Biomimicry is quite the buzz word in sustainability these days. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it’s essentially the discipline of using systems and charecteristics observed in nature to inform human design and innovation. We’ve already outlined our pick of favorite biomimicry stories, from self-cleaning paint modelled on lotus flowers to Seventh Generation's pursuit of biomimicry throughout their product range. We’ve also heard directly from Janine Benyus, founder of the concept, herself, and we’ve brought news of a guidebook on biomimicry in product design. Now we are delighted to hear that the Biomimicry Institute is offering a 2-year certificate program in biomimicry, helping to spread knowledge of, and expertise in, this exciting field even further. This from the institute’s homepage:
The Biomimicry Institute in cooperation with the Biomimicry Guild has recognized a growing demand for post-graduate professionals who would like to continue their education in the field of biomimicry. To the best of our knowledge, no formal program in biomimicry exists worldwide. As such, we are proud to offer a Certificate in Biomimicry to address this need. The program is designed to give attendees the skills necessary to become practicing biomimics. The course will be taught by a suite of experts, led by Dr. Dayna Baumeister, co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild, in the fields of biomimicry and sustainability with several guest lectures by prominent, world-renowned visionaries in the fields of sustainability, green business, green chemistry, ecological design, and more.
The course is open to those with an undergraduate/graduate degree and/or significant professional experience in any of the following broadly defined fields: biology, engineering, design, and business. A graduate of the program will have a specialty in his/her particular background, and will have gained additional skills in the other fields listed above, as well as skills in communication, systems thinking, biomimicry methodology, life's principles, and sustainability.
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