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The mosquito that taught how to make painless syringes

The exhibition opened at the Technisches Museum in Vienna. / Technisches Museum

The Granada Science Park produces an international exhibition on how Nature inspires many innovations in different disciplines


The Science Park of Granada has inaugurated in the Technisches Museum of Vienna ‘BioInspiración. Innovate from Nature’, an Andalusian museum’s own production, which starts its international tour in the Austrian city, where it will remain until October 2023.

This exhibition is part of an international project promoted by the Science Park together with two of the most prestigious science museums in Europe: DASA (Germany) and the Technisches Museum in Vienna (Austria) under the slogan ‘A sustainable future. Progress, Innovation and Sustainability’.

Through more than 200 objects, technological elements, scale models, audiovisuals, sets, models and interactive modules, ‘BioInspiración’ offers a journey that merges nature, innovation and creativity in fields as varied as engineering, robotics, transport, packaging, energy, architecture, urban planning, medicine, sports or space exploration.

From transportation to space exploration

‘BioInspiration. Innovating from Nature’ presents some of the best examples of this scientific discipline and the cutting-edge technology behind it.

Through the tour of the different spaces, the visitor can see how multiple innovations that we enjoy today have been inspired by nature.

For example, that the structure of the femur, the longest and most resistant bone in our skeleton, inspired the engineers of the Eiffel Tower or that the beak of the Kingfisher, long, narrow and streamlined, was the model followed in the design of Japanese bullet trains.

A robot with a chameleon tongue capable of grasping objects of any shape, syringes that do not cause pain thanks to the ‘copy’ of the system used by mosquitoes or resistant helmets that emulate the structure that protects the brain of woodpeckers are other of the objects that will discover the importance of ‘reconnecting’ with nature to learn from its ability to evolve and adapt.

The impact of the beauty of nature on architectural design can also be seen in scale models of buildings such as Tonkin Liu’s Tower of Light inspired by the structure of mollusk shells.

«We are very pleased that ‘BioInspiration’ gives us the opportunity to illustrate the enormous potential of biomimicry for science and technology with many impressive examples and to familiarize our visitors with the possibilities of sustainable application of this young discipline, even little known, but of crucial importance”, stated Peter Aufreiter, Director General of the Vienna Science and Technology Museum, during the opening ceremony.

The neoprene, inspired by the peculiar scales of the shark.

In Austria and Germany before returning to Granada

For his part, the Director of the Science Park, Luis Alcalá, who attended the inauguration accompanied by the exhibition’s curators, explained: «Humanity has been inspired by nature, aware of the beauty, harmony and perfection achieved by living beings over millions of years of evolution. ‘BioInspiración’ shows some everyday solutions developed through trial and error and natural selection in the ‘Earth Laboratory’ and guides visitors through an amazing journey in which nature, innovation and creativity have merged in fields as diverse as architecture, medicine, space exploration or sports, among others».

The exhibition has the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology-Ministry of Science and Innovation and more than 70 institutions, companies and national and international entities have participated in it. It will return to Granada in 2005 after exhibiting in Austria until October 2023 and in Germany during 2024.

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