• Do It Together Bio: fermentation workshop

    Time for another Do-It-Together Bio workshop! Despite their image, most bacteria are not harmful to people’s health. There are many applications in which bacteria play a crucial role. In this workshop we zoom in on fermentation processes, and you will learn how to get your home laboratory started with simple, healthy and energy-efficient techniques! Fermentation The culinary hype of fermentation sorts with the movement in which healthy eating is key and food waste is avoided. Add to that the current do-it-yourself mentality, and it becomes clear why fermentation has been embraced by both professional and home cooks. Moreover, the acts of looking, feeling, smelling and tasting change the relationship with the end product. See your food transform over time, into a unique and personal product. Tickets There are limited places available for this workshop. Buy a ticket via the link below. Admission is € 5, including a (fermented) drink. https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/do-it-together-bio-food-experiments-tickets-60804949240 No refrigerator? No problem Fermentation is one of the oldest techniques to postpone the expiration date of food: perhaps your grandmother's entire cellar was also full of pickled vegetables? It is an easy and sustainable way in which salt is added to (for example) fish, meat or vegetables, in order to control the fermentation process and to create an intense taste. Fermenting food offers a solution if you do not have cooling options. The process takes place at room temperature and therefore does not consume any energy: "It is one of the cheap and energy-efficient solutions of the future," says professor of food microbiology Eddy Smid of Wageningen University. Although fermentation may seem to have a nostalgic character, it is more than longing for the time from before the technological revolution. On the contrary, it also offers possibilities in an apocalyptic world view: the cellar as your own storage space. What do you need? Not much more than an (empty, clean) mayonnaise bucket with a lid to close it , a drill, a water seal and a silicone plug. Simply drill a hole in the bucket, lock it and you're done. The locks and plugs will be available for purchase for € 2,50 and can be purchased from us on the evening itself, but you can also bring your own. The mayonnaise bucket you will be able to find at the local snack bar around the corner. Programme 19.30 Doors open 20.00 Introduction: Open Wetlab + Textilelab about the various applications of bacteria 20.30 Tasting by Tessa Bouzidi and Thijs van Himbergen 21.00 Workshop water kefir + make your own fermentation vessel 22.00 Drinks

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  • Open Kitchen Science with Rosanne Hertzberger

    Description Many bacteria in the human body live in a low-oxygen environment. To be able to grow these in a lab, an easy to maintain, affordable low-oxygen incubator must be build. An Open Kitchen Science evening with Rosanne Hertzberger. The entrance fee is € 5 including a drink. This evening is in English. Rosanne Hertzberger Rosanne Hertzberger is a writer, columnist and microbiologist. As an independent researcher at VU University Amsterdam she studies vaginal bacteria and the influence of these bacteria on the health of women and children, for example in premature birth. Hereby she practices Open Kitchen Science, focused on cooperation, radical transparency and openness. The ultimate goal is to make the scientific method accessible to everyone. Open-source hardware at Waag The Open Wetlab van Waag builds open-source hardware, whereby designs for laboratory equipment are shared via open-source. For example, participants of the BioHack Academy build their own do-it-yourself devices for use in experiments. Programme 19:30 Doors open 20:00 Introduction by Lucas Evers 20:30 Rosanne Hertzberger 21:30 Q&A with Roland van Dierendonck, Lucas Evers and Rosanne Hertzberger

