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17th European Trend Day

Future Meetups: How We'll Get Together From Now On

From conferences and concerts to romantic dates: meetups usually take place face to face. However, the coronavirus pandemic has made this difficult. Physical proximity is now risky. The consequences are reverberating through countless industries, from catering to tourism and trade fairs to universities, through to the entertainment sector with its sporting events, cinemas and parties.

In this sense, COVID-19 has simply accelerated a development that has already long been underway. Remote working and after-work drinks on Zoom were only the beginning. The rapid pace of technological development is continually creating new ways to meet up with people. Many cultural performances have already moved online, and gaming and e-sports platforms are booming. Ultimately, we will have more ways to meet up than ever before. This will change us as people; intimacy and the value of social activities will be redefined.

At the 17th European Trend Day, we will present the most remarkable developments and gauge how and where we will meet up in future. We will discuss questions such as:

  • People need people: how will we enable vibes, productivity and creativity in future?
  • Where will physical contact remain essential?
  • How will we allure somebody, flirt, apply for a job?
  • Commuting, open-plan offices, packed exhibitions: how will meeting places be reconfigured?
  • How will social distancing change the ways we behave, how will we live together?


As face-to-face events are still prohibited in Switzerland because of Covid-19, this year's GDI Trend Day will take place online only and be livestreamed. You will get the opportunity to exchange ideas with other participants during the breaks via online networking.

Special offer

To ensure that as many participants as possible benefit from the latest thinking on how we are likely to meet up in the future, we are offering a two-for-one deal: register two participants now and the second person attends for free.



Noreena Hertz

Noreena Hertz

Economist, bestselling author and named as “one of the world’s leading thinkers” by “The Observer”. In her latest book, “The Lonely Century”, Hertz examines the rise of loneliness in the 21st century and how it can be overcome. She is also an Honorary Professor at the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity and sits on the board of Warner Music Group.

Damiano Cerrone

Damiano Cerrone

Consultant at DEMOS Helsinki, an independent think tank aiming to build sustainable and fair post-industrial societies. Cerrone's personal research leverages digital footprints to study new urban design solutions, with the ultimate goal of retrofitting inner cities for the needs of contemporary life. At DEMOS, he works with the Urban Transformation team, focusing on the development of multi-stakeholder strategies with public administrations and industry.

Sarah Kenderdine

Sarah Kenderdine

Professor of Digital Museology at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Kenderdine has built a new laboratory for experimental museology (eM+), exploring the convergence of aesthetic practice, visual analytics and cultural data. She researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

Christoph Stadtfeld

Christoph Stadtfeld

Associate Professor of Social Networks at ETH Zürich. Stadtfeld holds a PhD from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and has been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Groningen, the Social Network Analysis Research Center in Lugano, and the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on the development and application of theories and methods for social network dynamics.

Monisha Kaltenborn

Monisha Kaltenborn

CEO at Racing Unleashed. Kaltenborn is a lawyer, motorsport functionary and former racing team owner. She was the first female team principal in Formula 1 - 2010 to 2017 for Sauber Motorsport. Since 2018, she has led Racing Unleashed, an international e-sports company that offers a realistic Formula One experience through a network of simulators and racing lounges.

Salar Shahna

Salar Shahna

Active in the film industry since 2008, Salar shifted to Virtual Reality in 2014, working on "Sequenced", an interactive series for virtual reality headsets where characters and environment react to the user’s presence in each scene. Since 2016, he has initiated a global hub for Extended Reality. Shahna's production company "Dirty Bacon" is specialised in telling stories through film and Virtual Reality.

Tino Krause

Tino Krause

Country Director DACH at Facebook since 2019. Krause heads the company's business development in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He held various management positions as CEO at MediaCom, Germany's biggest media agency, overseeing the strategic development of the company and driving customer expansion and as COO and CEO at Wavemaker, amongst others.

