Do It Together Bio

Waag Society connects her activities in the field of biotechnology and the relation between art, design and science to the Fablab methodology. In the Waag building, an Open Wetlab will arise where amateurs work on biotechnology. A part of the technology will be developed during workshops. Together, artists, designers, scientists and amateurs work on prototypes, experiments and works of art.

Biotechnology is much talked about, but unknown in society, while it has a big impact on man and ecology. Do It Together Bio contributes to the demystification and democratization of biotechnology, and it demonstrates that biotech is a new field for the creative industry.

The project consists of several public events:

Open Wetlab events
We'll be working with do-it-yourself biologists on bottom-up innovation: we build new machines, techniques and protocols – often cheaper than regular lab equipment, like a low-cost malaria tester. In the Waag building, a true laboratory arises for collective use. Under the lead of our fellow Pieter van Boheemen (certified bio-engineer & DIY biologist) machines will be built and equipment gathered to install a lab. Anyone with an interest in biology and life sciences can get started in our lab. 

Do It Together Bio events
A series of public events under the guidance of DIY biologists, scientists and artists: real human blood cell tournaments (Kathy High), electrified gardening (Phoef & Plant-E), DIY algae reactor engineering; biotic food modification, fun and functional DNA diagnostics, future cooking and cooking the future (Centre for Genomic Gastronomy, Zack Denfeld & Cat Kramer) and more. 

Check out the video reports of Do It Together Bio here.

This project is made possible by a subsidy from the Creative Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fund and SNS Reaal Fund. From 2015, also supported by BankGiro Lottery Fund. From 2017, this project is part of the European project 'Doing it together science'.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 288959 (KiiCS). Starting with #15, this project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 709443.

Duration of the project: 
01-10-2012 to 01-10-2016