Biologist and semi-professional banjo player Professor Julian Vincent, from the University of Bath, entertained attendees at a Biomimetics Workshop held in Brisbane 9-10 July.

Following his keynote address Professor Vincent, noted internationally for his musical skills on the banjo, delighted the workshop dinner crowd with a few tunes, kicking off with a lively version of ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

Professor Vincent once toyed with the idea of a musical career but settled on science. He is a noted musician and has been featured in Nature discussing the banjo and music.

Biomimetics is the study of biology to apply designs from nature to solve problems in engineering, materials science and medicine. It represents the convergence between biology, engineering, chemistry and physics, with applications across many sectors, including health care to energy, food, climate and water.

Queensland Government Chief Scientist and former CSIRO CEO Dr Geoff Garrett also attended the dinner and gave an engaging speech, sharing his insights into the nature of research collaboration and the breaking down of disciplinary ‘silos’ to the cross-disciplinary science of biomimetics.

CSIRO’s Transformational Biology Capability Platform has provided funding for the two-day workshop.

Pictured below: Dr Geoff Garrett, Chief Scientist of Queensland and former CEO of CSIRO (left), Professor Julian Vincent and Margaret Puls.

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