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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.

Keywords:

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

 

Past Events

Biomimicry Switzerland Past Events


Biomimicry - Future Innovation is Nature-Inspired (21 September, 2017 BERN)

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Nature stores millions of kWh of energy every day, cleans millions of cubic meters of water, produces millions of cubic meters of oxygen, absorbs millions of tons of CO2, produces millions of tons of biomass, ... and still looks good. Our living environment does all this in normal ambient temperature, without any imported energy, with only about 5 natural elements,  without having to haul resources, without any technology and often under the most difficult and appalling conditions. Our biosphere contains millions of years of experience in problem-solving - why do we not let it inspire ourselves more often to solve our daily, entrepreneurial and social problems?

Biomimicry, defined as 'nature-inspired innovation', does exactly that. Developed about 20 years ago by J. Benyus in the USA (B3.8 and Biomimicry Institute), the Biomimicry method enjoys growing attention around the world. The idea is not to recreate nature, but to learn from her and to apply strategies from nature to create human solutions. Biomimicry is focused on sustainability, performance and effectiveness, but above all on the rethinking of why and how we do things. Biomimicry is a domain of innovation, an application method, as well as a philosophy for life and work. Through hints from the multitude of organisms, she seeks to shape a sustainable and life-friendly human existence on planet Earth.

A well-known example is the lotus, whose property of repelling water and dirt particles is already used for self-cleaning surfaces. Another is the self-healing horn of the rhinoceros, which is increasingly inspiring self-repairing materials. Or the termite hill, which has inspired buildings that are able to cope without any technical cooling even in the hottest regions. These are just three of thousands of examples of how innovators are employing references from the living world to rethink our materials, processes, products, and systems. Living organisms can inspire entrepreneurs and creators to create more efficient, more sustainable, more cost-effective technologies and products. The possibilities are endless when we consult nature. Let Biomimicry Switzerland introduce you to the philosophy and methodology of Biomimicry for an evening and take a look at their most convincing application examples.


The European Biomimicry Alliance (September 14-17, 2017 Eisenstadt, Austria)

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The European Biomimicry Alliance of which Biomimicy Switzerland is a founding member, is meeting on a regular basis and is fostering the collaboration of Biomimicry projects and fostering and nurturing the Biomimicry network all over Europe. 

Regina Rowland of Biomimicry Austria organised the meeting at the Applied Science University FH-Burgenland, Austria. There were about 15 attendants from the following countries:

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  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • France
  • Italy
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
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Bioversum network is now part of EBA. Bioversum network is a transnational network (mainly Italy, Austria, Slovakia) that focuses on nature based design and sustainable solutions.

Upcoming Projects:  

  1. A four days workshop (June or September 2018) in Bregenzerwald.  
  2. Mapping project of biomimicry practitioners, universities research and entrepreneurs in Europe.  
  3. 'Online Biomimicry Coach Service' To provide assistance and support to SME.  
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Alpine Ecosystems in the Tectonic Arena Sardona (September 9, 2017)

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Twenty-four students with different design disciplines/background and three professors (Heidi Fischer, Michelle Fehler, Darren Petrucci) from the Arizona State University visited Switzerland for 7 days. Biomimicry Switzerland provided a guided tour in the alps to show the unique habitat and flora and fauna in the mountainous region of Laax, GR. 

Ruedi Zuber a local naturalist and geologist guided us through the Tectonic Arena Sardona and gave insights into the local organisms and their context they need to adapt to.

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The UNESCO world natural heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona is considered from the perspective of the mountain building worldwide unique. It includes different habitats of plants and animals with adjustments to the extreme environmental conditions.

Topics of the excursion

  • Adaptation of plants to the extreme living conditions (survival strategies, pioneer vegetation, successions, different substrates, etc.)
  • Structural construction of the plants, as an adaptation to the living conditions
  • Geology (tectonics, rocks, morphology)
  • Climatic characteristics

Program

08:08     Laax Bergbahnen departure shuttle bus to Nagens

08:47     arrival Nagens, greeting, introduction, objectives, tasks

                  climb Nagens-Grauberg

                  Karst phenomena, vegetation on pastures

descent Grauberg-Plaun Segnas Sut

                  Geology (UNESCO World heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona); climate

