Tuesday 22 October at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie


Keynotes, round tables, screenings, pitches, duets ...


Emmanuelle Wargon (to be confirmed) Secretary of State to the Minister of State, Minister for Ecological Transition and Solidarity >> Liomimicry and the challenges of biodiversity.


Launch of the 4th edition / definition, news and trends of biomimicry / knowledge tests with the audience / and some surprises 


Emmanuel DelannoyHe is the author of "Permaéconomie" and "L'économie expliquée aux humains" published by Wildproject, and a contributor to numerous collective works, including the "Dictionnaire de la pensée écologique" (PUF); "Humanité et biodiversité, manifeste pour une nouvelle alliance" (Descartes et Cie); and the guide "NatureParif Entreprises, relever le défi de la biodiversité".


When biomimicry becomes a channel for innovation, development and influence: major groups are implementing strategies and dedicated programmes, and a new generation of bio-inspired entrepreneurs is emerging.

>> Testimonies from major groups and startups of the Biomim French Tech on their strategies, activities and objectives in terms of research and innovation using nature as a model (pitches and round table)


François SpieroD., Head of Foresight at CNES (Centre National d'Études Spatiales): the interest of biomimicry in meeting the challenges of space activities.

Marc SimonDirector of Innovation Suez Water FranceInnovation and Strategy Department, Suez France. Nature as an ally: innovative applications and perspectives.

Guillaume ButinMarketing Communications Director at PROPHESIS The history and development prospects of a revolutionary sensor inspired by the human retina.

Maria PereiraChief Innovation Officer at TISSIUM. Bio-inspired polymers from marine organisms, bioresorbable and biocompatible, to bond tissues during surgical procedures, as a complement or even a substitute for traditional sutures.

Aïna QueirozHead of Innovation & Scientific Communication at SEQENS Cosmetics. No, Homo sapiens does not have a monopoly on herbal medicine.


In the style of a TV news programme, a few projects and entrepreneurial adventures in the news are reviewed and followed up ... via a few short spots presented by a team :

EEL Energythe undulating tidal turbine, has been tested in real conditions... and the results are good! News with

    • Franck SylvainCEO, accompanied by some associated partners and supporters of the project:
    • Francois FrisquetCEO of Frisquet boilers
    • Tahar ZgolliCommercial Engineer, Hutchinson
    • Géraldine GandveauMarketing and Communication Manager 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, Dassault Systèmes
    • Grégory Germainresearcher, in charge of the test pool, Ifremer

FinXthe new bio-inspired nautical propulsion! Spotlight on a startup with a bright future, with

The Biomim'City Lab Announcement of the launch of this new collective and call to action to "reinvent the city for and through the living", by

The artificial deep-sea coloniser ... presentation of the underwater nursery project which will be immersed in the Mediterranean Sea by the Ifremer Nautile in spring 2020. A collective project :

    • Christian TamburiniM I O, HDR CNRS scientific project leader
    • Jacques RougerieJacques Rougerie Foundation
    • Olivier BocquetTangram Architects and Tangram Lab
    • Tangram LAB, TREEX and the Jacques Rougerie Foundation designed the colonizer; VICAT and SOLIQUID did the 3D printing

The "French Capitals of Biodiversity - Climate: nature as a source of solutions" competition: presentation of the 2019 winners by Gilles LecuirResearch Officer, Île-de-France Regional Biodiversity Agency; with some winners.


  • Final of the student competitions Pitching of projects live to the jury.
  • Co-presentation with Anne-Prieur-VernatLCA expert and Environmental Researcher, ENGIE
  • During the jury's deliberation, announcement by Léa Zaslavskyco-founder make_senseThe launch in 2020 of the "Biom'impact Tour" in partnership with make_sense / Ceebios / NewCorp Conseil.



