Biomimicry: Biology inspires innovation

At this Hot Topics event, our specialist panel - Rob Kesseler, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, Alex Parfitt, BAE Systems, Denise DeLuca, Swedish Biomimetics 3000 and panel chair Will Pearson, Director of Technology, Ravensbourne - debated how ideas flow from biology to product design, what tools and institutions enable this process, and how specialists in art, design, architecture, engineering and biology are bought together to solve tomorrow’s problems.

Included are four video clips from the event and a six-page "briefing paper [that] summarises history and examples in the field of biomimicry" that describes innovations such as the PAX Streamling Effect, Lotusan, BAE Systems' 'Bug Eye' technology and a closed-loop brewery in Namibia.  The paper also discussion 'crossing disciplines', 'translating research', 'new models' and organizations such as Swedish Biomimetics 3000 and The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

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