Co-lab interdisciplinary workshops

Co-lab (コラボ) is a format for creative workshops, a community, and a philosophy for interdisciplinary collaboration. They are open for anyone to replicate with no counterpart.

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Founders (for workshop authors see workshop pages below)

Juanma Garcia
General support

Juanma Garcia

Life Sciences


Lena Asai

Lena Asai




Ke Fang

Interdisciplinary collaboration

Institutional partners (for more partners see workshop pages below)

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CRI Paris


Funding of several workshops

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University College London

Workshop funding

Brenda parker

Dr. Brenda Parker (UCL)

Workshop organization and scientific advice

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DITOS EU program

Communication and organization of several workshops

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Cambridge University

Workshop funding

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Tsinghua University

Beijing and Shenzhen workshop funding


Open Plant Fund (Cambridge)

Workshop funding


Institut Pierre Gilles de Gennes

Workshop funding microfluidics


We host interdisciplinary workshops with different topics of science (synthetic biology, biomaterials etc.) and different methods of design(design fiction, design thinking etc.).

Each of our events is unique, as it is driven and co-directed with the participants. At the same time, we keep some common principles:

  • Horizontality: Our workshops are co-organized by the participants and the mentors together.
  • Diversity: We encourage diversity of background, gender, age among the participants to achieve a rich environment.
  • Interdisciplinarity: Our workshops use methodologies, lectures and knowledge that belong to several disciplines.


We believe that science and arts are both creative fields of study. Our workshop is a place where artists, designers, and scientists meet to initiate collaboration. We aggregate designers to learn science. We encourage scientists to value and learn artistic approach and design thinking. We bring artists, designers, and scientists together to explore the possibilities of scientific design and designing science.

Interdisciplinarity is a tool to solve complex problems that are beyond the reach of any discipline alone. To be able to do this, many soft-skills need to be developed. However, we believe that they are central to face the challenges of this new world: conceptualization, inter-cultural communication, project-based learning, adaptation, and willingness to learn.

We also believe that 1 + 1 is not equals 2, but sums much more. Being able to exchange knowledge is the most valuable tool that a community can have. Being able to use the skills that we have learned from our field in another discipline makes us valuable.

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Co-lab workshops Open Science School

Documentation: how to make a workshop?

Description on how to make a workshop

Available only on google drive for now

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Project archive

01: Co-lab synbio

Bacterial dialogues

Life on the surface

Colon (:) Common bacterial repository


LiMe (Living Memory)

DNAish food

Mushroom bottle


02: Co-lab bioweapon

Chrom-air attack




03: Co-lab biomaterials (UCL)


Algae desk


Mushroom-impregnated biodegradable plastic

Living colour

Victoria Amazonica

Algae bike


Dulse & Gabbana


04: Co-lab biomaterials (Tsinghua)

Kombucha purse

Bacterial films


05: Co-lab Openplant

Synthetic blossoms

The straxberry project

The Friedman show

Do plants feel pain?


PETall bin

Smell you later


Edible book

06: Co-lab playbio


Sticky fluid

Bumshooting Bum Bum

Electronic paint


07: Co-lab bioremediation

Self-irrigate lowtech bioreactor

Bio-bucket chromium bioremediation


Citizen-lead (Pb) detection

Fungi edu kit


08: Co-lab biomaterial (EPFL)

Feels colors and beyond

Bio-inspired adventure tent


The book of the infinity

Petin' sound

Workshop editions

01: Co-lab Synthetic Biology (December 2015, London Biohackpace and January 2016, CRI Paris)


02: Co-lab bioweapon (January 2016, Shenzhen Graduate School)


03: Co-lab biomaterials (February 2016, University College London)


04: Co-lab biomaterials (April 2016, Tsinghua University Beijing)


05: Co-lab Openplant (July 2016, University of Cambridge, September-October 2016, John Innes Centre and Cambridge Makespace)


06: Co-lab playbio (October 2016, CRI Paris)


07: Co-lab bioremediation (November 2016, University College London)


08: Co-lab biomaterial (December 2016, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)


09: Co-lab bioarch (April 2017, Volumes coworking space)


10: Co-lab microfluidics (July 2017, Institut Pierre Gilles de Gennes)


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Co-lab workshops open science school biocolab