Open Science Network

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Open Science Network has created Vancouver’s first Community Biolab. We are a community of scientists, artists, makers, engineers, writers, tinkerers, hackers, citizen scientists, and professional scientists who have banded together to create an open community lab where we can gather to share ideas, knowledge, equipment, and opinions in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere.

As the Vancouver contingent of DIYbio, we are committed to providing a network where researchers can become educated and connected to the world of open wetware and open science investigation. The OSN is interested in engaging anyone and everyone whether they are scientists, writers, artists, or everyday citizens concerned and interested in the practice of science both locally and globally. Join us!

We are on Meetup, Twitter and Google groups.

If you would like to be added to our newsletter, please add your email at the bottom of the page. We don’t share our email list with anyone other than Gregor Mendel. And that won’t hurt you unless you are a pea. No punnett intended!

Our current home is at in the heart of Strathcona.

Visit us at our weekly Open Lab Wednesday. We also have workshop such as Open Science Network’s first DNA workshop – The Cloning Wars, Episode 1: The Cut. Check out our Meetup group to see what events we have planned for you.

Open Lab Wednesdays

When: Every Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: at 780 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC

Come meet our Biohackers, Mad Scientists, and Artistes. Conceived in the spirit of the VHS’s open nights, Open Lab Wednesdays is an opportunity for an informal meet’n’greet at our lab and to to bring whatever you are working on, whatever ideas you have, to the lab bench. Brewing something at home that you wanna talk about? Bring it on! Curious about what OSN really is? What we do? Quench that thirst at Open Lab Wednesdays. The bench is yours!

There are no requirements for these meetups, just come yourself or with a friend, meet anyone and everyone involved, learn about projects, propose your own, and see our lab as it has evolved until now! Be part of the evolution. This is the ground floor and we are going up!

The Cloning Wars, Episode 1:
The Cut.
OSN’s First Workshop:


A long time ago in a laboratory far, far away ….

…. the Restriction Enzyme was discovered. These enzymes cuts DNA at specific recognition sequences and are the basic tools for the laboratory manipulation of DNA. This hands on Workshop will teach you how to work with Restriction Enzyme and enzymes. Come learn how to cut plasmid DNA and visualize that through gel electrophoresis. What is a Pipette? What is a DNA ladder, eh? Well come and learn.

This is the first of a series of Workshops on Recombinant DNA technology that we are preparing.

All materials and equipment will be supplied. No experience is necessary, just a keen interest. We hope to repeat this workshop in the near future so if you can’t make it or miss out on the RSVP limit don’t worry – ’cause we will be back.

Check out the dates for the next workshop on out meetup group. You must RSVP on our OSN Meetup Group. Hope to see you there.

Open Science Network - Vancouver's first Community Biolab

If you are interested in learning more about us whilst we ready our site please contact us below.