Drs. Stéphane ViolletDirector of Research at the CNRS, Institut des Sciences du Mouvement de Marseille, with Antoine WystrachCNRS Research Fellow, Animal Cognition Research Centre in Toulouse (CNRS/Paul Sabatier University). > From insect to robot and vice versa



Vincent ArteroDirector of Research at CEA, Coordinator of the ARCANE Labex (Grenoble Alpes University) > Artificial photosynthesis, a bio-inspired technology to meet the Paris Agreement targets?  



Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel, full professor for Biomaterials and head of the department at the University of Bayreuth, Germany ; European Inventor Award 2018 > Synthetic Spider Silk is now a reality, it's new, it's historical, and it's a revolution! 


An exceptional introduction to (re)discover the genius of the spider's web and its secrets by Christine RollardArachnologist, Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity - Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (UMR 7205)


Johann FournilMarketing, Communication & Partnerships Director, will present the biocontrol solution developed by M2i Life Sciences to protect crops, forests and gardens. > Pheromone-based mating disruption as a substitute for pesticides.



Fabrice BertileInstitut pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien (CNRS-University of Strasbourg joint research unit). > Understanding bear hibernation to combat muscle atrophy ... for example, to travel in space?



Biodiversity is the source of inspiration for biomimicry. It is also a living capital that is collapsing before our eyes, as citizens, researchers and entrepreneurs. How can biomimicry - also - serve biodiversity to protect and regenerate it?

> Stakeholder debate on and moderated by Gilles Boeufwith researchers, economists and representatives of NGOs and companies.

With :

  • Gilles BoeufChairman of the Scientific Council of the French Biodiversity Agency (AFB); former advisor to several Ministers; Professor at Sorbonne University; first President of Ceebios; former President of the National Museum of Natural History.
  • Emmanuel DelannoyHe is the author of "Permaéconomie" and "L'économie expliquée aux humains" published by Wildproject, and a contributor to numerous collective works, including the "Dictionnaire de la pensée écologique" (PUF); "Humanité et biodiversité, manifeste pour une nouvelle alliance" (Descartes et Cie); and the guide "NatureParif Entreprises, relever le défi de la biodiversité".
  • Aurélie PontalHead of Partnerships, Corporate Engagement Manager, WWF France
  • Nathalie DevulderDirector of Sustainable Development, Réseau de Transport d'Électricité TEN


And what if re-inspiring ourselves from the living would help us to become aware of our common destiny as a species? To reconnect with our biotope in harmonious and happy dependence? Will we be able to think and react in collective intelligence? Or will we be the - supposedly superior - species with the shortest life span on planet Earth, the living planet.

With and hosted by :

  • Sabine Roux de BézieuxPresident of the Fondation de la Mer. Marine biodiversity, treasure and future of humanity.

With :

  • Yvan Bourgnonnavigator, adventurer, environmentalist; president and founder of The SeaCleaners. Cleaning up the ocean is a moral duty and a requirement for resilience.
  • Tarik ChekchakDirector of the Biomimicry Unit atInstitute of Desirable Futures associate expert of PIKAIA former Director of Science and Environment for Equipe Cousteau.
  • Marie-Agnès DupoueyDirector of Blue Growth, New Aquitaine Region. Biomimicry as a strategic regional, technological, scientific and political project is also a work of team leadership and ecosystem symbiosis.


  • Acknowledgements
  • Great choral photos: public, partners, exhibitors, be there!


In 30-minute segments, researchers and entrepreneurs will give demonstrations and manoeuvres on an open stage set up at the heart of the event.  

  • 10:00-10:30 am / Presentation and demo of the AntBot robotan autonomous robot inspired by desert ants, capable of finding its way without GPS.

