Welcome to the Hackuarium community's wiki.
At Hackuarium, we want to bring biology (and biologists) to the world, and the real world back to biology. Our laboratory is an excuse to meet and discuss, build and develop ideas in a neutral, open, noncompetitive and not-for-profit environment.
This page was launched during our 1st Ever Hackuarium Wiki Sprint that took place on 7 December 2014. As you might notice quickly, it is a work-in-progress.
Scroll down and find out what this is all about!
- 1 DIY Bio
- 2 Hackuarium
- 3 Who we are
- 4 Events
- 5 Projects
- 6 Practical Information
- 6.1 Rules at Hackuarium
- 6.2 Create an Event!
- 6.3 Protocols
- 6.4 Instruments available
- 6.5 Up-to-date list of instruments we still need
- 6.6 Where we shop
- 6.7 How to built a new project page on our Wiki
- 6.8 Library and ReadingList
- 6.9 Media and Press
- 6.10 Wanted
What is DIYbio?
DIYbio (Do-It-Yourself biology) is a movement that wants to free the practice of biological research and innovation from the institutional and industrial laboratories. Pursued both by amateurs and professional biologists, DIYbio is developing low-cost and low-tech solutions to problems identified by the community.
The movement is characterised by an extremely diverse set of practices and participants. Some call themselves 'biohackers', in reference to the hacker culture.
Hackuarium is a not-for-profit association aiming at democratizing science through public engagement.
Our laboratory in Renens (Switzerland) is open to anyone sharing the values of the association and who is dedicated to follow the DIYbio Europe ethical guidelines.
Our projects are initiated and carried out by scientists as well as non-scientists from a variety of background. They are passionate about tinkering with biology in particular, and technology in general. Some are engineers, architects, designers, IT and computer scientists or retired professionals, but others have no scientific education. They are mostly citizens interested in open and participatory research and innovation, outside the contrains of traditional institutions.
Hackuarium members want to investigate new ways of carrying out interdisciplinary research and innovation, by making their results accessible (low-cost), simple and easily reproducible (low-tech) and by promoting an open source philosophy.
Hackuarium is proudly using infrastructures provided by UniverCité, an unconventional innovation hub opened in May 2014. Our equipment is mostly upcycled material from institutions and industries from western Switzerland.
Who we are
Renens is a hopping hub - and our members reflect the diversity that is in and around Lausanne/Renens.
Check us out, and find out what makes Hackuarium a good mix.
The current committee is composed of the following people:
- Co - President: Vanessa Lorenzo (also Art and Design coordinator)
- Co - President: Rachel Aronoff (also Citizen Science coordinator)
- Secretary: Luc Henry
- Lab Manager: Gustavo Santamaria
- Online promotion: Yann Pierson
- Treasurer: Ana Roldan
- System Administrator: Sam Sulaimanov
- Talent scout and evangelist for Academy: Anne-Laure Pittet
- Talent scout and evangelist for Entrepreneurs: Gianpaolo Rando
- Talent scout and evangelist: Daniel Hernandez
- Community happiness, Ateliers de Renens Link: Yann Heurtaux
The Agenda of the last board meeting can be found here.
Members and Membership
Do you have a project in mind? Do you want to just support us?
Hackuarium operates on a membership basis, even though all events are open to anyone, including non-members.
The monthly membership fee is 20 CHF. It gives 24/7 access to the lab.
Please ask a member of the board if you want to join, and follow the directions below.
Want to join?
- Write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and give us a short description of:
- yourself, your interests, your background
- what you would like to learn or do at Hackuarium
- Tell us everything !! ;)
Friends of Hackuarium
Where we are
Hackuarium is one of the association active at UniverCité, an innovation space under construction since May 2014 in the IRL building in Renens. We have documented our working environment as it has evolved.
As of December 2015, UniverCité regroups a laboratory, a workshop and coworking space.
Our original space is under construction work at the moment (April 2017). We are temporarily relocated First floor, same building.
OpenHackuarium: Every Wednesday, 19:00-22:00
Our lab and space are open to the public. Please come and have a chat! And if you have any questions get in touch!
Upcoming Hackuarium Events
- 2017.06.27 Tuesday: Official opening of the 2nd floor REDUX!
