Daphne Fecheyr-Lippens grew up in the beautiful city of Gent, Belgium. Although she started her studies in Biochemistry & Biotechnology with the idyllic dream to invent the cure against cancer, she soon realized her deeper interest lays in environmental issues. When she learned about Biomimicry she knew this emerging field would change her life. In her final Master year (2011) she heard a talk of Janine Benyus in Brussels, which totally convinced her to pursue a future in Biomimicry. A few days later she applied for the Biomimicry Specialty Certificate Program. This was the start of a life-changing journey.
She gets so excited about Biomimicry because it opens a whole new source for inspiring innovative and sustainable designs for a very broad range of fields. Also, it gives her hope. Instead of being pessimistic about our future, we should focus on the many possibilities we all have to reduce our footprint on earth, while not compromising our life standard.
Understanding the mechanism how Ultraviolet (UV) light can be reflected by biological materials; my main focus now is white-colored avian eggshells. I’m interested in applying this knowledge to create innovative protection systems to harmful solar radiation.