Disciplines that can be particularly helpful on biomimicry teams may include: design, engineering, biology, ecology, chemistry, business, and social sciences. The specific disciplines you seek input from will also depend on your specific challenge. If you’re a student, look for students or faculty in other departments at your school. If your school is lacking in a particular discipline, you may have to talk to people in nearby schools. For everyone working on biomimicry projects, we suggest reaching out to students or academics in universities, your local community, or an online community.
Sometimes you’ll meet a person who is working in one discipline, but has training or side interests in a different discipline. For example, sometimes a biologist is working in marketing, or an engineer has a passion for biology. These people can be especially good collaborators, because they bring even greater diversity to the team.
Another rich resource is the community of people who have been trained in biomimicry. You can find them through our Global Biomimicry Network and on various LinkedIn Groups. For the latter, search LinkedIn for the term “biomimicry” and start making connections.