The StrC project on display

The ongoing StrC project initiated by Dr. Carlos Fiorentino is being displayed at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus for two months (January 30 to March 27). The exhibition was prepared by Dr. Carlos Fiorentino and Dr. Tomislav Terzin, and co-organized with Augustana Library. “Living colours” proposes a journey through structural colour to the visitors of the library. The installation offers hundreds of colourful specimens from Dr. Terzin’s entomology collection, as well as a microscope station to explore structural colours in detail, a selection of related books on the subject, and access to the StrC interface online–a taxonomic database that collects structural colour cases and scientific information intended to connect science and design innovation.

Biomimicry Lecture Series, Calgary 2020

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January 31, 2020
Doors at 5:30 pm, Presentations start at 6:00 pm 

Register here

Join us for the second presentation of the Biomimicry Lecture Series at the Calgary Central Library, Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall.

Be inspired by stories about bees, barnacles and more, and learn how strategies used by these organisms are inspiring new technology and design solutions. Organized in partnership with the Calgary Library, Village Ice Cream, and BUILDEX Alberta. 

  • Moderator and Introduction: Jorge Zapote 
    University of Calgary | HBI · Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Mindi Summers – From bees to barnacles: design inspired by Alberta native bees and West Coast marine invertebrates
    Dr. Mindi Summers is an invertebrate zoologist and biology education researcher at the University of Calgary.
  • Dr. John BertramFinding bioinspiration: From dino teeth to new age ceramics
    Dr. Bertram’s research involves biomechanical analysis integrating tissue, structure and systems levels. His current main focus is on determining the factors that affect movement patterns in locomotion.
  • Kai Costantini – Title TBD
    Kai works as a Strategic Business Consultant, partnering with regenerative and well-adapted tech ventures and other initiatives.
 

Biomimicry Alberta at BUILDEX Calgary, Thursday Nov 7

Sharks, Termites and More of Nature’s Brilliance
BMO Centre, Calgary

Join Kira Hunt, Linda Selin and Micheal Williamson to learn about biomimicry and nature-informed strategies for the built environment. Register for session T06 at https://www.buildexalberta.com/en/home.html

“Today’s scientists, chemists, biologists, zoologists, architects, engineers, designers and many more are solving their challenges by looking to nature’s design. Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies for new ways of manufacturing and living that are well adapted to life on earth over the long haul. Designing, creating and building; whether spaces, places or things, can be directed and learned from the natural world. Nature holds a catalog of products within it. Each with nearly 3.8 billion years of research and development.”

Also – Mark your calendars for a second Calgary event January 31st, 2020 hosted in partnership with BUILDEX Alberta and the Calgary Public Library. More information to come!

“Waste” by Nature available in RCA proceedings

https://conference.recycle.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads//2019/10/CarlosFiorentino.pdf

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Bio Inspired + Design Workshop at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

Marjan Eggermont to present at upcoming Bio Inspired + Design Camp workshop in Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, August 17-18, 2019. The program will include (weather & water permitting) Tubing at the Milk River, a Rock Art Tour, and a Wild & Native Plant Walk and Tour in and around the hoodoos. 

Because they only have limited campsite (tent/RV) space, they will review applications and confirm reservations by August 12, 2019. Please send applications by August 10th to:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5YYTMRW