Melissa Sterry

Design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry is known as a champion of new science, technology and thinking that serves to make the world a better place. Her work is 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, creativity and enterprise 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 worked with leading-edge innovation for more than two decades, of which the past dozen have been at executive board level.

A visiting fellow, visiting lecturer and guest critic at several leading European built environment research institutes including SOBE, IaaC, The Bartlett and AA School, Melissa is published in over 60 international titles, including Wired (UK), The Guardian and the Global Innovation Science Handbook, and sits on several scientific committees, sustainability awards juries and editorial boards.

Melissa has contributed as a keynote speaker, panelist, panel chair and/or workshop host at more than forty leading international conferences, seminars, festivals, awards ceremonies, and product launches in regions including UK, USA, Europe and Russia.

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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