Parvez Alam, from Åbo Akademi University (Finland) was visiting our department last week and gave a fantastic seminar:
This lecture concerns size-scaling phenomena in biomimetics and provides insights into why biomimetics "may be" limited to application within specific length scales. The lecture aims to bring to light realistic challenges involved in developing design principles from nature. The lecture elucidates a number of superior design and production principles in nature that to this day, continue to confound biomimeticists the world over.
If you were not able to join us, you will be able to find the seminar on this [ link ]:
Our department of biological sciences is just about two years old. Yesterday we held our first Biological Sciences Postgraduate Research Day. In total, 18 presentations were made by our postgraduate students and covered a wide range of topics.
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