"PATTERNS AND FORMS IN NATURE" - MASTERCLASS BY FILIPA ALVES

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9th of May
@IADE´s Campus Santos, Lisbon

We can observe an extraordinary diversity of forms in the natural world. From nearly regular patterns to complex three-dimensional geometries, these organised spatial structures are not designed following a blueprint. They are shaped by the properties of their materials, by the interactions between their components and by evolution.
As a biophysicist, I work with mathematical models and computational simulations to investigate the mechanisms underlying the generation of patterns and forms in nature. I will present an informal overview of this approach and will be happy to discuss potential synergies with the design research community.

About Filipa
Filipa Alves graduated in Biology from the Lisbon University (FCUL) and received her PhD in Physics from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST-UL). She also studied Applied Mathematics, Computer Programming and History of Science. She currently heads the group of Biophysics and Genetics of Morphogenesis at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, and teaches Modelling of Biological Systems and Biological Networks to the Bioinformatics graduation programme at ISPA.
Her research combines a theoretical approach with interdisciplinary collaborations to investigate how organised patterns and forms are generated at different levels of biological organisation, both from the embryo development and the evolutionary points of view.