CLASS OF 2013 — Idea Translation Lab Presentations & Showcase. A unique opportunity to view TCD & NCAD undergraduate synthetic biology projects & ideas.
Ever wonder what would happen if we could turn our cells into living pumps that help fight diseases? Or what would happen if the bio-houses we developed went disastrously wrong and swallowed humans whole? What if we had bandages that would weave healing solutions, gels that would self-clean our teeth, drank milk that could cure diseases or grow plants that directly addressed our nutrient deficiencies? What if we wore tattoos, which enabled you the read how healthy another human was?
Are these ideas plausible? Can we play, tweak and design biology and living systems in such as way? How far off are such ideas? What are the consequences of such realities?
If you have ever wondered why synthetic biology, the engineering of biological systems is important, what they mean or why it is one of the most exciting contemporary fields of science, then you need to come to the CLASS OF 2013: ITL PRESENTATIONS & SHOWCASE.
What is the CLASS OF 2013?
The CLASS OF 2013 is the final presentation and showcase of 7 students projects, which were developed during Idea Translation Lab (ITL), a 12-week course, which runs during Hilary Term at Trinity College Dublin.
An uniquely interdisciplinary course ITL enables students to develop ideas outside of their disciplinary boundaries and showcase the work on an international platform. The aim of the course is to provide science, humanities and art undergraduate students with the possibility of collaborating and creating projects together.
For the first time this year Trinity College students worked with NCAD design students to develop ideas, which this year focused on the field of synthetic biology.
The Living Room
Speculative scenarios for the future consequences of bio-homes & estates
Team: Andrew Sheppard, Aoife & Kevin FitzGerald, TCD & Mo Hayabusa, TCD
Biological synthesized bandages composed of living cells, engineered to create elegant healing solutions
Team: Yutaka Kumagai, Katriona Thompson, Christopher Falkenthal, TCD & Bobby Comerford, NCAD
What if Farmers were Pharmacists?
Exploring the production of opiorphin as an alternative painkiller to morphine through human and animal methods
Team: Aisling McCrudden, Claire Mary Dempsey, TCD & Naomi Murtagh, NCAD
Applying the pumping qualities of bacteria for medical, bacteria for medical, pharmaceutical and bioengineering solutions
Team: Brian McEntegart, Gavin Bennett, Neil Johnston, TCD & Paul Dunne, NCAD
Living Products - Bacteria that Work For You!
Synthesizing bacteria for the use in everyday tasks such as brushing your teeth
Team: Dermot Gillen, Sheelan Yousefizadeh, Aisling McDonnell, TCD & Ethan Grant, NCAD
Se the Difference
Application of phytoremediation to create teas, which control Selenium (Se) levels for health and cosmetic purposes.
Team: Olwyn Grennan, Nicola Davis, TCD & Ciara McKeown, NCAD
Intrinsic nutrient detectors, which monitor & display blood & nutrient levels through DNA filled ink tattoos
Team: Stephen Lee, Diana De Fex, Hugo Desmond Kieran, Paige Perillat-Piratoine, TCD & Josh Purcell, NCAD
WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
On 3rd April, 2013 we invite you to a public showcase and Dragon’s Den-style pitch presentation.
Our panel will be made up of DIY biohackers, tech entrepreneurs and designers, who along with course leader Teresa Dillon and the Science Gallery team, will judge which of the final projects.
The ‘winning’ student project will be selected and go forward to a week-long intensive workshop at Le Laboratoire, Paris and presentation at international media arts festival, Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria and the Science Gallery’s exhibition GROW YOUR OWN...
Wed 3 April, 17.00-19.00
17.00 Opening and showcase, Deloitte Gallery
17.30 Introduction & Project Presentations & Panel Q+A, Pacaar Theatre
18.45 Showcase continues & drink reception, Deloitte Gallery
19.15 Panel announce the winner & thanks
We welcome you to join us to celebrate and hear more about these exciting new ideas - find out more about the ITL course, GROW YOUR OWN... exhibition and the Science Gallery’s vision on learning and education.
The Idea Translation Lab is an annual Broad Curriculum course for Trinity College Dublin undergraduate students working with students from NCAD (Naional College of Art and Design). Developed as part of Science Gallery’s, EC FP7 project, Studiolab, the course is linked to the ArtScience Prize and programmes developed by Prof David Edwards at Harvard University and Le Laboratoire, Paris.
Course Director: Michael John Gorman
Course Coordinator & Tutor: Teresa Dillon
Course Administrator: Jane Chadwick
Invited lecturers: Cathal Garvey, Indie Biohacker; David Benqué, Designer, Royal College of Art; Shaun O’Boyle, Science Communicator, Science Gallery; Prof Jonathan Coleman, Nano physicist CRANN, TCD; Dr. Mukund Thattai, National Centre for Biological Science, Bangalore; Yashas Shetty, Artist & educator, Centre For Experimental Media Arts & Michael John Gorman, Director, Science Gallery, Dublin
Mentors: Cathal Garvey, David Benqué, Bengt Sjölen, Shaun O’Boyle & Jane Chadwick