ANGELO VERMEULEN | Bio
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Angelo Vermeulen is a space systems researcher, biologist, artist and keynote speaker. In 2017 he was selected as one of the Top 5 Tech Pioneers from Belgium by the newspaper De Tijd. With his multidisciplinary background, Vermeulen collaborates closely with practicing scientists, while also constructing multimedia installations in galleries and museums, and building communities through design and co-creation. In 2009 he initiated SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design), an international transdisciplinary network of artists, scientists, engineers and activists. Its goal is to reshape the future through critical inquiry and hands-on experimentation. To achieve this, SEAD develops paradigm-shifting projects in which ecology, technology and community are integrated in novel synergistic ways. Biomodd and Seeker are the two most well-known SEAD projects. From 2011-2012 Vermeulen was a member of the European Space Agency Topical Team Arts & Science (ETTAS), and in 2013 he was Crew Commander of the NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars mission simulation in Hawai’i. His space-related work led him to start PhD research at Delft University of Technology, working on bio-inspired concepts for interstellar travel. Vermeulen has been (guest) faculty at several universities in Europe, the US, and Southeast Asia. In 2013 he became a TED Senior Fellow. His TED Talk about HI-SEAS and Seeker has garnered over a million views.

2017 Selected by De Tijd as one of the Top 5 Tech Pioneers from Belgium
2016 Becomes CAO (Chief Art Officer) of Netherlands-based space tech transfer company IPStar
2014-2017 Partners with Vienna-based space architecture company LIQUIFER Systems Group in Vienna to work on bio-inspired research projects
2013 Crew Commander of HI-SEAS Mission I, a NASA-funded Mars mission simulation on Mauna Loa in Hawai’i
2013 TED Senior Fellow
2012 Initiates Seeker, a worldwide community art project questioning future literacy and creating starship prototypes
2012 Wins the Witteveen+Bos Art+Techology Award
2012 Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design Fellow, Parsons, New York, US
2011 Starts PhD research on starship design, Systems Engineering Section, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
2011/2013 Member of ESA’s Arts and Science Topical Team (ETTAS)
2011 Artist in residence, HONF, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2010 Artist in residence, Exploratorium, San Francisco, US
2010 TED Fellow
2009/2011 Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Information and Communication Studies, University of the Philippines Open University, Los Baños, Philippines
2009 Starts SEAD, an international transdisciplinary network of artists, scientists, engineers and activists
2008/2009 Artist in residence, FoAM, Brussels, Belgium
2008 Artist in residence, Nadine, Brussels, Belgium
2008 Starts Translucent Futures, an artistic research project on the abrasion of civil rights and privacy through digital technologies
2008 Publishes Baudelaire in Cyberspace, a series of dialogues about art, science and digital culture with philosopher Antoon Van den Braembussche
2007 Initiates Biomodd, a worldwide cross-cultural art project in which technology, ecology and community building converge
2007 Artist in residence, The Aesthetic Technologies Lab, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
2005/2007 Film and Video Art studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts DKO, Antwerp, Belgium
2004/2011 Assistant Professor, LUCA School of Arts, Ghent, Belgium
2001/2003 Postgraduate studies at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
1994/1998 Photography studies at the Municipal Academy of Fine Arts, Leuven, Belgium
1993/1998 PhD in ecology and developmental biology, Department of Biology, University of Leuven, Belgium

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