As part of the PlasticTwist European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Project, GaudiLabs invited HUMUS sapiens for an open research session on micro-plastics in the soil. With Julian Chollet and Josephine Blersch from the mikroBIOMIK society we turned the FabLab Luzern into a DIY research lab and analyzed soil sample with self made centrifuges, filters and fluorescent microscopes. A walk in the newly reconditioned recreational area on the Lucerne Allmende made us realize the extend of the problem. Finally, collected samples were scanned using a hacked HiSeq Sequencing machine.
Together with Juanma Garcia (Institut Pierre Gilles de Gennes) and Ryan Fobel (Sci-Bots) we organized a one week Co-lab for microfluidics in Paris (July 2017). Latest development on digital microfluidic devices were presented in the AIC/CRI Masterclass and in a Demo-Session at Espace Pierre-Gilles de Gennes. In a open week-end session at CRI maker and bio labs (Faculté de Médecine Paris Descarts) we experimented with new ideas on microfluidics that we later presented on a big poster at FLOW17 (Conference on Fundamentals and Applications of Micro- and Nanofluidics).
The BioFabbing Convergence on Fabrications and Fabulations brought together enthusiasts, practitioners, and researchers on Biohacking and Do-it-Yourself Biology (DIYbio) in an open event. Supported by the Do-it-Together Science (DITOs) EU Project we worked and lived in CERN, Hackuarium, the Confucius Institute, utopian, Campus Biotech and many other great places. As part of the pre- and after-program I got to visit pavillon_35 with Nature Animée#2, Kunsthalle Mainz with Biotopia and Make Munich. A great time wtih great people.
Building OpenPCR thermocyclers in a workshop and testing them by running a polymerase chain reaction. Two workshops, in Biotehna, Slovenia and GaudiLabs Lucern brought together artists, engineers and biologists to do some hands on work. We got some great results and plenty of ideas on how to use our new devices.
GaudiLabs and Hackteria.org are co-organizing GOSH2016, the Gathering for Open Science Hardware in CERN Geneva. A growing number of people around the world are developing and using Open Science Hardware, and we want to help build a self-organising community to drive change in open science. Four days of inspiring exchange and skill share with PublicLabs, Backyard Brains, OHANDA, openQCM, Experiment.com, Lifepatch.org and many more.
GaudiLabs joined the “How to grow (almost) anything” program, directed by George Church, professor of Genetics at Harvard medical school. The pilot class is based on a distributed educational model with FabLabs and Hackerspaces around the world. We try to combine knowledge on bio-engineering and nano-technology with the creative and hand’s on biohacking approach. Topics include DNA Nanostructures, Darwin on steroids, 3D Bioprinting, Engineering the Human Microbiome and many more. Let’s grow it. Here you find our project page.
Learning about fundamentals of molecular life-sciences, from molecular cell biology to synthetic biology with a pan european biohacker team. Assemble novel plasmid vector and subsequently transform it back into E. coli. All genetic elements are naturally occurring in E. coli species and will merely be rearranged using synthetic biology technology. No new genes are introduced to the species. The modifications are thus called cis-genetic and are free to use outside of the laboratory in many countries.
During a one week public lab session we explore different forms of glow in the dark and the natural appearance of bioluminescence. The collaboration was initiated by the artist duo Heidy Baggenstos und Andreas Rudolf together with hackteria.org. GaudiLabs was mentioned in this context in an article in Neue Zürcher Zeitung and focused mainly on the research of gimmickry around the topic of luminescence sometimes used in bioart projects.
For one week we will collaborate on ideas of Mobile Labs, Lab-in-a-Box, Environmental monitoring for off-grip field trips, artistic projects and transportability of living systems.
Field Trip to Maribor and Vitanje,