Staff newsletter 11/2

Wednesday 11 February

Here's the weekly staff newsletter for you to know what's going on this week, and to share important information and fun facts


Our new building -


We have 3 new people joining our team this week: Daniel Treep and Thomas Gremmen will both be working on the Aquaponics project, whereas Sophie Domoulin will be working in exhibition. If you haven’t met them already, you should go and say hi!


Yay, so it’s finally happening! On 19 Feb we will all have a visit to Micropia based in Artis. Apparently there will be quite a lot of interactive display available which includes:
- A body scanner which can show you what types of microbes live on your body.
• A Kiss-o-meter which can count the number of microbes transferred during a kiss!
• An impressive and colourful display of Petri dishes with various bacteria as well as everyday household objects and what is lurking on them
• A comprehensive collection of animal faeces and a preserved human digestion system.
• There is a real-life working laboratory visible through a window where white-coated technicians prepare and manage the exhibits.
• Various other displays and information on bacteria, viruses, fungi and algae.

But wait, what are ‘microbes’? Apparently they are single-cell organisms so tiny that millions can fit into the eye of a needle. They are the oldest form of life on earth. It’s going to be very inspiring.

We will be leaving at 12:45pm, don’t forget!


Microbes -


Willem was interviewed last night for the Over Datum Eetclub project we did. If you can understand Nederlands, you can check out the radio show here


Bierberaad: The Act of Tasting last friday was great, participants got to learn more about tasting beer and food pairing, the next one is on 5 March, with two speakers already confirmed.


Bierberaad: The Act of Tasting -


Biotalk: Rhythm of Life is happening tomorrow, during which we will explore the field of natural medicine and bacteria. Mike Thompson & Susana Cámara Leret from Thought Collider, an experimental, critical art/design research practice based in Amsterdam, will talk about their projects that often address the relation between science & technology and the functions of our own bodies; Martijn Engelbregt who created the Medicijn Fabriek and Teresa van Dongen
whose inspiration for the light installation Ambio came from bioluminescent micro-organisms in seawater that emit light are the two other exciting speakers taking the stage tomorrow. If you want to help out, or if you want to join, please email Anne!


A project by Thought Collider -

++++++SOUP CHEF?

Tomorrow Nina will be cooking her last soup for our events since she will be leaving soon. So now we are on the look out for the next Soup Chef! If anybody can make delicious soup and wants to help out, please email Anne.


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Have a good week!

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