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Minor

Science, Technology and Innovation: Biomimicry

Biomimicry is an emerging scientific approach that uses nature as inspiration to find solutions for contemporary technological problems. After 3.8 billion years of evolution, the planet’s organisms have adapted to a wide variety of circumstances and designed the most efficient and dynamic systems. Humans can learn from these adaptive designs and apply them to endless innovations for every sector of society. The minor Science, Technology and Innovation aims to inspire and motivate the next generation of problem solvers in a world facing many critical challenges. You will utilize advanced academic knowledge to design your own bio-inspired real-life prototypes.

You will explore how nature builds strong and lightweight materials, forms networks, heals itself and senses its surroundings and then translate these insights into technologically advanced prototypes. In this minor, you can try, for example, to replicate the flying or swimming motion of a bird or jellyfish, simulate the directional language perception of the human ear by creating a microphone array to artificially process soundwaves, create a new self-healing material, or develop a self-learning network that mimics the biochemical networks in a living cell or brain. 

Two interconnected courses

The minor consists of two interconnected courses: The theoretical 12 EC Biomimicry: Design course will introduce the basics of biomimicry, tools for applying it to our world, and ways we can incorporate this revolutionary new way of thinking to everything around us. Once you’ve gathered the basic knowledge and skills, you will put it into practice during the 18 EC practical course Biomimicry: Prototyping. 

Application and admission

This fulltime 30 EC minor is open for students from all natural sciences disciplines, but particularly interesting for students of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, Information Sciences, Informatics, Biomedical Sciences, Biology, and Bèta-Gamma. International students are welcome as well. 

If you wish to apply, please send an email including your transcript of records from your prior and current academic programme(s) to j.c.slootweg@uva.nl before 1 July at the very latest. Please note that without these documents we cannot take your application in consideration. If we receive more applications than there are places available, you can be put on a waiting list. Places are granted on a first come, first serve basis. 

Important to know in advance

  • This minor is new in 2022-2023. Please note that the course catalogue for 2022-2023 will not be available until mid-May. For questions concerning the content of this minor, please consult Chris Slootweg (j.c.slootweg@uva.nl). 
  • Please note that this is an intense programme with a filled timetable. It is not possible to follow other courses while taking these minor courses. 
Facts & Figures
Mode Full-time
Credits 30 ECTS, 1 semester
Language of instruction English