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The Open Wetlab is a laboratory for open source and creative biotechnology for bioartists, biodesigners and biohackers. Every month we start with a new project collaborative project cycle.

The first evening of each cycle is open to anybody, so in case you have a great idea or even have no clue what "open source and creative" biotechnology means, but would like to find out and get involved: this is the monthly evening you want to attend.


• 18:00 - 19:00 DIY Dinner (bring your own food)

• 19:00 - 19:15 Introduction of Open Wetlab project cycle

• 19:15 - 19:30 Idea examples

• 19:30 - 19:45 Idea pitches

• 19:45 - 20:15 Break out session into small groups filling in project canvas

• 20:15 - 20:30 Summaries

• 20:30 - 20:45 Discussion

• 20:45 - 21:00 Selection of one project

• 21:00 - 22:45 Experimental design, scheduling, splitting, ranking tasks, ordering materials

The other Tuesdays of the month we spend on working on the co-designed experiment.

Additional info

The Open Wetlab is located at the first floor of the Waag. More information about the activities of the Open Wetlab can be found here ( If you are looking for participatory workshops, keep an eye out for our Do-It-Together Bio series.

It is very helpful for us if you mail the Open Wetlab ([masked]) about your visit, or RSVP to this meetup event!

Past / ongoing open evening projects:

DropBot: open source electrowetting lab on chip devices based on the Wheeler lab device (

Microbial fuel cells: generating electricity with microbes

3D Bioprinting: hacked Ultimakers into gel extruders

Yeastograms: engraving pictures in yeast cultures

Mycellium: growing living structures

BioHack Academy prototype hacking: development of open source lab devices (

OpenPCR: genetic screening and DNA barcoding using polymerase chain reaction

Cellulose: an easy to grow, nonetheless fascinating biomaterial

Spirulina & D. Salina: two algae grown for food and pigments

Pigment bacteria: a natural collection of colorful bacteria

OpenBCI: open source brain computer interfacing using the OpenBCI device (

Curious about what else is possible at the lab? Read the Open Wetlab FAQ ( to find out.