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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

#community-biology

Maria Li Lok Yee, Gert Grobler, DIY Bio HK members 

DIYBIO HK Website: http://diybiohk.org/

Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/DIYBIOHK/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DIYBIOHongKong/ 

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To promote biological science literacy, we organise talks, workshops and initiate citizen science project.
 
let's talk bio posters
let's talk bio posters

DNA Barcoding & Hong Kong Marine Biodiversity
DNA Barcoding & Hong Kong Marine Biodiversity

Speakers meet each other. Dr. Ng Chor Yi (2nd from left), Dr. Henry Cheung (3rd from left)
Speakers meet each other. Dr. Ng Chor Yi (2nd from left), Dr. Henry Cheung (3rd from left)

let's talk bio posters
let's talk bio posters

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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.

 
Workshops
Molecular Biology Workshop
Molecular Biology Workshop

DNA Barcoding Workshop
DNA Barcoding Workshop

Slime Mold Workshop
Slime Mold Workshop

Molecular Biology Workshop
Molecular Biology Workshop

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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.

 
Collection of insect specimens
Collection of insect specimens

Insect DNA barcode in PCR tubes
Insect DNA barcode in PCR tubes

Learn how a ant colony works by observing an ant farm.
Learn how a ant colony works by observing an ant farm.

Collection of insect specimens
Collection of insect specimens

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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.

Read more... 

Bug Hunt Field Trip
Bug Hunter's Handbook
Bug DNA Barcode