Nature inspires FESTO.

Through the Bionic Learning NetworkNatural principles are applied in technical and industrial applications.

The results are breathtaking!

The Bionic Learning Network

New ideas in the world of automation Automation technology takes on typical everyday tasks such as handling, moving and positioning of articles, as well as process control and regulation. In nature, these tasks are carried out naturally, simply and energy-efficiently. What could be more sensible than to observe these phenomena and be inspired by them?

With this in mind, Festo has set up a research group in cooperation with renowned universities and institutes, development companies and private inventors: the Bionic Learning Network.

FESTO's goals: more than just developing new technologies

Providing new impetus and encouraging innovation, inspiring and inspiring: as a technology leader and supporter of learning and training, Festo has set clear goals for the Bionic Learning Network:

  • Connecting networks and motivating people from different sectors to develop their ideas with Festo
  • Identify the latest trends in the research and development sector, while experimenting with new technologies and production techniques
  • To increase creativity in the search for solutions and to stimulate pre-development of products by building prototypes
  • Create a dialogue with customers and partners to discuss draft solutions and gather customer feedback on innovative topics
  • Presenting Festo's solution skills in an attractive way to get young people excited about technology and to find new talent

The Festo board in the Biomim'review Gallery:


The gallery in video ! :




Nature inspired display material

Have you ever wished your mobile phone display was unbreakable? Researchers from ETH Zurich imitate materials from nature to create transparent materials with high fracture resistance.

Here is a short video :


Mr Tommaso Magrini

Student / Doctorate Programme at D-MATL


ETH Zürich

Tommaso Magrini

Complex Materials

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The Alveolar Density Variation Structures, inspired by living organisms, make it possible to save material, thus weight, CO2, waste, etc.

MODULATIO' has formed partnerships with industrialists in all sectors to help them develop frugal solutions (in terms of raw materials, energy, CO2, weight, waste, etc.), inspired by a strategy that has been developed by living organisms for millions of years: Density Varying Alveolar Structures.

Whether in the aeronautical, medical, electronic, automotive and other fields, the Modulatio' process has many industrial applications: lightening of critical parts, optimisation of mechanical strength, saving of expensive materials, assembly of dissimilar materials, thermal dissipation, vibration absorption, dissipation of kinetic energy...and more to come.

The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2021 :



Romuald VIGIER, Director General.


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The Institut des Sciences du Mouvement Etienne-Jules Marey is a Joint Research Unit (UMR 7287), associating Aix-Marseille University and the CNRS through the Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB), the main institute, and three secondary institutes: the Institute of Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS); the Institute of Computer Sciences and their Interactions (INS2I) and the Institute of Human and Social Sciences (INSHS).

The institute is located on several sites of Aix-Marseille University, the Luminy campus, the Sainte-Marguerite Hospital, the Timone Hospital, and the IUT site of Aix-en-Provence


The Institute's research themes focus on the mechanical, physiological, neurological, psychological and sociological determinants of the motor skills of living beings, particularly humans.

The Institute's project is to develop interdisciplinarity for the study of Movement, in order to work at the frontiers of disciplinary fields.

Research teams :

Intervention by Stéphane Viollet and Antoine Wystrach at Biomim'expo 2019 to present the robot AntBot :

The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2019 :

Sources / contacts :

UMR 7287 CNRS & Aix-Marseille University
Faculty of Sport Sciences, CP 910
163, av. de Luminy F-13288 Marseille cedex 09 (FRANCE)
Telephone: +33 (0)491 17 22 55
Fax: +33 (0)491 17 22 52
E-mail : ism-com@univ-amu.fr




At the crossroads of the Earth, Life and Human sciences, the Museum has devoted itself daily - and for nearly 400 years - to nature and its relationship with the human species. Rich in history and at the heart of current affairs, the Museum also works for the future.

Environmental awareness and the protection of the planet are at the heart of contemporary debates. Fully committed to these issues, the Museum is a reference point thanks to its varied missions: fundamental and applied research, conservation and enrichment of collections, teaching, expertise and dissemination of knowledge.

As a research centre, the Museum relies on laboratory work and expeditions throughout the world, a wide range of disciplines, exceptional collections and recognised expertise. Its mission is also to share its knowledge through teaching and dissemination activities. The aim is clear: to make knowledge about nature accessible to all and to raise awareness of the need to protect our planet.

The Museum is convinced of biomimicry and has been a supporter of both Ceebios and Biomim'expo since the beginning.

New: the Museum's new immersive film for a 360° dive into the Museum's great spaces via a virtual film.

The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2021 :



A major survey of the Museum's research teams and subjects in the field of bio-inspiration is underway.

Your contact for all information is: Annabelle Aish annabelle.aish@mnhn.fr


A carmaker since 1898, we are present in 134 countries and sold nearly 3.9 million vehicles in 2018. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and pursue our strategy of profitable growth, we rely on our international development and the complementary nature of our five brands: Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA.

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Smart Cities :

The Renault Group works with public sector players to learn and dialogue with cities about their vision of the future. Through its position as European leader in electric vehicles and its commitment to continue investing in innovative technologies and services, the Renault Group is contributing to the development of smart cities. Read more.

Intervention by Jérôme Perrin at Biomim'expo 2019 :



Jérôme Perrin, Scientific Director

about the Biomim'City Lab :

The Biomim'City Lab is a working and prospective group led by a college of experts aiming to promote and intensify innovative collaborative approaches applying the principles and methodologies of biomimicry, in the service of the reinvention of virtuous, regenerative and resilient cities, inspired and designed by and for living things.


The presentation

The manifesto