30 November - 1 December 2023

Hosted by MA Biodesign
Central Saint Martins UAL, Kings Cross London UK


Biodesign is a recent discipline that manipulates living matter and translates scientific discoveries and methods into real-world applications. Through this open call, we seek exemplary representations that open inquiry into the interdisciplinary experimental methods of manipulation with biological systems for design purposes. Although some specialization and knowledge has emerged from working with specific organisms such as algae, mycelium and bacteria for example; the variety and vastness of the natural sciences require a greater understanding of the intricacies of the collaborative nature and interrelationships between lab protocols, scientific tools and methods and the tools and techniques for design production.

The Biodesign discipline is broad in scale and scope, reaching towards solving complex ecological issues such as climate breakdown, pollution, biodiversity loss and social justice. Issues where existing tools, software and equipment can't seem to assist within existing formats.  As a result, the ingenuity of biodesigners to adapt, transform and invent new interdisciplinary methods is an emerging space. We are looking at presenting and discussing the invention of new technical skills, toolkits and machines that allow for propagation, monitoring, decomposition, bioremediation, extraction, manipulation, simulation and extermination of living systems for the advancement of the discipline of Biodesign.

We aim at gathering recent work that is reconfiguring the boundaries of disciplines presenting hybridization of frameworks for integration of scientific methods and design processes that can range from bespoke bioreactors, incubators, bio printing machines, software, imaging for research, documentation, and representation.

The Bio-Calibrated: Tools and Techniques of Biodesign Practices Symposium welcomes projects, questions, speculations and provocative solutions that position themselves within the given themes as well as others that might define their own conceptual territory in relation to this new multidisciplinary creative field


- Disruptive Modes of Biodesign Practice and Pedagogy
- Grown/Living Materials and Production and Methods
- Carbon-Positive Design
- Lab Grown Food or Systems
- Bio Printing Methods
- Human/Non Human Interfaces
- Biocentric Agriculture
- Biodigital Systems and Environments
- Bio-Data Visualization
and Representation
- Biodesign and Human Health
- Bio Craft Tools and Equipment
- Historical, Theoretical and Critical Analysis of Biodesign and Production
- Circular Design
- Climate Justice and Eco-Activism


> Download Symposium program via this link


> Download Exhibition program via this link


Symposium Chairs
Nancy Diniz, Course Leader MA Biodesign CSM
Dr Lorraine Archer, Associate Lecturer in Environmental Science MA Biodesign CSM
Dr Alejandro Luna, Associate Lecturer in Biodiversity, Sustainability and Innovation MA Biodesign CSM
Dr Alice Taylor, Lecturer in Biology and Living Systems MA Biodesign CSM

Projects and Exhibition Chairs
Dr Thora Arnardottir, Associate Lecturer Interdisciplinary Studios MA Biodesign CSM
Jon Flint, Lecturer in Design and Fabrication MA Biodesign CSM
Lucrezia Alessandroni, Visiting Practitioner MA Biodesign CSM

Organizational Team
Scott Ramsay Kyle, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator for Programme Enhancement JTM CSM
Sinead Butt, JTM External Liaison Coordinator CSM
Gigi Coley, JTM Course Support Administrator CSM


