From November 26th to 28th roughly 20 designers, artists, engineers, and scientists participated in Open Science School Co-lab on bioremediation. The workshop focussed in particular on a number of highly polluted sites in India. Under the wing of Dr. Brenda Parker of UCL and her team, participants enjoyed lab time, lectures, and a day at The Institute of Making.
Lab experiments included ultrafiltration using Kombucha, enrichment experiments with randomly collected bacteria to determine their resistance to pollutants, Chlorella encapsulation for bioremediation of fertilisers, and Cadmium uptake of freeze-dried algal biomass. The participants also learned how to make a dyi spectrophotometer for which instructions are published by the Open Science School.
Final presentations spanned a range of ideas from remediation of already contaminated soil using fungi to preventive measures in the tanning industry, and from citizen science by monitoring the environment using mobile phone cameras as dyi spectrophotometers to the repurposing of remediated chromium salts into jewellery.