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Welcome to the wiki of Hackuarium community.

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.

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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!


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. and are the portals of the international and european communities, respectively.

For more information, visit the Wikipedia page dedicated to DIYbio.


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:

The Agenda of the last board meeting can be found here.

Members and Membership

Hackuarium operates on a membership basis at this current time.

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 as a member.

All events are open to anyone, including non-members.

Friends of Hackuarium


  • UniverCité
  • La Paillasse, Paris
  • Paillasse Saône, Lyon

  • Projects:

  • Exodes Urbains
  • EchOpen

  • 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 co-working space.


    Every Wednesday, 19:00-22:00 #OpenHackuarium: our lab and space are open to the public. Get in touch!

    Upcoming Hackuarium Events

  • 2016.06.01 Wednesday 19:00-22:00: Openhackuarium vol. 100 Hackuarium is celebrating two years of (bio)hacking at UniverCité!
  • 2016.05.25 Wednesday 19:00-22:00: Openhackuarium vol. 99 What is the difference between Biohacking, DIYbio, Open and Citizen Science?
  • plus … a grand cru chocolate tasting for genomic integrity 2016.05.25
    Tell us your favourite and your guess as to which will contain the most flavanols to enter a special contest!
    (limited amounts available!)

    Other Upcoming Events at UniverCité

  • 2016.05.30-06.03 Monday-Friday 10:00-22:00: Our workshop Made@ at UniverCité is open to the everyone for the European Maker Week

  • Other Upcoming Events

  • 2016.06.14 Tuesday Conference, Casino de Montbenon, Lausanne.
  • 2016.06.02-03 Thursday-Friday Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint 2016, CERN, Geneva.
  • You can find the complete list of our past events here.


    Here, you will find the projects going on in the Hackuarium.

    Active Projects

    Archived Projects

    Practical Informations

    Following this link you will find a general plan of Hackuarium.
    Following this link, you will find the plan of Hackuarium with the position of equipment.

    Rules at Hackuarium

    This page describe the code of conduct for Hackuarium members.


    All the protocols that we use at Hackuarium can be found here 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.
  • Instruments available

    This page describes all the instruments available at Hackuarium (work in progress..), their location and how to use them.

    Liste à jour de nos besoins en matériel

    This document contains all the instruments and tools we need. If you happen to have a piece of equipment we are (or may be) looking for, contact us!

    Where we shop


    Consumables can be purchased from Huber Lab.

    Swiss-based Smiples has a very extensive listing of second hand laboratory and technical items. These can be bought from their online shop or from Ricardo.


    Options for electronic parts

    Tools and Equipment found at Hackuarium

  • Working Equipment
  • Equipment needing fixing
  • Where we shop

  • How to built a new project page on our Wiki

    Library and Reading List

  • (Accessed 05.2016)

    The DIY biology / Biohacking movement

  • Biohacker and Biohackers, Alessandro Delfanti, (Accessed 05.2016)
    A review by our president
  • Biohacking everything you need to know about diy biology, (Accessed 05.2016)
  • Genspace gets funding, PRNewswire, (Accessed 05.2016)
  • Learn from DIY biologists, Todd Kuiken, Nature, (Accessed 05.2016)


  • Open-hardware, pioneers push for low-cost lab kitElizabeth Gibney, Nature, (Accessed 05.2016)
  • Appropedia a source of DIY instruments builds, Dr. Joshua Pearce, (Accessed 05.2016)
  • The PCB milling machine, Open Hardware Repository, (Accessed 05.2016)
  •, Sensory network on a roll of tape, Filip Visnjic, (Accessed 05.2016)
  • RedEye Oxygen Sensing Patches, Ocean Optics, (Accessed 05.2016)


  • Rainbow wasp nests, Mattia Menchetti, (Accessed 05.2016)
  • Dirty beats making music with bacteria, Interspecifics(Accessed 05.2016)
    More1, More2, More3


  • The new tree of life TED (Accessed 05.2016)
  • Rethinking work, Yann Heurtaux, (Accessed 05.2016)
  • That plastic bottle cutter, Pavel & Ian, (Accessed 05.2016)

    The OpenSource ideology

  • Results held hostage, Francesco Mondada, (Accessed 05.2016)

    Media and Press

    • Newsletter


    Do you want to contribute to making Hackuarium a diverse and lively community? Check out our wanted lists:

  • Skills
  • Ideas
  • Equipment
  • Materials