    • Drs. Stéphane ViolletDirector of Research, CNRS, Institute of Movement Sciences, Marseille
    • and Antoine WystrachCNRS Research Fellow, Animal Cognition Research Centre in Toulouse (CNRS/Paul Sabatier University).
  • 10.45 - 11.15 am / Avineck: from birds' necks to robots Anatomy and engineering research meet to understand nature and propose innovative technological solutions.
    Description and process

    • Anick AbourachidProfessor at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Deputy Director of UMR 7179 Mecadev, Pavillon d'Anatomie Comparée
    • Matthieu FuretD. student in robotics at the LS2N (Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes), a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in industrial engineering sciences with a mechanical option
  • 11.30 - 12 noon / What shape-shifting materials hold for tomorrow How do biological structures take on their complex shape in space from initially identical cells? Can we draw inspiration from morphogenesis phenomena to imagine materials capable of evolving their shape?
    Description and process

    • Benoit RomanDr. J. M. B. B., Director of Research at the CNRS, works in the Physics and Mechanics of Heterogeneous Media laboratory. His team seeks to draw inspiration from biological morphogenesis to manufacture materials capable of changing shape. He co-authored the book "Du merveilleux caché dans le quotidien, la physique de l'élégance" (Flammarion) which received the Roberval prize and the "le goût des sciences" prize.
    • Etienne GuyonA former director of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Palais de la Découverte, he also works at the Physics and Mechanics of Heterogeneous Media laboratory. He is co-author of the book "Du merveilleux caché dans le quotidien, la physique de l'élégance".
  • 2pm - 2.30pm / Insects will surprise you, and tomorrow change your lives Hemipteran insects (bugs, aphids, mealy bugs, cicadas), most of which have a bad reputation, can open the way to amazing applications in the fields of materials, sensors or surgery.
    Description and process

... the other sequences are coming, and you will be surprised! 🙂

#3 [ LIKE AT HOME with ...

In a small lounge set up "as if at home", informal and intimate discussions with researchers, lab directors, company managers, teachers, designers, architects ... to exchange and discover jobs and functions. Every 30′, a man or a woman faces you.

The pitch ...

  • 11:00 - 11:30 am /  Rémi DUPOUY, JOB ... "NATURAL REPORTER and AUTHOR-DESIGNER. Do you dream of travelling through the great outdoors, hunting for images with a camera, of meeting the great wildlife but also the smallest, sometimes imperceptible, of knowing how to read a landscape, its history and its life told by the species that live there? Rémi will tell you about his job as a producer and director of natural stories .... for which media and how? to discover by coming to meet him.
  • 11:45 - 12:15 /  Stéphane Viollet and Antoine Wystrach, TRADES ... "RESEARCHERS. (Stéphane is a CNRS Research Director, Institute of Movement Sciences in Marseille; Antoine is a CNRS Research Associate, Animal Cognition Research Centre in Toulouse (CNRS/Paul Sabatier University)) / What do you do? ... "I am a researcher" .... This is an answer that undoubtedly makes you dream, perhaps intimidates you a little, and also undoubtedly remains floating in the air, full of enigmas and questions. What does it actually mean to be a researcher, what do you do on a daily basis? what do you look for? what do you discover? is there any room for chance? who finances? and if you find something, what happens?
  • 12.30 - 1pm / Dr. Perrine Strasser, JOB ... "CHASTER of RESEARCHERS. Doctoral students and young doctors, are you ready and trained for the world of research, development and industrial innovation? How can you promote your skills to companies that need your expertise? Who is recruiting? How, when and where to start? What job should you apply for and how can you make the transition? Why do only 12% of researchers in companies hold a doctorate, whereas 14,000 doctors graduate each year in France? Perrine Strasser, founder of Science me Up and herself a PhD in diabetes biology from the University of Strasbourg, will answer your questions by explaining her activities in training, recruitment and scientific events, all of which create bridges between academia and industry.
  • 2pm - 2.30pm / Emmanuel BOCRIE, JOB ... "METEOROLOGIST ... AND DIRECTOR OF THE MEDIA UNIT OF MÉTÉO FRANCE . KESACO ? The weather is perhaps the most consumed product in the world, it's the first question you ask yourself before a trip or if you're planning to have lunch outside next Saturday ... but who produces, analyses and markets the weather? Is the weather you see on different media the same? How can you tell good weather from bad? .... Emmanuel will answer all your questions, even if you still mix up the weather and climate a bit ....
  • 14.45 - 15.15 / Guillian Graves, JOB ... "BIO-INSPIRED DESIGNER. If it is not always easy to define biomimicry, do you know how to define design 🙂 ... and the job of a designer? Guillian will present his career path and his daily activities in order to be inspired by the living, to eco-design, and to translate this in an innovative and operational way for industrialists, in response to their challenges and needs of use.
  • 3.30 - 4 pm / Pascale JOANNOT, JOB ... "OCEANOGRAPHER ... and EXPEDITION DIRECTOR. This is the name of a profession that makes you dream, and obviously opens up your horizons! Pascale is also a specialist in coral reefs ... how do they work? how do they function? what role do they play? how can they be protected? In concrete terms, how do we explore the ocean? What are the missions of the Museum's expeditions? Particularly today, between the wonder of the splendour of marine environments and the observation of their endangerment, what is the role, what are the missions of the Oceanographer? Pascale will tell you about her life, in Paris at the National Museum of Natural History, and through her travels and expeditions ....


