Sense of NOW Shanghai - Espoo Creative Culture Symposium and Exhibition

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The Sense of NOW symposium and exhibition focuses is on most current developments in China and Finland in the fields of design and innovation. Accelerated the creative culture and business exchanges between Shanghai and Espoo, establish efficient conversation between design and industrial. 

「Sense of NOW」Symposium and Exhibition provide a dialogue between current developments in China and Finland, in terms of collaboration, communication and culture between different disciplines, designers and frameworks. Introduce designs from「Shine Shanghai」and innovation projects from Finland at this moment, which presented through actual design in the context of NOW, happens in the past and what will happen in the future.

14.00   Exhibition opening 

  • Welcoming words, President Ilkka Niemelä, Aalto University
  • Opening speech Espoo, Vice Mayor of City of Espoo, Economical development, Ms. Tuula Antola
  • Opening speech Shanghai, Mr. Huiling ZHOU, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Shanghai Committee, Minister of Publicity Department of the CPC Shanghai Committee 

14.30 – 17.15  Seminar 

  • Seminar opening, Prof. Lou  Yongqi  Dean of D&I  and Prof. Jarmo Suominen
  • Opening speech Finland, Hannu Seristö, Aalto Vice President
  • Opening speech China, Professor Guanming Wu, Vice director of Tongji University

Dialogue 1: Transition

  • Tuomas Auvinen, Dean, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture 
  •  Professor Lidan LIU

Dialogue 2: Transformation

  • Pirjo Kääriäinen, Professor of Practice, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
  • Ms.Qin Gu 

Dialogue 3: Transdiciplinary 

  • Jukka Savolainen, Museum Director, Design Museum 
  • Mr. Jidong YANG

16.45 – 17.15   Panel

Jukka Savolainen, Pirjo Kääriäinen, Professor Guanming Wu, Professor Lidan LIU and Mr. Jidong YANG


Organisers: Aalto University and Tongji University in collaboration 



More information:

Professor Jarmo Suominen

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Post doctoral researcher Tarja-Kaarina Laamanen 

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