We’re pleased to announce that Neri Oxman will give the Saturday morning keynote presentation at the 7th annual Biomimicry Education Summit and inaugural Global Conference in Boston this coming June. Oxman is an award-winning designer, architect, and assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she directs theMediated Matter design research group. Oxman will speak on “material ecology,” a term she coined to describe the study and design of products and processes that combine digital fabrication with design principles from nature.
The Education Summit and Global Conference will be held June 21-23 on the waterfront campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston. The event expands upon the Institute’s annual Education Summit, offering inspiring plenary presentations in the morning with concurrent afternoon breakout sessions designed specifically for educators, practitioners, and those simply interested in exploring how biomimicry can inform innovation across a multitude of disciplines.
Do you know an educator, designer, businessperson, or leader in your community who stands out for their commitment to promoting the practice of biomimicry? We are issuing a call for nominations for several awards to be presented at our Biomimicry Education Summit and Global Conference in Boston this June.
The awards recognize the achievements of professionals with proven records in the application of biomimicry to their classrooms, work, businesses, or communities. Nominees should have extraordinary, unique, or pioneering contributions to excellence in biomimicry.
Nominations are being accepted for the following categories: (1) Excellence in Biomimicry Education within a College or University; (2) Excellence in Biomimicry Education within a K-12 or Public Learning Environment; (3) Excellence in Biomimicry within a Business; (4) Excellence in Biomimicry within the Field of Design, and (5) Regional Network Leader of the Year.
To nominate an individual or business/organization, please email a paragraph that includes the nominee’s name, the award category, and highlights of the nominee’s contributions to the practice of biomimicry to [email protected]. The nomination deadline is May 12, 2013. For selection criteria and additional details, see our Awards page.
If you’re an educator excited about biomimicry but not sure how to get started, consider coming to our Introduction to Biomimicry in Education workshop the day before theBiomimicry Education Summit and Global Conference. The workshop will take place on Thompson Island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area on June 20, 2013, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Cost is $150 but if you also register for the Summit, you can save $50. Workshop participants are eligible for 10 PDPs, though an extra hour of work (until 6:00 pm) is required. Points will be issued through the University of Massachusetts Boston. Please see ourwebsite for details.
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Special thanks to the Blackstone Ranch Institute for making this new round of competition possible. We are also pleased to announce that David Oakey Designs, the sponsor of the 2012 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge has already committed to sponsoring next year’s Challenge.
Sketch courtesy of Team MCAD SDO MAkers from the Minneapolis School of Design
If you’re a confident, strategic thinker and doer with a background in biology, a passion for communication, and a penchant for new challenges, we’d love for you to apply for our AskNature Content and Community Manager position. Hurry! Applications must be received by April 15.
We’re thrilled that John Elkington, Ashok Goel, and Paul Tripp have joined the Institute Board of Directors to help guide our mission and vision. The three men bring a rich and varied skillset to the board. John is business leader, author, and a global authority on corporate responsibility and sustainability development. Ashok is a professor of computer and cognitive science at Georgia Institute of Technology, director of the school’s Design & Intelligence Laboratory, and a co-director of the school’s Center for Biologically Inspired Design. Paul has over 20 years experience leading multi-million dollar programs as a project manager and is skilled in the areas of information assurance, strategic budget planning, execution, and reallocation. We are grateful to all three for sharing their expertise with the Institute and look forward to learning more from them and with them in the future.
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