In collaboration with La Fresque du Climat, Biomim'expo offers you an exceptional experience by participating in a giant fresco.

LOUIS ARMAND Hall / 11am - 1pm / 200 seats.

Book your place

The Climate MuralThis is an educational and collaborative exercise, an overview of which can be found below:


Rooms with 50 to 60 seats, various themes led by experts. Free access included in the event ticket (but participation is conditional on registration for Biomim'expo)

1st wave :

  • GECKO Room / 10:30 - 11:45 / From a beautiful idea to reality .... (book your place)
    • IFS-BBP-CEEBIOS workshop  The principle of biomimicry is often taken for granted, approached with unbridled enthusiasm... and can sometimes make you feel dizzy when it comes to really getting down to it and 'delivering' solutions and results! What are the right models? how to study them? is it realistic to draw inspiration from them? how? should we start from the living or from the problem to be solved? ... With the Institut des Futurs Souhaitables, BigBangProject and Ceebios, this workshop will help you to set the essential milestones and to have the methodological and technical keys to transform the desire for bio-inspiration into eco-designed innovations With a great and expert team of facilitators:
  • LOTUS Room / 10.30 - 11.30 am / Meeting of the "Collège des écoles françaises du biomimétisme" (a first!) & launch of the "Manifesto for education connected to life". (book your place)
    • Reconnecting our education with living things is becoming a necessity. If you are involved in biomimicry pedagogy (or intend to be) come to the first meeting of the Collège des écoles françaises du biomimétisme to discover (and sign?!) the Manifesto " For an Education Connected to Life"The aim of the conference was to discuss a first roadmap for the strategic orientation of biomimicry education in France.
  • MORPHO Room / 10:30 - 11:30 am / Reinvent your business model with the Permaeconomy (book your place)
    • PIKAIA Workshop What if permaculture was more than we had previously thought? What if your economic model became more adaptable, resilient and efficient tomorrow thanks to the principles and ethics of permaculture? What if it allowed you to enhance your crops today while preparing for those of the future? Does this sound familiar? All this is now within reach, provided you change your outlook and think systemically. This workshop is for that: come and discover with us, through a playful approach based on practical application, exchange and confrontation with very concrete examples, what the permaeconomy can bring to your company, your territory or your project.

