forum e.V.

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Universal Design has a history in Germany. It began on November 14th, 2009 in Weimar. The expert conference at that time moved about ninety participants from design, architecture, technology, sociology, linguistics, industry and social economy. There were presentations and controversial discussions, and a common definition emerged: the Weimar Declaration on Universal Design. 

After seven years, it was more than time to reflect on Universal Design and its importance not only for Germany. On the initiative of the then organizers of the Universal Design Expert Conference (Prof. Wolfgang Sattler, Thomas Bade), the Universal Design Forum e.V. was founded in May 2016. "It was time to work on Universal Design content again," says Prof. Wolfgang Sattler. 


With designaustria and design for all Austria, the Universal Design Forum e.V. will expand its network with a view to Europe.


The Universal Design Forum e.V. sees itself as a moderator of the interfaces between business, science and society. 


Currently, the association is concerned with Universal Design living scenarios in condensed living spaces, cooperation in demographic projects in a municipal context and the promotion of Universal Design at colleges and universities. The focal points are fixed in the annual general meeting and deepened in thematic working groups. In addition, the Universal Design Forum e.V. is a co-founder of the Munich-based Institute for Universal Design.


The association sees itself as an overarching interface and sees the thematic sensitization of young scientists as the basis for a deep anchoring of Universal Design in all areas of education and training.


The association is represented by Prof. Wolfgang Sattler (1st chairman) and Martin Fössleitner. Thomas Bade takes over the task of the management.

Members of the Universal Design Forum e.V.

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Prof. Wolfgang Sattler (Bauhaus Universität Weimar)

Martin Fößleitner (High Performance Vienna)

Thomas Bade (Institut für Universal Design KG)

Achim Nagel (Primus Developments GmbH) (Ehrenmitglied)

Dr. Elisabeth Hartung (platform München)

Veronika Egger (design for all e.V.)

Prof. Fritz Frenkler (f/p design)

Dr. Heinrich Ganseforth (Strategy&Marketing Institute Management Consultants GmbH)

Christa Nolte (Kermi GmbH)

Kilian Steiner (bayern design forum e.V.)

Jörg Fischer (Freddersen Gesellschaft von Architekten GmbH)

Rainer Langer (Herzogsmühle Innere Mission- Diakonie München+ Oberbayern e.V.)

Hans-Jörg Müller (GIRA Giersiepen GmbH&Co. KG)

Georg Wittenbrink (Vauth-Sagel Systemtechnik GmbH&Co. KG)

Michael Schlenke (The Caretakers e.K)

Jörg Seidel (Rechtsanwälte und Notare)

Jens Korte (Jens Korte Industrial Design)

Tim Oelker (Tim Oelker Industrial Design)

Peter Bischoff (Küffner Aluzargen GmbH&Co OHG)

Siegfried Timmler (TTC Timmler Technology GmbH)

Prof Dr. Andreas Baumert

Michael Schmidt (code2design)

Daniel George (Daniel George Photography)

Sabine Distler (Curatorium Altern gestalten e.V.)

Benjamin Hein (Mormor- Eine Marke der etage 8 GmbH)

Moritz Segers

Irmgard Voigt

Stefan Hampel (Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität- SFU)

Nicolai Strickel (Star Cooperation GmbH)

Stefan Blachfellner (BCSSS- Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systeems Science)

FH Joanneum Graz

Carolin Pauly (Universal Rooms GmbH)

Application for membership

You want to become a member of the Universal Design Forum e.V.?

Please contact us using the followingform. The board of directors will then decide on your admission.


Statutes of the Universal Design Forum e.V.