Lecture by Danielle Davelaar on Tuesday 18 February
Biomimicry - Learning from Nature
Biomimicry (from the Greek bios: life and mimesis: to emulate) is generally understood as an innovation method that seeks sustainable solutions by consciously emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., collecting solar energy like a leaf, making fiber like a spider, creating color like a peacock, growing food like a prairie.
The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul. Not only are scientists already turning to nature to find inspiration for new designs. Biomimicry is also arguably one of the hottest novel business concepts, attracting interest across a spectrum of markets. The Biomimicry Network aims at realizing a culture shift towards a society, in which asking nature´s advice in all endeavors will become second nature.
Quieting our human cleverness
Lecture by Danielle Davelaar
Biomimicry is a design discipline, a branch of science, a problem-solving method, a sustainability ethos, a movement, a stance toward nature, a new way of viewing and valuing biodiversity. In her introductory lecture Danielle Davelaar will lead you through the depth and breadth of biomimicry. During this discovery journey she will use some plenary reflection exercises for deepening our understanding of attitudes toward nature, and of differences between biomimicry and other bio-approaches.
Organization: Studium Generale in collaboration with Biomimicry Network Wageningen and Biomimicry NL