Mont Vireux mansion - Photo by Yuri Andries

Mont Vireux mansion - Photo by Yuri Andries

What is the biofab weekeNd?

The BioFab Weekend is a fun, insightful and unique deep-dive experience into biofabrication and sustainable design. From Friday to Sunday evening, we retreat into a mansion in France surrounded by nature. On the menu are lectures on biofabrication, design and circular economy, hands-on activities guided by design and biomaterial experts and fun talks with new friends.


Next edition:

Fall 2019 | 15 - 17 November

France | Mont Vireux Mansion

Early Bird Price* | 550€

*Offer available until September 30th

Late Bird Price | 650€

What to expect on your Biofab adventure?


A crash-course on living materials and Biodesign

Take a deep-dive into the world of biomaterials and biofabrication through living organisms and biotech.

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One-of-a-kind hands-on workshops on biomaterials

Learn how to biofabricate in hands-on trainings with experts in biomaterials.


In-depth, expert-run sessions on Open-Ended Design and Circular Economy

Explore concepts and methods of open-ended design and designing for a circular economy.


A Biomimicry walk connecting theory to nature's practices

Enjoy the surroundings of the Mont Vireux mansion during biomimicry forest walks and learn to connect theory to nature's practices.

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One-on-one project sparker with designers and scientists

Join one-on-one sessions with designers and scientists with expertise in the field of biodesign and biomaterials.

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Social activities such as an inspiring cooking feast, morning yoga sessions!

Connect with people during social activities, such as yoga, cooking sessions and nature walks.


Healthy and delicious meals that will tickle your taste buds

Enjoy energizing tasty meals with best of conviviality and the breeze of the Vireux mountains.


The coolest mansion in the French Ardennes!

Mont Vireux welcomes the BioFab Weekend participants with very comfortable individual and shared rooms. Remember to look out the window and enjoy the stunning nature.


“The weekend is an opportunity to collaborate, share and expand your knowledge.”

Jerome Maroni, president of the NGO La Cité de la Douceur, video producer and participant of the first Biofabrication Bootcamp.


“After the weekend I went home with lots of new ideas and inspiration on what biomaterials are about.”

Astrid Venlet., Designer and participant of the first Biofabrication Bootcamp.

Biofabrication Bootcamp closing event

Biofabrication Bootcamp closing event

Jerome made a mycelium wall. Astrid and Annemie Willemen made coffee ground bioplastic to use in a seat and a coffee cup. All of this was made in the 2,5 months following the first BioFab Weekend.


Meet the BioFab Weekend team

The BioFab Weekend is all about experiencing how biofabrication can enhance both craft and industrial objects, how design can serve better porposes and how feasible a more sustainable future is.

Our team is all about it too.

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Winnie Poncelet

Winnie is a social entrepreneur who works fostering cooperation initiatives for inclusive and bio-oriented innovation. He co-founded ReaGent, an open biolab, Ekoli, a non-profit for science education for minorities, and Glimps, an open innovation hub in biodesign.

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Francesca Ostuzzi

Francesca is driven by how open-ended design approaches can be combined to reach more sustainable scenarios. Passionate about the value of imperfection, co-generative and open processes, she is PhD in Industrial Design Engineering Technology and doctor assistant at Ghent University.

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Jasper Bloemen

Jasper has a unique perspective linking bio-based economy topics, innovation and social engagement. He is active in impact-driven projects in sustainability and education as co-founder Glimps and active member at open biolab Reagent and climate change science communicator/educator at University of Antwerp.

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Join us for the next BioFab Weekend

and live this journey of creation towards a sustainable future.

The BioFab Weekend is a result of dreams and action of a group of experts in biofabrication and sustainable design. We believe in the strength of combining transdisciplinary knowledge and acting together for a bio-based economy. We look forward to welcoming you and collaborate, with respect for nature and each others passion.

Want to know more?

Would you like to have more information about this or next BioFab Weekend editions? Feel free to email or click on the link below to stay up to date!

Organized by: Francesca Ostuzzi (UGent) | Jasper Bloemen (Glimps) | Winnie Poncelet (Glimps)