First Polish service design conference to be held in Katowice

For two December days Katowice will become the European capital of service design. Between 12th and 13th of December, the “Design … at your service! How to start designing services?” conference will be held in the City. Additionally, the DME Award Ceremony will be embedded into the event.

It will be the first Polish international conference on service design. “Poland has not yet seen an event of this magnitude dedicated to service design, a still relatively young and little-known area in our country. The event will bring the biggest tycoons of service design to Katowice, including: Birgit Mager, Alex Grots, Paul Thurston, as well as the main institutions involved in service design: Design Wales and the Design Council” – can be read at, the official website of the event’s organizer. The event will also be attended by two Polish experts, Agnieszka Szóstek and Magdalena Kochanowska.

Also, the 7th edition of the Design Management Europe (DME) Award Ceremony will take place during the first day of the conference. It is the only European prize awarded in the field of design management and over the past six years the award attracted highly innovative and progressive companies from across Europe. In 2012, for the first time in the history of the competition, the prize went to a Polish public institution – the Silesian Voivodeship was awarded for the Design Silesia project. The ceremony will be held in Rondo Sztuki. The last editions of the ceremony took place in Paredes (Portugal), Tallinn (Estonia), Lisbon (Portugal), Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Cardiff (Wales) and Essen (Germany).

Registration and participation in the conference is free of charge. Number of places is limited. The conference will be held in the Scientific Information Center and Academic Library at 11A Bankowa St. To register for workshops and thematic sessions, go to

The Design Silesia project is based on the collaboration with four partners, the most important art and design institutions in the region: Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, cultural institution Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris, Silesian University of Technology and Zamek Cieszyn.