None other than Angelo Vermeulen is our first confirmed speaker for the AstroPlant Challenge.
Angelo Vermeulen is a space systems researcher, biologist, and community artist. With his multidisciplinary background, Vermeulen collaborates closely with practicing scientists, while also constructing multimedia installations in galleries and museums, and building communities through design and co-creation. In 2009 he initiated SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design), an international network of creatives working in art, science, engineering and advocacy. Its goal is to reshape the future through critical reflection and hands-on experimentation. To achieve this, SEAD develops paradigm-shifting projects in which ecology, technology and community are integrated in synergistic ways. Biomodd and Seeker are the two most well-known SEAD projects. From 2011-2012 Vermeulen was a member of the European Space Agency Topical Team Arts & Science (ETTAS), and in 2013 he was Crew Commander of the NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars simulation in Hawaii. His space-related work led him to start research at Delft University of Technology, creating new concepts for interstellar travel. He has been faculty at LUCA School of Visual Arts in Ghent, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Parsons The New School for Design in New York, and the University of the Philippines Open University in Los Baños. In 2012 he was a Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design Fellow at Parsons, and in 2013 he became TED Senior Fellow. His TED Talk about HI-SEAS and Seeker has already garnered over a million views.
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