Web meeting on biomimicry in higher education (Jan 2010)

The Biomimicry Institute (TBI) is soliciting abstracts for a web meeting on biomimicry in higher education. Participants should submit a one-page abstract of work relevant to teaching biomimicry. Potential topics include: functional biology, using biology to guide design, evaluation of biologically inspired designs, applications to design process, use of biomimicry in business. Potential areas of education include industrial design, engineering, business, and architecture.

Submissions will be peer reviewed, and a proceedings volume will be published electronically.

The web meeting will include an overview of the biomimicry core tools (Life’s Principles, Design Spirals, AskNature.org) and a preview of TBI’s education modules for Biology and Design aimed at non-science majors.

Participants will have 10 minutes during the meeting to present their work, and can submit a 5-10 page paper to be published in the proceedings.

Proposals due: Oct. 30th
Notice of acceptance: Nov. 20th
Final materials due: Jan. 8th
Web meeting: Saturday, Jan. 29

Send proposals and questions to Curt McNamara: curt@biomimicryinstitute.org

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About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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