Art x Science Dialogues: Design x Materials Science

Art x Science Dialogues will take place once a month from May to August via Zoom, covering topics of Design x Materials Science, Sonic art x Neuroscience and more. To kick off, we have invited Gabriele Dobenecker and Lyla Wu for a collaborative discussion.

Event Details

Location

Zoom Webinar

Date

[Webinar] May 12, 2020, 16:00-17:00 (China) / 10:00-11:00 (Switzerland)

Cost

Free Webinar, RSVP Required

Art x Science Dialogues is a new webinar series initiated by swissnex China in 2020. It will take place once per month from May to August via Zoom, covering topics of Design x Materials Science, Sonic art x Neuroscience, Photography x Environmental Ecology, and New interdisciplinary Initiatives.

We will invite a diverse profile of Swiss speakers to exchange ideas with representatives of the Chinese art and science community. Among the Swiss speakers are an expert from a research institution, an individual artist with high-acclaimed projects, two veterans from independent art community, and two devoted academic researchers. Given that the local art and science scene is still in its infancy, our end goal is to showcase several long-term growth trajectories by presenting the Swiss models, stimulate ideas through cross-border dialogues, and inspire more collaborations in this exciting field. Along the way, we also have two overarching questions that we attempt to answer, namely what is art-science and its position in different societies? We already know that art-science is not merely about using technological means to make and present art. Join us on the journey to explore what art-science could actually mean.

Art x Science Dialogues will start the series with the topic of Design x Materials Science. We believe good design combines science and art in inspirational and creative ways. And the breakthroughs in materials science are likely to affect the future of design significantly. Therefore, to kick off on a high note, we have invited Gabriele Dobenecker, Head Fundraising, Entrepreneurship & Industry Relations at Empa, and Lyla Wu, founder at Neuni Group for a collaborative discussion.


Event Rundown

 

16:00 Webinar starts
16:00 – 16:05 Opening Remarks

Cissy Sun
Head of Art-Science at swissnex China

16:05 – 16:35 Presentation (15′ each speaker)

Gabriele Dobenecker
Head Fundraising, Entrepreneurship & Industry Relations at Empa

Lyla Wu
Founder at Neuni Group

16:35 – 17:00 Q&A Session

Speakers & Organizations

 

Gabriele Dobenecker
Head Fundraising, Entrepreneurship & Industry Relations at Empa

Gabriele Dobenecker holds a Master in Computer Science from the University of Hamburg. She spent over 20 years in IT and high tech industries. After some years in application development she held responsible positions in national and international marketing and business development in companies like Sybase, SAS Institute and General Electrics. Furthermore she was consultant and analyst in the areas of customer relationship management and business intelligence, e.g. at Meta Group Inc.  Beginning of 2007 Gabriele Dobenecker started at Empa heading their Marketing, Knowledge and Technology Transfer section. Since autumn 2018 she is responsible for the Empa Zukunftsfonds, Entrepreneurship & Industry Relations.

Empa – a Research Institute of the ETH Domain

As an interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain, Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research. Empa’s R&D activities focus on meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of society, and thus link applications-oriented research to the practical implementation of new ideas. As a result, Empa is capable of providing its partners with customized solutions that not only enhance their innovative edge and competitiveness, but also help to improve the quality of life for the public at large. Through an efficient technology transfer, Empa is turning research results into marketable innovations: Empa – The Place where Innovation Starts.

 


Lyla Wu
Founder at Neuni Group

Lyla Wu, is a maker, architect, designer, art exhibition designer, educator, and the CEO of Shanghai Neuni Group. She once studied at National University of Singapore, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Southern California Institute of Architecture and University of Applied Arts Vienna. After graduation, Lyla Wu worked as an architect in several well-known architecture companies around the world, such as Aedas in HK, Greg Lynn Form in the US and so on. As an educator, Lyla Wu now teaches at College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University as a guest professor. As an art exhibition designer, she has led and engaged in a number of international exhibitions, including the exhibitions for Militärhistorische Museum MHM Dresden, Historical Museum of Bern and Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. Lyla Wu is a speaker of TEDx and a judge for Dyson Global Design Competition. Her own artworks are also very popular on international design, art or technology exhibitions, such as Tokyo Messe Frankfurt Exhibition, CES in the US, German Frankfurt Design Exhibition, Shanghai Long Museum and LA Santa Barbara Exhibition.

NEUNI Design Group

NEUNI Design Group was founded in Shanghai in 2015. Our core business integrates the use of cutting-edge knowledge in interdisciplinary design, new materials applications and digital fabrication. Our Group serve a multitude of industries including construction, manufacturing, retail, etc and is currently the top-tier one-stop solution provider in China that encompasses “design+digital+material+research+application”​.


Art x Science Dialogues is a new webinar series initiated by swissnex China in 2020. It will take place once per month from May to August via Zoom, covering topics of Design x Materials Science, Sonic art x Neuroscience, Photography x Environmental Ecology, and New interdisciplinary Initiatives. To view past events, please access here.

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