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As a regional network of Biomimicry 3.8, Biomimicry Switzerland empowers Swiss educators, businesses and policymakers to sustainably emulate nature's 3.8 billion years of design strategies for human innovation and problem solving.

This process of consulting life’s genius utilises a clear, proven design methodology and effective implementation tools, developed by Biomimicry 3.8 over more than a decade of work with a broad range of stakeholders.  

As a regional network of Biomimicry 3.8, our mission is to empower Switzerland to sustainably emulate nature’s 3.8 billion years of elegant design strategies.  We work with policymakers, business, investors, educators, engineers, architects, designers, and other innovators to translate nature’s genius for the design of products, processes and systems that create conditions conducive to life.

Biomimicry Switzerland is dedicated to reconnecting people with nature, and human systems with natural systems.  Our vision is a high-tech economy that is also an extension of ecology, where human and natural system designs flow seamlessly together. 

Our team offers education and consulting on how natural systems can provide insights into solving systematic sustainability challenges through the emergence of new business models and financial instruments.  We perform economic and financial research, in-depth market analysis, and strategic consulting to entrepreneurs, investors, scientists and policy leaders to help accelerate the commercialisation of biomimetic innovations.  We also develop collaborative partnerships and services to support interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue across industry sectors and regional borders.

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Nature, ecology, connections, biomimicry, biomimetic, bionics, innovation, commercialization, finance, impact investments, design, sustainability, education, entrepreneurs, innovators, network, crowd funding, collaboration, expertise, science, biology, engineering, clean technology, analysis, financial analysis, biomimics, workshops, design challenge, teaching, financial instruments, rating systems, financial architecture, 3D printing, additive manufacturing, material science, scientific expertise, consulting, client relationships, creativity

 

Policy and Advocacy

Projects and Initiatives

Biomimicry Switzerland’s team is involved in a number of local and regional initiatives, both independently and in collaboration with other organizations. Our projects are designed to accelerate the education, development and practice of biomimicry in Switzerland and demonstrate the viability of applying biomimicry to unique challenges in our community. They also serve as catalysts to build the capacity of both Swiss and international communities to learn and practice biomimicry across various sectors of society and economy. 


European Biomimicry Alliance  

The European Biomimicry Alliance (EBA) is a consortium of regional biomimicry practitioners in Europe. One of the goals of the alliance is to foster collaboration between national alliances of biomimicry practitioners and facilitate co-created and common initiatives that advance the adoption of biomimicry in Europe. Biomimicry Switzerland is a co-founder of the EBA and represents Switzerland in the Alliance.  The first collaborative EBA project was a Sept. 2014 Biomimicry Workshop in Lisbon, in which BSwiss participated


International Standards Organization (ISO)

Technical Committee 266 Biomimetics

Biomimicry Switzerland plays an active role in the Technical Committee 266 Biomimetics development process in partnership with Schweizerische Normen-Vereinigung (SNV). A BSwiss representative attended the last general assembly meetings in Liege, Belgium.Biomimciry Switzerland is working a create a Swiss mirror committee by engaging variety of national stakeholders. Once the mirrow committee has been created, Switzerland will be an active participant in the TC 266 Biomimetics proceedings:  

There are four Technical Committee 266 Biomimetics Working groups:

  • Working Group 1: Terminology and methodology

  • Working Group 2: Structures and materials.

  • Working Group 3: Biomimetic Optimization

  • Working Group 4: Knowledge Infrastructure of Biomimetics

The next annual meeting is scheduled in October 19-21 2015, in Kyoto Japan


Global Ecovillage Network

Biomimicry Switzerland is proud to support the Global Ecovillage Network in its approach to bottom-up, locally adapted, decentralised community innovation and especially on communicating the relevance of ecovillage design to our evolutionary process as a 200,000 year-old biological species.  Broadly speaking, ecovillages are the model of social organisation most closely reflecting Life's Principles, or the universal organising principles of natural system design.  The Global Ecovillage Network provides a nature-inspired, life-friendly way through our current evolutionary knothole, mimicking strategies that have thrived on Earth for 3.8 billion years.  Biomimicry Switzerland participates in the Green Phoenix international ecovillage design process, which takes place at the Schweibenalp Centre for Unity every autumn.


Biomimicry Teaching Materials Translations  

In partnership with Biomimicry Quebec and Biomimicry Yucatan, Biomimicry Switzerland works on the development of a framework  to facilitate the translation of existing biomimicry teaching materials (e.g. the Biomimicry Resources Handbook, and exercises) in a number of foreign languages. Initially, the teaching material will be translated into French, and our long-term goal is to expand this methodology to other languages including German, Portuguese and Spanish. The team is in discussion with the Biomimicry 3.8 Group on how to implement this initiative effectively.


Pax Technologies took the calla lily's shape as inspiration for a water mixer. The flower's centripetal spirals assist with the ideal flow of liquid, which allows their design to mix more liquid with a fraction of the horse power usually required. Using nature's perfected designs helps minimize energy requirements. Image of impeller - PAX Scientific

Pax Technologies took the calla lily's shape as inspiration for a water mixer. The flower's centripetal spirals assist with the ideal flow of liquid, which allows their design to mix more liquid with a fraction of the horse power usually required. Using nature's perfected designs helps minimize energy requirements.

Image of impeller - PAX Scientific