Registrations for BioHack Academy UWA (31Jan-4Apr 2017)

Registration and academy is free! – thanks to the UWA Alumni Fund

Must be UWA student/staff/visitor – if you’re neither, contact for alternate details

Register on Google Forms: [closes 25th Nov 2016]


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BioHack Academy (31st Jan – 4th Apr 2017)

The age of personal biotechnology is upon us! Biology has become a medium for design and creativity, and it is now up to us to shape its applications. After completing the BioHack Academy you will learn to grow your own fuel, food, filaments, farmaceuticals, fragrances, fungi and much more funky bio stuff at home. We will teach you how to join the bio revolution and build your own mini Bio Lab using a Fablab, Maker/Hackspace or other shared machine shop.

The program is a hands-on bootcamp. Learn how to design, grow and extract your own biomaterials using only Open Source hardware you fabricate yourself. By the end of the course participants will be turned into fully equipped biohackers, capable of growing a broad range of biomaterials. Ready to continue production independently at home or at a makerspace.

How we get it done:

In just over 2 months, we will build up our own Bio Labs together. Every week a 2-hr lecture will be given and recorded. The lectures will give insight into the kind of tools we will be building and their application in the lab. The lectures will be followed on the following week by 3-hr practicals, putting theory into practice. Each week participants (as a group) will be given an assignment to build a lab device (eg, a magnetic stirrer). Participants may choose to either to replicate the existing designs, improve them or even build your own devices from scratch. It is up to you how sophisticated things may get. Everyone is required to keep track of their progress on a BHA Github page (we’ll show you how), allowing to learn from each other.

After the Academy has been completed, the participants will receive a BHA certificate. The project Github page and Vimeo channel are open to the public, and you can share the results with the Open Source biotech community at large. In possession of their own Bio Lab, you may continue to advance your production skills, engage in directed evolution experiments, produce bio gas, purify water, bioremidate polluted soil, just to give a few. Bio has no limits!


OBEL Labs, School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, The University of Western Australia

Skills you will learn:

Microbiology: cultivating and isolating microbes * Biosafety * Molecular biology: DNA work * Optics: spectrometry and microscopy * Bio informatics: PyMol protein structures * Analog electronics and documentation * Arduino programming * 3D design * Open Source documentation on Github

Expectation from the participants:

  • We are looking for UWA students or staff – engineers, biologists, artists, designers, foodies, hobbyists, really anyone…
  • Applicants are not expected to know all of the above skills (these will be taught during the workshops), but a keen motivation to learn is a must!
  • As spaces are limited, the participants are expected to attend the weekly lecture and practicals to the best of their ability, and schedule their UWA commitments accordingly.
  • The course will require 7-12 hours / week.


First lecture will be on the 31st Jan 2017 and the first Practical on the 6th Feb 2017.

Monday Tuesday
10 am Practical Open Lab
11 am Practical Open Lab
12 am Practical Open Lab
1 pm Lunch Lunch
2 pm Open Lab Weekly Meeting
3 pm Open Lab Open Lab
4 pm Open Lab Open Lab
5 pm Open Lab Lecture*
6 pm Lecture*

*Lecture time may change. Lectures will be live-streamed from Amsterdam, and recorded.


Summer Break Summer Break Summer Break
Week of 30th Jan 6th Feb 13th Feb
Lecture topics (2 hrs) History of biohacking
Safety & ethics
3D design in Sketchup
Principles of electronics
Documentation (Github)
Bio art / designed
Analog electronics
Coding Arduino
Digital Electronics
Device Sterile hood Stirrer
Practical (3 hrs)   Digital Fabrication Cultivating microbes
  Summer Break Sem 1 / Wk 1 Sem 1 / Wk 2
Week of 20th Feb 27th Feb 6th Mar
Lecture topics (2 hrs) Optics
Liquid culturing
Midterm participants
Device Incubator Microscope Thermocycler & Gelbox
Practical (3 hrs) Isolating microbes Microscopy
Cell staining
DNA extraction
DNA profiling
  Sem 1 / Wk 3 Sem 1 / Wk 4 Sem 1 / Wk 5
Week of 13th Mar 20th Mar 27th Mar
Lecture topics (2 hrs) Bioethics Guest speaker Processing
Device Centrifuge Pumps Spectrometer
Practical (3 hrs) Bioethics and Bio art Fungi and slime molds Grown your own certificate
  Sem 1 / Wk 6 Sem 1 / Wk7 Study Break
Week of 3rd Apr
Lecture topics (2 hrs) Graduation
Practical (3 hrs)