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  • May 2018, Gaia and Symbiosis short course, Schumacher College (UK)
    (Teaching alongside Stephan Harding and Merlin Sheldrake)


    As the ecological crisis gathers pace, there is an urgent need to develop ecological ways of living that are relevant for our times.

    Ecology is the study of life’s relationships between Earth’s diverse organisms, rocks, atmosphere and waters. It is these relationships that constitute Gaia: our self-regulating, living Earth which has been hospitable for life over billions of years.

    Symbiosis, the intimate living together of vastly different organisms, has been a key component in life’s long evolutionary journey, to the extent that Gaia has been characterised as ‘symbiosis seen from space’.  In this course, we ask what we can learn from both Gaia and the sciences of symbiosis that might help us to effectively navigate our way through the current crises.

    This short course will introduce you to the details of some of the most striking symbiotic relationships in the biosphere, including an exploration of the bacterial and fungal symbioses which are so critical for the health of our planet. We’ll explore the principles of Gaian self-regulation, and will discover how symbiosis has made hugely important contributions to the creation and maintenance of a liveable Earth both today and over geological time.  We’ll consider how a deep understanding of Gaia and symbiosis impacts ourethics and philosophy, our social organisations, our politics, our responses to climate change and even theways in which taxes are collected and distributed.

    The course is for both scientists and non-scientists who want to learn what the latest scientific understanding about the living dynamics of our planet can teach us about how we can best deal with climate change, biodiversity loss and social disruption, and about how nature can inspire us to lead more fulfilling, more richly connected personal lives.

    About me:
    "Phoebe is a biological systems scientist turned social alchemist, motivated by translating the teachings from the scientific world into a language for how we can create a life-sustaining society. Having explored the potential of solutions in science and technology, she’s now taking those learnings and applying them to human systems.

    She started off her academic career at the University of Cambridge, where she specialised in plant, algae and microbial systems - before researching algal genetics at Imperial College London. She finds the biological world fascinating and awe-inspiring, especially by its 'pattern language', and the behaviour of biological networks, communities, symbioses: i.e. the biology of relationships - from the micro to the macro.

    She’s exploring what it might mean to exhibit ‘biological leadership’ - learning to lead from a place of deep wisdom of Nature’s patterns and gestures. She is part of various systems-change projects where she puts her understanding of networks, systems and cooperation into practice: Future Farm Lab, which creates learning opportunities and experiments that re-wire the food system, and Enspiral, a de-centralised and DIY social enterprise network. She is also a facilitator of Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects.


  • April 2017, Youth Initiative Program (Y.I.P.), Sweden
    Visiting Teacher

    Initiating projects and open collaborative networks

  • March 2017, Reading University, MSc Food and Politics Lecture
    Visting Lecturer

    "Innovating innovation: creating new technologies on different operating systems".

  • February 2017, Royal College of Art
    Speaker and Advisor, BioDesign Challenge
    Advisor and final judge for the RCA BioDesign Challenge: http://biodesignchallenge.org 
    With the theme 'food' - gave mentorship through Future Farm Lab.

  • January 2017 - present, Schumacher College, Devon
    Facilitator and Programme Designer
    Resident systems designer in education and science.

  • November 2016, Schumacher College, Devon
    Visiting Lecturer, Holistic Science MSc
    Teaching on the Holistic Science Masters programme was an absolute dream. Following on from the legacy of previous teachers at Schumacher, namely the infamous and much admired Lynn Margulis, we dived into the topic of endosymbiosis, and the rich spectrum of intimate relationships present in Nature. We spanned an enormous scale, from the molecular mechanisms of chloroplast evolution all the way to intimate interspecies relationships and mutualisms - to our very own gut microbiome which controls and coordinates far more than we realise - from allergies and disease sensitivity to emotional states!

  • November 2016, Archer Academy, London
    Independent
    Visiting "Mad Scientist" - a tour of the relationships between humans and biology through the ages, and a creative assignment in designing bacteria and plants to solve world problems.

  • November 2016, Global Generation Skip Garden, London
    Independent
    Bringing together science, religion and the Universe Story.