  • Open Kitchen Science with Rosanne Hertzberger

    Microbiologist Rosanne Hertzberger, known from the Dutch television show Zomergasten in 2017, will talk about bacteria in the human body and making an low-oxygen incubator at Waag's Thursday programme. Many bacteria in the human body live in a low-oxygen environment. To be able to grow them in a lab, an easy to maintain, affordable, oxygen-free incubator must be built. During this Open Kitchen Science evening you will learn how that works. Tickets The entrance fee is € 5, including a drink. This evening is in English. Reserve via Eventbrite via this link: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/open-kitchen-science-with-rosanne-hertzberger-tickets-58790077705 Rosanne Hertzberger Rosanne Hertzberger is a writer, columnist and microbiologist. As an independent researcher at VU University Amsterdam she studies vaginal bacteria and the influence of these bacteria on the health of women and children, for example in premature birth. Hereby she practices Open Kitchen Science, focused on cooperation, radical transparency and openness. The ultimate goal is to make the scientific method accessible to everyone. Open-source hardware at Waag The Open Wetlab van Waag builds open-source hardware, whereby designs for laboratory equipment are shared via open-source. For example, participants of the BioHack Academy build their own do-it-yourself devices for use in experiments. Programme 19:30 Doors open 20:00 Introduction by Lucas Evers 20:30 Rosanne Hertzberger 21:30 Q&A with Roland van Dierendonck, Lucas Evers and Rosanne Hertzberger This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. [masked]

  • Final presentations BioHack Academy #6

    During this event the BioHack Academy students will present their final project and receive the official BioHack Academy Award. Everyone is welcome to join us and cheers to our latest generation of biohackers. Entrance to this event is € 5, including one drink. Please buy a ticket via the link below via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/final-presentations-biohack-academy-6-tickets-57782330506 Roland van Dierendonck, head of the BioHack Academy, will introduce this year's BioHack Academy after which the students will elaborate on their projects. BioHack Academy Bio-technological developments follow each other at a rapid pace. Inventions, such as the CRISPR-Cas9 technique that allows genetic manipulation of DNA, can have far-reaching consequences. The simplicity and low costs of many techniques make it possible to apply biotechnology outside laboratories and research institutions and to carry out experiments. In the BioHack Academy the focus is on making lab equipment accessible through the open source sharing of designs. During the BioHack Academy the students worked with microbes, algae, genetics and other forms of biotechnology. During weekly classes, students quickly learn the basics of biotechnology, 3D design, digital fabrication, programming and electronics. Students work with biomaterials and build open-source hardware that everyone manufactures in the Fablab. The biomaterials vary from bio-pigments to bio-textiles. In addition to gathering new knowledge, the BioHack Academy is also about sharing knowledge. All lab equipment manufactured within BioHack Academy is open-source. This means that everyone is completely free to improve the design, adapt it to own preference and continue experimenting. The next BioHack Academy is planned for January 2020. Registration for this edition will follow later this year. If you want to be notified when registration starts, you can show your interest by filling in this form: https://waag.typeform.com/to/DEatL9

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  • The Beauty Kit Focus Group

    De Waag

    In the Beauty Kit Focus Group, artist Isabel Burr Raty displays the beauty bio-products that she manufactures with genital female fluids. With this project Isabel exposes that woman’s sexual organs posses powers that enhance beauty with scientific evidence. This event will show the exciting results of the first edition of the Beauty Kit Female Farm, that took place at the Cultivamos Cultura Portugal in June 2018 The focus group attendants are invited to inquire on the manufacturing procedures and offer their advice for the possible consumption. The uncanny nature of the products and the Beauty Kit Farms project aiming to enlarge her production level, destabilizes the event. During this event we will explore the unknown abilities of the female body with the audience, universal myths will be discussed and products will be available. This evening is in English. Reserver a ticket via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-the-beauty-kit-focus-group-50899112616?aff=efbeventtix About the artist Isabel Burr Ratyis an independent filmmaker and performance artist, exploring the ontological crack between the organic and the artificially engineered, between the unlicensed knowledge of minority groups and the official facts. In her artistic research she interweaves new media, body/live art, lectures and participatory performance proposing hybrid narratives and bio-autonomy practices that play with synthetic magic and compose in situ Sci-Fi. Isabel is currently an associate researcher in a.pass.be, lecturer-teacher of Media art history in ERG Brussels (École de Recherche Graphique) and artist in residency in Amsterdam via the AFK partnered to: Waag, Mediamatic and Prof. Toby Kiers (VU Amsterdam). The project is supported by Flemish Ministry of Arts and Culture Belgium, Nadine Wandering Arts Biennieale, ZSenne art lab Brussels and Cultivamos Cultura Portugal.

