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Chilean team's soil restoration innovation wins $100k 
Ray of Hope Prize

Photo by Bioneers
It was a moment nearly two years in the making.

For a second, just before their lives changed with one announcement, the BioNurse team collectively held their breaths. When John Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the sponsor of the grand prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, announced that they had won the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize, they exhaled and hugged each other on stage, while the 1500-strong crowd gathered for the 2016 National Bioneers Conference erupted in applause.
BioNurse won for their BioPatch design - a biodegradable soil restoration innovation inspired by the way that hardy “nurse” plants like the yareta establish themselves in degraded soils and pave the way for new plant species to grow.

Learn why BioPatch will make a big impact in the world.
John Lanier describes the emotion and joy of the big Ray of Hope Prize announcement.

A brand-new AskNature launches

The new AskNature is now live! In its most ambitious upgrade since the site's launch in 2008, AskNature now offers a smoother search and navigation experience and the ability to create and share biological strategies with the world. Now you can connect with the AskNature community, curate collections, create groups, and contribute new ideas, all within the site.

In addition to these and many other improvements, the updated version of AskNature includes the resources and user community formerly found on the Biomimicry Education Network site.

Take a tour of the new AskNature today! What will you discover?

Free 'Biomimicry and Science' module available

The Biomimicry Institute has teamed up with EcoRise Youth Innovations on a brand-new biomimicry curriculum for high school students.

With four modules, Biomimicry and Science: Applying Nature’s Strategies reinforces core content in science using examples from nature and bio-inspired design as a framework.
The entire curriculum will be available for purchase soon, but a free module is now being offered to support teachers working with students who are entering the Institute’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge or pursuing a similar long-term biomimicry project.

Learn more and download this free module here.

The movement is growing - will you join us?

Join a powerful community committed to reconnecting with nature and making nature-inspired design a reality.

Explore membership benefits, including shop and course discounts, monthly nature-based activity emails, a free presentation template, and more!

Join the movement - become a member today!

Biomimicry at VERGE2016

In this video, Biomimicry Institute Executive Director Beth Rattner sits down with GreenBiz's Elaine Hsieh to talk about biomimicry and the circular economy at VERGE 2016.

More biomimicry news:

Breakthrough medical device advances are happening at Harvard, inspired by geckos' feet, jellyfish, and porcupine quills. The Guardian explores how a Harvard lab is looking to nature to transform medicine.

In LikoLab's new podcast, Life-Centered, nature-inspired innovators describe how the natural world is impacting technology, society, and how we live our lives. 

Tarantulas and textiles? Circulate describes how a University of Akron team is one step closer to developing textile colors based on structure, instead of toxic dyes.

The Huffington Post interviews BiomimicryNorway founder Michel Wolfstirn and his transition from oil industry engineer to biomimic.

Seven global changemakers share their food system solutions

Seven teams from the 2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge – hailing from Chile, Thailand, Slovakia, Italy, and the USA – Skyped in to discuss their projects with the Bioneers team and share their experiences rethinking the global food system using nature-inspired design. 
Read more.

Realigning with nature: A Q&A with author Denise DeLuca

What if business as usual didn’t have to be so…usual? In Denise DeLuca’s new book, “Re-Aligning With Nature: Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation,” she explores how true change can’t happen unless we “realign what we do, how we do it, and why we do it, with nature and with our own human nature.” Read more.
As a non-profit, we depend on supporters like you to help us share the vast potential of nature-inspired design worldwide. 
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Joint Global Conference on Biomimicry and Bioinspired Innovation

November 11-13, 2016, Utrecht, Netherlands

This conference aims to share experiences and explore what may be done to achieve more impact with biomimicry and bio-inspired innovation by aligning research and practice. Innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, students, decision makers, designers, and anyone else interested in biomimicry and bio-inspired innovation are welcome to attend. 
Learn more and register here.

Biomimicry basics and beyond

Online course 

Learn how to apply biomimicry to any challenge, whenever and wherever you are. In this self-paced, online course, instructor Denise DeLuca will show you a step-by-step method for turning nature's strategies into innovative solutions for human problems. You’ll not only learn the "what" and "why" of biomimicry, you’ll learn how to apply the Biomimicry Design Spiral to solve technical and non-technical problems. Register here. 

This course is approved by the GBCI for 4 CEUs.
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