Since its foundation in 2005 the B-I-C has been coordinating research activities in the fields of basic research and development. Furthermore the institute supports technology transfer from science to industry, especially concerning the national and international networking of different actors in the environment of Biomimetics. Furthermore educational activities are gaining in importance, especially in fields of continuing education and lifelong learning.
Focus of Research at the B-I-C
In biomimetic research scientists of different disciplines work together in close collaboration. Hence the research teams at the B-I-C are staffed multidisciplinary. They cooperate with a wide variety of national and international companies and institutions. Fields of core competencies in research are:
Research activities at the B-I-C aim at a prompt technology transfer from science to industry, from theory to applications. The institute is supported by a number of regional, national and international partners in research and industry.
Cooperation and Networking
The Biomimetics-Innovation-Centre is a member of the German Bionics Competence Network (BIOKON) and the Europe-wide network BIOKON international e.V.. Several projects of the institute are integrated in action groups of the German government, the European Union and the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU. Moreover, the B-I-C is involved in the professional association “Technologies of Life Sciences (TLS)” of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and in the Society for Technical Biology & Bionics (GTBB e.V.).
Biomimetics in Education
Since 2003 already the biomimetics course programme is part of the course offer of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences. By then the first of its kind worldwide, the programme is outstanding on the German and international education and training landscape. The master degree programme Biomimetics: Motion Systems (3 terms, M.Sc.) is a follow-up to the International Bachelor's degree in Biomimetics / Bionik (ISB) (7 terms, B.Sc.).
Furthermore, the B-I-C offers education modules for all aspects of Lifelong Learning.
Bremen University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr. Antonia B. Kesel