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Welcome to BIODESIGN for the REAL WORLD wiki.

BIODESIGN for the REAL WORLD is a transdisciplinary and collaborative research project addressing water quality.
Here is the wiki page where we document our work - follow our advances on this project on


BIO-DESIGN for the REAL WORLD explores how biology and biotechnology can be designed within social contexts.

As a powerful technological medium after industrial and digital revolutions, implementation and design solutions for biology and biotechnology must reflect a diversity of voices to be meaningful in society, not only to be guided by concerns of a few.

We are interested in

Real world problems
Horizontal exchange
Open and transdisciplinary approach

Read more about our interests here About


BIODESIGN for the REAL WORLD is an open collaborative project - we welcome your contributions.
To start a project or to note down an idea, name your project, and please use this Project Template

To find projects that are looking for collaborators, see the Help Wanted page.

Active Projects

All ongoing projects

Bioreporter Detection of Heavy Metals

Background on Bioreporters in Pollutant Detection and GMO Containment in the Field

Water Sensing

  • Fixed Sensor A fixed water quality sensing station sending reports continuously.

Biodiversity as Measure of Health

Jogjya River Project

Lifepatch's interdisciplinary collaborative project among communities in Yogyakarta. This project has activities to discover the watersheds, especially in urban areas in Yogyakarta.
For English, click on the menu on the right, or try this link.


Documentation of final reports from EPFL (CH) teams:

Project Ideas

Please park any ideas, brainstorming results here.

Reading Material


If you would like to propose an event, please use the template here.

Upcoming Events

This summer - water collection trip to Valais

Past Events

Winter and Summer Schools

Winter School 2016

Together with the BRAAVOO project and Envirobot, biodesign for the real world ran a winter school from 31 January - 6 February 2016 in Lausanne CH, where participants built a bioreporter (molecular biology) and a DIY fluorescence detector.

Water Collection Field Trips



Here is a list of direct funding biodesign for the real world has received for our activities.
Other funding related to hosting events are noted in each of the event sub-pages.

Year Source Details Documentation
2014 - 2015 Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation Partial salary, materials for Thomas Vetterli Proposal, Final Report
2014 - 2015 EPFL CoDEV SEED Money Program For IN, ID, and CH Proposal, Final Report
2014 SNSF International Exploratory Workshop Grant IZ32Z0_155308 Water Hackathon: Open Source Technologies for Rivers, Oceans and Lakes
For inviting participants for the Tech4Dev Waterhackathon
Proposal, Final Report
2013 - 2014 EPFL CoDEV SEED Money Program For IN, ID, and CH Proposal, Final Report Financial Summary

Hardware, Software, and Wetware

With the funding from EPFL's CoDEV SEED Money Program (2013-2014), Lifepatch and (Art)ScienceBLR have infrastructure to support biology experiments.
In Lausanne, we are housed at hackuarium for our wetlab, and P1 activities are carried out at EPFL.
Equipment to which we have access:





Press Kit

The biodesign logos can be downloaded here. Designed by Adhari Donora aka antirender of Lifepatch.

Bioreporter FAQ

Other places you can find us

The Core

In Switzerland:

  • EPFL page - This is the EPFL project page for Biodesign for the Real World.
  • van der Meer Lab at UNIL, with which we collaborate on the bioreporters

In Indonesia:

  • - Lifepatch is a citizens initiative in art, science, and technology based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. They are one of the three partners of the Biodesign for the Real World project.
  • The Jogjya River Project - This is the project page in English, of Lifepatch's Jogjya River Project.

In India:

  • (art)scienceBLR is based in Bangalore, India and is one of the three partners of the Biodesign for the Real World project.

  • Hackteria - We are part of the greater hackteria network. Hackteria is a webplatform and collection of Open Source Biological Art Projects, as well as an loosely knit globally active network of practitioners who collaborate and contribute to the hackteria projects.
  • Hackuarium - A biohacker space in Renens, Switzerland, where we are part of the community in the Lausanne and surrounding area.

Our Links - Slides - Videos


  • in vivo magazine article Science off the Beaten Path by E. Freudenreich IN VIVO magazine - Think Health Issue No.7 12.2015 pp.44-48.