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Nature Inspired Solutions

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” - Albert Einstein

Nature Inspired Solutions Special Interest Group

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.

Like all SIGs run by KTN, the aim is to convene people who wouldn’t normally meet; to learn, connect and explore opportunities. This SIG will initially focus on the application of NIS across transport, infrastructure and energy. The SIG will build a community, organise networking events, showcases and raise awareness by sharing best practice and success stories. A landscape map and a commercial opportunity report will be created to help accelerate growth and market uptake in the relevant sectors.

Contact Mark Littlewood, Head of Emerging Technologies, for more information.

Sign up here for the mailing list for the Nature Inspired Solutions Special Interest Group; you can also join our LinkedIn group.

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