Centre for Biomimetic Societal Futures

Organisation profile

Biomimetics is an area of study that uses nature’s models and systems to inspire new sustainable innovations to solve human problems. To date, biomimetic models have been used in design engineering for the development of new materials and products and biomimetics has remained predominantly a STEM-based research area.  So far, very little research has been undertaken to explore how these innovations go on to shape society through human innovation, use and application, and even less has looked at such impacts through an inclusive lens that identifies beneficiaries and societal and organisational impacts. To the best of our knowledge, no previous research initiatives have explored how learning from and adapting to nature-inspired and human-altered processes and designs shape human behaviours and societal futures.

Thematic research and future interest areas of the UoH Biomimetic Societal Futures research centre, with representation from all academic schools, include:

  • neuroscience & intelligent systems
  • viral/microbial systems and DNA
  • comparative agency
  • product design
  • cognition and behaviour
  • impact, engagement, education and outreach

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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