Nature Inspired Solutions
In the past biomimicry or biomimetics started from simple imitation of natural organisms. Over time, it has evolved through integration and combination with modern science and engineering to help us discover new materials, applications, and alternative ways of production.
Like all special Innovation Networks (formerly SIG’s) run by KTN, the aim is to convene people who wouldn’t normally meet; to learn, connect and explore opportunities. This Innovation Network focusses on the application of Nature Inspired Solutions across transport, infrastructure and energy. Through organising networking events, showcases and raising awareness by sharing best practice and success stories, we are building a cross-sector community and driving positive change. We work across academia and industry to ensure that ideas are translated into real-world applications, thus accelerating route to market.
We are currently in the process of building a landscape map and a commercial opportunity report to help accelerate growth and market uptake in the relevant sectors. If you would like to contribute or feature on this map, get in touch with Emma McKenna.
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DASA competition: Novel Amphibious Craft
Opens: 24/10/2022 Closes: 10/01/2023
DASA’s new Themed Competition seeks innovations to help develop a novel craft to enable Commando Forces to safely and rapidly insert themselves into high-threat environments.
NATEP: Helping SMEs innovate in aerospace: Autumn 2022
Opens: 14/11/2022 Closes: 11/01/2023
UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for industrial-led civil aerospace collaborative R&D projects.
Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture: feasibility study
Opens: 07/12/2022 Closes: 01/02/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for feasibility studies to develop and improve sustainable biomanufacturing in the UK.
Hackathon at the Materials Research Exchange (MRE) Exhibition shows the way to reduce time and costs of social housing
Student teams were challenged to provide a significant change to the speed and cost of constructing Social Housing in the UK, combined with the greater use of sustainable materials, and with reduced energy cost.
Investor Showcase at Materials Research Exchange 2022
The MRE Investor Showcase event offers a gateway to some of the UK’s leading innovators who are bringing ground-breaking ideas to fruition, directly into the advanced materials sector. Participating in this year’s Investor Showcase were 23 exciting companies across the materials value chain, including metamaterials, materials for space, graphene, bio-based materials, energy and construction materials.