Here is our end of year school report.
January and February saw us focus on EU funding proposals. Long and painful, but worth it in the long run. We ran workshops to students from Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences and The Royal College of Art as well.
March was a busy month with presentations to engineers from VIT University in India. We followed this by giving a design talk on Health & Wellbeing at the Workplace Trends Conference in London. Keeping up the travel we were invited to Copenhagen to give a presentation to the European Environment Agency on the Circular and Bioeconomy. The European Biomimicry Alliance meeting in Cogoleto near Genoa gave us the chance to meet with collaborators from across Europe. Lots of ice cream was eaten!
We were funded for a pilot project focusing on soundscapes in the natural environment and how this can inform art and design. Thank you to the great team from York St John University, The University of York and Anneliese from the BigBuzz.
Closer to home we ran a series of workshops for undergraduate students at Leeds Beckett University. A great bunch of students and staff who developed some brilliant ideas.
During May we got some sunshine at last! We were invited to speak to the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. The home of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson no less. We combined this a one-day event at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, where we were invited to run a pitch at the Circular Economy Leaders Summit. We finished off May by running a small workshop on plastic packaging waste as part of the OpenIDEO innovation challenge.
The summer was upon us. In the middle of this, we ran a workshop at the One Planet York Expo explaining systems-thinking and termites.
This time to Hungary in August and a workshop at the Smart Systems Integration Summer School held in Balaton, Hungary. Thank you to our longtime partners at Heriot-Watt University for the invite. Great food and amazing weather.
….and into September. This saw the beginning of the development of our online masterclass with 42Courses.com. Go check out this brilliant South African tech startup.
To round off the year, we did a live studio session at the Disruptive Innovation Festival with Atelier Marko Brajovic where we discussed the future of biomimicry and design innovation. We followed this by a mini pitch on packaging innovation at the Royal Society of the Arts: Engage event in Leeds and another to at the FuturePlanetRocks event in London.
Wow, how did we do?
We’ve given ourselves a B+. There is always room for improvement, no matter what your think.
Time to keep learning!