Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983 – 1989
    Studied biology at Saarland University, Germany; completed Diplom degree

  • 1993
    Doctorate

  • 2001
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) and received the venia legendi (authorisation to teach) for the subjects zoology and technical biology and bionics

  • 2003
    Appointed professor of technical zoology and bionics at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Selected publications

  • Kesel, A.B.: Bionik. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt, 2005.

  • Kesel, A.B., Martin, A., Seidl, T.: Getting a grip on spider attachment: an AFM approach to microstructure adhesion in arthropods In: Smart Structures and Materials 13, 2004. pp. 512-518.

  • Kesel, A.B., Liedert, R.: Europäische Patentanmeldung "Antifouling Coating" EP 06 018 001.5. 2007.

  • Kesel, A.B., Zehren, D. (eds.): Bionik: Patente aus der Natur. Innovationspotenziale für Technologieanwendungen. Proceedings of the Bionik Kongress, Bionik Innovations Centrum Bremen, each ca. 400 pages, 2007, 2009, 2011.

  • Hoffmann, F., Kesel, A.B.: Kinematik- und Nachlaufanalyse beim Stör mittels PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry). In: Kesel, A.B., Zehren, D. (eds.), Bionik: Patente aus der Natur. Innovationspotenziale für Technologieanwendungen. Bionik-Innovations-Centrum, Bremen, 2007. pp. 244-250.

  • Owsianowski, N., Kesel, A.B.: Drag reduction in schooling fish – a CFD approach. In: Kesel, A.B., Zehren, D. (eds.), Bionik: Patente aus der Natur. Innovationspotenziale für Technologieanwendungen. Proceedings of the 4th Bionik Kongress, Bionik-Innovations-Centrum Bremen, 2009. pp. 187-195.

  • Sonntag, R., Kesel, A.B.: Alternative Antriebssysteme: Befunde zur Vortriebsgenerierung an Fischmodellen. In: Kesel, A.B., Zehren, D. (eds.), Bionik: Patente aus der Natur. Innovationspotenziale für Technologieanwendungen, Bionik-Innovations-Centrum, Bremen, 2009. pp. 341-346.

  • Kesel, A.B.: Sind Prozesse aus der Natur auf Wirtschaftsprozesse übertragbar? In: Otto, K.-S., Speck, T. (eds.), Darwin meets business. Gabler, Springer Fachmedien, Wiesbaden 2010.


Selected projects

  • "Bio-inspired Antifouling Agents" (non-toxic vegetative layer for underwater surfaces) (BMBF 01RB0709A), project partners: B-I-C Bremen, Fraunhofer Institut IFAM (Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials ? Shaping and Functional Materials, Bremen), OHB Systems (Bremen), Evonik Degussa (Hanau)

  • "Bio-Fix" (bio-inspired attachment systems, BMBF 01RB0712), project partners: Artur Fischer GmbH & Co. KG, Waldachtal, B-I-C Bremen

  • ARIADNA (extraterrestrial landing system following a biological example, ESA)

  • BIONOS (Bionic for optimizing supply chains, BMBF 01RB0709), project partners: TU Hamburg-Harburg, B-I-C Bremen, TU Berlin, Tchibo

  • "Scientific and didactic treatment of bionics for training and continuing education in schools and universities" (BMBF 01RB0708), project partners: B-I-C Bremen, University of Freiburg

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Director of the Bionics-Innovations-Centre (B-I-C Bremen), Bremen University of Applied Sciences

  • Director of the international course of study in bionics (BA, MA), Bremen University of Applied Sciences

  • 1st chairperson of the Society for Technical Biology and Bionics (GTBB e.V.)

  • 1st chairperson of the Bionics Competence Network (BIOKON e.V.)

  • Founding member and member of the executive committee of BIOKON International

  • Chairperson of the advisory committee "Bionics" of the Association of German Engineers (VDI)

  • Chairperson of the VDI Society "Technologies of Life Sciences"

  • Member of the executive committee of the VDI

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the VDI

  • Member of the academic senate, of the faculty council and of the department advisory board of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences

  • Student liaison for the German National Academic Foundation

  • Member of the Hochschulrat of the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe

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