Expand your audience’s horizons with biomimicry.

Learn how you can incorporate biomimicry into your next event by bringing a Biomimicry Institute speaker to you.

It’s time to get inspired…

Biomimicry is a design approach that is shaking up industry, education, and design as we know it. Now, you can expose your audience to the powerful potential of nature-inspired design by bringing a biomimicry speaker to your next conference or event.

Our experts at the Biomimicry Institute are available to provide workshops, presentations, and keynote addresses on a variety of biomimicry topics. Contact us at info(at)biomimicry.org to learn more.

We would love to speak to your audience about:

Biomimicry 101

Learn the fundamentals of biomimicry and how your organization can apply it to solve pervasive sustainability problems in your field. We can speak the language of your audience – engineering, design, business, biology and more.

Biomimicry and STEM education

Biomimicry is an excellent way to engage students in STEM education, by offering interdisciplinary, hands-on lessons that can be applied to K-12 and university levels alike. Learn how you can teach engineering, design, and science principles in a fun way by incorporating biomimicry into your curricula.

Solving cross-industry sustainability problems

Biomimicry is a beautiful example of how interdisciplinary efforts yield new and unique solutions. Hear case studies of how the Biomimicry Institute is spearheading cross-disciplinary partnerships to solve widespread industry sustainability problems.

Crowdsourcing regenerative design solutions

Over the next few decades, biomimicry is poised to become a major economic driver in the global economy and help us reimagine industry as we know it. Learn how the Biomimicry Institute is using the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge platform to crowdsource promising biomimetic designs and help bring these solutions to market.


Beth Rattner

Beth Rattner

Executive Director

Beth directs the Institute’s strategic vision, managing the organization’s program development, fundraising, and marketing efforts. She speaks publicly on how biomimetic design in products, cities, and agriculture can bring about a new level of resilience to our economy and ecosystem, which in turn spur new levels of social equity.

More about Beth

Prior to this position, Beth worked with William McDonough and Michael Braungart on The Upcycle, the sequel to Cradle to Cradle, before she helped co-found the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and became its first Executive Director and then Vice President.

An attorney by training, Beth was also a managing director for one of the first sustainability business consultant firms, Blu Skye, and business manager for Hewlett Packard’s Emerging Market Solutions (EMS) group. This HP internal “start-up” championed a new lens on providing technology solutions to those who earn less than $2 a day. The team launched HP’s first multi-user, daisy-chained computer for poorly funded schools and a solar-powered printer. The printer provided microfinance opportunities for women who brought paid photography to remote villages, allowing people to photograph their family events for the very first time.

Beth is a graduate of U.C.L.A. and Loyola Law School and lives in Marin County, California.

Watch Beth’s TEDX Sacramento talk, called “Designed With the Earth in Mind:”

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Megan Schuknecht

Megan Schuknecht

Senior Biomimicry Professional

Megan directs our design challenge offerings, with a special emphasis on using design challenges to help faculty and administrators incorporate biomimicry tools and concepts into university and college classrooms, curricula, and degree programs.

Gretchen Hooker

Gretchen Hooker

Interim Director of Youth Education

Gretchen is a certified Biomimicry Specialist and holds a master’s degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. At the Institute, Gretchen manages the development of educational resources that serve the Institute’s design challenges and education outreach efforts.

Alexandra Ralevski

Alexandra Ralevski

Director of AskNature

Alex is the Director of AskNature, where she manages the Institute’s library of biological strategies and nature-inspired innovations. Her love for biology and passion for design thinking drives her to educate the public on the creative potential of nature and its applications. 

In addition to the speakers on our team, we also have access to a broad network of educators and practitioners that we can recommend. Contact us to learn more!

Contact us

Please email us at info(at)biomimicry.org with your name, phone number, and the details of your request. Please include the event name, dates and times, location, the desired length and format of the presentation or workshop, and available honorarium or travel budget. We look forward to being in touch with you soon!

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We believe that the widespread adoption of nature-inspired solutions will catalyze a new era in design and business that benefits both people and the planet. Let’s make the act of asking nature’s advice a normal part of everyday inventing. We hope you will join us.

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