Nature based solutions for the built environment

13-15 October 2017

Limassol, Cyprus

An intensive three-day course, aimed at exploring Biomimicry Thinking as a framework for introducing nature-based into the built environment as a means of mitigating climate change and/or as an adaptation strategy. Future-proofing of cities, combining water systems, biodiversity and urban farming: With the support of biomimicry - derived from the Greek words ‘bios’ (life) and ‘mimesis (imitation) - sustainable solutions to man-made problems can be identified by emulating natural systems and processes. This Spotlight course includes specialized talks, interactive workshops, group work, peer-to-peer feedback, and short visits to an unspoiled natural habitat.

What we offer

Participants will gain expertise in bringing biomimicry in their work or in their start-up - in both a technological and a business context. In particular, the participants will:

  • Appreciate the potential of biomimicry for the built environment
  • Understand how to seek nature-based solutions to their work challenges
  • Discover how they can incorporate circular economic concepts in their projects
  • Learn how to convert a natural system into a nature-based solution for the built environment
  • Practice evaluating nature-based solutions and comparing them to conventional solutions.

Further Information about the course content, the Agenda and the coaches is available in the Infopack.

Who can join?

Managers of climate-friendly innovation projects relating to the built environment (retrofitting, urban farming, renewable energy micro-generation)

  • Clean-tech startups - in particular start-ups focusing on cities
  • Students of engineering or the natural sciences interestes in blue-green infrastructure.
  • Town planners, urban utility stakeholders, built environment (e.g. Civil/Mechanical/Electrical) engineers and architects.

Fees and application

Course fee: 800 Eur.

  • Course fees cover participation in the workshop, workshop material, boarding during the workshop and any site vists.
  • A 50 % discount on the regular fee is available for Climate-KIC partners, public institutions, Climate-KIC alumni and NGOs.
  • Participation can be cancelled free of charge until four weeks before the course. Fees already paid will be reimbursed. 50% of course fees are payable in case of cancellation later and up until one week before the course. Full fees apply in the case of cancellation less than one week before the course.

Diversity

Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

Grant application

Grant applications are possible for participants of EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) including citizens of the following countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Grants cover the participation fee, workshop material, boarding during the workshop and any site vists.

Deadlines

Please note that spots are limited and applications will be assessed as they come in. The deadline for application is 30 September 2017.

For further enquiries, please contact: stylianos.yiatros@cut.ac.cy