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National Biomimicry Workshop

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Positioning SA for successful nature-inspired innovations and product development 

22 September 201710:00 – 15:00

Venue: TBC, Cape Town

With special guest: JAY HARMAN, Pax Scientific

The Water Research Commission (WRC) recognises that investing in nature-inspired design R&D has the potential for developing sustainable solutions and innovations to current water challenges, with significant potential for enterprise stimulation as alternate catalyst for economic development. In this regard, the WRC, in partnership with DST and their research partners will host a national biomimicry workshop to share and showcase current nature-inspired research findings, and also discuss how SA can position itself for nature-inspired R&D targeting innovations and product development. The workshop will also be graced by Jay Harman (a naturalist, inventor and entrepreneur), as a motivational speaker from PAX Scientific who has successfully established and grown successful biomimicry companies that design innovative products.



09:30 - 10:00: Snacks on arrival and registration

10:00 - 10:30: Welcome and introduction, WRC – John Ngoni Zvimba

10:30 - 11:00:  How does Biomimicry inform the design of sustainable wastewater treatment systems, Claire Janisch, BiomimicrySA

11:00 - 11:30: The Biomimicry Water Tool as a key resource in support of nature-inspired research & development in SA, Priyal Dama-Fakir, Golder Associates Africa

11:30 - 12:00: Implementation of nature-inspired solutions, their monitoring and evaluation – Lessons learnt at Langrug, Jonny Harris, Isidima Design & Development

12:00 - 12:30: Biomimicry Discovery Park and Biomimicry Community of Practice, Sue Swain, BioWise

12:30 - 13:15: Lunch Break

13:15 - 14:15: Nature-inspired innovations – Lessons from PAX Scientific, Jay Harman, PAX Scientific

14:15 - 14:45: Q & A/DISCUSSION, facilitated by DST, DST

14:45 - 15:00: Closing Remarks, BiomimicrySA

Earlier Event: September 20
Jay Harman Evening Presentation Jhb