“There is no other purpose than life.”
WHO WE ARE
Founded in January 2018, the Biomimetic Sciences Institute (BSI) is a non-profit organisation that works in one of the most interesting new fields of the present time: biomimicry, or biomimetics. The BSI is one of the few institutions in the world that is dedicated to working in (and, indeed, towards) biomimicry full-time.
Biomimicry works in the research for innovative – and ancient – solutions to humanity’s current problems and issues. By observing natural functions, systems and processes we can create designs, materials and products of all kinds that are made to adapt to specific environments, finding inspiration in what Life has already tested out. And all thanks to a series of vital evolutions which have allowed nature to perfect its own designs!
Biomimetics allows us to create a future for ourselves that is as innovative as it is sustainable. It is a way of viewing society’s problems that makes good use of scientific and technological progress for the benefit of humans, biodiversity and the ecosystems that sustain all life.
Biomimetic inspiration in creative processes and innovation projects also stresses companies’ commitment to sustainability, by embracing in their actions a viewpoint that takes into account the complex interrelatedness of natural, economic and social ecosystems.
The BSI works to ensure the quality and coherence of such projects, contributing professional advice to the creation of products, innovations and research projects that are in compliance with these criteria.
The BSI promotes the view that Nature is a guide and a mentor, with the objective of building a future based on sustainable progress, bolstered by three basic principles:
- Working to improve humans’ quality of life in harmony with other living beings.
- Promoting research that is driven by nature.
- Facilitating and accrediting the conception, design and development of biomimicry-inspired solutions.
The principles of governance that encourage the Institute lead to a visible bioinspired model, based on preserving the harmony of a system in which all parties maintain a high level of interdependence. The Institute’s values, as a result, answer to the following model:
- An awareness that we are, in fact, nature.
- The generation of consistent links between ecosystems.
- Respecting natural balances in our activities.
- Being fully open and receptive in our activities and relationships.