Advanced training workshops

The courses offered (1 to 3 days), allow a progressive and entertaining discovery of bio-inspired design concepts, combining exploration of Polynesian ecosystems and use of available tools and databases, enabling by practical design exercises to get familiarised with these biomimetic design tools and methodologies. 

Supported since its creation by the Biomimicry Institute (USA) and the CEEBIOS (France), two organizations of reference in the world of bio-inspired design, the Institut Polynésien de Biomimétisme has invested hundreds of days in the adaptation of the methods and tools of biomimicry in the Polynesian context. 


Shark are undoubtedly one of the most successful models in the underwater world. With more than 400 million years of adaptation, its flowing lines, its efficiency and its ability to thwart the challenges of a threatened nature, the shark proves to be a feat of adaptability and extraordinary resistance.

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Reef ecosystem

These are often linear reefs, separated from the coast by a more or less deep lagoon or by fringing reefs. The most common types of barrier reefs in French Polynesia are external barrier reefs, marking the outer edge of the reef complex from an oceanic island.

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Ombrolophic forests in altitude areas or cloud forests

These forests, the most original in their floristic composition and in their structure, the richest in endemic species, are the only ones which still have an almost intact aspect, sometimes disturbed by cross roads or by hydroelectric barrage.

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Discover how the underwater realm adapts and evolves in an exceptional harmony where optimization is at the service of each and every one, from the smallest organism to the most imposing inhabitants, where the stakes of food, survival and reproduction cannot be optimize without movement.

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Marine turtle

Living testimony of more than 100 million years of evolution, mythical emblem of French Polynesia since the dawn of time, inspiration of Polynesian ancestral tattoos, the turtle is an inexhaustible source of legends and technical and technological inspirations.

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For 18 million years, maintaining and adapting its habitat according to external constraints, its inhabitants and their vital needs, coral has become a master in the art of building; becoming at the same time architect, design office, builder, users and trustees of the underwater environment.

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The atolls represent the ultimate form of the evolution of an island which, once sunk, leaves to the surface its reef construction of more or less annular shape. The atolls can be of varying sizes, completely closed or open to the ocean, with or without intra-lagoon reef constructions.

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