3 outcomes of this year’s European Biomimicry Alliance summit
This September, representatives from Biomimicry networks across Europe came together for the annual European Biomimicry Alliance summit. Their mission was to set goals for a common vision of the near future and to share developments from their own countries. Representing Biomimicry Germany was Fabian Feutlinske. Below, we explain the three main focus points which emerged from the meeting, in order to promote and grow Biomimicry in Europe next year and beyond.
1 – European Biomimicry Map
In order to get from A to B many of us are already using tools like GPS or Galileo. All that information at our fingertips saves us time and resources, as well as helping us make smarter decisions.
So how to navigate the world of Biomimicry? In collaboration with the other European Biomimicry networks, we will build a map of all people, events, projects and tools. This database will be a valuable resource to develop courses, provide the community with an overview of what’s happening across Europe, help curious minds to choose a course or training programme and be a general open source of tools and materials for all.
A first prototype is being built in Austria, which we ultimately want to roll out across Europe in 2018. Since it is open source, we would like to encourage others to participate; simply enter your own project, tool or prototype into the database to join the “ecosystem”. We are looking forward to creating new synergies and spreading the word!
2 – Biomimicry Summer School
As a kid, the word “summer school” might have been a case of loving or hating. Either it was a place to escape from your parents and spend time in beautiful natural surroundings, or a place where you were forced to eat bad food and sleep in uncomfy bunk beds! We would like to change things for the best, and introduce the Biomimicry Summer School!
Linked with next year’s Biomimicry exhibition “The Alphabet of Life” in Austria, there will be an educational training programme to deepen your understanding of the Biomimicry methodology and co-creatively solve design challenges. We will keep you posted via our social media.
3 – Biomimicry in Action Online Service
If you are familiar with Biomimicry you’ve probably already thought about how to turn your knowledge into action and change the world for the better, but the leap from imagined to implemented is always a tricky one.
As part of our plan to start a Summer School, we will also be working on an online curriculum for professionals, entrepreneurs, and beginners in Biomimicry. The unique programme will provide you with tools and methods to support your project, as well as constructive, practical feedback from A to Z. Combining the best of both worlds, Biomimicry and economics, you will be well equipped to create products and processes which apply Biomimicry better, more often, and with a greater impact.
Finally, we’d like to give a shout out to Biomimicry Iberia, Biomimicry Netherlands, Biomimicry Switzerland, Ceebios, Bioversum and our Biomimicry friends from Italy, Slovakia and Austria! It’s always a pleasure to work with you!
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