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San Diego Zoo Bioinspiration


Our Mission

The Centre for Bioinspiration aims to advance the creation and development of nature-inspired products and services. As a conservation organization, we are dedicated to the science of saving species.

Bioinspiration welcomes a future in which humanity thrives on a biodiverse planet.

Stay updated on bioinspiration programs, novel bioinspired research, green tips, and our global conservation work.

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January 2014

Happy New Year! 2013 was an exciting year for our bioinspiration effort. From growing K-12 education programs to hosting corporate innovation workshops, we continue to experience how learning from nature can inspire efficient solutions for human design and engineering challenges. Here are a few highlights from this fall.

Bioinspiration Conference: Accelerating Development of Nature’s Solutions

On November 6 and 7, leaders in nature-inspired innovation, design, and research convened at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. We hosted 175 attendees representing 65 organizations that are active in developing the emerging field of bioinspiration. We collectively asked how we can accelerate development of nature’s solutions and set out to find methods that offer practical outcomes without depleting ecosystems.

The first day of the event included discussions and seminars covering research, economic trends, and funding. On day two of the Conference, CEOs of bioinspired companies Sharklet Technologies, REGEN Energy, and PAX Water Technologies shared how their technologies save resources while highlighting the value of biodiversity.

View the 2013 Conference Program.

2013 Bioinspiration Panel 2013 Bioinspiration Panel
Panel discussion on how academic and research institutions are advancing application of biological discoveries. From L to R: Dr. Gabriel Miller (San Diego Zoo Global Centre for Bioinspiration), Dr. Ashok Goel (Georgia Institute of Technology), Dr. Robert Full (University of California, Berkeley), and Dr. Paul Roben (SALK Institute for Biological Studies). Former WIRED Magazine Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson (CEO, 3D Robotics) spoke about bioinspired flight and robotics.

LA Auto Show Showcases Nature-Inspired Automotive Design

The 2013 LA Auto Show Design Challenge theme was Biomimicry and Mobility 2025. Automotive studios submitted designs inspired by nature to increase efficiency and improve mobility.

SAIC Motor Transportation System
SAIC Motor created a transportation system inspired by the mutually beneficial relationships between ants and host trees.

Centre for Bioinspiration Director of R&D, Dr. Gabriel Miller, joined judges representing Academy of Art University, Art Center College of Design, College for Creative Studies, and CarDesignNews. Read more about the challenge here.

We're looking forward to a great 2014 and wish everyone the best!
—Your Bioinspiration Team

  Thank you to our 2013 Conference Sponsors

Burt's Bees logo Sprint logo Jones Day logo So Glo Mo LLC logo
Chrysler logo Bank of America logo Steelcase logo
DD Studio logo Good Earth Plants logo
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