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Strategic Network for Sensor Research at Cambridge University

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Interdisciplinary low-cost instrumentation

The Biomaker Challenge is a four-months programme fostering collaboration between life science researchers and engineers. Interdisciplinary teams have set themselves the task to design and build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology, e.g. colorimeters, imaging systems or microfluidic devices.


More than 30 projects have been submitted to the Challenge and were judged by a panel of scientists and engineers. Teams from Cambridge University, the John Innes Centre at Norwich and the Earlham Institute are taking part in this challenge.

Collaborative projects

The projects cover many diverse areas, such as imaging, microfluidic devices and chemical sensors. Projects tap into existing open technology standards, such as Arduino microcontrollers and the Raspberry Pi minicomputer. They allow scientists with little or no electronics and programming experience to build useful instruments. Engineers, on the other hand, learn to appreciate the challenges biologists face in their research.

Too old or too busy to get involved?

If you are a busy academic or researcher and think you don't have time or are too old to learn about microcontrollers and programming in Python then think again.

You can still have a go. It is fun!

Please contact Prof Jim Haseloff at the Department of Plant Sciences or Dr Oliver Hadeler at CamBridgeSens.

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Upcoming events

Cambridge Bioinformatics Hackathon

Sep 25, 2017

Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site, Cambridge CB2 3AR

Sensor CDT PhD Showcase

Oct 19, 2017

Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

Sensors Day 2017

Oct 20, 2017

Robinson College, Cambridge

Biomaker Fayre

Oct 21, 2017


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