Denisa Kera just published an article about new bottom-up involvements using tinkering and design as models for both research and public engagement with synthetic biology and nanotechnology…
• Novel forms of public engagement in bio and nanotechnologies in the DIYbio and Hackerspaces.
• Decentralized, participatory, and design oriented practices based on open science and open access paradigms.
• Alternative R&D approaches bring experimental forms of ethical deliberation and regulation.
Typically nanotechnology and synthetic biology are discussed in terms of novel life forms and materials created in laboratories, or by novel convergences of technologies (ICTs and biological protocols) and science paradigms (engineering and biology) they initiated. Equally inspiring is their ability to generate novel institutions and global communities around emergent sciences, which radicalize the forms of public engagement and ethical deliberation. We are starting to witness alternative (iGEM competitions) and almost underground R&D engagements with Synthetic Biology (DIYbio movement), which inspired the emerging bottom-up involvements in nanotechnologies in projects, such as the NanoSmanoLab in Slovenia. These bottom-up involvements use tinkering and design as models for both research and public engagement. They democratize science and initiate a type of grassroots “science diplomacy”, supporting research in developing countries. We will discuss several recent examples, which demonstrate these novel networks (“Gene gun” project by Rüdiger Trojok from the Copenhagen based hackerspace, Labitat.dk, the “Bioluminescence Project” by Patrik D’haeseleer from Biocurious biotech hackerspace in Sunnyvale, CA, and the “Biodesign for the real world” project by members of the Hackteria.org). They all use design prototypes to enable collaborative and global tinkering, in which science and community are brought together in open biology laboratories and DIYbio hackerspaces, such as Hackteria.org or Biocurious. In these projects research protocols encompass broader innovative, social and ethical norms. Hackerspaces represent a unique opportunity for a more inclusive, experimental, and participatory policy that supports both public and global involvements in emergent scientific fields.
Talking / Writing about open science in closed access journals… but then
Why does Maribor need us?
We have heard about maaaaany problems with Rats in Maribor. So we thought we should come over and do something about it….
… and they eat babies!
First thing to do, is a bit of reading. Luckily my friend Mac Cowell, DIYbio, recently blogged about this book:
Full Revelations of a Professional Rat-Catcher, [...]
Lab & Education Manager
Kristijan has a diploma in biotechnology, was working in Hiša Eksperimentov (Ljubljana) co-founder of “akademia za radovedne” and is now the Lab & Education Manager in Biotehna and K3. His main goal is to connect open source bio-lab project with students and to create first bio-lab in Slovenia, where people can [...]
On 19-20. Oct 2013 we went out to a new cave, Jama Mačkovica, near Laze, Slovenia, this time equipped with upgraded mobile labs for getting microbial samples, setting up traps for attracting insects, making coffee and chicken and doing VJ and Sound sessions….
How to make simple insect traps
Simple plastic (or glass) container, make a hole [...]
Today dusjagr was invited for a 50 min interview/discussion to the studios of Radio Študent in Ljubljana. For 50 mintues we talked about dusjagr’s interdisciplinary works as a researcher, how he got involved in Slovenia through NanoŠmano, KIBLIX 2011 and BioTehna, and also the more recent activities on urban ecologies meets artist’s kitchen and cave [...]
It’s not a gun culture – It’s a food culture
Coming soon… Nutria
Urban Hunting – Session 2: Nutria from dusjagr on Vimeo.
Last weekend we set out to Ljubljanica to investigate various habitats of the local Nutria species. A few hundred meters above Špica, we found a small canal, where there are loooooaaads of them. The [...]
Our partners from BioDESIGN.CC will be hosting this session coming next June 2014:
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – deadline 14 October 2013
The Openness Paradigm: How Synergies Between Open Access, Open Data, Open Science, Open Source Hardware, Open Drug Discovery Support Development?
Session [TH2-SE02-11] in the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: What is Essential?
4-6 June 2014 | [...]