Biomimicry course - South Africa

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Spiders create web silk as strong as the Kevlar used in bulletproof vests. Engineers could use such a material — if it had a long enough rate of decay — for parachute lines, suspension bridge cables, artificial ligaments for medicine, and many other purposes.


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Organisms and ecosystems face the same challenges that we humans do, but they meet those challenges sustainably. The premise of biomimicry is that 'life' has been performing design experiments in Earth's 'lab' for 3.85 billion years and what is flourishing on the planet today are the best ideas - those that perform well in context, while economising on energy and materials. Whatever the design challenge, the odds are high that one or more of the world's 30 million creatures has not only faced the same challenge, but has evolved effective strategies to solve it.

Claire Janisch who heads up South Africa's Biomimicry hub will show participants some organisms that can provide us with innovative and progressive solutions to the design, engineering and other challenges that we now face: energy, food production, climate control, benign chemistry, transportation, packaging, and more. The vision is to create new ways of living through products, processes, organisations and policies that are well-adapted to life on Earth over the long haul.


EcoTraining Camp - Makuleke, North of Kruger National Park, South Africa.

How long for:

The four day biomimicry course is from 14 - 17 September, 2011.

How often:

This is a one-off course, however EcoTraining do offer other courses of varying lengths.

What you gain:

A certificate of participation is awarded at the end of this course by EcoTraining.

Career options:

EcoTraining offer Field Guide and Ranger training, of which they hope to integrate biomimicry into the training curriculum.

How much:

Approx $781 AUD (or the equivalent of 5,500 South African Rand).

More information:

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