Climate change, productive transformations and the greater value placed on lessening economic and environmental footprints have turned sustainable design into one of the most urgent topics. As sectorial approaches and methods are limited in their ability to address long-term sustainability challenges, organizations and individuals around the globe have been responding to this increased demand for environmental action by seeking out holistic and innovative approaches that can make a positive difference.
In collaboration with the Swiss Innovation Centre Shenzhen, we are pleased to invite researchers, academics and industry experts who confront sustainability issues in, through and for design in this roundtable to share unique insights and knowledge across disciplines and industry practices from China and Switzerland and make joint efforts in producing innovative contemporary solutions to the complex challenges of today.
Moderator: Prof. Michael Jeive, School of Business, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Joint Head of the Swiss Innovation Centre Shenzhen
16:00 – 16:10 Welcome and Opening
Prof. Shuangchen Ruan, President, Shenzhen Technology University
Tiziano Pedrioli, Acting Consul General of Switzerland in Guangzhou
Philippe Roesle, CEO & Consul, Swissnex in China
16:10 – 16:40 Pitching of speakers
Prof. Yuda Huo, Dean, College of Design & Innovation, Shenzhen Technology University
Dr. Priscilla Caliandro, Managing Co-Director, BFH – Energy Storage Research Center
Prof. Franz Raps, Dean, College of Urban Transportation and Logistics, Shenzhen Technology University
Prof. Jingxuan Hu, Vice Dean, College of Design & Innovation, Shenzhen Technology University
Nikola Sretovic, Founder and Head of Design, New Norm Studio
Bo Deng, General Manager, EF Electrical (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd
16:40 – 17:30 Roundtable Discussion
Prof. Yuda HuoDean, College of Design & Innovation, Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU)
Prof. Huo obtained a dual degree in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning from The University of Sheffield, UK. Later on, he pursued his Master of Landscape Architecture degree at University of Toronto, Canada. He is a registered Member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture (CSLA), Member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architecture (OALA). Prof. Huo has been building up his professional experiences at high profile landscape companies in both UK and Canada. His academic research focuses on Urban Public Open Spaces, Low Impact Development (LID), Smart City Strategy and Human-centered Design etc. Over many years of overseas working experiences, he has developed his professional specialties in the aspects of urban public open spaces, ecological restoration, urban park systems, urban transit infrastructure, smart roadway systems etc. Prof. Huo has participated in many award-winning projects such as Toronto’s landmark CN Tower Plaza, Eglinton Crosstown LRT project which is the largest public infrastructure project in the history of the City of Toronto, the York Region vivaNext BRT project in the City of Markham, York Region Streetscape Masterplan Design Guideline, Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC) Low Impact Development Stormwater Management Planning and Design Guideline etc.
Dr. Priscilla CaliandroManaging Co-Director, Energy Storage Research Center, Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH)
Dr. Priscilla Caliandro is the managing co-director of the Energy Storage Research Center at Bern University of Applied Sciences and group leader of the Battery and Storage System Laboratory. She received her PhD in Energy from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2018 with a thesis on the identification of elementary degradation processes by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy. Her current research focuses on lithium-ion battery characterization techniques, modeling and investigation of degradation phenomena for mobility and stationary applications. She is the leader of the ‘first life battery use’ work package of Circubat flagship project looking at how battery operating strategies can be optimized to increase lifetime by means of machine learning applied to real time battery data.
Prof. Franz RapsDean, College of Urban Transportation and Logistics, Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU)
Prof. Franz Raps is a Chair Professor at Shenzhen Technology University in China and the Dean of the College Urban Transportation and Logistics, since 2018.
He graduated with a PhD degree in engineering from Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 1988. After 5 years as a leader of the department of automatic control and the department of electrics and electronics at RENK company in Augsburg, he became a professor at the College of Electrical Engineering at University of Applied Science in Augsburg in 1993. He was the Dean of this college for 13 years. His research interests and his work are focused on internationalization, applied research in mechatronics and practical oriented studies. His work was honored with several rewards and prizes.
Prof. Jingxuan HuVice Dean, College of Design & Innovation, Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU)
Graduated from Central Saint Martins (MA) and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA), Jingxuan Hu is an artist and art educator specializing in fine art and new media art. Hu’s art has been widely exhibited in galleries in China, Chicago, London and Singapore, and has won numerous awards such as the Most Promising Artist of the Year UOB POY Contest, ArtGemini Prize and European Product Design Awards. Prof. Hu is currently the Vice Dean of College of Design & Innovation, Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU).
Nikola SretovicFounder and Head of Design, New Norm Studio
Beside numerous design patents and hundreds of thousands of globally sold products, Nikola’s design projects have been awarded multiple times with some of the most prestigious design awards, such as iF and Red Dot. Working across continents between the USA, Switzerland, Germany, China, and Serbia for famous and renowned companies, including Harman International (a Samsung company), Nikola kept updating his knowledge and experience on an international level. Nikola has always been interested in learning about people, cultures, and design, which are the three main elements that have played a pivotal role in shaping the biggest part of his life. His degrees in Product and Industrial Design from the FHNW Institut Industrial Design in Aarau / Basel, Switzerland; a Diploma in Inter-cultural education from Pestalozzi children’s foundation under the auspices of UNESCO, Switzerland; followed by the latest Overseas High-Caliber Personnel recognition granted by Shenzhen government, China; defined him not only as a professional in Industrial Design but also as a Cultural shaper.
Bo DengAssistant Director, EF Electrical (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd
Bo (Bob) Deng has a 35-year career with extensive experience in managing state-owned, Hong Kong, private and European companies. He has overseen and followed up on factory planning and rational production layouts in different companies. He also has experience in assisting EFC in leading new factory investment and construction matters. Furthermore, he has a deep understanding of product and production engineering technology and automation. Thanks to his work experience in multinational companies, he has gained profound knowledge and experience of both Eastern and Western cultures.
Prof. Michael JeiveSchool of Business, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Joint Head, Swiss Innovation Center Shenzhen
Professor Michael Jeive lectures in International Business Management at the FHNW School of Business. He is Joint Head of the Swiss Innovation Centre Shenzhen, responsible for the FHNW Insight China project and in the leadership teams for the MSc in Sustainable Business development (planned start 2024), and BSc International Business Management
His current projects focus on building partnerships between the university and key stakeholders from public administration, industry and the wider society in the trinational Basel region, Switzerland and in Asia.
Beyond his teaching and research, Professor Jeive’s recent consultancy and training clients include the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), FIFA, UBS, Helvetia Insurance and the Canton of the City of Basel.
In collaboration with
Swiss Innovation Center Shenzhen
The Swiss Innovation Centre Shenzhen (SICS) was launched in June 2019 by the FHNW University of Applied Sciences & Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH and Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU) to support collaboration between Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences, Shenzhen Technology University and third parties such as industrial partners, other Chinese or international higher education institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations or public services.
SICS’s purpose is to promote innovative collaborations which generate mutually beneficial knowledge transfer, enable cooperation and collaboration, support academia-industry partnerships, and promote a global mindset for young students, academics and entrepreneurs.
SICS will promote Sino-Swiss cooperation in applied research and development, academic exchange and industrial cooperation, and promote collaborative projects in the fields of industrial and commercial innovation, educational innovation, product development, process improvement, social innovation and entrepreneurship.