DIYbio – learning to code or learning to type? – Postponed

NESTA Hot Topic

This event has been postponed till next year. The new date will be announced soon.

Title: DIYbio – learning to code or learning to type?
Location: MadLab
Description: NESTA Hot Topics series introduces the technological tools that will change our lives in the next few years. This event looks into DIYbio.
Start Time: 15:00
Date: 15-11-2012
End Time: 21:00

DIYbio: learning to code or learning to type?

Biological organisms do not follow the neat logic of a software program. They interact in unpredictable ways; they need care and time to grow; and, fundamentally, they come with the unknowns of natural systems rather than the order of manmade technologies. DIY biology and facilities to do this at a community level has parallels with the early stages of the open source computing movement, but at the same time, the complexities of biology might limit the potential success of amateur initiatives.

So how much is DIY biology like learning to code, or really more like learning to type?  As biological tools become part of the armory of today’s makers, is there a new set of skills and norms that come along with these? How does the routine of the lab mash with a creative hack culture? And what level of understanding do you need to do something truly inventive with a petri dish rather than html?

Nesta have teamed up with Madlab to run an event on 15 November at their facilities in Manchester. The event starts with an afternoon workshop (introducing biohacking in a biolab space), followed by an evening panel discussion on the theme of biological literacy. The panelists include; Asa Calow, DIY Biologist and Founder/Director of the MadLab in Manchester; John O’Shea, artist and creator of the world’s first bio-engineered football; and Philipp Boeing, UCL iGem and  London Biohackers.

The workshop is designed as a taster for those with little knowledge of these techniques, but more experienced users are also welcomed for the panel discussion.



Registration: 2.30pm

Workshop: 3-5pm


Registration and refreshments: 6.30pm

Evening panel discussion 7.30-9pm

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