OSL - Soil Microscopy Workshop

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Soil Microscopy Workshop and bio-VJ Night


Location: Hackteria ZET - Open Science Lab & SGMK MechArtLab @ Bitwäscherei, ZWZ, Neue Hard 12, 3rd Floor.


Please regsiter in advance to be informed of preparations and reserve your particpation!

For now... send an email to: dusjagr

Prize: 50 CHF for material + free prizing to support the Mentor

Registration fee can be paid on site in cash or via Twint to 077 993 08 77.


WORKSHOP: 14:00, Saturday, 15. April 2023

Build your own Microscope

If can't build your lab, you don't own the lab

The Chapter about the DIY microscope can be downloaded here and available now with Chinese translation included! Thanks to I-Chern Lai and Dimension+! Download Chinese
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Over many years we have developed this workshop to build your own simple DIY microscope from a hacked webcam. Just by a simple modificaion of the optics, we can highly increase the magnification and use is as a digial microscope on your laptop to look at all those lifeforms beyond the vision of our human eyes. During this Workshop we will guide you through different ways of building your own microscopy setup, from basic building / making materials available in our hackerspace.

What is Soil Microscopy

During the second part of the Workshop we will then focus on using the built microscope to observe different lifeforms in soil. Learn how to prepare the samples and identify some key species that life in the hidden ecosystem below our feet.

Soil Microscopy Zine "Short guide to soil microscopy"

We also recently releseased the publication of our Soil microscopy zines in English, Spanish, German and Indonesian

Resources & Downloads

You can find the design files on thingyverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5977375

BIO-VJ NIGHT: 21:00, Saturday, 15. April 2023


Dr. Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr


Marc Dusseiller, Center for Alternative Coconut Research & member of Hackteria

Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller is a transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for micro- and nanotechnology, cultural facilitator and artist. He performs DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops in lo-fi electronics and synths, hardware hacking for citizen science and DIY microscopy. He also loves coconuts. He was co-organizing Dock18, Room for Mediacultures, diy* festival (Zürich, Switzerland), KIBLIX 2011 (Maribor, Slovenia), workshops for artists, schools and children as the former president (2008-12) of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, SGMK and co-founder of the new Hackerspace collective Bitwäscherei (2020) in Zürich. He has worked as guest faculty and mentor at various schools, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IN), UCSB (USA) and in Switzerland, FHNW, HEAD, ETHZ. In collaboration with Kapelica Gallery, he has started the BioTehna Lab in Ljubljana (2012 - 2013), an open platform for interdisciplinary and artistic research on life sciences. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio- and nanotechnology research and dissemination, Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art, in a DIY / DIWO fashion in kitchens, ateliers and in the Majority World. He was the co-organizer of the different editions of HackteriaLab 2010 - 2020 Zürich, Romainmotier, Bangalore, Yogyakarta and Klöntal, Okinawa and collaborated on the organisation of the BioFabbing Convergence, 2017, in Geneva and the Gathering for Open Science Hardware, GOSH! 2016, Geneva & 2018, in Shenzhen.

Dominik Mahnič (Ljubljana, Slovnenia)

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Magister Dominik Mahnič, MFA of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana

Residency gives me rare opportunity to present, discuss and make different new works influenced by people, the enviroment of Bitwesherai and the city of Zurich.

It was an intense experience in a place that offers great working conditions, deep reflections, and a friendly atmosphere.

Hackteria ZET - Open Science Lab

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Since summer 2020 we have initiated a new local programme in Switzerland under the name «Hackteria – Zentrum für Experimentelle Transdisziplinarität» and we proudly started a new space, as part of Bitwäscherei shared hackerspace collective, with dedicated facilities for the «Open Science Lab».

A laboratory, a social learning space, a place of work and research, a transdisciplinary meeting point for designers, hackers, artist, foodies and fermentation activitists.

Oh my GOSH! What is the Gathering for Open Science Hardware?

Thanks for the support from GOSH microgrant to execute this workshop.

From microscopes to microfluidics and water quality test equipment, hardware is a vital part of science. Advances in instrumentation have been central to scientific revolutions and access to hardware shapes the work of communities conducting research globally on a daily basis. However, the current supply chain for science hardware limits access for many groups of people and impedes creativity and customisation. Open Science Hardware (OScH) means sharing designs for scientific hardware openly online that anyone is freely able to use, modify and even commercialize. This approach could drastically reduce the costs of research while enabling people to collaborate and learn in new ways.

The Global Open Science Hardware community supports OScH by convening meetings such as the Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH), publications, activities and providing a forum for the community.

See more on GOSH website and join the forum to discuss!

Together we will make Open Science Hardware ubiquitous by 2025 and build new futures for science.