© Lukas Beck
© Lukas Beck
Ille Gebeshuber does not just speak about the wings of a butterfly, she goes into rhapsodies about them. This play of colours, the nanostructures, the ability to adjust temperature so that the wings are never too hot and never too cold. “There’s knowledge in them that might take us another 100 years to discover”, she says with a smile. Almost dreamily, she tells us how she is fascinated with the beauty of nature and that she wants to understand what’s going on inside plants, animals, and rocks. Bionics – that’s the discipline that seeks to transfer phenomena observed in nature into technology.
Ille Gebeshuber is one of the best in her field. She was awarded Austrian Scientist of the Year 2017 (m/f), she is a member of the board of directors of the International Society of Bionic Engineering based in China, she taught at the University of Santa Barbara (California ) and at the National University of Malaysia. During the seven years she spent in Asia, she discovered her predilection for the jungle. “It’s where you learn the most”, she says. Together with her students, she used to roam the jungle looking for new insights.
In Lunz am See, she will take us on a walk around the lake and tell us about the local forest.