Work-in-progress Seminar with Dr. Denisa Kera


Dr. Denisa Kera
Hackerspaces, DIYbio & Food Hacking: Nomadic citizen participation in science
9th April 2012, 6.00pm


"Street finds its own uses for Things, Scientific Protocols, and Facts"
Citizen Science initiatives and projects (DIYbio), community labs (Hackerspaces), digital fabrication studios (Fablabs), and other Open Source initiatives (OSHW), present an alternative approach to innovation and research outside the official walls of academia and industry.I will present an extreme case of such mobile and nomadic kitchen-lab, which was recently tested on the streets of Yogyakarta (Indonesia) as a model for future science/society interactions. The mobile push carts, angkringans and similar food trucks, omnipresent on the streets of Indonesia, offer an ideal model for citizen participation in science.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.