bioLeeds is a group of people interested in art, design and making with biology in Leeds city region.

Projects 2013

This is the year where the idea of bioLeeds was thought up and the group started to form.

We all met at ASMbly 2013 where we ran a DIY Bio Workshop. This was organized by Andy who was a member of The Superposition while the rest of us were not. Paul Beale and Lorna Dougan from the University of Leeds gave short talks on there research into different areas of molecular biophysics while Jo Leng gave a talk on the DIY Bio movement and her experience in Manchester which have an active DIY Bio group. We invited some makers from the Leeds Maker Space as they were involved in the DIY Bio group in Manchester and there hack space was very close to the venue.

After the talks there were 2 practical sessions. Paul Turner led a practical session which demonstrated how you can make a USB light microscope out of a web cam. Jo Leng led a practical session were attendees could get their hands dirty and extract DNA from kiwi fruit.

Gregory Radick a visiting professor of Philosophy at the University of Leeds attended this meeting a wrote an essay titled Biomachine Dreams that is on his blog.

In the autumn of 2013 we The Superposition ran a session for academics to give short presentations on their research. Jo Galloway was one of those academics and immediately joined bioLeeds (of course it was not called bioLeeds at that point).