Your Community Lab

Since 2015, Open Science Network’s community laboratory has been a space for learning, experimenting and innovating aimed at citizen scientists, students, hobbyists, innovators, and professionals.  The laboratory is a biosafety level 1 lab geared predominantly towards biology experimentation and open hardware creation. The laboratory has recently expanded with much more bench space than previously available. 


Safety of the people who engage, learn and explore at Vancouver’s first community science lab is paramount to us. Open Science Network is fully committed to providing a safe laboratory environment for all of our members, visitors and the folks in the MakerLabs community. Projects are reviewed in detail to ensure they comply with the societies safety guidelines. Experiments are carried out with strictly non-pathogenic organisms like yeast and laboratory strains of E. coli. Safety and equipment training is required and is provided to all members.  



What We Offer

The OSN Community Lab offers a wide range of laboratory equipment and some supplies for our supporting members. Below is a partial list of the lab’s resources with some featured equipment.

  • UV/Vis Spectrophotometer
  • Qubit® 3.0 Fluorometer
  • VERSAmax tuneable microplate reader with SoftMax Pro software
  • Beckman Coulter Z1 Particle Counter
  • Gel Documentation Imager
  • Safe Imager Transilluminator
  • Opentrons OT-2 Pipetting Robot
  • Three Thermal Cyclers
  • DNA & Protein Electrophoresis
  • Agilent 1100 Series HPLC
  • Pipettes
  • Microscopes & Accessories
  • Biological Safety Cabinets & Hoods
  • Water Jacketed CO2 Incubators
  • -86C Ultralow Freezer
  • Various Centrifuges
  • Benchtop Autoclave
  • Virtis Benchtop lyophilizer
  • Labconco centrifuge concentrator
  • AB15 Accumet pH Meter
  • Various Balances for weighing
  • Microbial Incubator
  • Heatblocks

Featured Lab Equipment

We accept donations of lab equipment and supplies. Do you work in or know of a lab that is turning over equipment or shutting down? Contact us! Please don’t just drop it off as we need to ensure OSN will be a good home to it.

Eppendorf Eporator

Electroporator Electroporation is a molecular biology technique in which an electrical field is applied to cells in order to increase the permeability of the cell

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Qubit 3.0 Fluorometer

Qubit 3.0 Fluorometer A fluorometer is a device used to measure parameters of visible spectrum fluorescence. The Qubit 3 is specifically tailored to accurately measure

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