Sustainable Design Talks, Presentations and Keynotes

Covering topics of sustainability, ecodesign, circular economy and emerging eco trends, lifestyles, products and insights, to seed and grow inspiration and action

One of the key things in Sustainability is sharing, collaboration, igniting interest, care and being more open. This is why I find giving Sustainable Design Talks, Presentations and being a Keynote Speaker such an important and rewarding experience.

Talks I give are often from personal experience, projects I’ve been involved in or disciplines I’ve worked in.

I also give bespoke keynote talks where I provide research and insight into particular topics covered.

Examples of Sustainable Design talks, presentations and Keynotes below:

The Things Conference on Tour – “How to be a designer in a world that doesn’t really more “things”- October 2019

At a time when the world seems to be waking up to the effects of our consumptive economy, the plastics in the oceans, fast fashion, e-waste and climate change – what role can the design of “Things” take in helping to shape a sustainable future? One where products are designed considering their lifetime and not for landfill.

Southern Manufacturers Dinner with The Business Magazine – Manufacturing Change – April 2019

An after dinner speech exploring the role of design and manufacturing in the transition to a sustainable, circular economy.

After dinner speech for The Business Magazine at Madejski Stadium

“Referring to the ‘Blue Planet’ effect that intensified public concern over climate change and plastic waste, she said:

“We need designs for life, with greater collaboration between engineering and manufacturing to get to the root causes of the problems and think about how we can mitigate them and adapt.”

Purvis highlighted three areas where change is needed: products, people’s behaviours and policy. “Designers and engineers have a responsibility, especially those involved in mass manufacturing.”

MAKE UK Southern Group – Insights and experiences around the circular economy, sustainable design and manufacturing – April 2019

IET – Plastic, Products, People and the Planet –  The evolving role of a Design Engineer in a complex and changing World – December 2018

“Despite not having a major interest in engineering, this talk had quite an impact on me. Awareness of the issues surrounding product waste and what is being done to solve the issue is essential in this current climate with all the changes it is going through. Hearing about what organisations are doing to make products more sustainable and what inspires them was incredibly thought provoking and I’m sure it will influence the way I look at products and think about what can be done to tackle climate change.” – considered Lexi.

“What’s great is that the students are being educated and that they are the designers and engineers of the future; if they can create things with a perspective of being sustainable then they will be the game changers.” – summarised Mark Smith, Head of Design and Technology.

Festival of Digital Disruption FODD 2018 with Connect TVT – Fashtech, Wearable Tech Hackathon speaker and mentor on Sustainable Product Design Process – November 2018


The Grand Hack – UTC Reading – Sustainable Product Design Speaker and Mentor for the student teams – September 2018

UTC The Grand Hack quoteGiving an introductory presentation on sustainable design, circular economy and business modelling as well as supporting the students teams over the 2 days to bring their ideas to life and pitch it at the end. This was alongside other local businesses and organisations such as IOT Prototyping specialist Think Engineer, Vital Six from the Thames Valley Science Park, Ooba Creative  and support from the IET.

IKEA – Design For (Everyday) Life  – August 2017

erica on stage presenting at a sustainability event

A keynote speaker on Sustainable “Design for Everyday” – sustainable lifestyles for an IKEA global team day at their HQ in Sweden – August 2017

Scaling Sustainably – Makerhood at the Remakery – Jan 2016

A practical talk given at the Remakery in Brixton, to support creative makers thinking of scaling to look at some of the possibilities and Challenges to scaling sustainably. This inspired to  write this up in a blog for the CRL 

Sustainable Innovation – Nov 2015

Some thoughts on the last 20 years in sustainable design and innovation for the Centre for Sustainable Design and some musings for the future! At the Sustainable Innovation conference I also gave a PechaKucha on Open Design Approaches for Sustainable Innovation.

Why does You Tube always catch me with a bad face on…… ah well

Wuthering Bytes Festival – Sept 2015

At the wonderful Wuthering Bytes festival, sharing some background, projects and initial findings from the OSCEdays and our activities based around and exploring the Circular Economy and Open Source.

Reading Geek Night – Open and Collaborative Design for a Circular Economy – June 2016

Getting my geek on at Reading Geek Night, after a very long weekend running the 2nd OSCEdays in London, featuring an outing to Reading.

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss and bespoke speaker opportunities or are interested in upcoming events or workshop.