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The NSWG is actively looking for folks to help in 2017.

Content curators: we have a few topics in mind, and are open to more. Set up webinars or focused discussions. The individual will select a topic and suggest papers for an informal discussion. They will also work with leadership to suggest a webinar speaker on the topic.

Co-chair: help set group direction, work products, and outreach. Help with administering the group. Tasks might include web updates, publicity, finding speakers, coordinating webinars, and providing leadership.

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2017 Nature-Inspired  Exploration for Aerospace (NIEA) Biomimicry Summit
Call For Participation

The call for oral and poster presentations for the 2017 Nature-Inspired  Exploration for Aerospace (NIEA) Biomimicry Summit, which will be held October 4-6, 2017 at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland, OH.  The focus of this year’s summit is Nature-Inspired Approaches to Materials and Structures for Extreme EnvironmentsIf you would like to present, please send an abstract to either Dr. Ali Dhinojwala or myself by Friday, June 16, 2017.  You can find more details about the abstract submission and presentation topics below. 

Tiffany S. Williams, Ph.D.

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Call for Presentations
Summit 2017: Nature-Inspired Exploration for Aerospace (NIEA) October 4-6, 2017 Ohio Aerospace Institute Cleveland, OH

We invite you to share your expertise with colleagues in academic and aerospace-related disciplines. If you are an industry thought leader in Biomimicry, Materials Science, or Nature-Inspired Research for Aerospace Applications, and have a presentation topic that will challenge and inspire others, we encourage you to submit your abstract today!

The 2017 Summit features three days of technical talks, interactive panel discussions, and site visits that highlight new approaches to the development of enabling technologies for aerospace applications. This year we focus on nature-inspired approaches to materials and structures for extreme environments. Speakers will include experts, innovators, and disruptive thinkers from academia, industry and government.

Day 1 Sessions present nature-inspired research and technology development areas for aerospace applications:
- In-Space Power Systems and Sustainable Energy Conversion
- Guidance, Navigation, Communications and Swarm Dynamics
- Propulsion for Extreme Environments
- The Biomimetic Process and How to Apply It to Aerospace

Day 2 Sessions focus on the Summit theme: Nature-Inspired Materials, Structures and Processes for Extreme Environments:
- Biomimetic Materials Development (Coatings/ Adhesives/ Fibers/ Smart Materials)
- Multi-functional/Bio-inspired Structures
- Designing Adaptive and Resilient Materials and Structures/ In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU)
- Sustainable Practices in Space
Guidelines for submitting an abstract:
- Please submit a one-page abstract (~ 500 words) via email to:
o Tiffany Williams (tiffany.s.williams@nasa.gov), OR
o Ali Dhinojwala (ali4@uakron.edu).

For additional information, please contact the NIEA Summit technical chairs:
Ali Dhinojwala, Ph.D. The University of Akron
Tiffany Williams, Ph.D. NASA
Website: https://www.grc.nasa.gov/vibe

NSWG Webinar August 18th, noon CDT
BIOM* Stories
Norbert Hoeller
Sustainable Innovation Network

BIOM* Stories Part II

Presentation and Group Discussion

This webinar is the second in a two part series which will explore how we communicate biom* stories and discuss ways of improving their effectiveness. 

The presentation will begin with an analysis of the stories gathered in the first webinar, followed by an overview of the British Standards Institution standard 8001 Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations.  In the world of standards, BS 8001 combines a unique approach to the content, the presentation, and how the standard was developed that is relevant to biom* stories.  We will end with a discussion of actionable recommendations for effective biom* communication.

biom* is an umbrella term for biomimicry, biomimetics, bio-inspired design, and related fields - all of which seek to draw design inspiration from natural systems. See the article here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rxd1xj68ipqq1zf/AADGaUl209gtQBIdvjF8ktP5a/Hoeller_et_al_2016_INSIGHT_19.1_36-40.pdf?dl=0.

                            Norbert Hoeller
    Principal, Sustainable Innovation Network

After an extensive career in Information Technology, most recently as a Consulting Architect and technical program manager in charge of major infrastructure implementations at IBM, Norbert Hoeller founded the design research and consulting practice Sustainable Innovation Network. His primary areas of interest are tools and methods supporting systems-oriented, bio-inspired sustainable design.

Norbert has taught biomimicry and sustainability workshops at OCAD University, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, the Design Exchange, Ryerson University, the Nexus Student Sustainability Group (Auckland, New Zealand), ADMI and the University of Toronto. He is a director of BioDreamMachine, the founder and practice leader of the Bio-Inspired Design Community, a co-editor of the Zygote Quarterly Journal and chair of the Canadian mirror committee for ISO’s Technical Committee #266 on “Biomimetics”.

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INCOSE Natural Systems Working Group (NSWG)

Chair:  Curt McNamara    Co-chair:  George Studor
https://sites.google.com/site/incosenswg      nswg-info@incose.org