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The bionik-blog team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful New Year!







Exibition: The Machine Inside

The Field Museum, Chicago, shows the exibition „The Machine Inside: Biomechanics“. In this exhibition, meet scientists who investigate these plants and animals …more

Poster Award „4DmultiMATS“

Tiffany Cheng was awarded the 2nd Best Poster Prize by the Baden-Württemberg Foundation at Forschungstag 2020. The poster summarizes her work in the framework of the project „4DmultiMATS – Personalised 3D-and 4D-printing of programmable and self-adjusting multifunctional material systems for sports and medical applications“, which was conducted in collaboration between the Universities of Freiburg und Stuttgart (both members of the Baden-Württemberg Network of Competence „Biomimetics“). >>more

Job offer @ TU Dresden

The Lab Dresden Center for Intelligent Materials (DCIM) offers in the field Materials Informatics – data-driven approaches for materials research a position as Research Associate / Group Leader. The DCIM is focused on novel materials which, as a central component of intelligent systems, feel, think and act autonomously through integrated sensory and actuator functionalities. >>Job description

Special Issues

Some Special Issues with a focus on biomechanics and biomimetics are open for submission:

Bionik @ Bot. Garten Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck führt durch den Botanischen Garten und stellt verschiedene Themen vor: Link zu den virtuellen Führungen


Bionic Award 2020

Winner of the Bionic Award 2020: Julien Dupeyroux, University of Aix-Marseille, France >>more

Second place: Falk Esser, University of Freiburg (Germany) >>more / >>mehr (in German)

Third place: Gianni Jacucci >>more

Result of the Bionic Award 2020

The winner of the 2020 Bionic Award will be published end of August 2020. The best three applications in alphabetical order running for the award are available here.

Living Machines

Die Konferenz „Living Machines. 9. International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems“, die die Universität Freiburg, der Cluster livMatS und das Institute of Bioengineering Catalonia vom 28. bis 30. Juli 2020 veranstalten, wird virtuell in Zoom stattfinden. Die Konferenz ist für alle Interessierten, die nicht als first author im Tagungsband vertreten sind, kostenfrei. Zur Registrierung

Das Konferenzprogramm beinhaltet Paper Talks, Poster Sessions, Workshops und Plenary Talks.

Plenary Talks (Zum Programm)

  • Dr. Auke Jan Ijspeert (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne) “Using Biorobots to Investigate Extant and Extinct Animal Locomotion”
  • Dr. Holk Cruse (Bielefeld University, Bielefeld) “From Walking to Cognition, a Decentralized, Insect-inspired Hexapod Controller”
  • Bas Overvelde (AMOLF, Amsterdam) “Adaptive Behavior Through Decentralized Reinforced Learning in Soft Robotic Matter”
  • Dr. Li Zhaoping (MPI for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen) “The ESD Framework For Understanding Vision”

Workshops (Zum Programm)

  •  Dr. Barbara Mazzolai, Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck, Dr. Mirko Kovac “Growing structures: bioinspired innovation insights for architecture and robotics”
  •  Apostolos Axenopoulos, Dr. Dimitrios Giakoumis, Eva Salgado, Dr. Vicky Vouloutsi, Prof. Dr. Anna Mura “Shared workspace between humans and robots”


The Special Issue in the journal Biomimetics, entitled “Bridging the Gap: From Biomechanics and Functional Morphology of Plants to Biomimetic Developments”, will cover the entire development chain from basic research in the field of biomechanics, simulation of the functional morphology of plants, and the development of physical models for a better understanding of functional principles to biomimetic products on the laboratory scale or prototype level. The size scale can be any hierarchical level, from (macro-)molecules to entire plants.

As Guest Editors, Olga Speck and Thomas Speck welcome all the contributions, including research and review articles, related to these research areas. >>Website

This special issue is now open for submission. The deadline for submission is 30 April 2021.

Das Materialwissenschaftsinstitut der EPFL schreibt ein tenure track Assistenzprofessorenstelle im Bereich „Sustainable Materials“ aus. >>Stellenausschreibung

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