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IABSE Future of Design Conference Manchester 2020

April 17 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 pm

Future of Design Conference Manchester 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current situation and risks posed by Coronavirus, the Future of Design Manchester 2020 conference has been postponed and will not go ahead in its planned format on 17th April 2020. We have taken this decision in the best interest of everyone’s health and safety, and ask for your understanding. We were looking forward to the event just as much as you did! 

Instead, we are planning to hold a shortened free online event on or around 17th April 2020, and run the conference in its full format in Manchester in spring 2021. 

We are working on the details and format of the online event and will send out further communication in due course. 

To those who have bought tickets to the conference already, we would like to offer to defer your ticket until the postponed event in spring 2021. Alternatively, you can receive a full refund through the Eventbrite website.

The Design Competition is still going ahead with a 2-week extension deadline to Friday 3rd April, and we want to assure all those who have been working hard on their submissions that your efforts will not be wasted.  All entries will be reviewed and judged as planned. The shortlisted teams will be notified, and their entries will be displayed and judged at the spring 2021 conference. 

The Paper Competition is still going ahead with a 2-week extension deadline Friday 3rd April, and anyone aiming to submit a paper is encouraged to do so.  All entries will be saved, and judged alongside entries submitted ahead of the event in spring 2021.



Conference speaker profiles

Meet the outstanding speakers that will captivate and inspire YOU at Future of Design Manchester 2020


Click here to view the programme for Future of Design Manchester 2020.  A printed copy of the Official Programme will be provided to each delegate on the day. 



April 17
8:30 am - 10:00 pm


University of Manchester Renold Building
Renold Building University of Manchester
Manchester, M1 7DN United Kingdom
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