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Engineering Biology in Cambridge


This Workshop and Biomaker Fayre as part of Open Technology Week will showcase and celebrate open and open source technologies for research and education developed across Cambridge and beyond.

Organised by the Department of Engineering and SynBio SRI 

You MUST register via University eSales

In the Open Technology Workshop, we'll explore many examples of open technologies and their implications through exciting talks on everything from distributed 3D printing in Africa, open hardware in Brazil and universities collaborating with companies to create open technologies in Denmark.

The afternoon will consist of a Biomaker Fayre - exhibits and demonstrations of open source biological instruments, lab and field equipment featuring over 40 teams who participated in the 2017 Biomaker Challenge

All others with maker projects related to science and biology are invited to exhibit! See registration details below. We'll have everything from spectrometers for measuring the colour of penguin guano, microfluidics for tissue culture, to ultrasonic systems for measuring plant height and 3D printed modular microscopes. 

Speakers include:

•  Rafael Pezzi, UFRGS, Centre for Academic Technologies, 'Brazil Emerging openness in science: from open-access to open-source hardware'

•  Anna Lowe Kumasi Hive makerspace, Ghana. 'Open Infrastructure for Local Manufacturing'

•  Brenda Parker, Biochemical Engineering, UCL and Paolo Bombelli, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge,on 'The Big Algal Open Experiment'

•  Marie-Louise Conradsen SPOMAN Open Science Community: 'Brokering trust – how open science can benefit both industry and academia'

•  Tobey Wenzel, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge University, and founder of Journal of Open Hardware

For more details about the speakers and their talks visit here 


  • 09:30 - 12:40   Open Technology Workshop Talks
  • 12:40 - 13:30    Lunch
  • 13:30 - 16:30    Mini Maker Faire
  • 16:15 - 16:30     Prize Giving
  • 17:00 - 18:00    Final Talk and Reception
  • 18:30 onwards Pizza and Networking in Makespace (16 Mill Lane)

Want to exhibit in the Biomaker Fayre?

  • Please do! As a special thank you, Biomaker Fayre exhibitors can attend the whole of Open Technology Week free of charge.
  • Every individual exhibitor should register using the esales form under 'concessions'
  • Each exhibit must also complete an exhibit registration form
Saturday, 21 October, 2017 - 09:30 to 18:00
Event location: 
University of Cambridge Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge. CB2 1PZ