Top scientists and thought leaders at the intersection of biology, social science, art, and design frequently present at Genspace. Join us for these unforgettable conversations.
biannual open lab
Monday August 13 from 7:00 to 9:00pm
Wondering what we're up to? Come say hi and learn about the Genspace community!
Open Lab is a biannual gathering where Genspace members share their work with each other and the public. Meet other citizen scientists and hear about opportunities to get involved with individual and community projects. If you're considering joining the lab, or are just curious to see what we're all about, this is a great time to get to know us.
biodesign: From Inspiration to integration
Symposium and Opening Reception on August 24
Curated by the Nature Lab at RISD and William Myers, this exhibition showcases recent examples of design and art that inform our complex relationship with nature and help us decipher how it may evolve in the future. Check out the work by Genspace member Fabienne Felder and board member Kathy High!
Peer review: Crispr-cas9
Tuesday August 28 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
Peer Review is an open journal club that meets monthly to discuss and debate scientific papers in an accessible and supportive environment. Peer Review welcomes scientists and non-scientists alike: curious minds of all backgrounds are invited to join us!
This month our guest facilitator is Will Shindel, Lab Manager at Genspace, who will be guiding a conversation about recent discoveries and debates relating to CRISPR-cas9.
Bryant Park Author: One Thing Leads to Another
Genspace's Julie Wolf hosts author Eugenia Bone for a discussion of her new book, Microbia. Join us at the Bryant Park reading room!
The Most Powerful Force in the Universe: compound effects driving biology
When asked what the most powerful force in the universe was, legend has it that Einstein replied “compound interest”. Beyond the financial world where compound interest describes how money keeps making more money, compound effects can refer to any system that makes more of itself. This public talk addresses the importance of compound effects in familiar biological systems as well as the exotic frontiers of biotechnology.
Nature/PostNature: Student Projects from the Biodesign Challenge
Join us for the opening of NATURE/POSTNATURE, an exhibition of student projects from the 2018 Biodesign Challenge. The 26 chosen projects portray futures where the lines between the natural and designed worlds have blurred, and where products and provocations are made from organisms that have been engineered on the cellular level.
The Future of design is biology
Join Genspace and WantedDesign for this panel during NYCxDESIGN, New York's celebration of global design. Four leading experts at the intersection of biology and design will discuss how biotechnology is transforming living organisms into the next medium for design. Panelists include Orkan Telhan, Danielle Trofe, Dr. Tal Danino, and Dr. Theanne Schiros.
Lift off: A waterfront Kite festival
Genspace is partnering with Brooklyn Bridge Park to offer programming at Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival. This family-friendly festival unites S.T.E.A.M concepts and outdoor adventures! Join us as we test the air's microbiome using petri dishes attached to kites.
Genspace will be exhibiting at UNDERSTORY, a plant lab, urban ecology event and workshop series. Through hands-on workshops, a makers' bazaar and citizen science fair, tours, and plant sale, the two-day event will be an interactive showcase of living local economies, urban ecologies, and botanical explorations.
Every great [citizen] scientist needs a great library. At our Book Party, drinks are free for whoever brings a book. Donations can be new or used books on any topics relating to Genspace's mission: the study of life science, and its relationship with history, philosophy, technology, design, art, and all their various intersections. We will have stickers for you to mark your name inside the book, and to share with its next reader why this book was meaningful to you.
Bring a book and a friend and join us to mix, mingle, and celebrate our favorite reads!
Pregame Your Brain at Caveat
Join Genspace at Caveat, New York's newest speakeasy for playful, intelligent nightlife. We will be hosting an edition of their weekly Pregame Your Brain happy hour - a science fair for adults. Grab a drink and extract a strawberry’s DNA, learn how bacteria can take photographs, explore the microcosmos and get to know a variety of new biomaterials.
The Neuroscience Behind Optical Illusions
In Champions of Illusion, Profs. Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik present a smorgasbord of mystifying images, many selected from their Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Martinez-Conde and Macknik, who study the intersection of neuroscience, illusions, and stage magic, will explain just why we think we see the things we see.
