New pedagogical formats

Chaired by:
Kristiina Krabi-Klanberg, EKA

March 18, 9.30 – 10.30 CET

Going digital has been a turbulent process over the past year. When replication of what we normally do in a classroom is not enough, we begin to explore and experiment.  Which new ways of learning and teaching have you implemented recently? What has helped you as a “long-distance educator”? What would you like to share with others?

For preparation.  Please prepare to share in 3-4 minutes 1–2 examples of concrete cases from your own practice. How have you managed to overcome the difficulties of distance-learning? Maybe even discovered something surprisingly valuable in the new situation – something to keep when the normalcy returns? Please prepare 1–3 pages in PDF-format to visualise your example and to share your screen during our Zoom-meeting. We will discuss a few examples to kick the session off and go in more detail in breakout rooms.

Kristiina Krabi-Klanberg has been teaching and researching at the field of higher and adult education for almost 20 years. She is a head of the Open Academy in EKA and is researching teaching practices in creative higher education. Also she has been the leader of EKA Summer Academy where we explore with our faculty and students the new fields of study, educational approaches. 

Kristiina Krabi-Klanberg

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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals in Practice

Chaired by:
Mathilde Aggebo, Royal Danish Academy
Anna Bascuñan Skaarup, Royal Danish Academy

March 18, 10.45 – 11.45 CET

  • What is the role of design education, in archiving the 17-SDG?
  • Which competencies is needed for the future designers, to contribute at a high level and gain influence?  What new opportunities open up, when working on a global agenda within sustainability, that 193 countries have agreed on?
  • What difficulties have you faced in implementing sustainability and The Sustainable Development Goals, at your school and in your field of study?   

The agenda for the session is:

  • Short presentation of how we work strategically with SDG’s at The Royal Danish Academy 
  •  Break out session (in groups of 3) 
  • Overview of findings from breakouts
  • Rounding off the session

Mathilde Aggebo is a dean of design at The Royal Danish Academy. She graduated from The Danish Design School, holds a MBA and is a member of the Society of Artists at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She is a member of several boards, including The Danish Art Foundation, The Danish Design Council and AHO in Oslo. She is an experienced leader of design education and focuses on the education in transformation; on the future designers’ skills and competences in a society in rapid change – technological, demographic and resource-related. The societal change calls for action of designers who can visualize and suggest new solutions for a sustainable future. Mathilde Aggebo has been designer at KVADRAT since 2006 and has realized many major projects in Denmark among them artistic decoration for New State Prison in Denmark.

Anna Bascuñan Skaarup is a PhD candidate at The Royal Danish Academy. She holds a MSc in Digital Design and Communication, a BA in Graphic Communication and has 10 years of practical experience in working as a designer. She is part of the Futuring Danish Design research cluster at the Royal Danish Academy. Her research examines which competencies designers of the next generation should encompass to become active co-creators of a sustainable future. The aim of her PhD project is to provide knowledge about how to strengthen designers ability to design for sustainability – by using a research through design approach in different educational cases and design experiments.

Mathilde Aggebo
Anna Bascuñan Skaarup

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Preparing our students for life after graduation

Chaired by:
Stella Runnel, EKA
Triin Amur, EKA

March 17, 15:00–16:00 CET

Besides design skills, what else should we teach students to better prepare them for the world full of uncertainty? Workshop consists of interactive brainstorming and group discussions. Max number of participants is 12.

Stella Runnel is the Head of Department of Accessory Design and Bookbinding in Estonian Academy of Arts. In addition, she runs her own accessory brand Stella Soomlais which is storngly aligned with the philosophy of circular economy. Both, in and outside of academia, Stella is actively involved in discussions on what kind of support of our students need to have a successful professional career after graduation.

Triin Amur is a lecturer and a coordinator in departments of Fashion Design and Accessory Design in EKA. She’s also lecturing in Tartu University Viljandi Culture Academy, on cultural sustainability of fashion and textile design. For the past four years, she’s been working as an art director and project manager for OmaMood Fashion Show and as a head of the production design team for the international Viljandi Folk Music Festival.

Stella Runnel
Triin Amur

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Coordinators workshops

Coordinators workshop 1

Chaired by:
Tuuli Junolainen

March 17, 15 – 16.00 CET / 16 – 17.00 EET / 14 – 15.00 GMT

Lecture: Supporting mental health in the turbulent times (of COVID-19)
Discuss principles as well as strategies and concrete techniques of how to support your own mental health and others in the times of uncertainty that COVID-19 has brought to our lives.

Tuuli Junolainen is a psychologist and a coach working at Telesis Coaching and Peaasi. She works with organizations identifying areas for organizational, team and individual development as well as designing and providing strategies to enhance business performance. She use exclusively evidence based and scientifically proven methodology – behavioural science, cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy and co-active coaching.

Coordinators workshop 2

March 18, 9.30 – 10.30

Mapping CIRRUS, Hanna Karkku (Aalto). What do we need to make exchanges more smoothe, information more accessible? Give us your input!