                  Adaptation of vegetation to alpine environment

                  Alpine alluvial plain

                  climb Plaun Segnas Sut-Muletg da Sterls

                  Pioneer vegetation, plant succession

12:00     lunch (catering from the backpack)

                  descent / climb Muletg da Sterls-La Siala

                  vegetation on ruins, advanced stages of succession

                  glacier forefield, alluvial plain

                  descent la Siala – Tschenghel dil Gori

                  canyon formation, fossils, Flims landslide

                  descent Tschenghel dil-Gori Segneshütte

                  vegetation in different mountain meadows

                  visitors pavilion of the Tectonic Arena Sardona

                  coffee at the Segneshütte

15:45     descent / climb Segneshütte Alp Nagens

                  dwarf shrub vegetation

                  pioneer forest at the timberline

17:00     departure shuttle bus to Laax Bergbahnen

17:28     arrival Laax Bergbahnen, leave-taking


The European Biomimicry Alliance (March 2-4, 2017 Cogoleto, genova)

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The European Biomimicry Alliance of which Biomimicy Switzerland is a founding member, is meeting on a regular basis and is fostering the collaboration of Biomimicry projects and fostering and nurturing the Biomimicry network all over Europe.


EPFL Open Days: Workshops and a Lecture  (5-6 November 2016, Lausanne)

EPFL Open Days is an event over which EPFL laboratories open their doors to show their work and discuss science. For 2016. edition of the EPFL Open Days Biomimicry Switzerland joined EPFL Bioinspired Projects Platform to co-organize a series of lectures and workshop on biomimicry.
 

EPFL Open Days - Biomimicry Workshop

EPFL Open Days - Biomimicry Workshop


Global Biomimicry and Bioinspired Innovation Conference (11-13 November 2016, Utrecht, NL)

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Biomimicry and Bioinspired Innovation - 2016

Great talks with highlights of Dayna Baumeister, Michael Pawlyn and Jacques Chirazi to name a few. It was not only a great conference but also a great moment for BSwiss members to reunite (like this fish from Amsterdam having a lunch together ;))!


TEDx UTTroyes (Nov 2016 Troyes)

How can exploring, observing and imitating other living creatures and entities can inspire us ? What can biomimicry teach us? Presentation by Darja Dubravcic

The future is maybe not a place crowded with insensitive robots and machines... Nature and a bit of poetry can help us shaping a future with sustainable solutions. How can exploring, observing and imitating other living creatures and entities can inspire us ? What can biomimicry teach us ?


Economy, People & Planet (Oct 2016, Copenhagen)

Camille Fong from Biomimicry Switzerland had the opportunity to give a talk on ''Biomimicry, an opportunity to evolve the economy'' at the EPP 2016 conference organized by Omstilling Nu in Copenhagen. The Conference showed that our ongoing evolutionary transition is important and possible in all sectors and levels of the economy, starting with small actions. To read more about the event, click here.

EPP16 Conference 2016. Presensation by Camille Fong

EPP16 Conference 2016. Presensation by Camille Fong


Lift Geneva Conference (Feb 2016, Geneva)

Workshop: Deep Patterns in Nature’s Technologies 


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Milano Design Week (Apr 2016, Milano)

Biomimicry Specialist Monica Cohen has desiged a space to re-think design and to share all the news about the biomimicry design community, platform for innovation, a place to join and connect with business partners at the Milano Design week. Patrick Baumann presented in this series his practical approach to solve lightweight design challenges: “The nature of lightweight design” 


Thought For Food Summit - Biomimicry Workshop (Apr 2016 Zurich)


BiomimExpo Expo (Jul 2016, Paris)


Nature Inspired Architecture Workshop (Dec 2015, Liechtenstein)  
 


The European Biomimicry Alliance (Nov 2015 Mallorca)

The European Biomimicry Alliance of which Biomimicy Switzerland is a founding member, is meeting on a regular basis and is fostering the collaboration of Biomimicry projects and fostering and nurturing the Biomimicry network all over Europe.

 


Biomimicry Applied to Economics (Nov 2015, Basel)

Workshop for Gymnasium Münchenstein


South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Eco Conference, Biomimicry Track (Oct 2015 Austin, TX)

"Bottom-up Economy" Presentation
Workshop: Business as Nature


Community Credit as a Long-term Self-funding Strategy for the Biomimicry Movement (Jul 2015)

Introduction to community credit and demonstration of the Biomimicry Exchange Network (BXN), Presentation by Jamie Brown-Hansen. 

Webinar of the Bio-credits Working Group of the Biomimicry Global Network (BGN)


Presentation by Jamie Brown-Hansen

Green Phoenix Congress (Oct 2014, Schweibenalp)

Presentation on "Biomimicry and Financial Permaculture"


What is a Financial System Conducive to Life? Biomimicry Switzerland Community Event
(Dec 2013, Basel)


Presentation by Jacques Chirazi

TEDxAmericasFinestCity - Learning from Nature's Genius  


For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.
— Jacques Yves Cousteau