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Last modified: February 8, 2012, 6:37 PM
The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and imitation of nature's remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute offers short-term workshops and two-year certificate courses in biomimicry for professionals, and helps to develop and share biomimicry-related curricula used in a range of educational venues, from K-12 classrooms to universities, as well as in non-formal settings such as zoos and museums. The Biomimicry Institute does not conduct its own research; rather, it serves as a clearinghouse and resource for those who do.
The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute was founded in 2005 by science writer and consultant Janine Benyus, in response to overwhelming interest in the subject following the publication of her book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. See videos of Ms Benyus discussing biomimicry.
Today, the Biomimicry Institute focuses on three areas: