In the 4+ billion years since life on earth began, it has colonized nearly every possible habitat on the surface of the globe.
Each of the diverse millions of species currently alive is bristling with an arsenal of incredibly specialized adaptations that evolved in response to the selective pressures faced by its ancestors.
It pays to pay attention: these adaptations often present elegant solutions to problems and tasks faced by humans, from the design of adhesives and slippery surfaces to sensing platforms and fabrication techniques.
They also present a rich showcase of the implications of natural laws; indeed, the study of biological organisms has led humanity toward many historically important insights about physical and chemical phenomena.
Dr. Michael Lerch and Dr. Thomas Schroeder will discuss turning to biology for inspiration (at varying levels of abstraction) for the design of engineered materials, systems, and structures. They will further discuss how bio-inspiration ultimately may lead to more autonomous, lifelike materials.
Foresight’s weekly salons:
Our community meets weekly on Thursdays at 11 AM PT / 8 PM CEST to explore cutting edge topics & undercover science.
We leave ample time for discussion and socializing so you can meet the brilliant speakers and fellow participants in breakout rooms.
Feeling like leading an inspiring salon or taking us into a deep-dive with your presentation? Nothing would have us more excited: you can apply to be a speaker, using this form.
Check out the video recordings of salons we have hosted so far here.
The video of last week’s wonderful salon can be found below!
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