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Bionic Award

We are deeply honored to be awarded the prestigious International Bionic Award 2023 for our bioinspired research, which highlights the endless potential of nature-inspired innovation.

Jean Cappello and Emmanuel Siéfert, Université Libre de Bruxelles

International Bionic Award

Biomimetics often generate ideas and serve as a stimulus for innovation with sustainable benefits for technology, economy and society. The award is endowed to support research and development oriented towards practical application and innovation by young scientists in the field of biomimetics.

The International Bionic Award was presented for the eighth time in 2023. It was awarded to Jean Cappello and Emmanuel Siéfert. It is endorsed with 5.000 € by the Schauenburg-Foundation.


  • Prof. Dr. Jerôme Casas | Université François-Rabelais Tours, France
  • Dr. Rainer Erb | BIOKON e.V., Germany
  • Markus Fischer | Ingenieurbüro Markus Fischer, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Robert J. Full | University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Herdy | INPRO GmbH, Germany
  • Prof. George Jeronimidis | University of Reading, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Dr. Antonia Kesel | Bionik-Innovations-Centrum Bremen, Germany
  • Dr. Ana Mura | University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Marc Georg Schauenburg | Schauenburg-Stiftung, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck | Universität Freiburg, Germany
  • Dr. Stéphane Viollet | Aix Marseille University, France
  • Dr. Ludwig Vollrath | FISITA, London, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Dr. Zhengzhong Shao | Fudan University, China

Sponsor of the Award

The award has been endowed by the Schauenburg-Foundation since 2008. The Schauenburg-Foundation was established in 1986 by Hans-Georg Schauenburg, founder of the Schauenburg Group, which has been in business in the Rhein-Ruhr area for over 60 years. The focus of the Schauenburg-Foundation, which is administered by the independent Stifterverband (Stifterverband is the business community‘s innovation agency for the German science system), reflects the close connection of the International Schauenburg Group to its roots and with scientific and technical innovation.

The foundation mainly endorses academic projects in the area of engineering, economics and social sciences, as well as supporting young people in their vocational training.

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Past Awards

Winner of the Bionic Award 2020: Julien Dupeyroux, University of Aix-Marseille

Julien Dupeyroux received the award, endowed with 5,000 Euros, for his outstanding research on an autonomously navigating robot, which he carried out as a PhD research at the University of Aix-Marseille.

The goal of Dupeyroux's research was to build a robot that would mimic the biological functions observed in the behaviour of desert ants. These functions include the acquisition and processing of visual information and a relative navigation based the collated information, also known as path integration. 

This idea represents constructive lateral thinking in biomimetics par excellence and therefore, the young scientist convinced the international jury of experts. Second place went to Falk Esser, the third place to Gianni Jacucci.

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