Spring 2020 will be distance education.

SL2547 Bio-inspired Innovation for Sustainability

Summer course, 3 Higher education credits, Second cycle, spring semester 2020


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The purpose of the course is to introduce and train students in bio-inspired innovation for sustainability. In an intense summer course with pre- and post work, the students will learn about bio-inspired innovation through hands-on application. In project work they will learn to use and create bio-inspired design solutions to address current sustainability challenges.


  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, part-time 25%
  • Application code: BTH-S5541
  • Period : 2020-June-08 until 2020-July-26
  • Education level: A1N
  • Application: Apply via universityadmissions.se
  • Language of instruction: The teaching language is English.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: Download
  • Entry requirements: Admission to the course requires a university education of at least 120 credits or equivalent. English 6.


In this course, participants are introduced to Biomimicry - an innovation practice inspired by nature. In a project setting, students will address a particular design challenge in form, process, service, or whole system by developing potential solutions through the four phases of Biomimicry Thinking: scoping the project, discovering models in nature, creating concepts and prototypes, and evaluating the proposed innovations against the Biomimicry Life Principles (patterns of nature). The practice includes deep scientific research into biology and ecology to discover the strategies nature uses for surviving and thriving.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

• Explain the Biomimicry framework and practice
Competence and skills

• Use the six Biomimicry Master Life Principles
• Find strategies in nature to emulate into human-made products, services, processes, and systems
• Work with the four stages of Biomimicry Thinking
• Recognize the specific features of biomimetic innovations
• Lead Biomimicry innovation sessions
Judgement and approach

• Discuss what opportunities Biomimicry holds for innovation for sustainability

Course literature and other teaching material

A compendium of articles and other resources will be shared with the students via the online learning platform.

Course literature and other teaching material

A compendium of articles and other resources will be shared with the students via the online learning platform.

Learning methods

The course is project work based. Pre-reading helps the students familiarize themselves with the area. During the on-campus part, lectures introduce theories, concepts, methods and tools. These are deepened, applied, integrated and reflected upon through group work and interactive reflection. Due to the short time frame of the course, teachers give feedback quickly to improve the project. Teachers with different scientific backgrounds, professional experience and perspectives take part in the course. The students’ different educational backgrounds, professional experience and cultural backgrounds are also taken advantage of in the learning process.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.


  1. Merlina Missimer
Course Manager
  1. Merlina Missimer

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 80 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.



The course will be graded G Pass, UX Insufficient, supplementation required, U Fail.


More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.

There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.