Network meetings

CIRRUS online gathering. March 17-18, 2021

Cirrus board and Estonian Academy of Arts are hosting an online seminar for teachers, leaders and coordinators.

Keynote on March 17 at 13.55 CET

“Uncertainty/Complexity” – Johan Redström, UID
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UIB, Norway. CIRRUS meeting, 2019.

We invite you to participate at the CIRRUS Leadership meeting online

May 27, 2020

12 Icelandic
14 Danish/Swedish/Norwegian
15 Lithuanian/Latvian/Estonian/Finnish time.


– ”Tour de school”: A brief round of the 18 member schools – 3 minutes each

Small group discussions: 
– Academic study year 2020/21 and how to restart

– Situation with the foreign students

General re-cap: 

– What we want to take with us from the current experience as institutions and as a network

register due May 20, 2020. 
We will send a Zoom link to everyone who has signed up. 

(Registration form link

POSTPONED: CIRRUS annual network meeting and Teachers seminar. March 18 – 20, 2020

NEW SKILLS. Preparing for Uncertainty



Preparing for Uncertainty

Design education is constantly evolving. From local craft schools of early 20th century to current international and trans-disciplinary academies, the speed of change has picked up pace. What constitutes a design curriculum in these uncertain times? What skills do our students really need in the future?

Next to traditional studies on form and aesthetics, new topics emerge from collaborations with other fields such as natural and social sciences, business, law, etc. Joint projects bind together very different kind of knowledge. Cultural variety of our schools has dramatically increased. Changes in environment and politics bring new responsibilities. Designers’ skill-set are endlessly expanding. We are expected to be makers, artists, scientists, managers, facilitators, advisers, engineers, marketers, builders, visionaries, psychologists, leaders, custodians, technologists, philosophers… in a word, experts in everything. Brand new programs and schools are emerging, new avenues of research opening up everywhere.

In Tallinn, we invite everyone to celebrate and to exchange experiences about new pedagogical formats and discourses, about skills taught in your schools.

We also encourage a discussion: what’s the relationship of traditional and new design skills in current design education? Is the identity of a designer dissolving or emerging?

Who’s welcome to join the discussion? Everyone who values skills and values combining them; teachers of exciting multi-. cross-, inter- and transdisciplinary courses; everyone involved in curriculum development and pushing boundaries of design; heads of programs and study modules.

Keywords: preparing students for uncertainty, life after graduation, teaching and assessment in the future, what’s important for teachers/students, new identities, communication of cultures, cooperation, engagement with society, social responsibility, sustainable development.

General timeframe:

REGISTRATION FORM (the registration has been completed)

Please register due February 13, 2020. Participation fee to cover coffee-breaks, lunches and dinners is 120 EUR per person.

Hotel information:
We have prebooked Swissotel Tallinn at a discount rate. When booking, please refer to “CIRRUS”. Reservations should be made by e-mailing to or by calling: +372 624 0000.
Discount rates: March 17 – 19 = 105 EUR a night March 20 = 110 EUR a night Hotel reservations will be held until February 13, 2020.

Getting around: Tram No 4 connects the airport (direction Tondi) to the hotel, station “Paberi”. Ticket purchased from the driver costs 2 EUR, green SMART card may be purchased from the R-Kiosk at the airport or port for 2 EUR, which enables you to buy e.g a 5-EUR three-day ticket for public transport in Tallinn. The green card may be returned to the R-Kiosk at departure in the port or airport. Taxi between 7-10 EUR. Commuting to EKA, Põhja pst 1 from Swissotel: Walking route, 30 minutes Tram no 2 (direction Kopli) from “Paberi” to “Põhja puiestee” stop, 15 minutes. Tram departs in every 7 minutes. Taxi (5-7 EUR), 10 minutes

Support to participation: CIRRUS will support from mobility funds the participation of two teachers per institution at the seminar, covering the travel / hotel up to the following rates: Iceland 600 EUR per person, the other members 300 EUR per person. These sums can be applied for by filling in and sending the teacher mobility form to the CIRRUS coordinator by the sending institutions’ CIRRUS coordinator. The sums will be paid to the sending institutions’ account.

