Sustainable by Design: Cases from China and Switzerland

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.


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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




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.