Citizen Science @ Bern

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Some familiar faces from Europe, cool “meeting” Hackteria friends ūüôā

biodesign for the real world

What is biohacking?

Hackteria members were invited to the Swiss Citizen Science Network‚Äôs meeting ‚ÄúBiohacking meets Citizen Science‚ÄĚ in Bern at Dialog Science and Society (Stiftung Science et Cit√©).


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In the style of hackteria workshops, we started the morning hands-on.We set up the room as a temporary/mobile open source DIY bio-lab. During the round of self-introductions, we assembled gel-trays for electrophoresis. People were mainly from the German speaking parts of Switzerland, and Geneva‚Äôs Bioscope was represented ‚Äď with educators, artists, biotechnologists, geologist, botanist‚Ķhistory of science ‚Äď it was a nice atmosphere.


To use some of the generic lab equipment, we decided to extract some DNA from the participants and run a genomic PCR on the serotonin transporter. This was inspired by some protocols from the Science Bar Incubator in Tokyo.

Also, genotyping ourselves is a great starting point for a range of discussions on gene <> phenotype  (can we tell…

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Falling Walls Science Fellowship for Journalists – Deadline 31 July 2016

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In an effort to keep the public informed on life-changing scientific breakthroughs, the Falling Walls Science Fellowship for Journalists was created by the Falling Walls Foundation. It is aimed at journalists and bloggers with at least three years of experience, and who hope to advance their knowledge in the area of sciences.

The Fellows get the opportunity to attend the Falling Walls Lab, Falling Walls Venture and the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin on 8 and 9 November 2016 in Berlin.

Freelance and full-time journalists or bloggers can apply. Professionals in fields such as research, teaching, public relations and advertising are not eligible. The applicants must have a minimum of three years professional journalism/blogging experience in which they have written about the subject of sciences.

For more info:

15 PhD positions available for 2016 – International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology

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This announcement definitely deserves it’s own post! The International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology is offering up to 15 PhD positions and fellowships.

The graduate school is dedicated to highest level of research and training in all areas of contemporary Evolutionary Biology. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, the University of Kiel and the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR). The school offers an internationally competitive research environment with state of art facilities. The participating groups are working on a broad variety of scientific topics including molecular, behavioral, theoretical and organismal approaches. Some of the projects and PIs offering positions:

Miriam Liedvogel

  • Genomic architecture and evolution of migratory traits in songbirds
  • Ecological and genomic control of migration the partially migratory Eurasian blackbird

Frank Kempken

  • Use of fungal model systems to address evolutionary questions

The graduate program starts with a rotation period of three months followed by a PhD project of three years including seminars, courses and workshops. The language of the graduate school is English. Financial support is provided throughout the program.

To obtain further information about the PhD program and application details please visit:


Well-motivated and highly-qualified students from all countries are welcome to apply. A Master of Science degree or a Diploma as well as a strong interest in Evolutionary Biology and flexibility in the research project are prerequisites for entering the program.

The deadline for applications is April 17, 2016. The selection week will be held from June 27 ‚Äď July 01 and the program itself starts on September 19, 2016.

Contact: Dr. Kerstin Mehnert, August-Thienemann-Str. 2, 24306 Plön, Germany

email:   phone: +49(0)4522 763 233

ECSA Citizen Science Conference – 19 to 21 May 2016, Berlin

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The European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) Citizen Science Conference 2016 aims at policy makers, science funders, scientists, practitioners in the field of citizen science, NGOs and interested citizens. This trans-disciplinary conference will highlight, demonstrate and debate the innovation potential of citizen science for science, society and policy and its role within open science and innovation.

The 3 day conference will provide the arena to showcase how both new and traditional ways of citizens working with scientist can enable transformative potential to enhance science-policy and social impact, scientific advancement, scientific literacy and empowerment. Of particular importance will be the role of citizen science within wider agendas such as ensuring open science and innovation, and progressing towards responsible research and innovations:

  • An inspiring conference that brings together enthusiasts for Citizen Science, policy makers and scientists.
  • Opportunities to present your Citizen Science project and to exchange experiences with others.
  • Keynote presentations and other diverse conference formats such as paper sessions, split sessions, round tables and collaborative sessions.
  • Lots of stimulating discussions, networking and fun moments with like-minded people.

Important Deadlines

  • February 22: Deadline submission of abstracts
  • March 24: End of early bird payment


Kittybiomes, Koala Microbiomes and Beer Genomes

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Community genome projects have popped up pretty recently and now moving into the microbiome arena with crowdfunding projects like The Koala Project (studying the effects of antibiotics on koala health) and the Kittybiome, a project to study the gut bacteria of cats. For cat lovers, an interview by Scott Edmunds in Gigablog with Holly Ganz from Kittybiome:

Then there is the latest Kickstarter genome project : Beer DeCoded – a joint citizen science project run by Hackuarium and SwissDeCode. If you pledge¬† ‚ā¨3,000 or more, they offer to go beyond beer and:

Sequence your World!

We are at your disposition.
+We will develop a custom project to sequence your beers, wines, cheeses, foods.
+We will develop personalised solutions.
+We will host an events on our 1000 sqm space for you.