Past Meetup

Project Ideation Evening in Hortus Botanicus

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Starting Tuesday the 7th of June, we will team up with the Hortus Botanicus ( for a series of four open DIY Bio community evenings.

June will the month of the plant! Ideas include but are not limited to experiments with different growth conditions, medicinal plants, air purifying plants, natural vs. cultivar DNA, etc.

Tuesday June 7th + Tuesday June 14th + Monday June 20th + Tuesday June 28

Please join us if you have a cool project idea, or if you would like to collaborate with others.


This event comprises of a series of four project evenings. The first event, the project ideation evening, is free of charge. If you would like to join the coming three workshops as well we will ask a contribution of 25 EUR for the coming three project evenings. If you are not sure yet and would like to decide later or per night you can also join for 10 EUR for a single project evening. You can only pay by pin.

About the Open Wetlab:

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.

Normally the open evenings are held at our wetlab in the building of Waag Society on the Nieuwmarkt. We will return to our own place after the summer!

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 - 20:45 Break out sessions; filling in project canvasses; discussions

• 20:45 - 21:00 Selection of project(s)

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

The other Tuesdays - and one Monday - of the month we spend on working on the co-designed experiment(s).

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.

This edition of DIY HEC is part of the DITOs project and supported by the European Commission.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s 'H2020-EU.5. - Science with and for society programme' under grant agreement no. [masked]