LFKK10412U Innovation - Inspired by Nature
Throughout history, nature has continuously inspired humans to create better and new solutions to our problems. Among other things, it has inspired hunting strategies, modern technology, design solutions, business models, and even structures in social organization and communications. In the knowledge-driven societies of today and considering the big global challenges we face, innovation based on biology is becoming even more important in our transition towards a sustainable bio-based society. Innovation requires wedding multidisciplinary skills and competencies to imagination and thus demands that people from a variety of disciplines are brought together. This course will focus on innovative solutions inspired by nature in a multidisciplinary context. It will do so by bringing together both students and teachers from various disciplines, with different interests, and from a number of educational backgrounds (natural resources, biology, biotechnology, engineering, humanities, management, design and so on).
Students will work together over three weeks to develop innovative solutions to real problems provided by companies, non-profits, or governmental organizations. Selected partners from the service industry, private or public companies will challenge a group of students to create new solutions inspired by nature to a specific problem, process or design. Each group will meet the commissioned holder of their specific assignment a few times during the course. Facilitators will accompany the meetings and classes in general.
The course will enable students to manage innovation processes based on inspiration gained from the plethora of highly evolved biological functions, systems and processes found in nature. They will gain a basic set of theories and tools in innovation and design. They will be able to create, select and transform ideas into e.g. a prototype, new process, design or method based on a specific assignment and they will be trained in multidisciplinary work. This will be complemented with knowledge on commercialization and implementation strategies for the problem providers from private, non-profit, or governmental organizations.
After completing the course the student is expected to be able to:
- Understand biology as a source for innovation
- Obtain an overview of concept and theory of innovation managements, innovation process models, exploitation and exploration, and creation
- Understand how to manage a collaboration process in a multidisciplinary setting
- Read and interpret specific articles and textbook chapters
- Describe and categorize biological solutions according to a specific assignment/topic
- Distribute tasks and responsibilities in a multidisciplinary environment
- Communicate ideas clearly, concisely and confidently in writing and orally to stakeholders
- Find and explain the evolved solution of specific issues
- Transfer biological knowledge into innovative solutions
- Ability to discuss, evaluate and decide among creative solutions
- Explain innovation models and use novel tools for innovative creation
- Ability to make use of own and other persons competences in multidisciplinary work
Course material consists of selected scientific articles and book chapters. Students are expected to identify additional group specific literature.
The students have to fill in a short questionnaire when they apply. Ths link to the questionnaire is: http://plen.ku.dk/english/education/msc/lfkk10412/
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentWritten assignment
- Exam registration requirements
- Active contribution to multidisciplinary group work (reflection on group dynamics, the innovation process and communication)
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assesment
- Project work
- Practical exercises