Dr. Liam Fennessy
Industrial Designer, RMIT University, Melbourne

In a time of human induced climate change and seemingly insurmountable challenges to maintain our natural systems: what roles can a designer play? Tacitly operating from producer-biased precepts of the location of meaning construction, designers often feel powerless to orient their practices as a productive ally to pro-conservation agendas. However, the design methods, technical capabilities and systems, and service thinking that designers excel at offer new strategies and novel approaches to tackling intractable problems.
This talk presents a series of design research projects that support conservation scientists to improve the welfare of wild animals in captivity, and the technologies required for maintaining insurance populations of endangered species.


The talk will be held in English language.