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Bioluminescence as city lights – recap How To Biodesign #2

How To Biodesign #2

Our second How To Biodesign meetup took place in april 2020 and was about bioluminescence, a natural phenomenon that has intrigued many scientists, artists and entrepreneurs all over the world. We had a wonderfull conversation about the possibilities and challenges of applying bioluminescent organisms in design. Sandra Rey. founder of Glowee, explained why her company did not use GM bacteria: they are not strong enough to be able to live in a quite contaminated environment that is the world outside of the lab for many microbes. Thanks to Herman Weeda @Sketchy Business for this cool drawing.

This month’s speakers

TERESA VAN DONGEN – designer and biologist

Nature and science have always marveled Teresa, for that reason she chose to study biology after she finished her high school education. This is where she discovered that there are many secrets of nature that remain almost unknown and that great developments in the field of science very often don’t make it outside the doors of a laboratory. Next to her scientific education she had never given up on her creative hobbies like scenography (theater stage design), sketching and her interest for interior architecture. This combination of fascinations lead her to apply in 2010, after two years of exact studies, for the Design Academy Eindhoven.

Teresa is a.o. fascinated by light as a translation of energy, the transparency of glass and what it beholds and the physics of movement. She loves to think that it is great to understand the languages of physics, chemistry and biology but that the greater value lies in collaborations with people that can continue to surprise and inspire you with their knowledge.

ARTHUR KROON – microbiologist

As a research professional Arthur has experience in running photobioreactorsystems, algaefarms and evaluation of biotechnological experiments with a focus on algae, plants and microbial species. He pioneered with algae cultivation on commercial scale.

His goal is to participate in creative biotechnological research. He wants to discover, isolate and describe new microbial species and work on new biotechnology. Currently his main experience is within the field of fototrophic algae but he would like to expand to other types of bioreactors to broaden his experience.

SANDRA REY – founder of GLOWEE

As the founder and CEO of Glowee, a Paris-based startup, Sandra Rey is betting on a future powered by bioluminescence. Rey has a master’s degree from the French design school Strate College and took social entrepreneurship courses at the business school ESCP Europe. Glowee is a living lighting energy, coming directly from nature, at the crossroads of biomimicry and biotechnology, ready to revolutionize our way to produce, consume and light up.

How to Biodesign Meetup

Climate crisis asks for regenerative design. With the meetup series How to Biodesign, BlueCity Lab provides a platform for and by bioneers (pioneers in biodesign). Together with William Myers (curator, author, and teacher in Biodesign), we explore the opportunities from a systemic approach to raw material flows, making smart use of the latest knowledge and expertise about circular design, but also from biotechnology and biochemistry.

The monthly meet-ups facilitate interaction between bioneers who are already working and those who want to get started with biodesign and biofabrication, provide a platform for sharing stories and experiences and actively share knowledge, know-how and insights from the meetups to a broader audience.

Let’s stay connected

– You are welcome to join this linkedin group for Bioneers to be able to connect with each other outside these meetups.
– Check out the Guardian article on BlueCity. And follow BlueCity Lab on instagram to stay tuned on what’s growing in our Lab
– In case you have no clue what we were talking about when mentioning the Doughnut Economy: check this video for the great work of Kate Raworth and her team.
– You’re invited to the upcoming How To Biodesign meetups, check the agenda of BlueCity for upcoming meetups.