Did you know that the surface of a dragonfly’s wings can kill certain types of bacteria? And that this antibacterial agent has been recreated as a nano-material that could make medical implants safer?
This discovery is part of an exciting field called biomimicry – just one of the areas being showcased at this year’s Melbourne Knowledge Week, starting Monday 27 October.
Bringing together Melbourne’s best designers, scientists and tech experts, Knowledge Week highlights innovations that are often hidden inside labs and universities. But it’s not just for brainiacs or tech-heads.
Sure you can try out virtual reality goggles, but you can also tour the city’s architecture, discover the crucial role of art and design in scientific industries, or witness bats, birds and creepy crawlies by night.
Here are a few highlights to get you started:
- Under the Coverslip – An exhibition celebrating the inherent beauty of scientific images.
- Biomimicry Nature Walk – Take a walk through 4.5 billion years of Earth’s history with Jane Toner.
- Big Bang Sounds – Artist Abel Korinsky and astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack talk big bang audio.
- David Ritter: On Being Free – Greenpeace CEO draws on the wisdom of Lady Gaga, Kierkegaard, Steve Jobs and Julia Gillard.
- Be a Composer – A three-day music and performance workshop to turn creative ideas into music.
- The Truth About Stem Cells – Learn about stem cells and why they’re controversial.
- How Stuff Gets to Melbourne – Find out how the Port of Melbourne gets us our daily necessities.
- Melbourne Design Ride – Discover Melbourne’s design and architectural secrets by bike.
- The Sound of Drawing – Kids can experiment with a drawing table that’s wired for sound.
- Stop Apologising for Your Arts Degree – how studying humanities is more useful than you thought.