Camilla Pang

Camilla Pang

Postdoctoral scientist and author of the book "Explaining Humans: What science can teach us about life, love and relationships". It’s a memoir that uses scientific principles to understand human behaviour through the lens of someone who has autism and ADHD. The book has won the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2020.

Fredrik Carlström

Fredrik Carlström

Founder of real estate investment and management company Another Structure. Carlström is a design-focused real estate developer dedicated to building spaces that foster creativity and innovations. Carlström fuses experience from hospitality, design, technology and branding in his projects. He is the founder of Alma, a co-working space described by Surface Magazine as “the anti-WeWork”.

David Bosshart

David Bosshart

Author, Speaker, Executive Advisor

Dr. David Bosshart was CEO of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for consumption, economic and social studies from 1999 to 2020. Since 2020 he has been President of the Gottlieb and Adele Duttweiler Foundation.


Julian Thorner

Julian Thorner

Moderator. Until 2015 Thorner hosted his daily news show "Noiz" on the youth channel Joiz. Since 2016 Thorner can be listened to on Radio SRF 3 in his own show "De Samstig – mitem Julian Thorner".


David Bosshart (CH), Author, Speaker, Executive Advisor, GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Future Meetups: How We'll Get Together From Now On
- How Covid-19 affects our behaviour
- Why the desire for social is changing

Noreena Hertz (GB), economist and author of "The Lonely Century"
Overcoming Loneliness: How To Reconnect in Fragmented Times
- Why this is the lonely century
- Why loneliness is political as well as personal
- What we can do to come together

Break / Networking

Damiano Cerrone (FI), Consultant, DEMOS Helsinki
Regenerative Cities: Reimagining the Post-Pandemic City
- Retrofitting cities for contemporary life
- The invisible image of the city trapped in social media data

Christoph Stadtfeld (CH), Associate Professor of Social Networks, ETH Zürich
Social Networks: New Dynamics in the Pandemic
- How to make friends in socially distanced times
- The importance of connection for well-being and success

Tino Krause (DE), Country Director DACH, Facebook
Socializing Online: Latest Trends From the Biggest Platform 
- New insights into user behaviour in pandemic times
- What people do when they spend twice as much time online

Break / Networking

Monisha Kaltenborn (CH), CEO, Racing Unleashed
Formula 1 for everyone: When simulation beats reality
- These are the new business models in e-racing
- Where the new meeting places for aficionados are emerging

Salar Shahna (CH), President, World XR Forum
Through the Rabbithole: See You In the Multiverse!
- When immersive technologies redefine what we call reality 
- Get insights into the latest trends in working, learning, gaming and partying

Sarah Kenderdine (CH), Professor of Digital Museology, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Expanding Hallowed Halls: How Tech Transforms the Museum Experience
- New ways to make cultural heritage accessible
- First-hand insights from the forefront of digital museology 

Break / Networking

Fredrik Carlström (SE), Founder and Creative Director, Another Structure
Rethinking the Workspace: Why Structure Must Follow Strategy
- The changing landscape of office spaces and real estate
- Is the traditional office dead?
- Fostering talent, culture and collaboration in a post-pandemic world

Camilla Pang (GB), author and autism advocate
How Humans Tick: A Manual
- Life's everyday interactions scientifically examined
- Deciphering the social cues that dictate our behaviour



Livestream: CHF 500

Register two participants and get the second participation for free.


Full price on-premise: CHF 1200

20 % early bird discount until 20 December 2020: CHF 960

10 % early bird discount until 31 January 2021: CHF 1080

Price for startups: CHF 500 (Request for voucher code: etd(at)

Participants registering less than two weeks before the event can pay by credit card only.


10 March 2021

German/English (simultaneous interpretation)

Changes to the programme
The programme is subject to change. If an event does not take place, fees will be refunded. Further claims are ruled out.

If you are unable to attend, please let us have your cancellation in writing. The fee will be reimbursed on cancellation Substitute participants welcome.


Online, you will receive the participation link prior to the event.