Biomimicry: The missing piece?

Panel discussion on Tuesday 18 March

Organised by Studium Generale

Tue 18 March 2014 20:00 to 22:00

Venue Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Panel discussion with dr. Vincent Blok, prof. dr. Huub Rijnaarts, dr. Eric van Seventer, prof. dr. Johan van Leeuwen (WUR) en Saskia van den Muijsenberg (Certified Biomimicry Professional)

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.

The missing piece?

Do biomimicry catchphrases like ‘the conscious emulation of life’s genius’ and ‘create conditions conducive to life’ resonate in the WageningenUR-community? Is biomimicry the missing piece in our education program? Or is it only the next bio-approach in a line? What would be the added value of the biomimicry approach for WageningenUR innovative research? Or should it even become the leading management philosophy? These questions will be discussed with a panel and the audience.

Organization: Studium Generale in collaboration with Biomimicry Network Wageningen and Biomimicry NL