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Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network. Read on to learn about our next event!
Biophilia: Pittsburgh March Meeting – Flies, Beetles, Wasps, Spiders: Turn Your Fear into Fascination with Our Most Important Animals
Join us on Thurs., March 5 in Café Phipps with Dr. Ryan Gott for a discussion about the importance of 'creepy crawliers' in our daily lives! Have you hugged a bug today? If not, you probably should. Insects, spiders, and other arthropods do tremendous good in our world and benefit us in so many ways. But in order to take care of us, we also need to take care of them. Come learn why you should love and support the “creepy crawlies” all around you.
Meet the Speaker
Dr. Ryan Gott is an entomologist and the Associate Director of Integrated Pest Management at Phipps Conservatory. He watches over the health of all the plants at Phipps, including monitoring all the insects both good and misunderstood.
5:30 – 6 p.m. — Networking and refreshments
6 – 6:30 p.m. — Presentation
6:30 – 7 p.m. — Discussion
Discover Our Additional Resources
Inspired by the Biophilic Cities initiative, the Biophilia: Pittsburgh Directory seeks to present an overview of the biophilic organizations, events, activities and projects in Pittsburgh, to aid the public in enhancing their connections to nature and discovering collaborative opportunities.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plates and light refreshments, a discipline or behavior is identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities.
Directions and Parking
The meeting will take place at Café Phipps, and entry will be available through the main Conservatory entrance at our Welcome Center. Guest parking spaces will be available at the parking island on Schenley Drive.
• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact
What Is Biophilia?
The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”
The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.
Photo © Paul g. Wiegman, Phipps staff