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Specialize Your Career with Biomimicry :: Biomimicry 3.8

Specialize Your Career with Biomimicry

Love biomimicry, but already have a career? What if you could combine both?

Through our Biomimicry Specialist (BSpecialist) certificate program, you can embed the practice of biomimicry into your current or planned career path.

The BSpecialist program consists of two complementary parts: 1) Online coursework, and 2) In-person immersion workshops.

With the BSpecialist training you’ll gain

  • a 21st century skill set for innovation, creativity and collaboration
  • a way to apply your knowledge and passion to today’s biggest challenges
  • a resume builder that demands attention and respect
  • an interdisciplinary network of biomimics doing amazing work
  • a deeper connection to nature in your work and personal life

Here’s a quick professional training overview from our students and instructors.

Restructured for Flexibility and Affordability

Now you can complete the BSpecialist Certificate program at your own pace.

Previously it was an 8-month intensive program. But time, resources, and limited cohort sizes hindered participation for some individuals.

So we reformatted the two parts of the training to be a series of smaller courses that can be taken at your own pace. This makes the program more accessible and affordable to change-makers around the world like you! The program has two distinct parts:

Immersion Workshops

Two in-person immersion workshops are required to complete the BSpecialist program. Each focuses on employing a different biomimicry skill set: 1) discovering nature’s genius in the field, and 2) applying the Biomimicry Thinking methodology.

These multi-day workshops are offered on a semi-annual basis and give you the chance to get hands-on with biomimicry under the guidance and support of instructors and peers.

See upcoming immersion workshops.

Online Coursework
The online coursework complements the immersion workshops. It allows you to dive deep into the biomimicry philosophy, core concepts, resources, and tools–from the comfort of your own home.
See the required course descriptions.

Would you like to receive notification of upcoming courses and immersion workshops?

Now Accredited Through Arizona State University

To strengthen the value of our professional training programs, Biomimicry 3.8 partnered with Arizona State University in 2014 to create The Biomimicry Center at ASU.

As part of that agreement, the 15 credits of online coursework offered through the BSpecialist Certificate program will now be accredited through ASU as a Graduate Certificate in Biomimicry.

The coursework represents the latest and greatest evolution of the existing program and it will continue to be taught by Biomimicry 3.8’s deeply experienced cadre of instructors. But we’re thrilled to say that this is the first-ever accredited biomimicry graduate certificate program in the world!

Biomimicry 3.8 chose ASU as the perfect institutional partner for this program. In recent years, the university has gained international recognition for it’s academic focus on sustainability, entrepreneurship, and 21st century practical learning. This is coupled with an outstanding reputation for online courses through ASU Online. To learn more about the graduate certificate and the online coursework, visit ASU Online.

Want to learn more? Check out these resources.

  1. A visual representation of the components and relationship between the graduate certificate at ASU and the BSpec program.
  2. A video that reviews how all the Biomimicry 3.8 and ASU certified programs are interrelated.
  3. A course calendar and catalog.
  4. A comparison chart between BPro and BSpec.

Still have questions about the BSpecialist program? Check out the FAQ

Your Community of Biomimicry Practitioners

To date, more than 100 Biomimicry Specialists have completed the training from around the world. Want to see where they are?

Many of them have emerged as thought leaders within their professional communities. And many more have brought sustainable innovation inspired by the genius of the natural world into their work.

From mass transit and product design to investment strategy and architecture, Biomimicry Specialists have elevated their careers by becoming innovators and change agents.

Arndt Pechstein
Biomimicry Specialist 2012

In 2050 more than two thirds will live in cities. How can we re-think mobility in future cities? Arndt Pechstein and Team Berlin team presented at the Audi Urban Futures Award 2014 with a biomimicry approach having three major aspects:

(i) Typology of future vehicles

The idea is to blur the boundary between individual/ private and collective/public transport. We suggested a mechanism inspired by kinesins (=molecular motors in our cells) where the passenger cabin and the prime mover/power train can be separated. This de-coupling allows for hacking various infrastructures as well as allowing various energy systems to operate. Besides, customization and design diversity are more easily possible.

(ii) Infrastructure where those vehicles will move

Inspired by protein hubs in molecular networks, we want to dissolve the static structure of our current city hubs thus creating a just-in-time system. This allows savings of both energy and waiting times of people.

(iii) Behavior with which those vehicles move

Inspired by agent-based swarm intelligence we aim at creating a just-in-time system that operates bottom-up (as opposed to top-down). Instead of traffic regulation by centralized city systems, we envision autonomous driving as a solution to congestion-free cities with efficient transport.

The approach of their team was to consider cities as flow systems. Flow systems and mobility exist everywhere in nature – from micro to macro level.

John Paulick
Biomimicry Specialist 2011

WineHive® was designed by industrial designer and certified Biomimicry Specialist John Paulick. Through his fascination with the effiency of honeycomb structures, John created a lightweight modular system for storing wine bottles to efficiently and beautifully store wine bottles. John emulated the key design principle behind the honeycomb beehive, the 120-degree joint system, to create an interlocking system that uses minimal material and the utmost precision. His design for a single structural element repeats itself to form an infinite array of honeycomb structures

John utilized the power of crowdfunding on Kickstarter to bring the WineHive to market. With an initial funding goal of $15,000 to cover tooling and first production costs, WineHive took off and raised over $65,000 in less than 30 days!


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Carlos Rego
Biomimicry Specialist 2012

Unicer, a Portuguese soft drinks company, challenged packaging manufacturer Logoplaste Innovation Lab to invent a lightweight yet strong and distinctive plastic bottle for its water brand Vitalis. For inspiration, designer Carlos Rego turned to the spiral growth pattenrs of the Whitebark pine, which enables it to endure tremendous stress. The bottle, made of PET, has twisted ribbing that provides a recognizable silhouette and withstands more pressure with less weight, saving 250 tons of raw materials each year.

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Thom Knittel
Biomimicry Specialist 2011

As part of an HOK–US Green Building Council collaboration to create a children’s center and orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thom Knittel found design inspiration in a local keystone species, the Kapok tree. The building reflects characteristics of the tree, from its protective outer layer that filters direct sunlight while letting through daylight and airflow to the structure’s branching support system and water cleaning and storage facilities in the basement.

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Katherine Collins
Biomimicry Specialist 2013

Katherine Collins, author of The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry, uses the natural world as a guide for an integrated, regenerative approach to investing that benefits communities and the planet. She is Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, a research firm dedicated to the pursuit of optimal investment decision-making.

Want to meet even more BSpecialists? Take a look:
2011 BSpecialist cohort
2012 BSpecialist Western cohort
2012 BSpecialist Eastern cohort
2013 BSpecialist cohort

Ready to start learning the practice of biomimicry? Register at ASU Online now.


Archived Program Documents (for reference only)

Biomimicry Specialist Program Brochure
Program Overview Recorded Webinar
Biomimicry Professional and Specialist Program Comparison Recorded Webinar