Open Sharing Platforms and Affordable Lab Spaces as Drivers of Innovation in Biodesign
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The DIYBio movement facilitates innovation by creating communities of people from different backgrounds, sharing knowledge and expertise through courses and open sharing platforms, and facilitating prototyping in affordable lab spaces. This brief focuses on the influence of these material and immaterial resources on innovation in Biodesign. It looks at designers that work with living materials or take inspiration from the life sciences, with practices such as growing new sustainable materials, crafting accessible scientific tools, or imagining future (bio)technologies. Specific drivers of innovation in Biodesign are knowledge hubs such as educational efforts or open sharing platforms, and affordable lab spaces that provide access to tools as well as potential partnerships. This document leads to a series of recommendations on how to support the infrastructure of lab spaces, programmes and platforms, as well as individuals within DIYBio and biodesign communities.

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Audience: Researchers & Academics Community Members & Citizens Policy & Decision Makers
Publisher: DITOs Consortium
Organisation(s): Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS)
Year of publication: 2019
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