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life science design conference

Participants of the life science design conference at the red dot design museum on 14 June 2005

The first international conference on life science and design took place at the red dot design museum in Essen on 14 June 2005.


The “life science design conference” provided designers and entrepreneurs with the opportunity to engage in dialogue with researchers and scientists and gain new insights into functional and aesthetic options for designing new products.


For the organisers of the conference, the fine line between the natural and the artificial embodies the core of life science design. Design should therefore not just be considered in terms of physical objects. Indeed, in the case of medical products, the design concept is an integral part of the development process and this was the central message of the conference.


The conference was also the launch pad for the “life science design award: concepts” competition for new ideas and concepts which meet the demand for innovative product design in the life sciences and thus influence the design of humane, future-oriented products. The competition is targeted at designers, scientists and entrepreneurs from the field of life sciences and is being organised by the Life Science Agency (LSA) and the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen.


The entry invitation document and the application form for the concept competition, which is endowed with €20,000 in prize money, can be requested by email or downloaded here.



entry invitation document and the application form


We look forward to your participation.



Tuesday, 14 June 2005

9.30am – 10.00am

Entry and registration

Coffee and croissants


10.00am – 12.00pm

Statement of the Organiser

Dr. Sylvia Deutschmann

Life Science Agency, Düsseldorf


Follow Your Nose – Biosensors of Human Odor Perception

Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. med. habil. H. Hatt

Chair of Cell Physiology

Ruhr-University Bochum


Between Aesthetics and Anaesthesia

Design and Life Science

Prof. Dr. Peter Zec

Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, Essen

ICSID President Elect, Montreal


Life Science Design – Economical Implications for Manufacturers and Operators

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uvo Hölscher

Use-Lab of the University of Applied Sciences, Münster


12.00pm – 1.30pm

Joint lunch


1.30pm – 4.30pm



4.30pm – 5.00pm

Summary of the results

Presentation of the workshop results


5.00pm – 5.15pm

life science design award: concepts

A Scientific Classification

Prof. Dr. Rainer M. M. Seibel

Mülheim Radiology Institute


5.15pm – 6.30pm


Individual conversations


Guided tour of the red dot design museum


6.30pm – 9.00pm

Joint dinner