Biomimicry, biodesign, bionic, biobased & biophilia training

Biomimicry, biodesign and bionic use nature as a tool or as a source of inspiration for sustainable and innovative solutions. One of the first examples in history is Leonardo da Vinci. He imitated birds and made a design for a flying machine that later became the basis for the helicopter.


With biomimicry and bionic, the emphasis is on imitating nature. Biomimicry is learning and then mimicking natural forms, processes and ecosystems to create sustainable designs. With biomimicry we do not look at what we can extract from nature, but what we can learn from it. The term biomimicry is derived from the contraction of the Greek words bio “life” and mimesis “imitate”, so literally “imitate life”.


Biodesign is the use of living organisms in the design of products. For living organisms, think of fungi, algae, yeast, bacteria, plants and cultured tissues. The idea is to create a product of wich the qualities are improved as a result of the use of these living materials.


Bionic is the study of mechanical systems that function as living organisms or parts of living organisms. The term bionic is derived from the contraction of the Greek word bios “life” and Tecnica “technology”, so literally “life technology”.


During IBI²’s biomimicry, biodesign & bionic training you learn what the different concepts entail, the underlying history and how you can apply these design strategies. During the training biomimicry, biodesign, bionic, biobased & biophilia the following topics are covered:

Why nature as a source of inspiration?

What are the three levels within biomimicry?

What are the core elements and goals of biomimicry?

Famous inventors throughout history

What do the terms biodesign, bionic and biomimicry mean?

Successful examples from practice


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