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Joan Farrer, a Professor of Design and Innovation at the University of Portsmouth, will be exploring how design thinking can lead to unexpected results at a public lecture next week.

Fabrics which warn you if you’re spending too long in the sun, buildings that tell you if they’re at risk of moving, and games to help employability are just some of the recent extraordinary advancements led by Professor Joan Farrer and colleagues.

Joan’s lecture, titled ‘Necessity is the Mother of Invention’, will include discussion on her approach to design and applied research, and how working across and between disciplines has helped spark new ideas and methods in smart and sustainable areas.

Professor Farrer has an extensive history in fashion, textiles, fibre, and materials, and has spent decades working with brands, governments, and NGOs in the UK and overseas in research and development and product design.

Her research on smart materials helped her build collaborations between art and design and physical and biomedical sciences, computing, maths, and electrical engineering.

She’s been an advisor and researcher for projects funded by AHRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, and the EU-funded Interreg programme.

Her inaugural lecture will be in the University of Portsmouth’s Portland Building in Portland Street, on Wednesday 11th May, from 6:00pm through 7:00pm. It will be followed by a drinks reception, immersive theatre performance, and music celebration.

The event is free, but due to capacity limitations, anyone wishing to go along should reserve a place via Eventbrite »

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