Joint platform for Nordic networks or not? Lina Koseleva, Aalto. Do we need an app/webpage/database to know more about Nordic networks of similar disciplines (KUNO, Nordic-Baltic Academy of Architecture, etc).
Discussions in groups.

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Leadership workshops

Chaired by:
Lone Dalsgaard André, CIRRUS Chair, Kolding School of Design
Maria Göransdotter, CIRRUS board member, Umeå Institute of Design

Leadership workshop 1

March 17, 15 – 16.00 CET (link sent to those who have registered)

Presentations: Round of 2-minute overviews by leadership from each of the 18 member schools/institutes. No visuals. One person per school.  What is the national focus on in higher education in your country now? What are the main big challenges for your institution at the moment?

Leadership workshop 2

March 18, 09:30 – 10:30 CET

Workshop: Conversations in small groups, joint re-cap and full group sharing: Strategies for the upcoming academic study year and how to restart post/during-pandemic; The situation with international students; Other pressing topics.

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Johan Redström

Chaired by:
Johan Redström, UID

March 17, 13:55–14.35 CET

Keynote “Uncertainty/Complexity”
Being invited to talk about complexity and uncertainty in design, this will be a somewhat speculative story about the two notions, and how they might be related as design evolves towards what often seems to be increasing amounts of both. In particular, I would like to discuss why it seems we, as educators and researchers in these forms of higher education, can take less and less for granted in design even as we learn more and more about designing.

Johan Redström is Professor in Design at Umeå Institute of Design. Working at the intersections, and interactions, between research through design and design philosophy, recent interests tend to involve emerging technologies, posthumanist perspectives and new design practice.

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CIRRUS network meeting. March 17, 18, 2021. Hosted online by EKA & CIRRUS board

It was a great meeting and it was good to see such high attendance!

March 17–18. (ALL TIMES IN CET)

Wednesday, March 17

13:00–14.45 GENERAL ASSEMBLY NO. 1
13:00–13:05  Welcome! – Rector Mart Kalm, EKA
13:05–13:15   Agenda & Practical info, intro of the board 
13:15–13:20  Hello, everyone! Breakout-room testing
13:20–13:40  Presentation of EKA – Kristjan Mändmaa, EKA

13:40–13:55 Break

13:55–14.35  Keynote “Uncertainty/Complexity”  Johan Redström, UID
14.35–14:45 Q&A/Discussions

14:45–15:00 Break

15:00–16:20 WORKSHOPS
15:00–16:00 Leadership workshop 1
15:00–16:00 Coordinators’ workshop 1
15:00–16:00 Teachers’ workshops 1:
15:00–16:00 New cooperations and joint projects – Maarja Mõtus & Nesli Hazal Akbulut, EKA
15:00–16:00 Preparing our students for life after graduation – Stella Runnel, EKA & Triin Amur, EKA
16:00–16:20 Sum-up of workshops with everyone together

16:20–17:00 Spatial Chat
17:00–18:00 Break

18:00–19:00 Online-concert by Puuluup
19:20–… Spatial Chat continues

Thursday, March 18

09:00–09:30 Welcome back everyone!
09:00–09:30 Energy session by OMAklubi
09:30–10:30 Leadership workshop 2
09:30–10:30 Coordinator’ workshop 2

09:30–10:30 Artistic vs Design Research? – Ruth-Helene Melioranski, EKA & Oliver Laas, EKA
09:30–10:30 New pedagogical formats – Kristiina Krabi-Klanberg, EKA

10:45–11:45 PARALLEL SESSIONS (for everyone)
10: 45-11: 45 The 17 Sustainable Development Goals in practice – Mathilde Aggebo, Anna Bascuñan Skaarup, Royal Danish Academy
10:45-11:45 Future of design education – Garðar Eyjólfsson, Iceland University of the Arts

11:45–11:50 Break

11.50–12:10 Sum-up of workshops
12:10–13:15 Lunch

13:15–14:30 GENERAL ASSEMBLY NO. 2
Network activities since last meeting
The budget and the finance situation
Applications to Nordplus 2021

New CIRRUS website
Mapping CIRRUS schools

Changes in CIRRUS board
Next CIRRUS meeting Latvian Academy of the Arts, March 23-25, 2022
14:25–14:30  Thank you and goodbye!

14:30–… Spatial Chat. For those who can’t leave…

Contacts throughout the meeting:
Tech support:
+372 5330 0015
General info:
+372 521 9187
Organiser: Sandra Mell

Call: ERKI Fashion Show

ERKI Fashion Show 2021 design competition
Fashion event from the past century – ERKI Fashion Show, which is directed to young fashion designers, students and all sorts of fashionistas. The participants have the chance to stun the audience with their craziest designs, creative fantasies and unique textile solutions.

Today on January 18th, we finally announce the collection design draft competition of ERKI Fashion Show 2021 open!

Design drafts for the competition can be sent until March 8th, 18:00(EET). The rules and regulations for the competition can be found under the attachments or on the Estonian Academy of Arts website:

All creative talents, who have graduated from secondary school and are currently studying in universities, vocational schools or institutions of higher education, and those who have completed their studies up to 3 years ago, are welcome to take part in the competition.

