Sustainicum Collection

Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

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  • 5 to 10 students
  • up to 1 semester
  • Internet connection necessary
  • English

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Biomimicry(Resource ID: 73)

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Biomimicry is a new science that studies nature´s models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs and processes to solve human problems. After 3.8 billion years of evolution, nature has learned: What works. What is appropriate. What lasts. Biomimicry introduces an era based not on what we can extract from the natural world, but on what we can learn from it. There are too many of us, and our habits are unsustainable. We are trying to become more sustainable through inventing new products and processes and we do not even realize that the natural world has already solved the problems we are struggling to solve. Biomimicry realizes that all our inventions have already appeared in nature in a more elegant form and at a lot less cost to the planet (Benyus, 1998).

Biomimicry will be used with respect to develop a concept of new product/service. The course is based on workshop didactics, where students should work, discuss and develop new concepts with their classmates. The main aim of the course is to develop a clear understanding of biomimicry and how it may be used to find sustainable solutions to human problems. Further, the students should learn to understand, compare and mimic systems with 2 different basics, the natural one and the social one (human made systems). It is very important that the students understand how individual functions work and interact in different environments and why the given solution works in that particular environment. The course sticks to the given philosophy of Biomimicry which means that the solutions in the natural world must not be copied but must be mimicked.

Learning Outcomes
• Learn to use and understand different tools for systems sciences and product/service development
• Hone essential communication skills –verbal, written, visual and science translation- through individual and team exercises;
• Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills with respect to systems sciences;
• Learn to abstract functions and principles from the natural world and apply them to human challenges…
o …particularly sustainability challenges.
• Learn to demonstrate your ability to apply biological knowledge to human needs.
• Learn to work with the relevant stakeholders
Relevance for Sustainability
- Ecofriendly design
- Development of more sustainable products/services
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Preparation Efforts
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Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research within the framework of the call "Projekt MINT-Massenfächer" (2011/12)

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Mag. Elvis Kenik


Elvis Kenik
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
KFUG - Karl-Franzens-University Graz


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