biomimicry educators workshops

BiomimicrySA ran the first Biomimicry Educators Workshop for high-school educators in July 2014 in KZN and the second in August 2015 in Cape Town. We plan to run the 3rd annual Biomimicry Educators Training workshop in 2016. The course is run by Claire Janisch (leading trainer for biomimicrySA) and Jessica Warner (communications designer who completed a thesis in biomimicry education).  This workshop is aimed at high school and university educators, and is valuable for all schools, university departments or individual educators wanting to include biomimicry in their education curriculum. It is also highly relevant for environmental educators and home-schoolers. 

We are pleased to offer a SACE accredited (5CPTD points) workshop for educators as from 2017. This workshop focuses on how to integrate biomimicry into the curriculum and is aimed at teachers at schools in South Africa.

Biomimicry is applicable to all subjects but mostly to the following subjects:

  • Life Sciences, Sciences, Technology, Design, Art, Engineering, Architecture, Business, Economics, Environmental Education, Innovation, Systems Thinking, interdisciplinary programs and creativity.

The course covers the theory and practice of biomimicry, includes interactive exercises and outdoor activities and demonstrates biomimicry as a focus for problem-based and inter-disciplinary teaching and learning. The course culminates in participants designing and presenting a biomimicry-based learning event for their context. 

Workbooks and extensive teaching and learning resources are provided.

More details will be provided on enquiry/application.

TO BOOK THIS WORKSHOP: Email Barbara Jones - bemjones[a] 


“The concept of Biomimicry landed in my lap, quite by accident. After delving into the available research and attending a week-long workshop offered by the Biomimicry Institute, my enthusiasm for the subject has only grown and my teaching of Life Sciences has become an even richer and more worthwhile experience for my learners.  Biomimicry has given me a new and innovative approach to expanding their understanding and appreciation for the subject and thus for the natural world. It has helped me convincingly answer that frequently asked question:  “Why should I know this?”  Or “What will I use this for?”  It really does show that no matter which career path you follow, there will be a need to understand how the living world is put together and how it functions.  Particularly in any field that involves design, engineering and any career requiring innovative approaches to solving problems.  Being able to offer more suggestions as to where Life Sciences can be applied has encouraged more of my learners to take the subject in Grade 10 and also onto tertiary level. Biomimicry has also helped me to draw more links between the different facets of the Natural Sciences and has certainly increased the overlap of Technology and the Sciences.” - Claire Weerepas, Head of Life Sciences, St Alban’s College

"I liked being challenged to think differently about how and why I teach. For me, this is something essential to include in teaching natural science. It encourages a renewed view of nature and enforces the importance of Biology as a subject." - Life Sciences educator, Michaelhouse

"I will use this in my classroom redesigning how the courses are taught, making what we learn relevant to today's issues, and making biology exciting." - Life Sciences teacher

"Absolutely awesome workshop! Inspiring and exactly what we need in Education!!" - Life Sciences teacher, Bishops