Petra Gruber, Director Transarch
Tal Danino, Associate Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University,
Director Danino Lab, Synthetic Biological Systems Laboratory, Columbia University
Rebecca Earley, Professor of Circular Design Futures and cofounder of Center for Circular Design UAL
Martyn Dade-Robertson, Professor of Emerging Technolgy, HBBE Newcastle University
Leslie Atzmon, Professor, Graphic Design and Design History, Eastern Michigan University
Harriet Harriss, Ph.D., RIBA, Assoc. AIA, FRSA, PFHEA, Pratt Institute, School of Architecture
Veronika Kapsali, Professor of Materials Technology and Design, London College of Fashion UAL
Pirjo Kääriäinen, Associate Professor in Design and Materialities
Head of Education at Department of Design, Aalto University The School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Tom Ellis, Centre for Synthetic Biology and Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London
Richard Becket, Associate Professor, Bartlett UCL
Albane Imbert, Head of Making Lab, The Francis Crick Institute
Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Professor and Head of CITA, Royal Danish Academy
Andrew Adamatzky, Head of the Unconventional Computing Laboratory UWE Bristol UK
Chiara Farinea, Head of Building with Nature Based Solutions Research, IAAC
Frank Melendez, Co-Founder bioMATTERS LLC, Associate Professor Spitzer School of Architecture,
City College of New York
Anne Marr, Program Director Jellewery Textiles and Materials Central Saint Martins UAL
Shelby Doyle AIA, Associate Professor of Architecture, Iowa State University
Meng Zhang, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Sciences, Northumbria University
Giovanna Danies Turano, Associate Professor Universidad de Los Andes
Robert Kesseler, Emeritus Professor of Arts Design & Science Central Saint Martins UAL
John Sadar, Associate Professor and Course Director of Architecture at Swinburne University of Technology
Lígia Lopes, Design Department, Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Porto, ID+
Paula Cermeño Leon, Industrial/Product Designer, Sustainability, Circularity and Biodiversity
Assia Crawford, Assistant Professor in Technology, University of Colorado Denver
Alex Brogan, Assistant Professor in Chemistry, King's College London
Jane Scott, Newcastle University Academic Track Fellow, Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment
Yessica Mendez, Co-Founder ME-ST
Elizabeth Hénaff, Assistant Professor Integrated Design and Media,
Affiliate Faculty Center for Urban Science and Progress NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Margaret Ikeda, Associate Professor of Architecture, co-founder and co-director of the CCA Architectural Ecologies Lab California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, California
Adam Marcus, Associate Professor, Tulane University
Paula Corsini, Grow Lab Specialist Technician, Central Saint Martins UAL
Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa, Senior Lecturer Information Experience Design, Royal College of Arts
Karen Garza Chapa, Design Architect AMCG
James Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Queen Mary University London
Kelley Van Dyck Murphy, Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
Gyungju Chyon, Program Coordinator of Spatial Design at Monash Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University
Marcella Del Signore, Associate Professor, Director M.S in Architecture, Urban and Regional Design
New York Institute of Technology
Melissa Sterry, Design Scientist, Systems Theorist, Biofuturist, Designer, Serial Founder inc. Bioratorium®, Bionic City®, Panarchic Codex®
Christine Marizzi, Director of Community Science, BioBus, Inc.,
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Lola Ben-Alon, Assistant Professor of Architecture Technology, Director, Natural Materials Lab; GSAPP,
Columbia University
Eduardo Benamor Duarte, Professor, Graduate Program Director RISD/Division of Architecture + Design Department of Interior Architecture
Charles Ross, Visiting Lecturer Subject Lead for Performance Sportswear Design at Royal College of Arts
Matt Malpass, R
eader in Critical Design Practice, Central Saint Martins UAL
Jeanne Pfordresher, Principal Hybridny, Adjunct Industrial Design, Pratt Institute
Matthew Davey, Senior Lecturer in Algal Biotechnology, Scottish Marine Association, Oban, Scotland
Ben Evans, Park Director, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Wildlife Conservation Society
Dilan Ozkan, Mycology for Architecture network, Research Assistant and PhD at HBBE
Alex Pakpour Tabrizi, Postdoctoral Researcher Princeton University
Shelby Newsad, Biotec Investor, Compound, NYC USA
Raphael Kim, Postdoctoral Researcher, Materials Experience Lab. TU Delft
Adrian Rigobello, Ph.D. in CITA for FUNGAR – Royal Danish Academy


Professionals: £150.00
Students: £75.00 (*)

Accepted submissions will be required ate least one registration fee.

> Registration payment via this link

(*) Students will need to bring their ID card on the 1st day of symposium for verification.


Submissions - 31 August 2023
Notice of acceptance - 30 September 2023
Revised and formatted materials due - 15 October 2023

The symposium presentations will be invited for publication at
Journal Research Directions: Biotechnology Design 'Bio-calibrated: tools and techniques of biodesign practices'
Published online by Cambridge University Press
Edited by Nancy Diniz, Course Leader MA Biodesign CSM

Short Papers
Submissions (2,000 words excluding references) are invited for submission. Accepted papers will be invited to be presented in-person or online at the symposium. Short paper submissions will be blind peer reviewed.

> Download Short Papers Template
> Link to upload your submission here in a pdf format

We are requesting a video format submission for the Projects call category. Projects will be published digitally on the symposium website. Submissions will be peer reviewed and selected submissions may be invited to be presented in the plenary sessions and/or participate in a discussion panel during the symposium.

Video submission guidelines:
HD 1920x1080
Up to 2 minutes duration
Format submision must be in MPEG format (file extension .mp4)

Please upload the video submission to Vimeo /YouTube
Provide details and link to the video in a pdf format of the form to be downloaded below.:

> Download Video Submission Template
> Link to upload your video submission form in a pdf format


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