On July 13, in Amsterdam, 10 scientist makers set off on their European tour on board the Do-it-Together Science Bus, in association with the Waag Society fablab. The objective of the bus, which should stop in some 20 European cities, is to demonstrate that citizen science is an accessible and fun way to explore the world around us. The program features DIY science and lifehack workshops, such as making yogurt, building a mobile phone charger, calculating the pH of water or soil, etc.
The Science Bus team about to depart from Amsterdam:
The team is made up of 10 young scientists, makers and vloggers (video bloggers), including five Irish physicists from Dublin. Their first stop outside the Netherlands was at the Slades Farm Family Festival in Bournemouth, UK, on July 16.
First yogurt and sun cream workshops at the Slades Farm Skatepark:
The Science Bus is part of the citizen science project Doing It Together Science (DITOS), a research program funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 grant, with a focus on biodesign and initiatives for a sustainable environment.
DITOS unites 11 European institutions (nonprofit organizations, universities, museums, etc.), including Medialab-Prado, Waag Society, Paris Descartes University, all coordinated by ExCiteS, the Extreme Citizen Science research group of University College London. A total of nearly 500 DITOS events (workshops, traveling exhibitions, round tables…) are organized across Europe.
Presentation of Science Bus:
The Science Bus will travel through Europe until November, stopping in Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Italy, France (on October 26-30, more later), Belgium and Spain.
More information on the Science Bus’s European tour
Calendar of upcoming DITOS events