EDF Conference Glasgow

Bridging Concepts: Developing the Interface Between Design Education and Industry.

Improving the Interface

More than ever before, in the new knowledge driven economy, the interconnection between education, research, creativity, innovation and economic success demands new ideas and models.  Because of the rapid and exponential growth in the Creative Industries and the convergence of new technologies and the difficulty of education in catching up, the interface between the worlds of design education and business needs radical attention. New ideas are needed to bridge the gap.


Diversity and Confusion

The aim of this conference is to examine this interface and to bring forward and share a variety of interesting European case studies. It is  predicated on the proposition that diversity is the key to innovation and the generation of new ideas. At the same time the very diversity of design activity and endeavour, and the rise of open ended descriptions like Creative Industries, can lead to confusion in both the education and design industry sectors.

A New Narrative

In the above context, therefore, this conference will look at higher education industry liaison, research, continuous professional development for designers, industry led research, models of collaboration, cross disciplinary fertilisation, incubation, new models of delivery and accreditation.  It will seek to triangulate much needed dialogue between design educators, designers and clients and so create a new narrative.


Situated in the heart of the city centre, The Lighthouse is a 5 minute walk from both Central and Queen Street train Stations, St Enoch and Buchanan Street Underground stations and a 10 minute walk from Buchanan Street bus terminal.  An NCP car park is located on Mitchell Street adjacent to The Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse

Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City

11 Mitchell Lane


G1 3NU

Tel:- +44 (0) 141 221 6362

Fax:- +44 (0) 141 221 6395