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17th European Trend Day

The Future of Meetups: How We’ll Connect in the World of Tomorrow

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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?


The GDI Trend Day will be held as a face-to-face event. If you still prefer to participate online, you can also book the conference as a livestream.

960 (instead of CHF 1200) for early birds until 20 December 2020!
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.

Damiano Cerrone

Damiano Cerrone

Consultant at DEMOS Helsinki, an independent think tank aiming to build sustainable and fair post-industrial societies. Cerrone works with the Urban Transformation team, focusing on the development of multi-stakeholder strategies with public administrations and industry. His personal research leverages digital footprints to study new urban design solutions.


Further information will follow soon

08.30 Uhr
Welcome coffee

9.00 - 17.00 Uhr

17.00 Uhr
Networking aperitif


Full price: CHF 1200

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

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

Livestream: CHF 500

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

The conference fee includes all food and beverages. 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 thirty or more days before the event. After this term and until five full working days prior to the event we will charge 75% of the fee. In the event of later cancellations we will charge the full participation fee. Substitute participants welcome.

Hotel reservation
To benefit from special rates, please use the following email adresses and refer to the following code: ETD2021

Hotel Sedartis, Thalwil:

Hotel Belvoir, Rüschlikon:

Hotel Alex Lake Zürich, Thalwil:

There will be a free shuttle bus service between the GDI and the Hotel Sedartis Thalwil and Thalwil train station.


GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Langhaldenstrasse 21
8803 Rüschlikon


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