  • Participate in pioneering project, to share experiences, research and posters
  • Identify research collaboration possibilities both locally and globally, including foreign travel and shared experiences. 


Susanne Nilsson (KTH, Sweden), Margareta Norell Bergendahl (KTH, Sweden), Panos Y. Papalambros (UMich, USA), Bernard Shibwabo Kasamani (Strathmore U, Kenya); and supporting students Michelle Wanyang (Strathmore U. Kenya), Dunja Stevanovic (Botho U, Botswana), Anabel Sicko (U Michigan, USA), Paulina Rajski, (U Michigan), Julia Mortensen (KTH, Sweden). 


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