Biomimicry and Bio Inspired Innovation

Start: 
Fri, 2016/11/11 - Sun, 2016/11/13
Location: 
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Biomimicry specifically and bio inspired innovation more generally offer promising way towards more sustainable and ultimately regenerative societies to thrive together with the rest of the natural world. Researchers are uncovering more of the amazing feats that nature realizes and businesses are tapping into those insights to make their products, processes and organizations more sustainable. This conference aims to share experiences and explore together what may be done to achieve more impact with biomimicry and bio inspired innovation by aligning research and practice.

We welcome innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, students, decision makers, designers and anyone else interested in biomimicry and bio inspired innovation. There are several registration options, for people who simply want to get acquainted through a network dinner as well as people that want to be inspired by examples from practice or dive deep into implementation. The conference will be organized with one dedicated biomimicry track, curated with all biomimicry partners, and additional tracks with related research, theories, methods, tools and more bio inspired practice.

OVERVIEW

Friday - Welcome to Utrecht and networking

  • Afternoon: optional walking tour around the historical and charming city of Utrecht or Botanical Gardens Utrecht
  • Evening: official welcome with guided tour and drinks at the Museum Speelklok and walking dinner with stimulating perspective talks

Weekend - two day conference

  • Saturday and Sunday start with keynote speakers, feature four rounds of sessions in the afternoon and conclude with a plenary session.
  • Both days will have a dedicated biomimicry track and additional bio-inspired innovation, research, theory/methods/tools parallel tracks.

Saturday - Biomimicry meme for a regenerative society

  • Conference day will focus on experiences and results from research and business.
  • We conclude with an inspirational dinner party at the historical University Hall

Sunday - Biomimicry practice – facilitating impact

  • Sunday will focus on using and improving knowledge and tools for biomimicry education and application in business
  • Free evening in Utrecht

Monday; co-create

  • For parties wanting to spend some time together we will make work spaces available on request.
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