Save the Date! 21. November: Innovation Forum ‘Material Matters’

The Innovation Forum “Material Matters“ aims to highlight and showcase inspiring, unique and innovative examples of material appliances from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scotland. Various disciplines are invited not only to network, but to learn from and to collaborate with each other in order to develop new ideas, products and services. This Innovation Forum “Material Matters” addresses stakeholders from the air- and aerospace industry, from maritime industries, logistics, wind energy, science and research institutions, as well as designers from different fields and the public.

Our experts are going to introduce to their topics via lectures. The audience then is invited to join and take part in a discussion. Get together afterwards and enjoy inspiring talks, drinks and finger food.

Moderator: Prof. Steven Ney
Date: Friday,  21. November, 2014, 14:00 – 18:00 (Doors open: 13.30)
Location: Alte Schnapsfabrik / Raum 2, Am Deich 86, 28195 Bremen

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Our Experts

Kristina Wißling, Germany

Kristina Wißling studied communication design in Dortmund and is not only working as a graphic designer,  but rather as an expert in Origami, a traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th and is meanwhile considered relevant to the development of applications in science and engineering. Mrs. Wißling is developing innovative procedures to minimize and maximize objects and surfaces of existing and new products. This refers not only to two- or three dimensional objects, but also to static or flexible folding solutions – pertinent to her clients needs and aims. 

Origami folding techniques are nowadays opening doors between art, science, technology and design and enhance the development of applications in different branches of the industry: from lightweight construction to airbags and from artificial arteries to space.

Frederik de Wilde, Belgium
“ART is the poetics of the imagination – SCIENCE is the poetics of reality”

Frederik De Wilde works on the intersection between science, technology and art. The conceptual cruxes of his artistic praxis are the notions of the intangible, inaudible, invisible. It is this interstitial territory that Frederik De Wilde explores in his various works. Sometimes on the side of the technological, and often in the perceptual, conceptual, social—human—register, De Wilde’s art is grounded in the interaction between complex systems, both biological and technological. Moreover, the indistinct, diffuse, ‘fuzzy’ arena where the biological and the technological overlap and commingle is a productive and favored ground for his projects/projections.

Aart van Bezooyen, Netherlands/Germany
“How can we create a more recognizable product language? Which materials and processes fit with our sustainability goals? How can surface finishing realize a recognizable brand identity?”

Aart van Bezooyen (1976) is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design who lives in Hamburg. Material Stories is where he works and writes to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable. As professor at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle he is developing a materials and technologies collection to support interdisciplinary dialogue between art and design. He contributes to international design magazines and is co-author of the book “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Two Designers Exploring Sustainability Worldwide” and curated the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. Recently, he started the project GROW with biomimetics expert Dr. Natalio focussing on materials research and future concepts at the interface of art and science. When he is not consulting, teaching, or traveling he is probably cooking his own bio-plastics at home.

Christopher Smith Alexander, UK
Christopher Smith Alexander is a Senior Lecturer/Course Leader for Design, qualified to degree level in 3D Design and qualified to degree level in adult education with first class interpersonal, communication, organisation, problem solving skills.

“My current role as the Senior Lecturer/Course Leader in Design has come after only 6 years in FE as a lecturer. My experience as a designer, research and developer, quality assurance advisor and my self-motivated work ethic has enabled me to continuously enhance my abilities and those of others.  My managerial role requires me to communicate effectively to all levels of staff and executives. This allows me to successfully coordinate the daily running of staff and courses and achieve strategic operational plans. My ability to work full time as a lecturer whilst pursuing my own personal interests demonstrates my time management skills and general passion for design and development.”

Prof. Dr. Horst-Erich Rikeit + Linda Wittich, MSc, Germany
Fraunhofer Institut für Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung IFAM

Prof. Dr. Horst-Erich Rikeit, born 1953, studied Chemistry at the University of Clausthal; his PhD in mechanical engineering focussed on combustion and exhaust emissions of passenger car engines. Subsequently he worked for three decades for Daimler AG, Stuttgart and Bremen, in R&D, Quality Management and Education and Training. In parallel, he gave lectures on environmental aspects, metrology and basics of mechanical engineering at Bremen University. Upon leaving Daimler AG he was appointed Business Developer at Fraunhofer IFAM, Bremen.

He and his British wife both enjoy their historic farmhouse and its beautiful garden.

Linda Wittig, MSc in Technical and Applied Biology, is a scientific member of the working group “Bioinspired Material – BiMa” and is working at the Fraunhofer IFAM since 2007. During her master thesis in 2010, she investigated the activity of antimicrobial agents/coatings. Additionally, she is experienced in analytical microbiology (e.g. fluorescence microscopy, multimode reader), protein analysis (e.g. with QCM-D), as well as biofunctionalisation of surfaces and test design for microbial investigations.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Müssig, Germany

Hochschule Bremen – University of Applied Sciences Bremen, Biomimetics, The Biological Materials Group
Since 2007, Jörg Müssig has been Professor and Chair of Biological Materials at Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Bremen, Germany. He obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University in Duisburg, Germany in 1995 and his doctorate from Bremen University in 2001. After graduating in 1995, he joined the Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. – FIBRE –. From 1996 until 1998, he was a member of the ‘New materials’ working group of the European Academy Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH, Germany. In 1998 he joined the Bremen University (Department of Material Sciences) and rejoined the FIBRE in 2001, where he was the leader of the department ‘Bio-based Materials/Sustainability’ until 2007. From 2004 until 2009 he was an appointed member of The Young Academy, Berlin, Germany. His research interests include nature inspired (biomimetic) materials and the development of sustainable composites.

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