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Dr. rer. nat. Olga Speck

Principal investigator in A03 & C01

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Plant Biomechanics Group Freiburg
Lehrstuhl für Botanik: Funktionelle Morphologie und Bionik und Botanischer Garten
Fakultät für Biologie II
Kompetenznetz Biomimetik
Schänzlestraße 1
D-79104 Freiburg

Phone: +49 (0) 761 203-2803
E-mail: olga.speck@biologie.uni-freiburg.de

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Education

1978 – 1985 University degree in Biology and Sports (1. Staatsexamen), University of Freiburg (D), Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dieter Vogellehner

Scientific degrees

2003 Doctor’s degree, PhD-Thesis in Biology, University of Freiburg, Advisor: Prof. Dr. Hanns-Christof Spatz

Work experience

2014 – current Scientific coordinator, Freiburg Centre for Interactive
Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT), University of Freiburg

2003 – current Project management and PI in various R & D projects in the field of biomimetics, biomechanics and education & teaching of biomimetics

2012 – 2015 PI in two sub-projects in the framework of the SHeMat project „Training Network for Self-Healing Materials: from Concepts to Market“

2008 – 2012 PI in the research project “Vom biologischen Vorbild zum bionischen Produkt: Wundheilung bei Pflanzen als Ideengeber für selbstreparierende technische Materialien“ funded by BMBF

2008 – 2012 PI in the research project „Wissenschaftlich-didaktische Aufbereitung der Bionik für Aus- und Weiterbildung an Schulen und Hochschulen“ funded by BMBF

2002 – current Manager, Competence Network Biomimetics

1996 – 1998 Visiting scientist, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, research group Prof. Dr. H.-Ch. Spatz

1988 – 1989 Assistant Medical Technician, Institute of Forest Sciences, University of Freiburg

1987 – 1988 Scientific employee, Botanic Garden, University of Freiburg, research group Prof. Dr. D. Vogellehner

1985 – 1987 Education and degree as Assistant Medical Technician at Medizinisch-Technische Akademie Esslingen

Miscellaneous

2014 – current Member of the Steering Committee of ICSHM (International Conference of Self-Healing Materials)

2011 – current Member of ISO/TC 266 BIOMIMETICS, Dt. Institut für Normung e. V., Normenausschuss Materialprüfung (NMP)

2009 – current Chairperson of the working group „Aus- und Weiterbildung“ of BIOKON e.V.

2009 – current Chairperson of the working group “Education & Training” of BIOKON international

2007 – current Member of the Advisory Board ›Bionics‹ of ›The Association of German Engineers‹ (VDI)

Several science and industrial awards for studies in biomechanics/functional morphology, development of biomimetic products, as well as commitment and contribution to education and teaching in biomimetics

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  Picture: Cross-section of Euphorbia tirucalli. Source: Plant Biomechanics Group Freiburg