CIRRUS is a Nordic-Baltic network of Art and Design higher education. There are 20 excellent art and design schools from the Nordics and the Baltics in the circle of this cooperation. The central activities of the partner institutions are art and design, including innovative activities, technical development and artistic practices.

Joint Finnish-Japanese symposium, November 5 – 7, 2014

INVITATION to Finnish-Japanese symposium

Welcome to a Joint Finnish-Japanese symposium titled Innovation and Well-being through Multidisciplinary Dialogue held at the University of Lapland on 5th to 7th November 2014. The symposium is part of the Sustainability Weeks event collaboration between universities from Finland and Hokkaido since 2005.

The symposium focuses on well-being and communities using the design thinking approach. The key issues address relevant global challenges.

The first two days will consist of individually themed workshops. Symposium will conclude with a panel discussion on the workshops’ results.


Service Design Workshops

Theme 1: Health Problems in an Aging Society with a Harsh Winter Climate

Theme 2: Snow and Design Thinking in Regional Development

Theme 3: Service Design Methods in Designing Digital Healthcare Concepts

Theme 4: Community Design through Tourism – Challenges of Community Based Heritage and Tourism Management

Theme 5: Designing and Planning the Built Environment for Human Wellbeing– Challenges of Shrinkage and Growth in the Northern Regions

Theme 6: Architecture and Home Healthcare in Northern Regions


Keynote Speeches

Title 1: Everyday Well-Being in Later Life

Title 2: Connected Health – The Role of ICT Based Services in Renewing Health

Title 3: The Current Conditions and Issues of Space Design for Shrinking Communities in Northern Regions

Title 4: ICT Tool Development for Home Healthcare in Remote Areas


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