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Muddy Knees and Virtual Reality Glasses: Citizen Biomimics Saving Humanity?

Posted by on 11 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events


Please join us on October 22nd…

The Biomimicry Institute cordially invites those obsessed with the future of the planet and humanity to an evening gathering of wine, botanical drinks, and showcase of the Institute’s groundbreaking biomimicry education, design challenges and latest AskNature interface in development.

This evening event will kick off The Biomimicry Institute’s “Global Biomimic” membership program in which ordinary citizens are engaged to find the solutions to humanity’s pressing challenges (e.g. climate change, food systems, transportation, energy, language preservation, etc.).

First Annual Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Pitch Event and Technology Showcase!

Posted by on 09 Oct 2016 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events


This week, Thursday October 20th in San Francisco

This event will feature a panel of VIP judges for a fun, festive, biomimicry-themed pitch session, starring seven teams from the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Accelerator.

Don’t miss seeing nature-inspired innovation in action, as the teams showcase their food system design solutions. Enjoy heavy appetizers, a cash bar, and opportunities to meet and mingle with the Accelerator entrepreneurs.

Biomimicry Events for Jan/Feb

Posted by on 07 Jan 2013 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events

via Julie Sammons:

Here’s what’s blooming — scroll down for details, attachments, and contact info:


1. (Jan 7th) 2013 Biomimicry Education Summit: Save the Date + Call for Proposals (K-University + Adult Education)

2. (Jan 9th) Biomimicry Professional Certification: Potential Applicant Webinar (Adult Training)

3. (Jan 17th) Helios School: “Biomimicry Intelligence Agency” Program Showcase (K-8 Education)

4. (Jan 22nd) MIT/VLAB Forum: Programming Nature (Local Event)

5. (Feb 7th) Autodesk Design Night: Biomimicry Theme (Local / Partner Event)

6. (no deadline) 2013 Biomimicry Youth Challenge: Call for Submissions (Youth Education)





Autodesk Design Night – Mother Nature: Celebrity Designer

Posted by on 26 Dec 2012 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events

Design Night: Mother Nature: Celebrity Designer

I attended the December Autodesk Design Night and it was blast. Mark the next one in your diary: February 7th – this time focused on Biomimicry:

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We say it’s a good thing nature never got around to patent protection or today’s designers might be in big trouble. Still, who better to take design inspiration from than Mother Nature? After all, you’d be a heck of a designer too if you had nearly 4 billion years of trial and error under your belt. So come to Design Night if you’re curious about biomimicry and what it means for the future of design. It’s only…um…natural.


  • World-renowned biomimicry expert Dr. Dayna Baumeister
  • Nature-inspired parlor games
  • Open bar and food
  • And much, much more. You’ll never want to leaf! (groan)

Charting a Course for Computer-Aided Bio-inspired Design Research

Posted by on 13 May 2012 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events


The first NSF sponsored Bio-Inspired Design Workshop was held in March 2011, here’s a follow-on:

Bio-inspired design (BID) or biomimicry is an emerging research area in engineering design, computer science and biology that seeks to systematically mine biological knowledge to solve existing engineering problems.  However, the community of BID researchers at present is fragmented with no professional society, unifying funding source, or recurring conference meeting. Continued at

Dr Dayna Baumeister Plenary at 2011 Bioneers

Posted by on 21 Oct 2011 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events

A great presentation by Biomimicry3.8 co-founder  Dr Dayna Baumeister. Enjoy!


Life’s Operating Manual :

Envision what our world would and could look like if we actually started reading and following the directions contained in “Life’s Operating Manual.” Co-founder with Janine Benyus of the Biomimicry Guild and Biomimicry Institute, Dayna Baumeister provides an eagle’s-eye view of biomimicry breakthroughs using ecological design and nature-inspired technologies that emulate nature’s profound design sophistication. She has worked in the field of biomimicry with Janine Benyus since 1998 and designed and teaches the world’s first Biomimicry Professional Certification Program.

