Biomimicry (NAPRO) (BO-11-021-007, BO-11-012-014)

  • Vogelzang, Theo (Project Leader)

Project: EZproject

Project Details


This project contributes to the anchoring of biomimicry in the Netherlands. Many process and product designs derive ideas and principles from examples from nature. The conscious search for and processing of such natural inspiration in design and area processes is referred to as biomimicry. Applications can be found in building and interior design, movement sciences, clothing, food, energy production and robotics. But it is much broader. This also includes area development, the functioning of organizations and interaction between stakeholders to allow the principles of biomimicry to continue to land in our society. A separate point of attention is to allow the principles of biomimicry to be transferred into relevant training courses provided by the educational institutions in our country. The Biomimicry lectorate, which was set up in 2015, must make an important contribution to this, but also the start of the Biomimicry Master's program at Utrecht University in 2016.

Nature can thus be seen as an ever-continuing and important source of innovations and continued economic growth. Abroad, investments have been made for years in this knowledge field, for example by the German and French authorities. In the Netherlands, the topic is increasingly being put on the agenda, but not yet structurally developed and implemented by the stakeholders involved. As a foreign example, biomimicry as a knowledge domain is being further organized and institutionalized in the Netherlands by a number of private and public parties. The present project proposal aims to contribute to this movement in 2016 as well.

Effective start/end date1/01/1331/03/17

Research Output

Biomimicry: ontwikkelingen in Nederland

van den Muijsenberg, S. (ed.), van Vliet, L. (ed.), Vogelzang, T. A. (ed.), Kuijper, F., Neefjes, M. & Grobben, W., Apr 2017, Ministerie van Economische Zaken. 48 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

Open Access

Biomimicry Business Breakthrough

Lelieveld, C. M. J. L., van den Hoogen, I. & van Och, R. A. F., 2016, 2 p. Wageningen UR.

Research output: Other contributionPamphlet

Open Access

Kennisagenda biomimicry 2015-2018

Vogelzang, T. A., Vader, J. & Michels, R., 2016, Den Haag: Wageningen Economic Research. 23 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

Open Access