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WEBCAST: Nature Inspired Solutions meet industry challenges

Event details
Tuesday, 9 July 2019
10:00 am – 13:00 pm
This event will be live streamed via webcast
The KTN is bringing together nature engineering solution providers and industry problem holders that could benefit from Nature Inspired Solutions.

The Knowledge Transfer Network is building a new UK network, bringing together nature engineering solution providers and industry problem holders that could benefit from Nature Inspired Solutions.

What are Nature Inspired Solutions?

In the past Biomimicry or Biomimetics started from simple imitation of natural organisms. Over time, it has evolved through integration and combination with modern science and engineering to help us discover new materials, ways of combining nano/microstructures, applications, and alternative ways of production and process design thinking leading to nature inspired or bio inspired engineering. Rather than imitating the whole plant, animal or biological process, nature-inspired solutions aim to uncover the underlying mechanisms and apply them in the design of new products, processes or systems in a structured way.

This Nature Inspired Solutions Special Interest group (NIS SIG) aims to convene and grow the nature inspired solution community and accelerate innovation through cross-sector collaborations. The target application sectors are transport, infrastructure and energy.

The kick-off event on the 9th July in London will introduce the aims and objectives of the SIG and give delegates the opportunity to hear about the latest innovations in nature inspired technologies, see NIS showcases and network with leading experts in the sector.

Key industry challenges will be discussed in a facilitated workshop in the afternoon to see where nature inspired solutions might help solve problems.

Benefits of attending

  • Discover how nature inspired engineering can help you solve some of your biggest challenges
    Seek support from the NIS community if you are a ‘challenge holder’
  • Showcase your research and demonstrate your nature inspired engineering solutions (subject to availability of space)
  • Broaden your network and make meaningful connections leading to collaboration opportunities

Draft agenda

10.00 Welcome and introduction to the NIS SIG – Monika Dunkel, KTN

10.15 Nature-inspired Solutions for Engineering – A Transformative Methodology for Innovation – Prof. Mark-Olivier Coppens, CNIE, UCL

10.45 Nature inspired solutions – applications for Transport, Energy or Infrastructure

  • Nature-Inspired, Multi-Functional Surface Coatings for Human Spaceflight – Malica Schmidt, University College London
  • Insect-inspired robotics: smart tricks from small brains – Andrew Philippides, University of Sussex
  • Animal Dynamics: evolved performance – Jonathan Page, Animal Dynamics
  • The taste of success: Foraging for cracks on our roads – Netta Cohen, University of Leeds
  • Computer-Aided Biomimetics – Ruben Kruiper, Heriot Watt University
  • Nature-inspired surfaces for marine and wind energy applications – Christoph Bruecker: City University

11.25 Break

12.00 Growing the bioeconomy: links between the UK Bioeconomy Strategy and nature-inspired solutions – Gillian Whitworth, Policy Officer, Bioeconomy and Plastics, BEIS

12.15 Bio-Inspired Technologies – Lee Ann Ramcherita, Airbus

12.35 Meeting the demands of a growing city: Challenges in infrastructure, energy, transport – Daniel Rahamim, Transport for London, MPD

12.55 Summary and feedback – Monika Dunkel, KTN

13:00 Webcast end


The webcast will be available on our Youtube channel. You will receive the webcast link by email.

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