"The cities of the future will be made by robots with biology."

Three inspiring pioniers in the field will give you a glimpse of such future during one evening: 27/3 at 20h in Gravensteen, Ghent.

During decades we’ve produced materials by extracting finite valuable resources without taking their end of the life and environmental impact into account. Plastic, concrete and synthetic composites are examples of such materials. What if we could grow materials that are fully bio-compostable after their use?

Within this context, the combination of robotics and living cells to make biomaterials is a promising research field. Such computer-aided 3d printing fabrication of biomaterials, offers a strategy for manufacturing materials using low energy and fits within the strategic transition towards a circular bio-based society in the city of the future.

During this evening, different pioneers will give their vision on how robotic fabrication can shape our materials within a sustainable city of the future. Andrea Graziano (Co-de_IT and STEAM+Lab) and Maurizio Montalti (Officina Corpuscoli and Mogu) will provide perspectives related to their ongoing collaborative project (i.e. BIO Ex-Machina), where they work towards joining computational design, biological growth, additive fabrication and robotic protocols for the design of customised, on-demand objects, as hybrid eco-systems.

As part of the BioFab Bootcamp, Glimps is organizing this public lecture on “How can robots shape living materials?” We’re joined by partners Historische Huizen Gent and VUB (ae-lab). Registration is free. Please use the link below to register.


19:30-20:00: Doors open.
20:00-20:10: Welcoming.
20:10-20:20: Introduction by Elise Elsacker - Vision on sustainable cities of the future.
20:20-21:00: Lecture by Maurizio Montalti & Andrea Graziano - Robotic Biofabrication - novel strategies for deploying mycelium materials by means of digital computing and robotics.
21:00-21:30: Debate + Q&A with Elise Elsacker, Maurizio Montalti and Andrea Graziano. Moderated by Winnie Poncelet.
21:30-22:00: Closing drink + networking

Looking for more info on the bootcamp itself? Read on below…

For the curious. For the pioneers.

Our future local, circular economy needs designers, makers and researchers versed in design for sustainability. Biological technologies are highly compatible with this vision and offer a large potential to be transformative for our society. Biofabrication, or the fabrication of products through living organisms and biotechnologies, is therefore an important future field. Glimps developed an extensive Biofabrication Bootcamp that will train 22nd century thinkers and designers.

From the deep dive kickoff weekend in nature, to full day biomaterial labs and a camp on 3D-printing living organisms: the programme will shape you as a pioneer.

The bootcamp classes take place from February to April 2019, for an average of 5 hours per week.

Download our flyer for info on modules, timing, registration.

Photo: Yuri Andries

Photo: Yuri Andries

registration endED on January 13th 2019!

You can still join our public lectures on March 27th (Ghent) and April 24th (Brussels). Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to receive the event invitations.

You can also come visit our biofabrication meetups on Tuesdays or Saturdays as planned in the agenda of our bootcamp partner ReaGent: https://reagentlab.org/agenda/

Bow tie by Lynn Josephy for Glimps

Bow tie by Lynn Josephy for Glimps

3D-printing living organisms camp

3D-printing living organisms camp

The programme consists of hands-on training sessions and inspiring lectures spread over 3 months. The programme is designed to be compatible with your studies or job. See the full programme here.

Contact winnie@glimps.bio for any and all questions about the programme, practicalities, payment etc.

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Supporting partners in the bootcamp are:


The Biofabrication Bootcamp is supported financially by Vlaanderen Circulair.

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