  • Cellf and DIY Cardiac Muscle Cells - Talk by Guy Ben-Ary and Prof Eric Danen

    Dear friends, (sorry for x-posting, please forward to those interested) This coming Thursday September 12, at 20.00, we have the pleasure of inviting you to join us for a lecture presentation by Symbiotica researcher Guy Ben-Ary and his work on the project CellF. CellF is an installation containing a synthesizer made of the cultured human neuron cells. CellF will be shown at Today’s Art Festival 2018 the week after and Guy will talk about the work on the cell cultures he did in the lab at the academic hospital in Leiden as he was not able to bring living cells from Australia where he is based other then those his own body is made of. Apart from CellF he will also talk about and show his new work on cardiac muscle cells. Originally the event was meant to be a hands-on activity with the public but due to needed safety arrangements and permits we decided to cancel this. In addition to Guy Ben-Ary's lecture, Prof. Dr. Eric Danen, in whose lab at the Academic Medical Centre of Leiden Ben-Ary currently works, will present his work on 2D and 3d tissue modelling to understand cancer metastasis and therapy resistance. In addition we have conversation about the work and its artistic context with Today’s Art Festival director Olof van Winden and Waag’s Bio Safety Officer Per Staugaard. Moderation Lucas Evers, Waag. More on Guy’s work and how to make a reservation for the event can be found here: https://waag.org/en/event/critical-making-diy-cardiac-muscle-cells We look forward to welcoming you Thursday at 20.00 at Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam On behalf of Waag and Today’s Art Festival The Hague, all my best, Lucas

  • Art Enlightening Immunology - Exhibition and presentations

    Dear friends, For all of you in Amsterdam coming Thursday 30th of August I invite you to come to Waag to the opening at 20.00 of a short exhibition with works of three great artists Marta de Menezes, Herwig Turk and Andrew Carnie: Art Enlightening Immunology. http://www.enlight-ten.eu/ For that occasion Nina Czegledy on behalf of the Leonardo Network will be in Amsterdam to open the exhibition and toast on the 50th aniversary of Leonardo and all the people involved that make so much interactions between the arts adn sciences possible. https://www.leonardo.info/50th-anniversary Please find more information here: https://waag.org/en/event/art-enlightening-immunology-exhibition Marta de Menezes, Herwig Turk and Andrew Carnie present art works that they developed as part of the Enlight-Ten research consortium. ENLIGHT-TEN is an EU funded project that provides cross-disciplinary training in immunology and big data analysis. The twelve ENLIGHT-TEN PhD students investigate the function of regulatory T cells, specific white blood cells that have an important role e.g. in avoiding autoimmune diseases. ENLIGHT-TEN has invited three artists with a long-standing practice of working with scientific knowledge and artefacts to produce immunology inspired art works. Often their works are produced in laboratories, be it of scientific research groups or of their own. De Menezes work for this exhibition involves working with T cells themselves; Herwig Turk’s work is again a reflection on the immortality of nature through the understanding of the 'unmortality' of DNA and a simultaneous analysis of the immune system as biological defence system and the way human language describes it in military wordings; Andrew Carnie’s creates print media derived from human pathogen microorganisms. Exhibition Arts Enlightening Immunology will open on 30 August in Amsterdam. Join us for the opening on 30 August 20:00 when the artists Marta de Menezes, Herwig Turk and Andrew Carnie present their work. The exhibition will be accessible daily from 31 August until 5 September at the Waag in Amsterdam, from 12:00 till 16:00 hrs. Entrance is free. Enlight-Ten and Art Enlightening Immunology has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No.:[masked] Looking forward to welcome you! Lucas

