Cumulus is an international network of Universities interested in Art and Design in a globalized world. Each year they meet to discuss the operating environment and sector developments. In 2016 Nottingham Trent University commissioned VSDB Consultancy to co-write the call for papers for this industry event, steward the review panel and co-ordinate the symposium content. This generated over 200 abstracts and 50 ground breaking research papers. VSDB also Chaired the session on Sustainability and conducted the evaluation. Subsequently VSDB was commissioned to lead on the publication which is circulated widely and is available on line.