2nd wave :

  • GECKO Room / 12:00 - 13:00 / Business and Biodiversity, instructions for use (book your place)
    • Workshop EKODEV What are the challenges and opportunities? How can actions be taken to preserve and regenerate biodiversity? From the sectors to the activity, via the sites, how can we go about it? From theory to practice with several concrete examples. Moderated by:
  • LOTUS Room / 12:00 - 13:00 / From scientific principle to industrial model (book your place)
    • Workshop ETIOS This workshop will help you to understand the best practices and key steps for scaling up a bio-inspired project. How to create your structure? What are the steps to go from prototype to commercialization? What are the mistakes to avoid? How to find the necessary funding to deploy your company? Starting with an eco-designed innovation, let's think together about the best way to develop the economic model that goes with it:
      • Sarah Labbé Specialist in sustainable engineering applied to the economy (Co-Founder ETIOS)
      • Nicolas Kulakowski Specialist in sustainable development business strategy (Co-Founder ETIOS)
  • Room MORPHO / 11.45 - 13.00 / Bioinspired low-tech and low-tech biomimicry: a new technical x living x social dialectic? (book your place)
    • The first panel to mirror the practices of Biomimicry and Low-tech. To help us to clarify this issue, we will have the pleasure to exchange with Gauthier Chapelle, Léon-Hugo Bonte, Helena Amalric and Mishka Melowho will lead the discussions. This is an opportunity for you to come and share the visions of the players who have long been involved in the intersection of these two approaches. Because biomimicry, more than a technique, is also a posture, a philosophy,... that still needs to be deciphered. Organised and introduced by Quentin Mateus and Hugo Bachellier

3rd wave :

  • GECKO Room / 14:15 - 15:15 / The Living Building Challenge, the most demanding label in bio-inspired architecture? (book your place)
    • LBC Workshop Living Building Challenge: technical and detailed presentation of the Living Building Challenge criteria matrix for a building designed by nature and integrated into its local ecosystem. A key to reading and operational applications for your next specifications or projects. Moderated by :
      • Oscar HERNANDEZInnovation Development Manager - ALTO Ingénierie; Living Building Ambassador and Facilitator
      • Lenna LOCKWOODWELL AP, LEED GA, Living Building Ambassador
      • Andromache SIMONSustainability consultant
        Green Imagineering BREEAM + WELL + LCC
  • LOTUS Room / 3pm - 4.30pm / You too can go circular! (book your place)
    • Workshop Circulab  How to think of combined and virtuous approaches between eco-design, bio-inspiration and circular economy? A workshop based on co-creativity to innovate and help you rethink your habits and models for a more harmonious and regenerative development.
  • Room MORPHO / 14.15 - 15.15 / When biomimicry becomes a regional strategic axis (book your place)
    • Workshop New Aquitaine Region How to deploy a strategy on biomimicry, mobilise and enhance the value of stakeholders and create a new dynamic in line with and in support of the regional strategy: the New Aquitaine Region, a pioneer and innovator, is offering a feedback and sharing of experience.

Citizen's forum :

  • LOUIS ARMAND ROOM / 3pm - 4.30pm / Citizen's debate / How to combine and develop biomimicry & social entrepreneurship? (book your place)
    • Workshop make_sense Biomimicry and Positive Social Impact Entrepreneurship: a participatory workshop-debate on biomimicry and positive social impact entrepreneurship. How to encourage entrepreneurs to think about biomimicry? How to encourage researchers to launch their entrepreneurial project? How can we support and encourage the emergence of more impactful biomimetic projects? ... led with passion and conviction by :


You will see entrepreneurs, research labs, industrial groups, schools ... Go and discover them, go and talk to them, at Biomim'expo, everyone is 100% friendly and collaborative, because, as you know, nature is not a jungle, it is a world that produces wealth through cooperation and exchange!


  • Photo exhibition.
  • Exhibition of the boards " Biomim'review"These are pedagogical illustrations taken from the editorial production and monitoring work of NewCorp Conseil, the company behind and organiser of Biomim'expo.
  • Ephemeral bookshop thanks to Rue de l'Echiquier where you can find a great selection of books.
  • Signing sessions with authors present
  • Quiz Competition
  • Etc.