Designing Data and Innovation Futures to Wear - 2024 Symposium

  • Friday, 21/06/2024
  • 09:00 - 16:00

Edinburgh Futures Institute building, Room 2.55
1 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9EF

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Friday, 21 June 2024

Join us to explore the future of sustainable technology through design, engineering, and finance.

Edinburgh Futures Institute introduces, ‘Designing Data and Innovation Futures to Wear’ a symposium to learn from and engage with leading academics and innovators across interconnected industries of robotics, data, design and healthcare on how they are harnessing technology to create our future, sustainable world. We will explore the possibilities novel, wearable technologies and associated data provide to achieve a sustainable, circular future. Looking beyond hype, we will adopt a regenerative, holistic and design led approach to innovation in a multidisciplinary setting with an entrepreneurial mindset.

The aim of this event is to create the conditions for experimental dialogue across robotics, data, design, and healthcare, collaborating to inform a radically different approach to research and innovation at Edinburgh Futures Institute. The day will include a series of keynote speakers, a future thinking workshop, panel discussions and networking opportunities which aim to prompt new research and innovation opportunities at the intersection of material, data-science, business, engineering, and health. Look forward to a human and system centred explorative day of inspiration, possibility, and convergence.


DATA DESIGN: Environmental data and the body - Session Chair, Lynne Craig

  • 9.30-10.45am
  • Keynote session: Data to Wear - Prof. Sabine Seymour
  • Regenerative Leadership in Design - Ishwari Thopte Senior Researcher, Circular Business, Centre of Expertise Mission Zero, De Haagse Hogeschool
  • Seeding ‘Ex-Innovation’ - Shirley McLauchlan, and Nicki Taylor, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

MINING MATERIALS: Crafting circularity, responsibility and investment - Session Chair Dr. Theodor Cojoianu

  • 11.10am-12.30pm
  • Keynote session: Adam Matthews, Chair, Global Investor Commission on Mining. Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Church of England
  • Panel discussion with:
    • Sergio Carvalho, Former National Secretary of Biodiversity, Brazil and Head of Impact, Planet First Partners
    • Julia Naime, Senior Supply Chain Adviser, Rainforest Foundation Norway
    • Lily Dai, Senior Research Lead, Sustainable Investment, London Stock Exchange Group

ROBOTICS, MATERIALS + HEALTH: Novel Narratives - Session Chair, Prof. Adam Stokes

  • 1.10-2.30pm
  • Novel Materials and Matter - Dr. Parvez Alam, Reader in Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
  • Plastic and Composite Wastes: Can we divert wastes from landfill - Dr. Dipa Roy, Reader in Composite Materials and Processing, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
  • The entrepreneur’s perspective panel discussion


  • 2.30-3pm
  • London Design Biennale Eureka! New Age of Design, Anna Plant
  • Thanks, next steps

  • 3-4pm Networking and close

With AI and creativity ideation event support from Dr. Shama Rahman, NeuroCreate, Edinburgh Innovations Fellow


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