Design & Nature 2012 (June 2012, Spain)

Dates: 11-13 June, 2012
Location: A Coruña, Spain
Deadline for submission of abstracts: ASAP
Organised by: Wessex Institute of Technology, UK, University of A Coruña, Spain
Sponsored by: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment and The International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics

Throughout history, many leading thinkers have been inspired by the parallels between nature and human design, in mathematics, engineering and other areas. Today, the huge increase in biological knowledge, developments in design engineering systems, together with the growth in computer power and developments in simulation modelling, have all made possible more comprehensive studies of nature.

Scientists and engineers now have at their disposal a vast array of relationships for materials, mechanisms and control. The resulting laws have been painstakingly assembled by observation and analysis and span the cosmic scale of space down to the molecular level of genetics. In particular, they have made us aware of the rich diversity of the natural world around us.

It is these developments which have prompted the reconvening of this international conference on Design and Nature. It is intended that the meeting will bring together researchers from around the world working on a variety of studies involving nature and their significance for modern scientific thought and design.

Abstract Submission

Submit an abstract online at: or contact the Conference Secretariat below.

Conference Topics

Mechanics in nature
Nature and architecture
Natural materials and processes
Solutions from nature
Biomimetics and bio-inspiration
Education in design and nature
Emerging ideas
Competition in nature
Biological engineering
Constructal theory
Locomotion in nature
Gravitational biology
Self-sustaining environments

Conference Secretariat

Claire Shiell
Wessex Institute of Technology, Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst, Southampton, SO40 7AA
Telephone: 44 (0) 238 029 3223 Fax: 44 (0) 238 029 2853

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

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