- 2017.06.24-25 Saturday-Sunday: The lab is moving back to the 2nd floor
- 2017.05.31 Wednesday 19:30-21:00: Update on micro-droplet based high throughput cell selection
- 2017.05.17 Wednesday 19:30-21:00: Extraordinary General Assembly
- 2017.05.10 Wednesday 19:30-21:00: On Food Waste
or follow our google calendar
Other Upcoming Events at UniverCité
Other Upcoming Events
- 2017.05.10-14 Wednesday-Sunday: The Biofabbing conference will take place in Geneva. Hackuarium will contribute to the Uncoference part: Hackuarium visit, Hackuarium Satellite.
Past Hackuarium Events
You can find the complete list of our past events here.
Here, you will find the projects going on in the Hackuarium.
- The P1 project
- BIO-DESIGN for the REAL WORLD
- Living Instruments
- Micro to Macro Water Pollution - with Hammerdirt and BIO-DESIGN for the REAL WORLD
- Octanis - with more information about their Rover / Balloon here
- AGiR! for genomic integrity
- Moss Menageries with AGiR!
- Open Source Bioreactor
- Steady state bioreactor
- Workshop Bioprinter
- Colab Biomaterials
- Hacktion challenges
- Bience (Beer and Science!)
- Mycelium Structures
- Live Type
- LivingLab Design
- Quantitative Anthropology
- Impression 3D
- Projects:Dépollution des stands de tirs Suisses
- Incubateur bon marché
- Space Seed
- Reception d'images satellites
- Edible wall
- ZéBU CH
- Compost Bacteria
- Protein purification systems
This page describe the code of conduct for Hackuarium members.
Wiki express for EVENT organisation:
- Want to organise an event with particulars/companies/universities/your grandpapa and mama????
Talk to Christophe Rouiller email@example.com to check if the space is free
Talk ALSO to Yann Pierson our 'online promotion' specialist, who will make sure the announcements are made on all the social media outlets for Hackuarium!
Talk to the community, to spread the word (not for permission) —> slack UC Events (best) and/or board firstname.lastname@example.org
Go for it!
- Is it a WORKSHOP?? All the previous & make sure you get your logistics in order! Do you need a microgrant? Just ask!!
- Is there a SIMILAR workshop ALREADY planned? If yes, negotiate dates and: Do you target the SAME people? If yes, negotiate. If not, no problem. It maybe interesting to see what others do.
- Go for it! and spread the love for tech, science, art and design.
All the protocols that we use at Hackuarium will be found here (work in progress). They are detailed and structured so that the main focus is on applications. The idea is to give crucial information on how to apply the most common techniques of the Biology toolbox. The protocols are structured as follow:
- A scheme describing each
- A brief description of the protocol and its use
- A description of the different ways of carrying out the protocol. Ideally there should be a description of a commercial kit and a DIY kit.
- A description of the safety issues and best practice
- Information specific to Hackuarium and where to find the components, tools and reagents.
This page describes all the instruments available at Hackuarium (work in progress..), their location and how to use them.
Up-to-date list of instruments we still need
This on-line document contains all the instruments, tools and consumables we are looking for. Our standard donation contract (French) Contrat_de_donation. If your organisation happen to discard a piece of equipment we are (or may be) looking for, contact us!
Consumables can be purchased from Huber Lab.
Options for electronic parts
- Ebay (international)
- AliExpress (China)
- Adafruit (UK)
- Seeedstudio (China)
- Tmart (Hong Kong)
- Rasberry pi shop (Switzerland)
- Distrilec (Switzerland)
How to built a new project page on our Wiki
If you want to start or edit a project page on Hackuarium's wiki, please follow these instructions.
Library and ReadingList
The DIY biology / Biohacking movement
Media and Press
- 2016.09.27 - Hackuarium is mentioned in a paper by Celia Luterbacher on citizen science: Citizen science: Not a scientist? Not a problem
- 2016.09.18 - Luc Henry, co-founder of Hackuarium, is interviewed in this podcast on citizen science: Science for non-scientists
Do you want to contribute to making Hackuarium a diverse and lively community? Check out our wanted lists: