Janine Benyus, the world renowned author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature and the Chair of the Biomimicry Institute, will be giving public lectures in Cape Town and Johannesburg on 27 August and 9 September respectively. Cindy Gilbert the Director of Education at Biomimicry Institute will also give a lecture in Stellenbosch on 27 August. For more details and to book a seat, check the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.
Benyus is currently creating the Biomimicry Design Portal, which is a public database of biological literature organised by design function. She is also developing a “biology-taught-functionally” course for engineers and designers, the only biology most will encounter in their university education. And if you'd like to see a previous talk of hers, there's a 23-minute podcast on TED.com.