What can industry learn from 3.8 billion years of R&D experience? How do dragonflies survive without being able to clean their wings? Why are there no fish with propeller propulsion? Are we overlooking something? A better look at nature might be beneficial to all of us.

The yearly Mechanics’ symposium will be held on the 24th of November at the University of Twente. It will start with an introduction to the world of biomimicry by Codrin Kruijne from BiomimicryNL, the Dutch expert in this field. Afterwards, Martin Bennink, lector NanoBio/Nanotechnology at Saxion University of Applied Sciences, will give a presentation about the use of biomimicry on nanoscale applications. Finally, Tom van Terwisga from the MARIN institute will shed some light on different propulsion systems found in nature and their usefulness for the maritime industry.

Speakers
– Codrin Kruijne: biomimicry expert at BiomimicryNL
– Dr. Martin Bennink: lector of Applied Scienceslector NanoBio/Nanotechnology at Saxion University
– Prof. dr. ir. Tom van Terwisga: teamleader Resistance and Propulsion in R&D department of MARIN and visiting professor at Delft University

Programme
15:00 Introduction
15:15 Introduction to biomimicry
15:45 Nanoscale applications
16:15 Break
16:45 Biomimetic Propulsion
17:15 Networking and drinks

Registration and information
Signing up: https://www.kivi.nl/afdelingen/mechanica/activiteiten/activiteit/biomimicry-mechanics