  • BioHack Academy #5: exhibition and drinks

    This exhibition shows all final projects of the student of this years BioHack Academy that started January 2018 at Waag. Discover the future of food, materials and product during the end presentation of our students. The projects will challenge the way you think about biotechnology and its creative application. Expect limunating algeas, materials of cellulose, manipulated snow algae, bioplastics, soft robotics, body odor extraction and mucus intolerance. During this event the BioHack Academy students will present their final project and receive the official BioHack Academy Award. Everyone is welcome to join us and cheers to our latest generation of biohackers. Entrance to this event is free. Roland van Dierendonk, head of the BioHack Academy will talk about this years BioHack Academy after which the students will elaborate on their projects. The BioHack Academy Bio-technological developments follow each other at a rapid pace. Inventions, such as the CRISPR-Cas9 technique that allows genetic manipulation of DNA, can have far-reaching consequences. The simplicity and low costs of many techniques make it possible to apply biotechnology outside laboratories and research institutions and to carry out experiments. In the BioHack Academy the focus is on making lab equipment accessible through the open source sharing of designs. During BioHack Academy #5 the students worked with microbes, algae, genetics and other forms of biotechnology. During weekly classes, students quickly learn the basics of biotechnology, 3D design, digital fabrication, programming and electronics. Students work with biomaterials and build open-source hardware that everyone manufactures in the Fablab. The biomaterials vary from bio-pigments to bio-textiles. In addition to gathering new knowledge, the BioHack Academy is also about sharing knowledge. All lab equipment manufactured within BioHack Academy is open-source. This means that everyone is completely free to improve the design, adapt it to own preference and continue experimenting. BioHack Academy #5 students: Matthijs de Block (BE), Jahangir Jahanbahkshi (NL), Jan Köhler (DE/HN), Malu Lücking (DE), Laura Olalde (AR), Bart Peeters (NL), Anna Pelgrim (NL), Alexander Rose (UK), Nel Thomas (DK). Want to become a biohacker? BioHack Academy #6 starts in January 2019. More information and subscription: http://waag.org/nl/event/biohack-academy-6

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  • Talks: designing better humans?

    Waag Society

    Don’t like your newborn’s face? For the next one, consider genetic modification! Ridiculous as this may sound, enhancement technologies promise to make better humans. But what is ‘better’, and who defines it? Does ‘better’ mean healthier, more intelligent? What about better aesthetics, better form? Germline edited humans On March 8, artists Adam Zaretsky, Julian Stadon and Vladimir Storm are invited to explain the projects they’re currently working on, as well as the novel challenge enhancement technologies are presenting; one of balancing the inclusive improvement of all humans with the necessity to respect differing personal desires. Join us for an evening discussion on germline edited humans. The bioartistic possibilities in this field are as diverse and nuanced as any of the world's art, poetry or music. Come and explore the latest in tools, interfaces and applications for genetic collage of the human gremlin. Tickets are € 5,- (incl. a drink). Reservations via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-talks-designing-better-humans-43611824140?ref=ebtn Speakers and talks Lotte Pet (moderator) Lotte Pet is an art historian and artist, researching art as a means to gain knowledge within scientific and technological discourse. She focuses on the position of art in bioethical debates, while advocating its autonomous force. Currently, she is working at Leiden University as researcher and educational staff member. Adam Zaretsky – Talk: The Transgenic Human Genome Project Adam Zaretsky is a WetLab art practitioner mixing ecology, biotechnology, non-human relations, body performance and gastronomy. His art practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans. Zaretsky is a former researcher at the MIT department of biology and he also runs a public life arts school: VASTAL (The Vivoarts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd.) Julian Stadon – Talk: Bio-Digital Convergence: Embodied Data and Identity Augmentation Julian Stadon is a UK-based Australian artist. He teaches in several areas, all under a paradigm of Anthropocenic Design, a field he established to address current issues in both education and wider contexts. Stadon is Programme Leader for Digital Media at The University of Hertfordshire, director of The Mixed and Augmented Reality Research Organisation, and Chair Mentor/Steering Committee member for the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality. Vladimir Storm - Talk: Designing VR Future Lab for Human Gene Modification Vladimir Storm is focused on VR / AR / MR, VFX, interactive computer graphics, video games, computer human interactions, bio informatics and AI. He has worked as a creative / art director and strategist on various tech and art projects. He has 10+ years experience in software development and IxD / UX / game design. Vladimir is frequent public speaker (CeBIT, Casual Connect, GameOn, S