One of the breakthrough-generation of futurists, Melissa Sterry is known as a champion of technology that serves to make the world a better place. Whether giving a keynote speech on the potential of ICT to improve our cities or writing about leading-edge innovations in Bionics, her work is essentially concerned with developing a vision of what successful change may look like and supporting others on a journey towards it.
For more than a decade, Melissa has worked to integrate pioneering sustainability thinking into mainstream business and society. A recipient of several innovation awards, including the Mensa Education and Research Foundation International Award for enhancing intelligence that benefits society, Melissa divides her time in equal parts between research, development, enterprise and communication.
Having migrated from designer to design scientist, with a career heavily focused on emergent digital technology and its applications, Melissa has more than two decades experience of working with leading-edge innovation, a dozen of which have been at executive board level with first-to-market start-ups across both B2B and B2C international markets.
A visiting fellow, visiting lecturer and guest critic at several leading European built environment research institutes including SOBE, IAAC and AA School, Melissa is published in over 60 international titles and sits on several scientific committees, sustainability awards juries and editorial boards.
An MPhil/PhD researcher at Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research group, her interests in science, technology and design manifest in her research project the Bionic City®; the world over, Life in all its various shapes and forms, has found novel ways to build resilience to extreme meteorological and geological events. Positing the potential of the city as a complex biomimetic adaptive system, Bionic City® explores these resilience strategies and how we may mimic them using leading-edge science and technology.
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