DIYBIO Hong Kong
Since I participated in the iGEM, I was greatly inspired by the philosophy of open science. I think scientific research, data and dissemination should be accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional. I believe allowing more people to bring their own skillsets to biological sciencetific research can bring up more innovations and accelerate the whole research process. Thus I would like to pursue my career in educating community about open science and biology.
It combines my passion of doing science and education.
Founding a startup that provides science education and a space for community people to do science research has long been my dream. In 2016, I met Gert, a like-minded and passionate Biologist, to co-found a community Bio Lab in Hong Kong. DIYBIO HK thus provides a great platform for me to do biotech research in a flexible way as well as pursuing my passion in educating others about biological science and empowering them with scientific knowledge to drive for a sustainable future.
Mar 2016 - present
Maria Li Lok Yee, Gert Grobler, DIY Bio HK members
DIYBIO HK Website: http://diybiohk.org/
To promote biological science literacy, we organise talks, workshops and initiate citizen science project.
Let's Talk Bio!
a public biology talk series
To promote biological science literacy, we organise free talks to the public. We aim to facilitate conversation between scientists and people from different fields such as designers, artists, engineers, makers, general publics.
We have invited experts from various research fields to speak about the latest development on various topics including synthetic biology, iGEM, DNA barcoding, Hong Kong marine biodiversity, forensic science, skin microbiome and the relationship with environment, Bioart, and application of radioactivity in medicine etc.
Watch talks here.
Apart from organising public talks, we also organise hands-on workshops to educate people about biological science. All are welcome to join. The main point here is to facilitate inter-disciplinary exchange. Here, we learn from each other, and we construct knowledge together.
Workshops cover topics including microbiology, molecular biology, DNA barcoding, insect pinning, formicarium making, biomaterials, microbial fuel cell, mead brewing, yogurt and cheese making, DIY mobile microscope, strawberry DNA extraction, Slime Mold cultivation, molecular gastronomy etc.
Bug Hunt Hong Kong
a citizen science project
Hong Kong has a large biodiversity, with insects comprising a large part of the biodiversity. Yet most people in Hong Kong are disconnected to nature. Therefore, we initiate the "Bug Hunt Hong Kong" citizen science project to build a public accessible collection of insects in Hong Kong that can be used to educate the public about Hong Kong’s insect biodiversity. We also want to generate DNA barcodes of the different insects in the collection in order to build a DNA barcode library of Hong Kong insects and to contribute to the international barcode of life initiative.