  • July 2016, Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire
    Guerilla Science & Future Farm Lab Workshops

    Workshops delivered around our future of food, and alternatives to current modes of animal and plant agriculture... Delivered with a full sensory component: taste, smell, touch, and immersive!


  • 8th June 2016, Royal College of Art, London
    Visiting Lecturer
    Workshop on engineering cyanobacteria for MSc Innovation Design students, collaborating with Marin Sawa, Biodesigner

Algae in our kitchens and cities: how could they be cultivated?

Algae in our kitchens and cities: how could they be cultivated?

  • 1st June 2016, Royal College of Art, London
    Visiting Lecturer

    Urban farming and agro-ecology: moving to a sustainable food system


    Algal bio-factories, lab-grown animal-free "cultured" meat, powdered vanilla-flavoured complete nutrient supplement drinks, accelerated selective breeding combined with genetic engineering to produce super-charged nutrient rich vegetables – if we have any need or use for vegetables at all…

    Future Farm Lab explores the future of our food, how we got there, and what we can do to shape a more sustainable, nutritious, colourful and resilient food system one bite at a time. Joined by her team of cellular agriculturist Abi Glencross and science communicator Sophie Peri they will be presenting their work along serving up some thought-provoking and taste-tantalising experimental samples and refreshments!


  • 7th May 2016, Tomorrow's Reading (Future Fest), Reading
    Guerilla Science Workshop

    The Future of Food with Guerrilla Science & Future Farm Lab

    See the review of the event here!

  • April 2016, Crossmodalists Meet-up, London
    Future Farm Lab Programme

    Science Meets Art: Testing Taste and Perception and Immersing in the Future of Food

    A series of hands-on experiments as an experience for attendees and also a valuable chance to collect data on public perception, and opinion, around protein alternatives and the potential future of our food. Followed by a feedback session, discussion and Q&A.
     

  • March 2016, Exhibition at the Science Museum, London
    Independent

    Future of London 2050: Algae as Food and Feed


Undergraduate lecture and iGEM brainstorm session at Imperial College London

Undergraduate lecture and iGEM brainstorm session at Imperial College London

  • February 2016, Lecture at Imperial College London
    Independent

    "The Synthetic Biology revolution: the road to realistic sustainability in the near future"

    A lecture given to final year undergraduates to stimulate discussion and healthy skepticism around the role synthetic biology will and can play in our future. Followed by Q&A.

Workshop on synthetic biology and the wonder of DNA at Bombay International School, Mumbai

Workshop on synthetic biology and the wonder of DNA at Bombay International School, Mumbai


  • December 2015, Workshops at Bombay International School, Mumbai
    225 Academy

    "Programme DNA, Design Your Own Super-bug and Solve World Problems"


Algae for all the sense: taste, see, smell, touch and imagine the future potential at the Science Museum, London. In the background: Algaerium Bioprinter design exhibit by Marin Sawa.

Algae for all the sense: taste, see, smell, touch and imagine the future potential at the Science Museum, London. In the background: Algaerium Bioprinter design exhibit by Marin Sawa.


  • December 2015, Exhibition at the Science Museum, London
    Independent, collaboration with Imperial College London

    "Algae in Space -- the potential of algae to grow our food and fuel on space voyages!" (click here to read about the exhibition and see photos)


Perceiving patterns that run through Nature, Humans and Technology

Perceiving patterns that run through Nature, Humans and Technology

  • July 2015, Workshops at King George V School, Hong Kong
    225 Academy
    "The Evolution of Humans, Nature and Technology"
     

 


Practising mindful breathing and meditation (225 Academy Singapore)

Practising mindful breathing and meditation (225 Academy Singapore)

  • April 2015, Workshops at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
    225 Academy
    "Designing a New World with Nature’s Guidance: Biomimicry"

    "Re-wiring Your Brain: the Neuroscience of Stress, and Mindfulness" 
     

  • March 2015, Workshops at Dubai College, United Arab Emirates
    225 Academy
    "The Intersection of Science and Life: Wonder"