Why did you choose this Master’s?
When I saw the brochure of this programme stating: a mixture of nature, sustainability and innovation, I was sold. According to me, the combination of these three fields is the key to saving the world in the long run. Sustainability cannot go without innovation and looking at nature. In fact, nature has been doing R&D for over 3 billion years, and we’re just trying to learn from that. My hesitations for this Master’s were particularly based on my background, but with a crash course in biology it was no problem anymore.
What characterizes this Master?
A thing to keep in mind about this Master’s programme is the amount of self-reliance. This Master's programme dives right into a totally new area of science and research. And as much as pioneering comes with new opportunities and exiting prospects, it also implies the responsibility to design your own study path and to decide what you want to get out of this programme.
What is the relevance of your study?
This study is, in my opinion, the most relevant one can dive into. In the long run, at least, it is all about making sure there will be an earth to live on for future generations, and that is exactly what we’re trying to figure out. It is thrilling to engage in such a field of knowledge and potential. In my opinion, this field will exponentially grow in the next few years. Jobs are to be found everywhere, and in virtually every industry, since changing the world means changing everything. You could be a researcher for the airplane industry, or an expert in organic clothing fabrics: as long as you engage in the study for the right reasons; to make the world more sustainable and circular, by learning from nature.
If you had to do it over, would you select this Master’s again?
I would definitely select this Master’s again, since the field of Biomimicry is even more exciting than I expected, and possibilities in terms of combining nature, sustainability and innovation are endless. Besides that, the people linked to this study – students and staff – are very nice and always willing to help. However, I would strongly recommend to keep in mind that this Master’s is very young, implying that things are not always very structured and straightforward. This might be confusing. However, with the right proactive attitude, everything is possible.
Roy van den Berg, student