Hagen Lectures: Reflections on Citizen Science

This weekend we have gathered some friends of the Hackteria Network to discuss and reflect on the various aspects of citizen science. The session started with chemical and thermal experimentations with pine tree resin lead by Aurelio, followed by a slow cooked fondue brought to us by the maker extraordinaire from Fribourg, Michi Egger, a.n.y.m.a.


And thx to Eugenio we had deep discussions on the role of gravitational escapism on evolutionary development of the human species.


je-participeDuring our discussions we have read through some recent reports mapping the citizen science ecosystem in Switzerland, the role of DIY science in citizen science EU report, and some general historic texts on citizen participation introduction “The Ladder” by Sherry Arnstein from 1969. The most recent paper by Rüdiger Trojok was also serving us to contribute to our discussion about the role of “Biohacking als emanzipierte Citizen Science” and our activities in the hackteria network, where he makes a strong point of new developments and the emancipation of the movement to be taken into account in contemporary citizen science world.

As we have been involved in various discussions recently this weekend served us to get a clearer idea and strategic vision for our role and goals. Upcoming events such as the “Citizen Science Workshop – Standards and Recommendations for Citizen Science” in Zürich, 17th November 2015, and the meeting of the Swiss network of citizen science, topic “Bio-hacking meets Citizen Science”, in collaboration with Science et Cité, will give us more opportunities to learn and contribute to the discourse.




These days I finally got a 3D-Printer for the RandeLab. It’s a derivative of the Rostock Delta RepRap, re-designed by some peeps in Toulouse and sold as a cheap kit, µ-Delta. And yes, it goes very well with some French wine from the Bergerac region and a fresh piece of local deer with some veggies.

See notes on the PiratePad


40 Years of Dusjagr

Grey is the New PINK !
A nice week to celebrate my birthday in the forests of Randen.

Various hacks, making, celebrating and warm discussions in front of the fire over these couple of days. Distributed birthday party of dusjagr from 4th – 9th of November in the RandeLab also known as Fablab Underes Ätzisloo.

Jugendfrische hin und her, erst mit 40 ist man wer!

Come for a visit! If you don’t know where we are, follow this map:


Slime Mold Observations

See more on my Fbook


IoT Day & Ganesha vs. Psychobilly

Getting ready for the IoT special event in RandeLab, re-union with the Center for Alternative Coconut Research, the FabLab Underes Ätzisloo, StahlLabs, Make IoT Zurich and some random Slovenian guys making hats…


“Having a beer and Schwartenmagen in the beautiful Schaffhausen woods, listening to the birds and watching the spring flowers. Got some ESP6288s, ATTinys, Arduinos and coconuts.” from GlobalIoTDay – 2015


Dominik Mahic playing the Landjägersynth:

IoT Infrastructure watching:

The tower


Preparing IoT modules – where is the coconut?




Sticking the BLE acceleration module into the coconut. The little plastic bag protects the circuitry.


Center for internet of hats #randen #CenterForAlternativeCoconutResearch

A video posted by Miha Normaln (@miha_normalen) on


WinterLab 14-15

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See more impressions on fbook


Polharska Noč

Recipe for the Polh-Burger in preparation…



The CowArt diaries

Is making SynBio Cheese considered CowArt or just merely "reine Käsekunst"

We will figure that out soon!

So called "CowArt génétique"
It wooooooorks!

Glowing Wurst Experiments

What is this all about?

Trying to reenact the Glowing Wurst - First experiments in making sausages glow using diverse approaches of synthetic biology, field trips, literature research and rubber bands... and sausages. Inspired by Heller's finding from 1852, investigation of a finding of glowing sausages (Augsburger, 4 inch long, 1.5 inch wide) by the German police, as mentioned in the chapter "B. Ueber das Leuchten von Würsten", Leuchtende Pflanzen, 2nd edition, Dr. Hans Molisch, 1912.


  • Always first do a literatur research!

Legal status

According to the cantonal law of Schaffhausen, "Verordnung über den Naturschutz vom 6. März 1979" paragraph § 12 b), this is ILLEGAL!
§ 12
I. Allgemeines Verbot
1 Es ist verboten, die im Anhang I aufgeführten freilebenden Tiere mutwillig oder zum Zwecke der Verfütterung oder des Erwerbs:
a) zu töten oder zum Zwecke der Aneignung zu fangen sowie ihre Eier, Larven, Puppen, Nester oder Brutstätten zu beschädigen, zu zerstören oder wegzunehmen;
b) lebend oder tot, einschliesslich der Eier, Larven, Puppen und Nester mitzuführen, zu versenden, feilzuhalten, auszuführen, andern zu überlassen, zu erwerben, in Gewahrsam zu nehmen oder bei solchen Handlungen mitzuwirken.

… but

§ 10 13) 2. Sammeln zu wissenschaftlichen sowie zu Lehr- und Heilzwecken Das Sammeln und Ausgraben geschützter Pflanzen und das Fangen geschützter Tiere zu Lehr- und Heilzwecken sowie für nachweisbar ernsthafte wissenschaftliche Verwendung kann ausnahmsweise in begrenzter Zahl und beschränkt für ein bestimmtes Gebiet und eine bestimmte Zeit vom Planungs- und Naturschutzamt bewilligt werden.