Biomimicry Switzerland Newsletter

We’re excited to bring you the latest update of Biomimicry Switzerland activities and recent event highlights.

In This Issue:

1. Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2018 – now open for applications
2. Invitation to participate – Global Biomimicry Practitioners Survey
3. Check out our Redesigned Website with multilingual content

Recent Events
4. Biomimicry Institute and Ray Anderson Foundation – 2017 Ray Hope Prize Winners
5. Biomimicry and Business Bootcamp – UC San Diego,  October 8-12, 2017


1. Biomimicry Global Design Competition 2018 – open for applications

You need the planet…and the planet needs you!

The Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation are issuing a challenge to look to our planet’s living systems to help solve the greatest issue of our time—climate change. Use nature-inspired design to create solutions to address energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, food systems, transportation, water management, coastal communities, fossil fuel usage, and more.

Design your best nature-inspired solution to help solve our climate change crisis and you could win cash prizes and a chance to join the Biomimicry Launchpad and compete for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®.

This year (and for the foreseeable future), the Challenge will focus on finding nature-inspired solutions to mitigate, adapt to, and reverse the effects of climate change.

Submissions are due May 1, 2018 and the winners will be announced in June 2018.

Visit to register and learn more.

Join as a mentor. We’re looking for biomimicry mentors to help support teams in the challenge. You can self-select the amount of time to commit and how you prefer to support teams. Contact Megan Schuknecht at [email protected] for more info.

Submit a design in the Challenge. You could win a spot in the Biomimicry Launchpad (formerly the Accelerator) to get support in bringing your design to market, plus a shot at cash prizes, including the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize.

2. Global Biomimicry Practitioners Survey

Invitation to Participate | Global Biomimicry Practitioners Survey

Biomimicry is a field of practice and research that is rapidly growing, but who are the people behind the practice?

Add your voice to this global survey conducted by Erin Rovalo and Dr. John McCardle of Loughborough Design School and help create better understanding of the backgrounds, core competencies, and current practices of the biomimicry community.

Go add your voice! >>

3. Biomimicry Switzerland’s Redesigned Website with Multilingual Content

Over the last few months, we’ve overhauled our website with improved design, content, and organisation to offer a more intuitive user experience.  We’re steadily expanding the content into additional languages, starting with German, French and Italian.  Check it out