Biomimicry - Learning from the Genius of Nature

Speaker: Alessandro Bianciardi (Planet s.a.s)

The lecture explores the new emerging practice of Biomimicry. Consulting and learning from living systems to find innovative and more sustainable solutions to our challenges. From broad natural principles to guide our decision-making process to successful case studies of bio-inspired products, biomimicry shows potential for boosting creativity and problem-solving skills. A tool that all professionals could embrace for improving competitiveness as well as sustainability of their ideas.

Dr. Alessandro Bianciardi is and environmental engineer with more than 25 years of experience in identification and management of environment and sustainable development projects at an international level. He has worked for and within international organizations such as UNDP and the European Commission as well as for NGOs and consulting companies. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (on Biologically-Inspired Design approach for the industry) from the Politecnico di Milano; a Master in Biomimicry from the Arizona State University and has a certification for Education for Sustainability at the Schumacher College (UK). In 2013 he co-founded Planet s.a.s, a start-up dedicated to bio-inspired innovation and in particular he developed bio-inspired solar desalination technology for land regeneration, bio-inspired anti-bacterial surfaces and bio-inspired filtration systems. He has conducted seminars, workshops and courses on biologically-inspired design methods for sustainable innovation at Universities and International Conferences. He also co-founded Biomimicry Italia, network affiliated with the Biomimicry Institute (USA), with the aim of promoting biomimicry in Italy.