Space Biohack: Symposium and Workshop

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Space Biohack: Symposium and Workshop

May 13th 2016, 5:00 pm - May 14th 2016, 7:00 pm

Space Biohack: Symposium and Workshop

13 – 14 May 2016. £30 full price / £25 concessions

Coinciding with the Ingenious and Fearless Companions exhibition, BOM is delighted to present the first Space Biohack, bringing together artists, scientists and enthusiasts with members of the High Altitude Bioprospecting team and astrobiologists from NASA.

This 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 High Altitude Bioprospecting science-art team to plan the next phase of the HAB’s 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 the HAB team, and hear from a distinguished panel of experts in astrobiology, including Dr. Lynn Rothschild, an evolutionary biologist from NASA Ames Research Center, and Clinical Research Fellow (obstetrics and gynaecology) Dr. Varsha Jain whose research examines menstrual suppression and the risks of blood clots in space.

This is an essential event for anyone interested in working creatively with curiosity-driven science, and those wanting to contribute to the future development of the High Altitude Bioprospecting project.

Suitable for adults and over 14s.

Tickets must be booked in advance. To secure a place please click here.


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, Varsha Jain

Academic Clinical Fellow – Obstetrics and Gynaecology: NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and visiting researcher at Kings College London.


11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:20 – 11:40 Bento Lab Demo: Philipp Boeing and Bethan Wolfenden, Bento Lab co-founder and molecular biologist present the beta version of the first complete portable DNA laboratory.

11:40 – 12:15: Discussion around key issues and challenges for creative space biohacking. Outline of the afternoon’s activities.

12:15 – 13:00: Lunch (participants are asked to bring their own lunch)

13:00 – 18:00 Open Making: We will have a 3D printer, 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 with Lynn Rothschild (NASA Ames) via Skype.




May 13th 2016, 5:00 pm
May 14th 2016, 7:00 pm
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