The InspirON Sustainability Series On-demand Video Overview

Brought to you by Protolabs in partnership with Wevolver and The IET, the series consists of recorded presentations and round table discussions from world leading experts in the various fields of sustainability.

27 Jul, 2020

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The InspirON Sustainability Series On-demand Video Overview

Welcome to the InspirON Sustainability Series from Protolabs – a tour de force in knowledge sharing for design engineers looking to achieve sustainability in their work.

Brought to you in partnership with Wevolver and The IET, the series consists of recorded presentations and round table discussions from world leading experts in the various fields of sustainability, and will help design engineers prepare for the accelerated evolution of ‘green’ legislation.

Available on-demand now, the presentations are grouped into four themes to help you navigate through the variety of content: Inspire to Change; Technical Tools; Go Faster; and Thinking Big.


This theme of presentations consists of experts providing unique insight to help you gain the knowledge and confidence you need to achieve sustainability. Including:

Yewande Akinola - Ambassador for Clean Growth and Infrastructure at Innovate UK

Presentation: How problem solving and passion deliver Impact  

Sioned Owen - Entrepreneur and Director at design consultancy Coremination

Presentation: Strategic side hustles in sustainability 

James Robottom - Sustainability and Climate Change Lead at The IET

Presentation: How engineers can influence policy and legislation 

Joe Iles - Circular Design Programme Lead at Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Presentation: It's more than you think: The big idea of a circular economy  

Sophie Thomas - Founding Director at Thomas Matthews

Presentation: Product teardowns that yield systemic change    

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This theme of presentations consists of experts providing technical knowledge and important practical tools. Including:

Chris Lefteri and Daniel Liden - Materials experts at Chris Lefteri Design

Presentation: The tacit experience of materials, design & sustainability   

Dane Whitehurst - Creative Director at Burgopak

Presentation: Beyond beige: Jaw dropping and ethical packaging design

Dr Simon Lockrey - Leading sustainability and design innovation researcher

Presentation: Life-cycle assessment, the good, the bad and the not so bad  

Dr Vannessa Goodship – Plastics expert and Associate Professor at University of Warwick

Presentation: Villain or hero: Can plastic help get us to net zero?   

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This theme of presentations consists of experts giving practical advice for simply and effectively adapting to the sustainability challenge. Including:

Andrew Carr - Design Manager at Elvie

Presentation: Sustainability and the start-up    

Chris Grantham - Executive Director of Circular Economy at IDEO

Presentation: Systems for meaningful growth    

Chris Sherwin - Sustainability Innovation & Circular Design Lead at PA Consulting

Presentation: Taking Sustainable Innovation beyond EcoRedesign 

Erica Purvis - Director at TechnicalNature

Presentation: Turning eco jargon to opportunity and action  

Matt Sexton – Strategy Director at Futerra

Presentation: The born good and the born again 

Sofia Abid – Ph.D. Researcher at TUM Entrepreneurship Research Institute

Presentation: Entrepreneurship and sustainability nexus  

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This theme of presentations consists of experts giving practical advice for simply and effectively adapting to the sustainability challenge. Including:

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino - Author and Consultant at Designswarm

Presentation: Creating a culture of innovation

Andy Stanford-Clark - Chief Technology Officer at IBM

Presentation: Innovation begins at home

Nicola Baggio - Photovoltaic expert and CEO at OffgridSun

Presentation: Photovoltaic solutions for developing countries

Tom Watt-Smith – Head of Factual at Lion TV and Director of ‘Drowning in Plastic’

Presentation: Why storytelling is vital to engaging the world in sustainability   

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Achieving sustainability: Who is responsible?

Bjoern Klaas, Vice President and Managing Director at Protolabs Europe
Dr Simon Lockrey, leading sustainability and design innovation researcher
Yewande Akinola, Ambassador for Clean Growth and Infrastructure at Innovate UK
Tom Watt-Smith, Head of Factual at Lion TV and Director of ‘Drowning in Plastic’
James Robottom, Sustainability and Climate Change Lead at The IET

The circular economy: What is it and what’s it got to do with design?

Erica Purvis, Director at TechnicalNature
Joe Iles, Circular Design Programme Lead at Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Sophie Thomas, Founding Director at Thomas Matthews

The hidden environmental cost of gadgets, fashion and digital platforms. How can we reduce through better design?

Andy Stanford-Clark, Chief Technology Officer at IBM
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Author and Consultant at Designswarm
Chris Grantham, Executive Director of Circular Economy at IDEO
Andrew Carr, Design Manager at Elvie
Chris Lefteri, materials expert, author and Director at Chris Lefteri Design
Daniel Liden, Partner at Chris Lefteri Design

What's holding you back from sustainable design at your company?

Dr Vannessa Goodship, plastics expert and Associate Professor at University of Warwick
Dane Whitehurst - Creative Director at Burgopak
Erica Purvis, Director at TechnicalNature
René Bantes, Head of Technology Analysis and strategic Planning at Fraunhofer INT

In addition to these presentations, and in collaboration with the sustainabilitity experts who delivered them, we have created a collection of tips, advice and points of further research.

Known as ‘cheat sheets’, they are the perfect extension to the presentations, and serve as a vital resource to go deeper into the subject matter. Make sure you download them to further support you on your journey towards your sustainability goals.

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The InspirON Sustainability Series is brought to you by Protolabs, in partnership with The IET and Wevolver. InspirON is the Protolabs centre for connecting, sharing, inspiring and innovating.

27 Jul, 2020

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