National Geographic Live: Designed by Nature

Kakani Katija Cr Mark Thiessen

Join Kakani Katija for a fascinating look at one of the least explored ecosystems on our planet—the ocean’s midwaters—and learn how its inhabitants could lead to breakthroughs in bio-inspired design.

Bioengineer and research diver Katija takes you deep into the midwaters of the ocean—one of the least explored ecosystems on our planet—and shares how its inhabitants could lead to breakthroughs in bio-inspired design.

As a child, Katija dreamed of being an astronaut. She trained as an aerospace engineer but eventually became captivated by an even less explored environment than space: our Earth’s oceans. As a bioengineer, instead of searching space for signs of life, she studies the waters that are teeming with it.

Designers and engineers have drawn inspiration from our natural world for decades, creating innovations as groundbreaking as manned flight, and Katija’s own early work has led to energy efficient jellyfish-inspired robotics. Now, she studies little-known sea creatures that have the potential to make a big impact on some of our world’s most critical problems.

Guests are invited to join Kakani Katija for a reception at Discovery Place Science, where we explore the ocean's depths with hands-on activities.


Check-in will be at Tryon St. Admissions.
Cash/credit bars with wine and beer will be available in the Museum, along with light snacks available for purchase.

Parking fee for Discovery Place Science Parking Deck is not included.

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  • All Ages
  • January 28
  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • $19 - $39

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