DescriptionClick here for session details You need to attend following sessions to get the credits: 1/3: 17 Jan 2021 8:30 - 11:00 AM AT 2/3: 18 Jan 2021 8:30 - 11:00 AM AT 3/3: 19 Jan 2021 8:30 - 11:00 AM AT
Jestin George is an interdisciplinary biotechnology researcher and educator at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and is a freelance artist. Jestin’s research has spanned plants, mammalian cells, and microalgal biotech systems across universities in South Africa, the UK, and Australia. Her recently submitted Ph.D. thesis explores genetic engineering approaches for realizing the microalga, Phaeodactylum tricornutum, for synthetic biology and biotech applications. In 2018, Jestin was a member of the executive committee of Synthetic Biology Australasia and worked towards advancing communication within the synthetic biology community. In 2019, Jestin pioneered the first Biodesign Challenge course at UTS, introducing undergraduate design students to the world of biotechnology. She has delivered guest lectures at universities, including The Cooper Union School of Art in New York. Her collaborative work with artists and designers continues to explore, imagine, and critique biotechnological futures. Jestin is an active member of the synthetic biology community in Australia, contributing to delivering the first Australian-based synthetic biology student competition in 2020.
Mark Liu is a fashion and textile designer focused on advancing fashion design by applying scientific principles to traditional techniques. His Ph.D. research developed the new field of "Non-Euclidean Fashion Patternmaking". Mark is an acknowledged pioneer in Zero-Waste Fashion design in London's sustainable fashion movement, which resulted from his master's research in Textiles Futures at Central Saint Martins College. Mark ran a Zero-Waste Fashion label for several years and has exhibited in Estethica at London Fashion Week for many seasons. The Ethical Fashion Forum awarded his fashion label the Innovation Award. His work bridging the gap between fashion and science has been showcased at the London Science Museum. Mark's commissions have taken him worldwide, including representing the British Council in a sustainable fashion show in New Delhi and creating collections for the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in Korea. His work has been exhibited in museums in the UK, US, China, India, Korea, Amsterdam, and Denmark and has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, books, publications, and blogs.
Nahum McLean is a design Ph.D. student at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), a freelance designer and maker. Nahum's research is practice-based and focuses on using readily available ingredients and processes. Nahum seeks to answer the question: how can sustainable materials be developed in preparation for a range of possible futures? Nahum has worked for some of the leading Australian fashion houses as a drape based designer and patternmaker. His knowledge of materiality, fabric handle, and drape has equipped him to evaluate sustainable materials and imagine potential uses for these materials.
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