DIYbio Europe Kick-off meeting

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Thomas Landrain

Nov 20, 2012, 11:56:05 AM11/20/12
Hello dear DIYbio fellows! :)

Our kick-off meeting is approaching fast :) I'd like to remind you that registration is free but mandatory. Already more than 30 people are registered! Register at
Don't hesitate to come with several people from your local biohacklab as we will be mainly having discussions and workshops, and the more we are the more fun and pertinent it will be! 
Also very importantly, I'd like to ask participants to start thinking and answering relevant questions concerning DIYbio Europe (See the meeting abstract or below) it will help the meeting to be much more fruitful! Don't even hesitate to share them on this mailing list so that we start warming the discussion now ;)
Concerning the persons unable to attend, if you wish to register a message presenting yourself and your ideas for implementing a DIYbio organization and projects, you can either submit it to me directly or warn me that you'd like to perfrom a skype conference on the day of the event. I need this in order to sharpen the program.
See you in 11 days now!

- What are the advantages of creating a (in)formal DIYbio Europe organization? What kind of help should this organization provide to the local DIYbio labs and amateurs?

- What shape should this organization take ? (informal, association, foundation,...)

- What projects would you like to do that would better benefit from being deployed at a European scale?

- What kind of interface between the DIYbio.Eu organization and the local groups?

- What kind of funds? European Commision? Crowdfunding? Membership?


Nov 29, 2012, 9:02:01 AM11/29/12
Hey Thomas,

At our meeting last night we discussed what we'd (London biohackers) like to get out of the meeting on saturday.

If you like we'll give a little presentation on what we're up to.

We then looked at the issues we're facing and thought it would be good to have workshops on these issues to we can share info with other groups.

- Getting supplies / equipment
- Getting outside funding
- project ideas and collaboration
- legal hurdles
- how best to share information

Looking forward to it!

Thomas Landrain

Nov 30, 2012, 9:21:05 AM11/30/12
Tomorrow 50 biohackers and Biohack enthusiasts will be working on the future Amateur biology European network. Can't 
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Thomas Landrain

Nov 30, 2012, 9:44:15 AM11/30/12
... Can't wait :)

Avery louie

Dec 1, 2012, 12:42:11 AM12/1/12

This sounds awesome! I am excited to hear what happens.


Dec 2, 2012, 5:29:04 AM12/2/12
Thanks for setting up and hosting this awesome Thomas, Marc, Julien, and all you other guys at La Paillasse. Have fun in the lab today! It was a very productive meetup thanks to all participants. Making a big success out of the project proposals will be the stepping stones towards a thriving, blooming, sustainable DIY EU community!

The results will be published on the website shortly :) if you find any blogposts / news articles on the kick off meeting somewhere on the web, please post a link.


Dec 9, 2012, 8:00:49 AM12/9/12
We wrote a short article on the highlights of the day on

Soon more info on the projects will follow.

Anyone with interesting pictures/movies, please feel free to share (f.e. by posting a reply on the blog)

On Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:56:16 UTC+1, Thomas Landrain wrote:

Bryan Bishop

Dec 9, 2012, 9:25:40 AM12/9/12
to, Bryan Bishop
On Sun, Dec 9, 2012 at 7:00 AM, Pieter <> wrote:
We wrote a short article on the highlights of the day on

“DIYBio communities are growing like mushrooms”, co-organizer Thomas Landrain (La Paillasse) stated at the opening. Despite the fact that a clear definition of DIYBio, if any necessary, might still be lacking, one thing is for sure: all attendees share a strong tendency towards independent, open and alternative ways in biotechnology. Everyone is very keen on learning from each other and explore potential collaboration opportunities.

In the beginning all the participants introduced themselves and explained their motives for traveling all the way to Paris. Even some people who were not able to make the trip joined the conversation via Skype. Cathal Garvey spoke on his own experience in setting up a lab, the importance of peer-reviewed open science and the potential lobbying benefits of setting up a more formal European DIY Bio association. Streaming live from Copenhagen, Rüdiger Trojok presented his DIY “gene gun” and advocated a distributed, more informal cooperation model. Right after that, Pieter van Boheemen, gave a short presentation on the latest work at the Dutch DIY Bio group in Amsterdam, finalizing the morning session with some suggestions on European projects.

Graphical meetup minutes
Stipulating European projects was the main objective of the session after the delicious French lunch. After presentations of DIYBio groups in Paris, London and Vienna, four questions were raised and three groups set out to come up with a proposal:

What problems/issues do you want to disappear?
What constrain is limiting you from doing so?
What completely crazy project would you like to do?
What project is more realistic / feasible?
All answers were written on post its, shuffled, filtered and discussed, which finally led to four brand new European DIY Bio projects! More information on these projects will follow on this website soon:

An DIYBio community DYIBio starter kit, including all basic means for producing the consumables need for genetics.
Link DIYBio and the fab community by producing bio-plastics that can be used in 3D printers.
A new DNA based communication network, setting up an DNA distribution network between European nodes.
Environmental biology quests, challenging people from all over Europe to find specific bacteria with characteristics of interest in their backyard.
Other issues that were raised included:

Development of basic biology courses
Setting up an open database of lab supplies and genetic constructs that can be shared
Help and insight on local legislation
On sunday La Paillasse opened the lab doors to share a look and feel of their bench in Vitry-sur-Seine. The DIYBio Kickoff meeting concluded in the Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, where an event of le /tmp/lab hacker space took place.

- Bryan
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Dec 12, 2012, 10:39:20 AM12/12/12
I wrote a feature on the event for Wired, which just got published today and is here:

Cheers to Thomas and Pieter for their contributions!

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