TopLab: The First Community Biolab in Berlin
We are building TopLab: a community bio laboratory for curiosity, creativity, education and interdisciplinary research. TopLab serves as a platform for science, technology and art, where people have access to biotech classes and develop their own projects. Help us acquire the equipment needed to initiate our community and become an important part of our journey!
What is TopLab?
TopLab is supported by TOP e.V., an association for the promotion of cultural practice and social innovation which is situated at >top Schillerpalais, a project space in the heart Berlin. Using borrowed, recycled and home-built equipment, we recreate a typical do-it-yourself biology (DIYbio) lab and brings synthetic biology to the public.
This lab reframes the laboratory as a shared space, informal and inviting rather than sterile and exclusive. Through audience participation, the intention is to demystify synthetic biology and radically lower the barrier to participation in modern bioscience, allowing anyone to innovate and explore. This environment also encourages thoughtful examination and discussion of the implications and ethical questions surrounding cutting-edge Bio-based technologies.
We are launching a crowdfunding campaign on the 4th of November 2017 to provide our Lab with the basic equipment used in a Biology laboratory. With this equipment our community can develop their own ideas where people can complete their projects using our resources or develop their experimental research. This campaign is an important development for Top Lab’s long journey ahead, which is to become an open space with the interest for sharing resources and overcoming those barriers given by the lack of professional facilities, equipment and access to public knowledge and practice. The community of the future depends on people like us who are initiating new era of science and providing new solutions and opportunities for the planet we live on.
Who is behind TopLab?
Top Lab will be inhabited by highly qualified and DIYbio practitioners who will work on their own projects and also provide opportunities for public participation through workshops and discussions.
Photos: Mindaugas Gapsevicius, Amalie Frederiksen, Jara Lopez and friends.