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The OpenPlant and SynBio IRC are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Biomaker Challenge Winter 2021.

The Biomaker Challenge is run annually to encourage, support and fund small interdisciplinary teams of researchers to develop projects and prototypes at the intersection of biology, engineering and computer science.

The 2021 Challenge “Exploring Plants, Soil and the Environment” will support teams to develop hardware and/or software projects in 3 categories:

  • Sensors, field communication and machine learning for environmental survey and monitoring.
  • Measurement and control of plant growth in science, agriculture and gardening.
  • Electronic and biological sensors for management of soil health.

Participants will be provided with hardware, training and support and prizes will be awarded for the best project in each category.

Applications are open for projects at all stages, and we can help you to develop your ideas throughout the programme. The deadline for applications is 15th November 2021.

You can learn more and find out how to apply on the Biomaker website.

For more information please contact the SynBio IRC coordinator, Steph Norwood, at

    Monday, 15 November, 2021 - 23:00