Lecture - Transnational reproduction: Race, Kinship, and Commercial Surrogacy in India
Daisy's work is primarily focused on race, racialization, and assisted reproductive technologies, and her recently published book, Transnational Reproduction is an ethnography of transnational surrogacy in India.
Genspace Housewarming Party
Genspace has a brand new home, and we can't wait to show it off. Join us for food and drinks as we celebrate!
The Real Stories Behind CRISPR: A talk by director Adam Bolt about his new documentary film on CRISPR
For an entire year, documentary film director Adam Bolt has been interviewing the scientific minds behind CRISPR, the controversial gene editing technique that has ignited public imagination about designer babies, new cures for cancer, and more. Join iBiology and Genspace for a talk where Adam will share insights from his meetings with pioneers in the field for his forthcoming feature film.
Genomics Lecture: The Bioethics of Genetic Sequencing
A key component of our new Brooklyn Barcoding Program is a Genomics Lecture Series, which is intended to introduce audiences to contemporary issues in genomic research. Kadija Ferryman and Sabrina Suckiel will present their research on the motivations and concerns of early adopters of whole genome sequencing tests. Examine the moral and ethical dilemmas surrounding whole exome/genome sequencing on ostensibly healthy individuals.
BROOKLYN BARCODES: OPEN NIGHT
Join Genspace for a relaxed night of hands-on science and discussion. Ever wonder if that fish sandwhich is really all fish, that goats cheese is really goat or what plant species that weed in your yard is? Come find out. BYOS (Bring Your Own Sample). Our open nights are connected to Genspace's Brooklyn DNA Barcoding Program- funded by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.
Genomics Lecture w/ CHRIS MASON: Designing genomes for Earth, Mars & beyond
A key component of our new Brooklyn Barcoding Program is a Genomics Lecture Series, which is intended to introduce audiences to contemporary issues in genomic research. We are excited to welcome Chris Mason as the third lecturer in the series. The Mason lab is discovering and designing genomes for Earth, Mars, and beyond.
Biotech Futures Talk + Lab Series: Synthetic Biology
The Biotech Futures Series explores the implications of and ways in which biology is becoming a data science. Each talk is paired with a 3-4 hour lab workshop to demonstrate how these themes become realized in the lab.
Book Release: Designature: The Nature of Signatures in Art and Design
Professor at University of Pennsylvania and leading biodesigner Orkan Telhan discusses his new book Designature, which explores the ways in which humans make their mark in the designed and natural world.
Genomics Lecture Series w/ Christine Marizzi
Genspace is proud to announce our Brooklyn Barcoding Program. A key component of our new Brooklyn Barcoding Program is a Genomics Lecture and Workshop series, which is intended to introduce audiences to contemporary issues in genomic research. We are excited to welcome Christine Marizzi as the first lecturer in the series.
The Future Will Be Grown: Student Projects from the Biodesign Challenge
Join us for the opening of THE FUTURE WILL BE GROWN, an exhibition of student projects from Biodesign Challenge 2017. Finalist teams from the twenty-two universities across the world converged at the Biodesign Challenge Summit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City on June 22rd + 23rd to showcase their projects and compete for the Glass Microbe.
Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, & Creators of All Kinds
Genspace is proud to welcome David Guston, editor of the newly published Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds for a book signing event. In our era of synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, robotics, and climate engineering, this edition of Frankenstein resonates forcefully with readers.
Genomics Lecture Series w/ Karen Hogan
Genspace is proud to announce our Brooklyn Barcoding Program. A key component of our new Brooklyn Barcoding Program is a Genomics Lecture and Workshop series, which is intended to introduce audiences to contemporary issues in genomic research. We are excited to welcome Karen Hogan as the second lecturer in the series.
Second Saturdays: DNA Barcoding
Ever wonder if that fish sandwhich is really all fish, that goats cheese is really goat or what plant species that weed in your yard is? Come find out. Every second Saturday we will open up our lab for DNA Barcoding. Get hands-on lab experience and learn how to read the code of life. BYOS (Bring Your Own Sample). Second Saturdays are connected to Genspace's Brooklyn DNA Barcoding Program- funded by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.