Space Biohack (May 13-14):
PERC have a small number of FREE tickets available on a first-come first-served basis for UoB staff/postgraduates who will blog about their experience of the event. Get in touch with email@example.com with ‘Space Biohack Free Ticket’ in the title of your email.
More information about the event:
This weekend event creatively explores how research with astrobiology is contributing to novel biotechnologies and addressing gender preconceptions in the history of space exploration.Work with the HAB science-art team to plan the next phase of the mission. Take part in hands-on making with 3D printers, robotics, rocket science and DNA analysis and learn how to sample for bacteria and other living organisms in extreme environments.
Witness a live ‘robot autopsy’ by internationally acclaimed performance artist Kira O’Reilly and hear from a distinguished panel of experts in astrobiology, including Dr. Lynn Rothschild, an evolutionary biologist from NASA Ames Research Center, and Space Gynecologist Dr. Varsha Jain. Suitable for adults and over 14s. Tickets cost £30 (£25 concessions) and must be booked in advance. To secure a place please click here or to inquire about a FREE ticket in exchange for a blog post contact firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Space Biohack Free Ticket’ in the title of your email.
Friday 13th May
17:00: Ingenious and Fearless Companions Exhibition Tour by Louise Latter, BOM’s Head of Programme
19:00 Live Robot Autopsy performance by Kira O’Reilly
Saturday 14th May
9.30- 10am: Registration, tea and coffee
10am: Welcome, Karen Newman, Director of BOM
10:05 – 10:30 High Altitude Bioprospecting Team in conversation (biochemist Melissa Grant, lab robotics scientist Oliver de Peyer, mathematician Paul Shepherd and artists Anna Dumitriu, Kira O’Reilly and Alex May) moderated by Louise Latter, Head of Programme at BOM
10:30 – 11:00 Keynote, Lynn Rothschild (astrobiologist, NASA Ames research Center)
11:00 – 11:30 Keynote, Varsha Jain (NASA Space Gynaecologist)
11.30 – 11.45: Break
11:45 – 12:00 Bento Lab Demo: Philip Boeing, co-founder of the new Bento Lab presents the beta version of the first complete portable DNA laboratory
12:00 – 12:15: Discussion around key issues and challenges for creative space biohacking. Outline of the afternoon’s activities.
13:00 – 18:00 Open Making: Hands-on making and hacking: Work with the speakers to creatively develop ideas and solutions around space and biology. We will have a 3D printers, media for culturing and sampling bacteria, electronics, software support and tools and materials to work with but please bring any items you are particularly keen to use. Learn about 3D printing, robotics, rocket science, DNA analysis and how to sample for bacteria and other living organisms in extreme environments.
12:15 – 13:00: Lunch (participants are asked to bring their own lunch)
13:00 – 18:00 Open Making: We will have a number of 3D printers, tools and materials to work with but please bring any items you are particularly keen to use. There will be demo’s on 3D printing, robotics, rocket science, DNA analysis and how to sample for bacteria and other living organisms in extreme environments.
18:00 – 19:00 Prototype showcase and discussion