Bioinspire-Museum supports and promotes bioinspiration across the full breadth of the French Natural History Museum’s activities.
Bioinspiration is a creative approach based on the observation of living systems, from microorganisms to ecosystems. It involves drawing on nature’s “library of ideas” to design and innovate, as well as to enrich our lives through artistic and cultural endeavours.
Natural history has a great deal to offer bioinspiration, by way of its vast collections of biological specimens, associated research and educational programmes. In turn, bioinspiration provides a new way to appreciate the value of Natural History Museums, as sources of sustainable and ethical solutions to modern day challenges.
In 2019, with funding from the French Ministry of Environment, the French Natural History Museum (MNHN) launched Bioinspire-Museum to coordinate and promote Bioinspiration across the full breadth of its activities. The Museum’s vision of Bioinspiration is presented in its Scoping Paper, published in 2020, supported by a Glossary of terms.
In 2021, the BIOMIG "Bioinspired materials open innovation generator" programme was launched, jointly led by the Centre for Studies and Expertise in Biomimicry (CEEBIOS), EuraMaterials and the MNHN. This programme aims to develop the eco-materials of tomorrow, inspired by living organisms, and reconciling technical and environmental performance.
To raise awareness about Bioinspiration and Bioinspire-Museum, a short virtual reality film has been created. Immerse yourself in Bioinspiration at the Museum and explore behind the scenes in 360° (film below).