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156W: Inspired by biodiversity - designing biomimetic solutions to global challenges
Monday, 24/Feb/2020:
4:15pm - 6:15pm

Session Chair: Jas Pal Badyal FRS
Session Chair: Patrick Lewis
Session Chair: Aoife MacNamara
Session Chair: Daniel Mosquin
Session Chair: Albert Shum
Location: Flüela
Parallel Session 115 m2 100 PAX

Session Abstract

Challenges being faced by the world population at all levels are often directly or indirectly linked to the state of health of biodiversity and ecosystems. Among the many tragedies great and small of biodiversity loss is the potential of biodiversity to inspire the solutions needed for current and future global challenges.

Observing, understanding, and replicating forms and processes in nature has led to innovations such as the burdock-inspired velcro and the kingfisher-inspired bullet train. The evolved forms and processes of nature are a wellspring of "knowledge" that remains underutilized – and this is the foundation of the field of biomimicry and biomimetic design.This workshop will introduce participants to biomimetic design as a tool for solving problems. Examples of biomimetic design will be highlighted to provide a foundation for ideation sessions on both applications of biomimetic design and strategies for the formation of a network of organizations facilitating biomimetic design.By demonstrating the value of biodiversity in resolving real-world problems, it is hoped that a more widespread understanding of biomimetic design can inspire a younger demographic--particularly those involved in the technology and design industries--about the urgency of preserving and renewing in situ and ex situ biodiversity within the ultimate goals of economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

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