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Biomimicry

How we can innovate like nature

Innovation has been going on for 4 billion years, so we’d be crazy not to take inspiration from the ultimate testbed - Earth. This is biomimicry, and in this course we’ll explore what that means, how it’s being applied, and what the possibilities are. When it comes to problems in design, medicine, engineering and everything in between, nature so often has the answers. We just need to ask.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO BIOMIMICRY

An overview of biomimicry. What’s it all about? Why learn from nature anyway?

ANOTHER APPROACH TO INNOVATION

What are the most successful strategies to abstract means of problem-solving from nature?

MATERIALS

What can we learn from the structure and properties of nature’s materials?

MANUFACTURING

As one of the most energy and resource expensive areas of business, manufacturing has a lot to learn from nature. Here are some ways it’s already helping.

ENERGY

The natural world is a very efficient user of energy. What techniques can we adopt to help us improve the way in which we use energy and reduce our overall consumption.

FLUID DYNAMICS

In the search for more efficient ways of moving air and water around there are many clues that mother nature offers.

TOMORROW'S WORLD

Biomimicry is a field that’s about to explode. What are the current opportunities, constraints, debates and possibilities? Here are some answers.

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Richard James MacCowan

Founder and CEO of Biomimicry UK, Richard is an awarding-winning urbanist with interests in both behavioural economics and nature-based design. He formed the team behind Biomimicry UK in 2012 to take the research on nature-based design and finding a place for it in industry. Richard is also an urban design consultant and the lead for Biomimicry, Biophilia and Systems-thinking at the Leeds Sustainability Institute.

Biomimicry UK

Biomimicry UK’s mission is to inspire and share how nature can deliver unique solutions. We give innovators the tools, guides, and insights to help organizations boost the way they innovate.

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