The BIOTOPIA Lab is expected to be open for visitors from March 26, 2021, 1 pm - if the current corona situation allows it. More information will follow soon.
You can also experience the Lab at home: The BIOTOPIA team is working on digital and analog formats, experiments and DIY concepts with great commitment to bring you hands-on science to your home until the opening. "BIOTOPIA Lab @ Home" wants to arouse interest in scientific contexts and give you a small foretaste of the activities in the BIOTOPIA Lab - from the bottle garden or your own mushroom cultivation for home-use to the isolation of DNA from vegetables and fruits. We also plan to take a look behind the scenes of the lab with the lab experts, which hopefully will make you look forward to your visit in the near future!
Exciting offers for groups or individuals
Inquire about your own workshop:
If you are already in a larger group or would like a private workshop, you can also book your own workshop in addition to the dates listed on eventbrite.
This booking does not go through eventbrite. Choose the workshop from the list below and make an appointment by phone. You can find the contact number on our page for the school class program.
We always pay attention to compliance with the applicable hygiene regulations.
In our hygiene concept (in German) you can find detailed information about regular operations, educational program and events.
How is fertile soil created that produces new plants every year? We get to know a number of tiny creatures that ensure that all animal and plant remains can be broken down and recycled in the soil.
Far more than just the “dirt” under our feet, earth is a truly complex and dynamic ecosystem. Let's explore this invisible world together.
Age groups: 4-20+ years
Duration: 1.5h & 3h
Water is a special substance! Thanks to the special properties of the water, many exciting experiments can be carried out with it. When looking through the microscope, you will discover small living beings in a water sample from the castle canal.
The participants are invited to reflect on the reality of life in microorganisms in relation to the physics of water.
Age groups: 6-14 years
Duration: 3 h
Research & Manufacture
In this workshop we will build a bottle garden to take away or display. At the beginning we talk about which cycles ensure that the garden can survive in isolation. When planting their mini-hermethospheres, the participants think about the conditions under which stability will arise and which will cause instability. At the end the results are presented.
Age groups: 7-18 years
Insights into molecular biological laboratory work: students will learn lab skills such as how to operate microliter pipettes, isolate DNA from one's own cheek cells and perform isopropanol precipitation. Your own DNA becomes visible as a thread-like streak in the test tube. Variants: DNA is isolated from bananas with children under the age of 12 (~ 1 ½ h). The “Genetic Fingerprint” workshop can be held afterwards or on the next day - this is then approx. 1 hour shorter.
Age groups: 6–20+ years
Duraton: 1.5h & 3h
With a symbiotic culture of different bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY, English abbreviation symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts) one can not only produce a tasty and healthy drink (Kombucha). If you dry the slimy biofilm, you get paper or leather-like material - depending on the thickness - because of the high cellulose content. Sustainable solutions for an environmentally friendly life (e.g. vegan leather, clothing or packaging) will be discussed.
This workshop is particularly suitable for formats in which the participants come back to the BIOTOPIA Lab 1-2 weeks after the first session to view the products and take them home.
Age groups: 4-20+ Jahre
Duraton: 1.5h & 3h
What are fungi actually? What do they live on? How do we bring them into our everyday life? We want to give insights into the world of fungi and their role as decomposers. To do this, we microscopically examine petri dishes with fungi mycelium, show how to grow rose oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds in the kitchen and how waste paper can be turned into a valuable raw material with the help of mushrooms. The participants should be empowered and gain self-confidence in order to be able to experiment with mushrooms independently. In small groups of 3 students, the coffee grounds rose oyster mushrooms are given for care. In class, the students can work together to process waste paper into fruit bodies and compost.
Age groups: 14-20+ years
Duration: 1,5h & 3h