Matthew Wizinsky is a designer, researcher, lecturer and author on contemporary issues in design practice and research. He has over 20 years of professional experience in interactive, graphic, exhibition and experimental design. His projects and research seek to understand the kinds of ‘worlds’ that design actions, both intentional and otherwise, produce. His book Design after Capitalism (2022, MIT Press) advocates for a new design paradigm oriented to deliberate transitions in everyday social, political and economic relations.
Wizinsky is an Associate Professor of Urban Technology at the University of Michigan, a PhD researcher in Transitional Design at Carnegie Mellon University, and Associate Editor of Visible Language, the longest-running peer-reviewed design journal. https://designaftercapitalism.org/.
Helena Freitas received her PhD in Ecology from the University of Coimbra, in collaboration with the University of Bielefeld (Germany), in 1993, and did postdoctoral studies at Stanford University (USA) between 1994 and 1996. She is Full Professor of Biodiversity and Ecology at the Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra since 2003 and holder of the UNESCO Chair in Biodiversity and Conservation for Sustainable Development since 2014. She was Vice-Dean of the University of Coimbra and served on the General Council of the University of Coimbra. She was also Director of the Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra and President of the League for the Protection of Nature, founder and President of the Portuguese Society of Ecology and Vice-President of the European Society of Ecology. https://www.linkedin.com/in/hfreitas/?originalSubdomain=pt
She is currently Coordinator of the Center for Functional Ecology – science for people and planet (cfe.uc.pt), Scientific Coordinator of FitoLab and member of the Board of Directors of the TERRA Associated Laboratory. Selected to be part of the Mission Council for Climate Change Adaptation and appointed Focal Point for Portugal in IPBES. Member of the Advisory Board of the European Climate Risk Assessment – EUCRA and member of the Scientific Council of FCT/MCTES. She is President of the Advisory Board of BCSD. And she is Director of Serralves Park since January 2022. She has been decorated with the Commendation of the Order of Infante D. Henrique. She has received the “Inspiring Portugal” Award and the first Municipal Environment Award from the Municipality of Vila Nova de Famalicão.
Director of Collaboration and Marketing at the Helsinki Design Museum, responsible for collaborations as well as marketing and communication management. The Helsinki Design Museum is one of the oldest design museums in the world and this year marks its 150th anniversary. In January 2024, the Design Museum will merge with the Museum of Finnish Architecture to form the New Finnish Museum of Architecture and Design.
Carlos Romero Piqueras
Co-founder of Fractal Strategy, a consultancy firm specialising in the transformation of organisations through people-centred design. Fractal Strategy works with the public and private sectors and on patient experience projects and, among others, leads the service and interaction design projects at Servicios Digitales de Aragón, a team that won a special mention in the “Professionals” category of the National Design Awards 2022. Associate professor at the University of Zaragoza, teaching design methodologies for the Degree and Master’s Degree in Design, he also collaborates as a trainer in various master’s and postgraduate courses.
Carlos Romero Piqueras