Nature Inspired Solutions meet industry challenges





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Streamed live on Jul 9, 2019

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.

Briefing Bookmarks:

0:00:00 - Introduction, Monika Dunkel, KTN
0:16:00 - Nature-inspired Solutions for Engineering, Prof. Marc-Olivier Coppens, UCL
0:53:25 - Nature-Inspired, Multi-Functional Surface Coatings for Human Spaceflight - Malica Schmidt, University College London
0:58:53 - Insect-inspired robotics: smart tricks from small brains - Andrew Philippides, University of Sussex
1:04:20 - Animal Dynamics: evolved performance - Jonathan Page, Animal Dynamics
1:09:34 - The taste of success: Foraging for cracks on our roads - Netta Cohen, University of Leeds
1:16:30 - Computer-Aided Biomimetics - Ruben Kruiper, Heriot Watt University
1:21:21 - Nature-inspired surfaces for marine and wind energy applications - Christoph Bruecker: City University
1:28:44 - Growing the bioeconomy - Gillian Whitworth, BEIS
1:43:04 - Bio-Inspired Technologies - Lee-Ann Ramcherita, Airbus
1:58:23 - Meeting the demands of a growing city - Daniel Rahamim, Transport for London
2:07:44 - Summary and Feedback - Monika Dunkel, KTN

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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.


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) helps businesses get the best out of creativity, ideas and the latest discoveries, to strengthen the UK economy and improve people’s lives.

Find out more about KTN: https://ktn-uk.co.uk

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