In July 2019, the manufacturing community gathered in the city of Yekaterinburg – the industrial heartland of Russia – for the second edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, #GMIS2019. First announced by President Vladimir Putin in May 2018, #GMIS2019 was held under the theme of ‘nature-inspired technologies’ – also known as biomimetic design and biomimicry – which is the science of mapping design challenges to the natural world to nd innovative solutions. The 2019 summit hosted presentations, panel session, keynotes and working groups to create discussion in order to intensify the impact of innovation and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies on the global manufacturing sector through the worldwide dissemination of knowledge, best practices and standards, while highlighting the role of manufacturing in enabling global prosperity through advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
Russia’s machine-building industry provides for most of the country’s needs, including steam boilers and turbines, electric generators, grain combines, automobiles, and electric locomotives, and lls much of its demand for shipbuilding, electric-power-generating and transmitting equipment, consumer durables, machine tools, instruments, and automation components.
#GMIS2019 highlighted the role of ‘nature-inspired technologies’ in discovering pioneering solutions that solve real-world issues. Also known as biomimetic design or ‘biomimicry’, the theme of natureinspired technologies is the science of mapping design challenges to nature and has paved the way for some of the most important and impactful inventions our world has seen.