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Circular Tayside: Biomimicry and Circular Economy, 20th October

Join Circular Tayside, Dundee University Botanic Gardens and Dundee University Art and Design department to explore the link between natural and human systems and go over the benefits of using biomimicry principles for design. It might be that nature holds the answer on how to design anything- from our policies to the products we use every day.

Our speakers include:

Kevin Frediani, Dundee University Botanic Gardens Curator

Kevin Frediani is a passionate advocate and professional in the field of sustainability. With his current position being Curator for the Dundee Botanic Garden, Kevin has spent the last decades of his career working in botanic gardens in the UK and abroad, on relevant projects and academic research. Kevin has a wealth of knowledge on agriculture, arboriculture, urban gardening, leadership, theory U, sustainable development, food science and many others.

Jacquelyn Malcolm, Senior Lecturer in the Arts and Design department of Dundee University

Jackie Malcolm graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art with a first-class degree in Graphic Design. She has over 25 years professional experience working as a Graphic Designer within the Creative Industries.

Jackie established the successful Graphic Design consultancy ARC Visual Communications Ltd in 1999 and continues to produce creative and effective marketing solutions for national clients.

Jackie has been teaching within Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design since 1998, and has taught modules within the Graphic Design, Illustration and Design Studies departments.

Jackie will be presenting the way in which Biomimicry can offer design intelligence that allows us to solve complex problems. This is seen through the lens of Systems Thinking. She will share some examples of work produced by students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee.

Vaso Makri, Circular Tayside Manager

Vaso holds a BSc in Economic Development and Planning and an MA in Environmental Politics. For the last 10 years Vaso has worked and volunteered in many different environmental organisations, from wildlife caretaking to urban gardening, environmental education and horticultural therapy. Vaso’s new role as Circular Tayside Manager has her helping local organisations transition from the linear to the circular economy through a variety of events and 1-2-1 support to businesses wanting to access Zero Waste Scotland support.

Agenda for the day:

-Welcome and introduction of the Circular Tayside project by Vaso Makri, Circular Tayside Manager (10′)

-Presentation of the use of biomimicry for policy design by Kevin Frediani (15′)

-Presentation of the use of biomimicry for product design by Jackie Malcolm (15′)

-Presentation of Zero Waste Scotland support by Vaso Makri (5′)

-Q&A (10′)

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