LETTER OF INTENT

FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A EUROPEAN HUB
FOR APPLIED SCIENCE AND IMPLEMENTATION
IN SYMBIOTIC BIO-INSPIRED CIRCULARITY
(SymBIC)

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Executive Abstract to the European COST Action 2021

Please read the following outline of the proposal and express your interest in it by subscribing your organisation using the form below..

By subscribing to this Memorundum of Understanding (MoU), you declare your common intention to participate in the COST Action described below. It is outlined in full detail in the proposal submitted to the European Commision by Biomimicry Academy and Biomimicry Greece in September 2021.

By 2025 Biomimicry could represent $ 300 Billion annually of US GDP (2010), $ 50 Billion value in terms of recourses conserved CO2 not emitted and 1.6 million jobs. Globally , the report projects that Biomimicry could account for is 1 trillion in GDP by 2025 . The economic dimension of the activities carried out under the Action has been estimated, on the basis of information available during the planning of the Action, at EUR 80 million in 2017.

The SymBIC COST Action sets out to build the infrastructure that allows collaborative research and development to create value for market participants through innovation that cannot be achieved by classical approaches. For this, the Action adapts the notion of Symbiosis, the co-existence of and exchange of value between life in a biological ecosystem. Using abstraction from this biological phenomenon, the Action advances Circular Design and Economy through an open, inclusive and participatory approach enabled and driven by a technology designed to leverage collective intelligence. For this matter, a technical infrastructure consisting of a novel collaboration platform to reward data sharing and protect intellectual property, a cutting-edge database to analyse collaboration and research data, cross-sectorial, transdisciplinary research councils to connect scientific, economic, political and civic actors, and an agile stakeholder and knowledge management will be set up, developed and maintained.

SymBIC assembles experts in the fields of bioinspiration/biomimicry, circular design and economy, sustainability engineering, systems science, social innovators and designers, and policy makers across sectors. The following focus groups are being defined and will be confirmed as part of this MoU:

Focus group 1) Collaboration for Nature-Based Solutions – Lead: Germany + Belgium
Focus group 2) Business and Biomimicry – Lead: Germany + Switzerland
Focus group 3) Bioinspired Circular Economy – Lead: Netherlands + Greece
Focus group 4) Bioinspired Social Innovation and Education – Lead: Iberia + Netherlands
Focus group 5) Transatlantic Knowledge Transfer between Biomimicry hubs – Lead: Germany
Focus group 6) European Biomimicry Design Challenge – Lead: Germany + Netherlands

While building groups (1) through (5), the joint project to combine and funnel the actions of those groups is expressed in group (6): Its goal is to conceptualise and run a challenge in the form of a cross-sectorial hackathon/ideathon using bioinspired innovation and a specially developed reward system that drives collaboration between competing teams. The challenge will specialise on topics defined in a scoping phase steered by the management committee combining objectives from group (1) through (5). It will first take place in autumn 2021. The Action is set up to be inclusive to other networks and market partners, and designed for continuation and long-term support for the nascent SymBIC network. The network aims to work for the benefit of all members, and support and fund activities and projects.
Subscribing to this MoU does not result in any binding agreement or legal rights between any of the developing or signing parties. An official sign-up will follow once the COST Action is approved by the European Commission. Any organisation can sign the MoU to express its interest. This MoU will become valid once at least seven (7) COST Member Countries and/or COST Cooperating State have accepted it, and the corresponding Management Committee Members have been appointed, as described in the CSO Decision COST 134/14 REV2. The COST Action will start from the date of the first Management Committee meeting and shall be implemented for a period of four (4) years, unless an extension is approved by the CSO following the procedure described in the CSO Decision COST 134/14 REV2.

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Note that signing this MoU does not result in any binding agreement or legal rights between any of the developing or signing parties. An official sign-up will follow once the COST Action is approved by the European Commission.

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