Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne
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Register for the latest webinar in our BioInspiration conversation series, on the topic of “BioInspiration: Efficient technologies inspired by butterfly wings”.
Professor Peirce is the Hessel Professor of Biology in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Lepidoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Research in her laboratory focuses on the ecology and evolution of species interactions, with a special interest in butterflies.
She teamed up with Professor Yu from Columbia’s Department of Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics to study how butterflies control infrared energy.
Professor Yu’s team specialises in understanding the interaction between light and structured active materials at the nanometer scale. His team uses these materials to develop new devices including lasers, heat sensors, chemical detectors and now, a super-cool paint inspired by butterfly wings.
Naomi and Nanfang will be discussing their fascinating research on energy efficient technologies inspired by butterflies with Prof. Mark Elgar and Prof. Devi Stuart-Fox, who co-chair the Hallmark Research Initiative in BioInspiration.
Submit a question in advance, if you have one, or ask live during the discussion. Registrations are essential.
How is climate change affecting how we design, plan, build and manage infrastructure?
Globally, the growing intensity and frequency of extreme climate events is leading to catastrophic impacts on infrastructure. Rising temperatures, increased flood risk, bushfires and other severe weather events jeopardise the reliable and efficient operation of this infrastructure.
The decisions about design, planning, building and management will determine how resilient infrastructure is to a changing climate.
So, what does climate resilient infrastructure look like for new and existing structures?
As we look to the future, our expert panel will explore the opportunities and industry challenges involved with building climate resilient infrastructure and focus on the importance of taking action. They will discuss digitalisation and the digital divide, sustainability, and the circular economy.