Bio Inspired Innovation

The Master’s programme Bio Inspired Innovation (BII) offers a unique blend of knowledge and skill training that will support the search for and development of circular business-models and bio inspired research & innovations. Science and Design are used for Bio-Inspired innovations that support a transition to a sustainable, circular economy. Keep in mind that it is a research master. The first year is almost entirely devoted to research.
The programme starts with Introducing Life Sciences, a mandatory introduction week for all Master’s students of the GSLS.

Research and career prospects
This Master’s programme prepares you to become a highly qualified professional, who can function in an academic, business or other organisational environment. You will be a ‘bio-based’ change-agent and resource professional for organisations that aim to be part of a sustainable society with guaranteed food supply. We see a future for our graduates as a bio inspired circular economy expert, innovator entrepreneur, scientist or consultant.

Bio-inspiration opens up the doors to an academic career across disciplines. This new interdisciplinary field of science is expected to result in breakthrough discoveries that are of use to business and society in the short and long term. Because we are a biology based Master's programme, the main aim is to train to become a biologist at the design and/or innovation table. Chemists, bio-medical and physics are welcome. Arranging your own internship in the 1st year is important.

Bio Inspired Innovation trains you to apply and connect bio inspired research to (non-) governmental organisations and/or businesses. Graduates will be employed by organisations ranging from the WWF to a ministry. Possible jobs include working as a circular economy consultant at Royal Haskoning or as a bio inspired product developer and designer at Lune.

Relations and more information
We develop and maintain a network of contacts with NGO’s, start-ups and companies, for you to use especially in the 2nd year.

For the systems design course in the 2nd of the master we collaborate for instance with the Dopper-foundation and cancer research centres. Other involved companies are, for instance: Cloudgarden, Brink Industrial, Lune, Grow-up aeroponics, Rijksmuseum afdeling conservatie, Kohler (USA), Yash Papers (India), The GreenEast (incubator), Klarenbeek Design.

Programme scheme
*Since 2018-2019, Introducing Life Sciences, together with the Life Sciences Seminars and Navigation Towards Personal Excellence, is part of the course Life Sciences Academy.

Major Research project
Mandatory theoretical courses
Elective component
Writing assignment
Life Sciences Academy*

Course list