The science of design in biology and robotics

7.00pm to 9.30pm, Wednesday 10 May

Conversation Room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • self-replicating biofilm that traps airborne pollutants and harmful biological matter

    Self-replicating biofilm that traps airborne pollutants and harmful biological matter.

    Credit: Studio Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg


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Event description

A discussion of the increasingly connected fields of science and design, this event will feature Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg's multi-disciplinary work in synthetic biology and a talk from Mirko Kovac about how nature is influencing the design of aerial robots.

About the speakers

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist, designer and writer developing experimental approaches to imagine alternative values around design, science and technology. Daisy works with collaborators around the world, including scientists, engineers, artists, designers, social scientists, museums and industry. Lead author of Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature, her PhD research, The Dream of Better, at London's Royal College of Art, explores the imaginary of the “better" future and its influence on both design and synthetic biology. Daisy's work has been exhibited internationally, including MoMA New York, Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Museum of China. She received the World Technology Award for Design 2011 and the inaugural London Design Medal for Emerging Talent 2012, and her work has been twice nominated for Designs of The Year.

Mirko Kovac is director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at the Aeronautics Department at Imperial College London. His research interest is the conception and implementation of novel mobility solutions for robotics and agent based autonomous manufacturing. Before his appointment in London, he was post-doctoral researcher at at Harvard University and he obtained his PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He has delivered keynote lectures and talks on bio-inspired robotics at leading research institutions and conferences world wide. He is also advisor to the UK government on the topic of aerial robotics and is regularly consulting on technology foresight and strategy development for industry. 


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