Optional tour on Friday night: Rright after General Assembly 2, the ones who have signed up to Friday night excusion, will depart from the academy to Arvo Pärt Centre guided tour and dinner at Laulasmaa Spa. (appr 15.30 – 21.00) Note: excursion for extra cost of 50 EUR.

Next meetings:

2021: Spring, Riga, Latvian Art Academy
2022: Spring, Helsinki, Aalto University



Hosted by: Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design University of Bergen, Norway
Address: Mollendalsveien 61 
Dates: February 13 – 15, 2019
Theme: Expectations to the Education from the Outside and the Inside. Bridge and Bridging between the Digital and Physical.

C I R R U S   P R O G R A M M E   B E R G E N    2 0 1 9 

CIRRUS board has decided that we support 2 teachers per institution to take part in the seminar with Nordplus travel rates 330 EUR/660 EUR Iceland/150 EUR Oslo. In order to receive the grant, CIRRUS teacher application form needs to be filled in and sent by CIRRUS coordinator to the network coordinator. The grant will be payed on  institutions’ account as lump sum.

CIRRUS Bergen_2019
Timeframe of the seminar


Hotel Zander K
Villa Terminus

Snøhetta_Bergen University_Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design_©Hufton+Crow_039

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design University of Bergen, Norway



CIRRUS meeting of 2019 is hosted by University of Bergen, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design.

CIRRUS Teachers seminar and Network meeting 2019.
Hosted by: Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design University of Bergen, Norway
Address: Mollendalsveien 61 
Dates: February 13 – 15, 2019.
Theme: Expectations to the Education from the Outside and the Inside. Bridge and Bridging between the Digital and Physical.
Information with final program: End of October

Seats: 80
Link to registration opens in October 2018
Fee: 150 EUR 

We are very much looking forward to hosting two teachers from each institution at least. Like always, rectors/deans and coordinators are expected to be present.

CIRRUS Bergen_2019
Timeframe of the seminar

Bergen University_Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design_©Hufton+Crow_039
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design 
University of Bergen, Norway


Welcome to 2018 CIRRUS MEETING for teachers, leadership and international coordinators.

The meeting takes place in HIOA, Oslo, from March 7 – 9, 2018.
Please register here. Registration deadline February 15, 2018
The fee is 150 EUR/1500 NOK.
This covers the participation at all events including coffee-breaks, dinners and lunches.
The payment can be made here.



2017 CIRRUS network meeting, coordinators meeting, leadership meeting and teachers seminar will take place in Vilnius Academy of Arts Lithuania from February 15 – 17, 2017

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS (as of February 10, 2017)

CIRRUS programme 2017 (calendar view)
Full daily programmes and overview

Full coordinators programme

Vilnius airport
Taxi from Vilnius Airport to the hotel costs 12 – 15  EUR
Map with the route from Hotel Amberton to Vilnius Academy of Arts

University of Lapland network meeting gallery, 24.-26.2.2016

Photos: Maria Aasma, Anette Flinck, Virpi Nurmela
CIRRUS meeting University of Lapland:
February 24 – 26, 2016 rectors, coordinators, teachers

scroll down for teachers meeting programme and accommodation information

Tuesday, 23.02.2016
19.00 Informal get-together for those who arrive in the evening, meeting point
Cityhotel lobby, Pekankatu 9

Wednesday, 24.02.2016
10.30 13.00 Board meeting
10.00 12.00 Sightseeing programme

Visit to the Arctic Centre and Arktikum
Pohjoisranta 4 and

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch at the University of Lapland, Restaurant Petronella
13.00 – 13.30 Welcoming words by Rector Mauri Ylä-Kotola and dean Timo Jokela. Castren Hall LS11

13.30 – 15.00 Tour in the faculty / visiting labs, workshops and the degree programs
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 – 17.00 Joint session. Final thesis presentations: example from 3 different institutions & discussion. Chair Marjatta Heikkilä-Rastas
17.00 Transfer from university to hotels
18.00 Transfer from Cityhotel to the Arctic Circle
Dinner in Santamus
21.30 Transfer back to hotels

