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Public Participation in Bio-Innovation

Participants of the International Citizen Science Conference 2016 in Berlin discussed different aspects of citizen science

Public Participation in Bio-Innovation


We are living in a world of transformation. Climate changes, natural resources become scarce. In many sections of society discourses on way of lives started. In the whole world scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs and an active citizenship work for as sustainable future.

Biology is seen as the science of the 21st century, she develops speedily. The bioeconomy acknowledges achievements of the biological sciences as key for success. Biobased products and services should increase economic growth, global food security and health, and at the same time should protect climate and natural resources.

Biomimicry links biological principles and innovative entrepreneurial ideas. With similar intention, “biohacker” and Do-it-yourself biologists (DYIBios) experiment with biological material to realize innovative solutions. A consequent adaption bio-inspired principles could change change the way we live and pursue or business drastically.

Cities are often laboratories for future visions in public spaces. This evening we would like to discuss with you which role bio-innovations can play in our daily living, especially in the urban context.

The event is part of Second Nature and the Berlin Science Week.


Moderation: Dr. Katrin Vohland (Director Research Programme Public Engagement with Science)

Opening: Prof. Dr. Johannes Vogel (Director General, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin)

Greetings: Dr. Arndt Pechstein (Biomimicry Germany e.V.)

Greetings: Prof. von Braun (Deutscher Bioökonomierat)

Impulse: Claudia Göbel from DITOs (H2020 project Doing-it-Together Science)

Keynote: Prof. Dr. Francoise Baylis  (Dalhousie University Canada, Impact Ethics; speaker at Falling Walls): Do-it-Together ethics

Discussion with panel and public


Snacks and drinks

Interactive Part

  • Face to face with members the German Bioecomomy Panel
    Persönliche Diskussionen mit Mitgliedern des Bioökonomierats
    [accompanied by films, products, and presentations around the bio-city]


  • Hands-on Biomimicry experience / Biomimicry-Erlebnis zum Mitmachen


  • DITOs Activities:
    Imane Baïz (Université Paris Descartes – Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity):
    - Interactive bio-design experiment: "Making electricity from soil bacteria and plants"
    - Hackaton on “What does Biodesign mean to you?”

Registration and Contact

The registration for the event is free of charge, but participants are required to

The number of participants is limited to 150 people.

For further information or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email.