Keynote Speakers



Professor of Design for Sustainability

Stuart Walker is Professor of Design for Sustainability at Manchester Metropolitan, Emeritus Professor at Lancaster and Calgary, and Visiting Professor at Kingston University, London.


He has published numerous books, over 150 academic papers, and many other articles. His award winning research has been presented internationally and his writings have been translated in various languages including Chinese, Portuguese and Persian. His conceptual designs have been featured on the BBC and exhibited in Canada, Italy, Australia and the United Kingdom. He speaks frequently on the media and had the first ever Design for Sustainability exhibitions at the Design Museum, London and Brantwood, John Ruskin’s home in the English Lake District.

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Born in Porto, Rui Marcelino boasts a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from IST-ULisbon, a Master’s in Transport Design from SPD Milan, and a PhD in Design from FAUL-ULisbon.


With a foundational experience at Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, he established Almadesign in 1997, a design studio that specializes in Transport, Products, and Interiors. Under his leadership, the studio has completed over 700 design projects, ranging from industrial machinery to public transportation vehicles like buses, trains, boats, and aircraft.

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Almadesign has been honored with multiple awards, including the National Design Award, the Good Design Award, the Crystal Cabin Award, the IF Design Award, and the Daciano da Costa Award. Notably, the studio has recently undertaken prestigious projects such as the interior design for TAP’s fleet, the Alfa Pendular train, and the innovative interiors for Caetano’s new electric buses and Eviation’s Alice aircraft.

Beyond design, Rui Marcelino is deeply invested in fostering collaborative networks. He co-founded the PEMAS, served as President for 6 years, and holds positions as Co-founder and Vice-President of the AED Cluster, as well as Co-founder and Board Member of the Portuguese Rail Platform Cluster (PFP). He also contributes as a Board Member at the Technological Park of Óbidos and is part of the General Council of COTEC – Portuguese Innovation Association.

In academia, Rui Marcelino imparts his extensive knowledge of design, teaching at institutions such as EUAC, IST, and FAUL at the University of Lisbon, where he is currently the lead for the Master in Product Design program.

His commitment extends to the promotion of national and European R&D collaborative projects in various sectors, including Aeronautical, Road, Rail, and Nautical Transport, through initiatives like LIFE, IBUS, ISEAT, DESAIR, ETOILET, INTRAIN, NEWFACE, FLEXCRAFT, MODSEAT, PASSARO, and PASSME. These projects are pivotal in integrating the industry with scientific and technological institutions to pioneer innovative product solutions, enhance industrial competencies, and expand the international reach of diverse partners.

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