Learning through academia is an important part of Global Fashion Agenda’s ambition to ensure the academic voice in the sustainability discussion and the level of knowledge throughout the fashion value chain.

A three-pronged focus on students, educators and academic management will serve to intensify the connection between often disparate industry and academia through three key events leading up to Copenhagen Fashion Summit: Youth Fashion Summit, Educators Summit and Academic Leaders Roundtable.

Youth Fashion Summit

9-10 May 2017 at Copenhagen Concert Hall

Having grown up with greater awareness of environmental issues than any generation, today's youth represent the single best hope for the implementation of sustainable practices in fashion and the wider society.

The Youth Fashion Summit is an education platform for young talents to become game changers from the bottom up, so they can spark change once they have graduated and are working in the fashion industry.


Susie Bubble

Youth fashion Summit AMBASSADOR

"As somebody who came into fashion through an alternative route, I'm increasingly intrigued and interested in the alternative in fashion. And how that alternative way of thinking – be it innovative materials, processes or concept – can become the mainstream. Sustainability in fashion isn't just the 'right' thing to do but it's where the future of fashion lies."

Drafting the first ever UN resolution on fashion

On 25 September 2015, the 193 members of the UN General Assembly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will dictate the global development agenda until 2030. At last year’s Youth Fashion Summit, more than 100 students from around the world explored how the SDGs could represent opportunities for companies to align their own sustainability goals with broader societal aims. This year, the same students are invited back to transform their ideas and demands for corporate action related to the SDGs into a draft for a UN resolution.

The students will present their resolution on stage at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit to inspire the industry to take action. This fall the students have been invited to present their work during UN General Assembly.

In partnership with Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, Global Fashion Agenda hosts the fourth edition of the Youth Fashion Summit. The next generation of decision makers within the fashion industry get the opportunity to speak their mind about this heavy polluting industry they will soon inherit. The Youth Fashion Summit serves as a catalyzer for network building among future change makers, which has already proven to be very valuable for our alumni that continuously connect to discuss challenges and dilemmas in their professional work life.

Learn more about the Youth Fashion Summit at youthfashionsummit.com

Educators Summit

10 May 2017 at Copenhagen Concert Hall

Imagine the impact teachers could have if they were all committed to being knowledge-based drivers of long-term sustainability.

The Educators Summit is a platform for educators to exchange ideas and experiences on how to effectively teach sustainability and build a strong international network around it. The mission is to bring industry and academia together in order to shorten the distance and unlock the full potential between the discovery-driven academia and the innovation-driven industry, to overcome the challenges facing the fashion industry.


The Educators Summit will provide teachers of design, communications and business a convenient and effective opportunity to build and grow their networks, explore collaborations and help each other navigate the broad, vaguely defined and fast developing topic of sustainability.

This year’s Educators Summit is delivered in partnership with Centre For Sustainable Fashion and will be facilitated by Alex McIntosh, Course Leader of MA Fashion Futures at London College of Fashion. The participants of Educators Summit will partake in the rest of Copenhagen Fashion Summit.

The Educators Summit is a side event to the main event Copenhagen Fashion Summit. If you want to participate in CFS, you need to buy a ticket for the summit and contact learning@copenhagenfashionsummit.com

Academic Leaders Round Table

10 May 2017

The first of its kind, the Academic Leaders Round Table seeks to convene the most influential decision makers from across fashion education, industry and non-governmental organisations for an intimate discussion informing the development of sustainability in global fashion.


The aim is to explore visions of a transformed fashion education and business system through a sustainability lens and to look at ways of increased cooperation. The round table provides an opportunity to discover shared imperatives, ambitions and needs for education and business to conclusively make a distinctive and vital contribution to the transformation of the industry.

The Academic Leaders Round Table is delivered in partnership with Centre For Sustainable Fashion and is facilitated by its director, professor Dilys Williams.