The chosen designers who will get to present their collections at ERKI are planned to disclose on March 15th 2021 on the ERKI website ( and also on ERKI Fashion Show social media.

At the end of May, the major event shaking the Estonian fashion design landscape will take place for the thirty-fourth time, which has been regularly organized by the students of the Estonian Academy of Arts. Many people are expected to attend the event, who will take part in an unprecedented show. ERKI Fashion Show also extends beyond the borders of Estonia – every year an international jury and participants from many parts of the world are involved.

ERKI Fashion Show on social media:
Cristopher Siniväli
ERKI Fashion Show main organizer
+372 5307 6016

Põhja pst 7
10412 Tallinn, Estonia

A New Year – New Normal or No Normal

January 25, 2021
14 – 15.30 CET – Sweden, Norway, Denmark
15 – 16.30 EET – Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia
13-14.30 GMT – Reykjavik

Sign up here
Hosted by: Martin Sønderlev Christensen, PhD, Head of institute at the Royal Danish Academy, board member of CIRRUS

2020 was a very challenging year for everyone, the effect of the corona virus has been an apparent challenge and has had massive ramifications on our students and faculty ability to do what we normally do. Excluded from campus’, labs and workshops, distanced from each other. Doomed to be Zoomed. We have been partaking in a huge experiment. And one that isn’t over yet.

2020 however was more than the COVID-19 pandemic. we saw #metoo movements reemerging, ethnicity as a topic in movements “like black lives matter”, post colonialism, norm critic, cancel culture. we saw the full effect of fake news and the age of misinformation and surveillance economy, we saw climate change changing as the world globally came to a full stop in the scary light of the pandemic. We saw radical new ways of working and living with distance and massive social compliance. Just to mention a few events. This leaves us looking into 2021 with the sense of a new normal or perhaps even … a time of no normal. A sense of hope or despair?

  • How does design and design education adapt to these massive changes and emerging movements?
  • How do our students body respond to this in their work?
  • How does this affect our organizations? Our curriculum? Our way of teaching?
  • In short, what challenges and what opportunities are there for design having left 2020 and entered 2021?

How could the Nordic and Baltics play a significant role in taking design to the forefront of how we move on towards a better world? 

Martin Sønderlev Christensen, PhD, Head of institute at the Royal Danish Academy, board member of CIRRUS, will kick things off with some thought-provoking observations, speculations and even predictions about our near future landscape for design educations and research institution. 

Based on these topics we’ll break in an open space format into smaller groups to discuss different topics, aiming to return with some tangible propositions for how design is og need to be changing,  what role the Nordic and Baltics design community could have in a new to no normal world, and how CIRRUS could help.

Join us January 25, 14 – 15.30 CET/ 15 – 16.30 EET, sign up here by January 24!

Call for CIRRUS/Nordplus projects 2021

Intensive Student workshop in summer

CALL for project applications to Nordplus Higher Education Programme through CIRRUS network
DEADLINE: January 25, 2021, to be sent to
(Nordplus deadline is Feb 1, 2021).

We kindly ask your project descriptions along with the budget file in order to insert it in the application system of Nordplus. Please use Nordplus Handbook (pages 26 – 34) or turn to CIRRUS coordinator or your international coordinator at home to find out more.

The type of projects that we are waiting for are:
1. INTENSIVE COURSES (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 
2. JOINT STUDY PROGRAMMES (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 
3. DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 

MORE IN DETAIL (copied from NP handbook):

Intensive courses
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for intensive courses lasting between one week (five working days) and one month. Courses may take place during term time or in the summer by way of short courses, symposiums, master classes or workshops. Intensive courses must include students and academic staff from at least three different countries. The courses must yield ECTS points and must be recognised as part of the students’ degree. The number of ECTS points should be stated in the application.
PhD students may act as teachers on intensive courses. They are not eligible for a grant if they are students in the programme. The same intensive course can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. It is recommended that the hosting institution is rotated.

Examples of past CIRRUS intensive courses: 
Urban Gaming
Nature Design and Innovation. Imprint
Traditions and Innovation

Joint study programmes
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for development of joint study
Nordplus joint study programmes are defined as follows:
– Programmes are full-degree study programmes established according
to national legislation.
– Programmes lead to a degree recognised by national authorities.
– Degree certificates with a Diploma Supplement are issued according to
national legislation.
– Mobility is integrated into the programme setup.
– Programmes are developed jointly, and all courses and study units
should be approved by all participating parties.
– The collaborative venture is governed by a signed agreement defining
its aims as well as the roles of the participating parties.
The same joint study programme can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. Joint study programmes are complex processes. HEIs can combine Nordplus and Nordic Master grants in various ways. More information on Nordic Master is available on The website consists
also of many useful handbooks and guides on joint programmes.

Development projects
Nordplus Higher Education offers grants for innovative development projects within the field of Higher Education.
Apart from joint curriculum planning and joint
modules, projects may focus on issues such as:
– Collaboration with the labour market
– Quality assurance
– The dissemination and use of results achieved by networks and projects
– The development of collaborations with other institutions in the public
or private sectors as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
within Higher Education
– The development of new teaching methods.
The same project can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted.