Be there

Our members of the foundation German Design Council can take part in exclusive events. These include the Design + Innovation expert group, at which the host company offers valuable insights into its work. Brand managers get together for a frank discussion of real-world case studies on the Brand Management expert group.

There are the following working groups:

GDC - Walk the Talk

The new online talk deals with topics around brand, digitalisation, design and innovation. After a keynote speech, our guests will answer the questions of the participants connected via video chat.

The event is open to decision-makers from the management and CEO level.


25 January 2024 / 3.00 - 4.00 p.m. “Brand Identity through Design“, with Patrick Speck, Leader LIXIL Global Design, EMENA

1 February 2024 / 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. “From the idea to the (finished product for the) customer”, with Jan Delfs, Head of Global Design, Vorwerk SE & Co. KG

14 March 2024 / 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. "Autumn/Winter 25/26 Colour and Materials – Trends and Inspiration”, with Lauren Chiu, Head of Colour and Material Trends, Stylus

21 March 2024 / 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. "Circular economy as a driver of transformation", with Martin Böhringer, Marketing Director, Object Carpet GmbH

25 April 2024 / 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. "From Creator to Curator? How artificial intelligence (AI) is changing design - and the opportunities it presents”, with Marko Thorhauer, Executive Creative Director & Design Principal, IBM iX

16 May 2024 / 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. "World Design Capital Frankfurt RheinMain - What can we expect? What happens behind the scenes", with Olaf E. Ginter, Director Programme & Strategy WDC 2026, GDC

>> 11 November 2024 / 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. "The Bosch brand in virtual reality: a digital space as a style guide for VR and XR" with
Jörg Heidrich, Manager Digital Brand & User Experience, Corporate Design - Robert Bosch GmbH
Nicole Kuderer, Creative Director and Sven Köppel, Digital Strategist - wirDesign communication AG

Register now! stiftung[at]


Expert Group Design for Circular Economy

The expert group Design for Circular Economy gives member companies the opportunity to exchange ideas on the transformative power of design: The role of circular design as a fundamental building block for economic efficiency and competitive advantage and the environmental issues that can be solved with it are the focus of our expert circle.

Participants will gain deeper insights from industry best practices. In this way, the series of events offers space for knowledge exchange and a platform for discussing current issues around the topic of "Circular Economy".

19 January 2024 / 10.30 – 15.30 p.m., Idea.lab Covestro, Leverkusen

>> 28 May 2024 / 12.00 - 17.30 p.m., Shift GmbH, Falkenberg // Register now! stiftung[at]


Brand Management expert group

The Brand Management expert group is open to those responsible for design, corporate design and brands at manufacturing companies that are members of the German Design Council. This is where those responsible for brands discuss practical examples at eye level or introduce best-practice examples. Participants become acquainted with the company hosting the event, while receiving valuable insight into the respective design and brand strategy.

The meetings are hosted by different foundation members each time and occur once or twice a year.


>> New dates to come

Design + Innovation expert group

The Design + Innovation expert group is an informal communication forum for all member companies of the German Design Council. The focus is on cross-industry networking and exchange. Participants gain interesting insights into the host company and discuss current challenges in the field of design and innovation. Company tours and impulse lectures round off the proven event format.

The half-day meetings take place twice a year with various foundation members.


>> New dates to come

Branding + Design Right expert group

This expert group discusses current changes in case law and their effects on day-to-day work. In addition, the event format offers the opportunity to bring in one's own questions and discuss them not only with a specialist expert but also with colleagues from the circle of founders.


>> New dates to come

All current dates

17.04.2024 ICONIC AWARDS: Interior Products Awards ceremony in Milan
21.04.2024 WALK THE TALK | 2.00-3.00 PM "Circular economy as a driver of transformation" with Object Carpet
25.04.2024 WALK THE TALK | 2.00-3.00 PM "From Creator to Curator? How AI is changing design and ..." with IBM iX
16.05.2024 WALK THE TALK | 2.00-3.00 PM WDC 2026 – What can we expect? with Olaf E. Ginter, Director Programme & Strategy
28.05.2024 Expert Group | 12.00 PM - 5.30 PM Design for Circular Economy, Falkenberg
13.06.2024 German Brand Award Awards ceremony in Berlin
07.11.2024 Design-Gala Soho House, Berlin
07.11.2024 Founders' Meeting Berlin

Previous hosts of the events: