First movers: the examples within the slider (above) illustrate the omnipresence of technology in nature.

A Solution Space open to Researchers, Innovators, and Founders

For decades, biomimetics has informed (and continues to inform) applied and basic research. Any researcher is eligible, and you don't need to abandon your field in order to practice biomimetics (see FAQ). It's able to integrate neatly into what you do.

Associating natural models with technical applications can lead to some unusual combinations. How, for example, can the hammerhead shark contribute to better designs for washing machines? (they have) And why have engineers studied an aspect of the humpback whale in order to improve wind turbines? (are you curious?) 

Biological evolution has produced myriads of technical solutions, each encapsulated and thereby hidden within a specie: in exoskeletons, here, in composite materials, there, but also in shapes for fluid mechanics, micro-structured surfaces, green chemistry, mechanical modules, and sensors to name only a few. A wide range of disciplines at TUM is eligible to benefit from this time-tested knowhow, even including medicine, architecture and design.

As contact point for biomimetics at TUM, we promote the bioinspired approach for idea generation in teaching, research, and start-up creation. We help teams get started with natural models while providing occasional pointers to research funding.

A fully funded entity, we collaborate with individual chairs, students, and the wider TUM community.


Biomimetics News


Gwillem Mosedale, MSc, MBA/MA

Munich Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Boltzmannstr. 11
85748 Garching

Tel. +49 (0)173 85 22 376


Professor Dr. Harald Luksch

Chair of Zoology
Liesel-Beckmann-Str. 4
85354 Freising

Tel. +49 (0)8161 71 2801