Circular Economy events in Calgary

Help the BeeSmart Team’s research

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We are looking for individuals to provide their ideas for online resources and tools that would help scientists and non-scientists engage with biodiversity data, such as native bee distributions and occurrences. We are graduate students and researchers from the University of Calgary seeking to understand how people can use scientific data to better understand and conserve biodiversity. The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this research study.

You can participate in this study in person or online through one of the following options:

Option 1: one-hour focus group with other study participants;

Option 2: 30-minute individual interview (in-person or phone); or

Option 3: 15-minute online survey.

If you are interested in Options 1 or 2, please contact us using the information below or you can fill out this online form:

Focus groups and interviews will be audio recorded.

You can complete Option 3 through accessing the online survey here:

If you have friends or colleagues who you believe might also be interested in participating in this research, we would be grateful if you could talk to them about this research opportunity and/or forward them this notice with information about our study.

Thank you for your help!

Angela Demarse & Dylan McLernon

on behalf of the BeeSmart Team: Mindi Summers, Marjan Eggermont, Lincoln Best, Paul Galpern, John Swann, Jessica Theodor, Jana C. Vamosi, Jess L. Vickruck, Tegan Barry, Emily Kaing, Holly Kersteins

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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.