About the Presenter:
Dayna Baumeister has worked in the field of biomimicry with Janine Benyus since 1998 as a business catalyst, educator, researcher, and design consultant. Together they founded the Biomimicry Guild, The Biomimicry Institute, and Biomimicry3.8, collectively fertilizing the movement of biomimicry as an innovative practice and philosophy to meet the world’s sustainability challenges. Dayna also designed and teaches the world’s first Biomimicry Professional Certification Program and compiled over a decade of experience into the Biomimicry Resource Handbook: A Seed Bank of Knowledge and Best Practices (2011). (


International Bionic Engineering Conference

Posted by on 02 Jul 2011 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events

The International Bionic Engineering Conference 2011 aims to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial development in a field that is rapidly growing and gaining recognition across many disciplines.
Boston, MA / Sept. 18 – 20, 2011

2011 Biomimicry Education Summit

Posted by on 17 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events

It’s not too late to register for the 2011 Biomimicry Education Summit (June 27-29) to be held in the biomimicry hub of Cleveland, Ohio. We have extended the deadline to this Sunday, June 19. But don’t wait ’til the last minute! Here are five reasons to secure your spot today:
1. John Warner. If you haven’t yet heard, John Warner will keynote the Summit in place of Wes Jackson, who had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. John is one of the world’s leading experts on green chemistry. If you’re unfamiliar with John’s work, check out the video of his talk on Intellectual Ecology from Bioneers 2010.
2. Life’s Principles. The Biomimicry Institute will release an updated version of Life’s Principles, and discuss how they can be used as a tool in the classroom.
3. STEM + Biomimicry. We will have a panel discussion on Biology, Design, and Engineering: Developing the Interdisciplinary Classroom. Educators from four different institutions will share how they have garnered support for biomimicry courses that bring together biology, design, and engineering students, and about the opportunities and challenges they’ve encountered.
4. Dr. Frank Fish and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dr. Fish pioneered whale tubercule technology. The Monterey Bay Aquarium developed and launched a successful biomimicry exhibit, featuring Dr. Fish and many other biomimicry innovators. Both will be at the summit to discuss their experiences.
5. Networking. Many of the world’s greatest thought leaders on biomimicry and education will be at the summit. Don’t miss this chance to develop relationships and learn best practices to take back with you to the classroom.
Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to learn from your peers and help shape the future of biomimicry education! Register today.
Sam Stier and Megan Schuknecht
The Biomimicry Institute

Backyard Biomimicry Workshops – Austin, Vancouver

Posted by on 04 Mar 2011 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events


In this Backyard Biomimicry 3-day workshop, you’ll collaborate with students and professionals of various disciplines to solve your region’s most pressing design challenges, drawing inspiration from the natural world – found right in your own backyard.

The workshop includes:
(All legs of the events must be registered for in order to attend)

Evening lecture:  Latest news from the world of biomimicry – donations only, all proceeds go to The Biomimicry Institute

Day 1:  Introduction to the Foundations of Biomimicry – $249

Days 2&3:  Hands-on Exploration of the Foundations of Biomimicry – $499  (Must have completed ONLINE Biomimicry Foundational courses or attended Day 1)

Please visit the Professional Pathways website for a full workshop description –

Professional Pathways | Biomimicry Group

Posted by on 16 Jan 2011 | Tagged as: biomimicry, events


News from the Biomimicry Group:

A press release going out on Monday, but I wanted you all to be the first to know about our very first online video contest!  We are giving away 3 seats in our upcoming Backyard Biomimicry 3-day workshops (a $750 value!) to the best 60 second video responses to “Why biomimicry?  Why now?”  Winners will be chosen from 10 finalists with the most online views by March 11.  

Vancouver, BC, San Francisco, CA, and Austin, TX will be hosting our 3-day Backyard Biomimicry workshops in April 2011.  These workshops are your first step in the Biomimicry Professional Pathway or they can be a great way to refresh or deepen your understanding of biomimicry.  At these workshops, you will learn the foundations of biomimicry with the foremost leaders in the field and connect with others in the biomimicry network.  The workshops include (all workshop legs require registration):

Evening lecture:  Latest news in the world of biomimicry – donations only (all proceeds go to the Biomimicry Institute)
Day 1:  Foundations of Biomimicry – $249
Days 2 & 3:  Hands-on Exploration of the Foundations of Biomimicry – $499

    Thanks to our Backyard Biomimicry sponsors Autodesk in San Francisco and Vinson & Elkins in Austin!

The Costa Rica Expeditions in March are open for registration – The deadline to register is February 11!

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