Frequently Asked Questions

What is DIYBio?
Every interview starts with this question. The truth is nobody really knows the answer. DIYBio is mainly defined by what it is not. It is not biotech or life sciences as part of academia, government or established industry. Anything else related to biotechnology could potentially be DIYBio, especially when the people involved self-proclaim it to be DIYBio. In practice most people in DIYBio have some kind of educational background in biotechnology or other science. They meet in their own free time to tinker and work with biotechnology to outmaneuver restrictive regulatory environments, get outside of the box or address issues that would otherwise not fit the purpose of their day job. In case you are looking for DIYBio projects in your area of interest, such as biomaterials, health, brain computer interfacing, genetic engineering, nutrition, transhumanism, arts and/or humanities, feel free to contact us.
Is DIYBio Safe and Secure?

Safety and security are often among the first concerns when people encounter DIYBio. Should such a powerful technology be in the hands of amateurs? Can these funky hackers be trusted?

Although uncontrolled and unregulated biotechnology sounds very dangerous, most DIYBio groups are in an active dialogue with regulators, inspections and law enforcement. Just like every individual DIYBiologist are bound to respect the law. In the EU many are already in place to protect public health and the environment.

How is DIYBio funded?
Since most DIYBio projects are a hobby or a pet project of a small group of individuals the activities are also self-funded. Whenever a project aims to reach a broader audience, for example when it is presented as art or is intended to engage a public in science, it may be funded by art or science engagement funds. This type of funding often requires a formal relationship between the funder and receiver of funds, which somewhat goes against the non-institutional nature of DIYBio.
How can I meet DIYBio people?
Just go to a DIYBio lab or event. Contact us in case you need an introduction or look for collaborators. Check out the events page to find an event near you.
How do I become a member of DIYBio?

There is no application process or official authority that gets to say whom or what DIYBio is. One becomes part of DIYBio by self-proclamation. Introducing yourself to the existing community helps getting recognized.

Do I need to stick to the DIYBio Code of Ethics?

A "Code of Ethics" for DIYBio can be found on diybio.org. In reality it does not really mean anyhting. It is the result of a top down orchestrated project and created by a non-representative small group many years ago. There are plenty of examples of individuals and projects that have acted against the code, including the delegates that created the code themselves. There is no enforcement, governing organisation or repercussion for those acting. Adhering to the superficial code is completely voluntary.

Why is DIYBio associated with hacking?

The term hacking can be understood as illegal accessing computers. It is also used to refer to a culture of playful and clever interactions with technology in an attempt to alter the behavior of the subject at hand into something it was not designed for or capable in the first place. This practice and culture is furthermore characterized by knowledge sharing and an hostility to secrecy and authority. It found its way into mainstream society through the manifestation of hackathons.

Whom is this website for?

In case you are an active participant in the DIYBio scene none of the information presented here is new to you. This website is intended for an audience that is new to DIYBio and in a need for information.

What is the difference between this website and diybio.org?

The webpage diybio.org is a community hub that addresses the needs of people in the DIYBio scene. This website contains information for people that are new to DIYBio.

Why do you use the EU flag when referring to Europe?

We are well aware of the fact that the EU is not equal to Europe. Nonetheless, we use the EU flag as a symbol for a (future) united Europe.

How do I get a project listed on this website?
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