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World-leading sustainability experts convene at UCA’s Business School

World-leading sustainability experts from across the globe will be convening at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA)’s Business School next week for an international conference.

The Sustainable Innovation 2019 Conference, hosted by The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) at UCA, will welcome around 50 speakers to the two-day event to discuss the future in 2030 and the implications for sustainability, innovation and design.

Professor Martin Charter, Director of the CfSD and the author of the recently published book Designing for the Circular Economy highlights: “By 2030, the convergence of mega trends such as climate change, resource scarcity and technological acceleration, will be disrupting markets creating huge potential innovation opportunities.”

With guests from more than twenty different countries attending the event, attendees can expect a fascinating and diverse couple of days featuring multiple perspectives. Leading-edge speakers from business, innovation and design will examine the emerging mega trends that will impact on products and technologies of the future.

Karlijn Arts from SkyNRG in the Netherlands and guest speaker at the event, said: “The sustainable development goals symbolise a universal language we need to speak and act upon; we need to refocus and reshape our creativity and innovation towards protecting our precious planet.”

Professor Charter added: “We are incredibly excited to welcome such experienced and knowledgeable guests to speak about the future of sustainability, innovation and design. The recent school strikes in Sweden, UK and elsewhere show that Generation Z are taking action now and want change. As they become consumers and investors in the coming years, they will add increasing pressure for companies to produce more sustainable, low carbon and circular solutions.”

The conference will be held at the Business School for the Creative Industries at UCA Epsom on 4-5 March. Follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #SusIn2019.