Science, society and art
BioSolar Cells’ research goes further than making the best possible use of solar energy. BioSolar Cells also wants to know what the general public thinks about these new technologies. Does the business community perceive opportunities for these new products?
Will consumers buy these products?
We cannot predict the future, but we can prepare for it by thinking about potential developments. And the same is true for the development and applications of BioSolar Cells. Researchers at the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Leiden are therefore studying the economic, environmental and social barriers that BioSolar Cells may encounter. On the basis of their findings they will design four completely different future scenarios, in which the implications of different societal choices concerning
innovation policy are made clear.
Artist in lab
Playing Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Greatest Hits’ to E. coli bacteria in a petri dish, for 48 hours non-stop, and measuring how this affects their growth. Adjusting pigeons’ feed so that they their droppings are made of soap, so they become enormous cleaners instead of enormous polluters. Painting with colourful bacteria. These are three examples of ‘bio-art’, intended to get researchers and the public to look at living material and technology in a different way than they are used to.
Adam Zaretsky is one such bio-artist, and together with researchers from the BioSolar Cells programme he’s examining the artistic potential of the photosynthesis research.