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The BioInspired Innovation Global Ecosystem Mapping initiative is calling for additions: Due February 1st

If you want to be part of the Canada and Alberta cluster in this initiative with  7Vortex and the Biomimicry Instititue 3.8, please fill this form: or contact Kai Costantini: by February 1st. Visit the 7vortex ecosystem (click below).

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Biomimicry Lecture Series at the RoundHouse: Registration Open

The first Biomimicry Lecture Series will be held at the RoundHouse–MacEwan University on January 25, 2019. Please register here.

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In this issue: Stories from the trenches of biomimetic innovation: Commercialization and Scaling Up [Part 3]by Ryan Church, Rachel Hahs, and Norbert Hoeller; Learning from No Shoulders by Heidi Fischer; Fun in the Sun by Tom McKeag; a portfolio by Leila Jeffreys; What did Socrates ever do for you? by Julian Vincent; Bioinspiration in Business and Management by Dr. Taryn Mead reviewed by Dr. Daniel Weihs, Karen Verbeek, and Norbert Hoeller; and an interview with David Waggonner.

Materials and Design for Bio-Inspired Sensors/Electronics, August 10 @ U of A

Seminar by Prof. Dr. Tae-il Kim, School of Chemical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University SKKU, Korea

Arachnids are among the most sensitive creatures on the Earth.  Especially, their mechano-sensory system embedded in the crack-shaped slit organ made of stiff exoskeleton over a cuticular pad near leg joints is known to sense a tiny variation of mechanical stress, thereby, serve as an ultra-sensitive vibration sensor.  In this talk, we introduce spider inspired mechanosensors having an ultrasensitivity, durability. It also serves as a multifunctional sensor for a vibration and pressure sensing. The device fabricated on a sheet of plastic is reproducible, mechanically flexible and shape-deformable so that they can be easily mounted on human skin as skin electronic with multi-pixel arrays. We also show that the sensory system is applicable for highly selective speech pattern recognition even in noisy environment (~82 dB). The spider inspired sensory system would provide versatile novel applications utilized in ultra-high sensitivity on displacements.Moreover, recent accomplishment about biomimetic works will be presented.

Biomimicry at IITT 2018, MacEwan University

On July 9th, Carlos Fiorentino conducted a workshop on biomimicry, part of the Inspiring Innovation Through Technology workshop series for K-12 teachers, at Grant MacEwan University (Alberta, Canada). The activities included a self-organizing behavioural experience, the Brainstorm-In-A-Box creative exercise, and 3D scanning natural forms.

Inspiring Innovation Through Technology ~Workshop series for Teachers @ MacEwan University

“Inspiring Innovation Through Technology” is a week-long series of workshops for teachers offered at MacEwan University on July 09-13, 2018. The purpose of the workshop is to bring opportunities to learn new technologies, create curriculum, and inspire the next generation of thinkers and tinkerers. Two workshops will be focused on Biomimicry, presented by Carlos Fiorentino on July 9. For more information check this website:


BAW04 Biomimicry Alberta Workshop ~ This event was rescheduled

BAW04 is being rescheduled as a lecture series to be presented in Edmonton soon. Please check this site for updates.

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Saturday 13

Introduction to Biomimicry
Kira Hunt (
Kira is a Landscape Architectural Technologist at IBI Group. She enjoys exploring the edges of landscape design, learning about art, architecture, and urban planning, and advocating for holistic design approaches for the built environment.

Parallel Activities
During the afternoon, a number of guided interactive sessions will run in parallel and will include various ways to learn about organisms and ecosystems and how their strategies might be applied to human design and technology applications. Activities will include: (1) going outside and exploring the Rocky Mountain organisms and ecosytems, (2) playing with high-speed photography to see properties of plants, insects, and other organisms in slow-motion, and (3) inspecting insect specimens and gathered natural materials with microscopes. The list of options may be further expanded as we draw nearer to the workshop date.

Art, Human Willfulness, and Inviting Nature into the Process
Royden Mills (

Royden Mills teaches Studio Art in Art Fundamentals, Drawing and Inter-media and Contemporary and Figurative Sculpture at the University of Alberta .He has done many large-scale commissions and installations, and collaborative performances nationally and Internationally and has shown extensively internationally. Roy’s work incorporates and contrasts natural and man-made elements and materials.

Masquerade & Camouflage: Applications in Biomimicry
Dr. Tomislav Terzin (

Dr Terzin’s works at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus in Camrose, where he teaches and conducts research. His research themes include the evolution and development of invertebrate colour patterns, describing and quantifying invertebrate mimicry and camouflage, and interdisciplinary application of invertebrate colour patterns in design, visual arts, aesthetics and conservation.

A Research Tool for Structural Colour Science & Biomimetic Design Innovation
Carlos Fiorentino (

Carlos Fiorentino is a Visual Communication Designer, design educator and researcher, whose main interest is on design for sustainability and biomimicry. He teaches in the Department of Art & Design and the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta, and in the Design Studies program at MacEwan University. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies focused on the Biomimetics of Colour.

Sunday 14

Energy in the Built Environment
Dr. Godo Stoyke (

Godo Stoyke is a best-selling author and award-winning environmental researcher and presenter with a Ph.D. in environmental design from the University of Calgary, specializing in zero carbon design optimization, thermal storage and stochastic controls. He is president of Carbon Busters, which is focusing on deep green sustainable integrated community planning, energy efficiency, zero carbon design, sustainability strategies for municipalities, and environmental education.

There will be a 1-3 more presentations – topics we are currently exploring include biomimicry for social innovation, energy at the nanoscale (ie: photosynthesis), or biomimicry & economics.

Activity: Exploring Innovations
Workshop participants will be led through an interactive activity to help them learn more about biomimicry and apply what they’ve discovered over the weekend to a real-world application. Topics for this activity will revolve around the theme of the workshop: nanotechnology, communications, and economy. During the second part of the activity, participants will be broken into groups to develop a strategy or innovation, which they will present to the rest of the group near the end of the workshop.

YYC – Carbon Hackaton #1

Come hack with uson the ways that Carbon can build our world with carbon as the basis of construction materials, Hack to the Future.

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