For the recent SpotOn NYC discussion held on 13. December 2012 a number of articles were published discussing the role of DIY Bio / DIY Science for outreach and democratization of science, enabled by tinkerers, amateur astronomers, enablers, as well as educators interested in this field.
“Scientific research has a reputation for being expensive, requiring fancy microscopes, massive observatories, or even one-of-a-kind machines like the LHC. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Amateur astronomers have spotted supernovas and watched objects slam in to Jupiter. People have set up molecular biology labs in their garage, and “hack days” have made software development accessible to anyone with an interest and modicum of skills. This panel will take a look at the growth of DIY science, describing some of the opportunities it presents and the trends we might see.”