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Biomimicry Europe - Innovation and Finance Summit
On 29 August - 31 August 2012, Zurich, Switzerland
The Foundation for Global Sustainability (FFGS) in cooperation with swisscleantech, San Diego Zoo, Zurich Zoo, Biomimicry 3.8, Wyss Institute Harvard and Ethical Markets, are pleased to announce the Biomimicry Europe Innovation and Finance Summit 2012 in Zurich/Switzerland.
Biodiversity serves vital functions for our living planet and creates value to the economy. It provides important environmental services, such as pollination for agriculture, worth billions. In addition, Biodiversity provides the economy with highly valuable insights in design, structures and organizational systems. During 3.8 billion years of evolution, nature has developed effective strategies and lasting solutions to the very problems that confound modern society.
Foto: © Prof. Wilhelm Barthlott
Designs, products andsystems inspired by nature's principles - called Biomimicry - are poised to be industry leaders in innovation, energy efficiency, radical resources productivity and overall sustainability. There are numerous concrete examples in the market today - high speed train designs, photovoltaics, natural ventilation systems, architecture, urban planning, textiles, new adhesives, and more. Whether it is understood as an approach to producing sustainable products or a complete transformation of the way that humans view and interact with nature, Biomimicry has the potential to be a key driver of economic growth and the transition into a more energy and resources efficient economy.
To accelerate the concrete translation of bio-inspired technologies into commercial products and organizational change, appropriate financing models and metrics will have to be developed and implemented.
The Biomimicry EuropeInnovation and Finance Summit offers the opportunity to learn about Biomimicry, to consider solutions nature can provide, and to discuss the latest commercialization platforms and financing instruments that will accelerate the path to market for bio-inspired innovation.
The Summit is organized by the not-for-profit Foundation FFGS, aZurich-based Think & Do tank founded in 2007. The 3-day event is held in Zurich, according to many ratings, a city with a globally leading standard of living. It is held in the beautiful Zurich Zoo area, close to the lake and downtown area. Accommodation informationis available for all foreign visitors.
The Summit is organized in cooperation with the San Diego Zoo´s Biomimicry Conference. Since 2008, San Diego Zoo Global has convened industry leaders for its annual bioinspiration conference. San Diego Zoo Global is pleased to support the 2012 Innovation and Finance Summit in Zurich, to build international collaborations in the area of bioinspiration and increase the awareness of the financial opportunities in the area of novel technologies that are nature-inspired and environmentally friendly. In fall 2013 the San Diego Zoo Global Bioinspiration Conference «Bridging Nature and Design» will be held in San Diego, California.
For more information and to register please click here.
Further Information: www.ffgs.org/index.php?Itemid=149&id=187&lang=en&option=com_content&view=article