Thursday, 25.02.2016
8.45 Transfer from Cityhotel to university
Separate meetings:
9.00 – 12.00 Rectors’ / Deans’ meeting
introductory round, updates, election of board
Castren LS11
9.15 – 12.00 Coordinators meeting (lead: Anette, Virpi, Maria)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch at the University of Lapland, Restaurant Petronella
13.00 – 14.45 Joint session Design in Context (lead: Lone Dalsgaard André)
14.45 – 15.15 Coffee break
15.15 – 17.00 Separate workshops:
15.15 – 16.00 “Strategic Design Challenges Design Education”
(Päivi Tahkokallio, Kristian Kienänen)
16.00 – 17.00 Discussion
Coordinators workshop continues (lead: Virpi, Maria, Anette)
17.00 – 17.30 Conclusions
17.30 Transfer from university to Cityhotel
18.30 Departure to Arctic Snow Hotel, Lehtojärvi, Rovaniemi
19.00 – … Arctic Design Week: Arctic Speed Design Pitching, networking and dinner
Warm clothing required!
21.30 / 22.30 Bus transfers back to city center

Friday, 26.02.2016
9.00 – 11.00 Board meeting in the hotel
10.30 Transfer from Cityhotel to university
11.00 -12.00 Joint session on quality / Prof. Jaana Erkkilä F2060
12.00 – 13.00 Farewell & lunch in the Restaurant Petronella
13.00 Transfer from university to Cityhotel
Optional program starts
14.00 – 16.00 Snowmobile safari 2 hours
Price: 99€ “The best way to get to the heart of nature – and back. During this fun safari, you’ll learn how to snowmobile along frozen rivers and through forests covered with snow. Enjoy the beautiful views of the river valley from the hilltops. A break with hot beverages will keep your motor running. Two persons on one snowmobile. “
18.00 – 20.30 Fine dine design dinner with chef Tero Mäntykangas in Korundi, Rovaniemi Art Museum in the STILL/LIFE Tapio Wirkkala exhibition (Wirkkala’s 100th anniversary). See and
Lapinkävijäntie 4
Dinner with wine program 124€
Dinner with juice(s) 104€

Saturday, 27.09
18.00 Arctic Design Week Fashion show at the University of Lapland, F-Wing Agora.
Cirrus participants are invited guests to the show.


The teachers’s program at CIRRUS Rovaniemi meeting provides an overview to different aspects of current trends of design education and Arctic Design. The program is a versatile mix of practicum, demonstration and seminar type content and introduces several design prototyping techniques in hands-on workshops.
Wednesday, 24.02.2016

Same program with rectors/deans and coordinators

Thursday, 25.02.2016
9.00 – 11.30 ADW session on User experience
11.30 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 17.00 Rapid prototyping workshop
Evening program same with rectors/deans and coordinators

Friday, 26.02.2016
9.00 – 11.00 Rapid prototyping continues
11.00 -12.00 Joint session on quality / Prof. Jaana Erkkilä
12.00 – 13.00 Farewell & lunch

Optional program
Snowmobile tour and dinner

Participation fee to meeting 150€
Optional program, snowmobile 99€
Fine Dine Arctic Design Dinner
Dinner with wine program 124€
Dinner with juice(s) 104€

Please pay the fee to the following account
Bank: Pohjolan Osuuspankki
Receiver: University of Lapland
ACCOUNT: FI90 5640 0220 2453 23

Please book your room directly from the hotel with code CIRRUS latest by 10th January, 2016. Hotels in Rovaniemi are fully booked for the next 3 months.

Cityhotel (***)
www.cityhotel.fi105 €/1 person Comfort room/night/netto
125 €/2 person Comfort room/night/netto
118 €/1 person Lux room/ night /netto
138 €/2 person Lux room/night/netto

Tel +358 (0)16 33 00 111
Fax: +385 (0)16 311 304
Reservations to Code: Cirrus
tel + (358) 40 1807 608

Arctic Light Hotel **** (5 rooms only)
179€ /night/ single room
202€/night/ double room

Valtakatu 18, 96200 Rovaniemi
Arctic Circle – Finland
Phone +358 20 1710 100

How to get here and what to do in Rovaniemi

CIRRUS BOARD: Jeff Kaller (HDK), University of Lapland: (Marjatta Heikkilä Rästas, Jonna Häkkila, Virpi Nurmela), CIRRUS secretariat

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