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You can follow the workshop 'Sustainable micro factories' in ARTIS-Micropia every day until Sunday 25 October. During these workshops, visitors discover how cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are grown and which useful substances these "sustainable micro-factories" can make for us.

These workshops are organized in collaboration with iGEM Amsterdam. This team of students from the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam is working on new applications of microbes for a sustainable future. The workshops run daily from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm until Sunday 25 October and are intended to help people discover how microbes can make our future more sustainable.


Microbes as a sustainable solution

In order to protect our planet and to make products safe in the future, we need to produce more sustainably. The smallest creatures on earth can help us with that. If microbes such as bacteria, algae and fungi are used on a large scale in the production process, we can make the industry more environmentally friendly. The use of cyanobacteria, better known as blue-green algae, is an example of this. Despite their bad reputation, these microbes produce a large part of our oxygen and are essential to our survival. But they are also of great value for our future, because they make all kinds of useful substances and thereby absorb CO2.


Collaboration with iGEM


iGEM ​​is an annual international competition in which students look for new applications with microbes in order to solve social problems, ranging from new materials, clean energy and medicines. iGEM ​​Amsterdam, consisting of students from the University of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam, shows with their project that cyanobacteria can contribute to more sustainable production. To make these 'micro factories' run more efficiently, the iGEM Amsterdam team is developing a special computer program. This program calculates how the bacteria can produce existing and new substances, including aspirin and sweeteners, in a more stable way. And by realizing this more stable production on a large scale, the students hope to make biotechnology more sustainable.


The workshops


The iGEM students will take Micropia visitors on a voyage of discovery through the world of sustainable microbes up to and including 25 October. Every day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., three free walk-in workshops can be followed in the middle of Micropia on the use of cyanobacteria for a greener future.
Would you like to discover how these sustainable micro-factories are grown and which handy substances they make? Then quickly book a time slot for your museum visit!