Biomimicry Lecture Series, Calgary 2020

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January 31, 2020

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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, bacteria and more, and learn how strategies used by these organisms are inspiring new technology and design solutions. Presenters: Jorge Zapote, Mindi Summers, Marjan Eggermont, Kai Costantini and more. Organized in partnership with the Calgary Library and BUILDEX Alberta.

  • Moderator: Jorge Zapote 
    The 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.
  • Marjan Eggermont – From barnacles to bacteria: recent development in bio-inspired design
    Dr. Marjan Eggermont teaches bio-inspired design, art and engineering, information visualization, and technology & society at The Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary.
  • Kai Costantini – Title TBD
    Kai works as a Strategic Business Consultant, partnering with regenerative and well-adapted tech ventures and other initiatives.

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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

The Nature Exchange: a new gallery and experimental space to learn from nature.

The Nature Exchange is a new gallery at the Telus World of Science Edmonton where you can trade, analyze, discuss, interpret and catalogue natural items. The Nature Exchange gallery is a truly diverse experience, with an Animal Zone and the Field Station to discover. You can meet George and Badger, the sugar gliders; or Alphie, the corn snake, or Shelob the tarantula, or Iggy the bearded dragon! Participate in unique exhibits like identifying different trace evidence left behind by animals, or studying photographs taken at various Alberta Camera Traps. You can even use microscopes to study real samples, like compare carnivore teeth vs. herbivore teeth. Biomimicry Alberta’s core member Carlos Fiorentino was selected as one of the “Spotlight Scientists,” and samples of structural colour will be included in the gallery.

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Two Biomimicry Alberta researchers interviewed for BUGS 101: Insect-Human Interactions

Mary Glasper (Biologist) and Carlos Fiorentino (Designer) were interviewed as part of module 12 “Products, Science and Technology” of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) BUGS 101 “Insect-Human Interactions”. Mooc’s are a very successful University of Alberta’s initiative partnered with Coursera. Just in a few days more than 2,000 students registered to the BUGS 101.

In BUGS 101 Module 12 Mary talks about the use of silks and Carlos about biomimicry and structural colour.

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