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Short Course: Biobox Biomaterials Design

5 August to 2 September 2021
10 – 11.30 am

Workshops 5, 12, 19 August and 2 September, 10–11.30am

Apply by Monday 19 July

This four-part workshop offers an introduction to material ecology and is suitable for those wanting to explore circular design, sustainable materials, and new material development.

The drive for sustainable reform across industry is closely linked to the emerging fields of bio-design and material ecology. These cross-disciplinary practices are moving away from traditional, linear models of materials sourcing to one that embeds circular principles in order to develop new technologies and processes using alternative abundant raw materials.

Developed in collaboration with Materiom, the open-source material recipe platform, the workshop explores the potential of sustainable materials development. You will be encouraged to consider the materials you currently use and creatively explore how you can redesign them using the abundant waste streams found all around us.

The online programme will run over five weeks and combine self-led materials research with live sessions to explore different areas related to materials development. Each participant will be sent a Biobox – a practical kit that includes everything you need to get started with bio-materials.

Sessions will be led by Sarah King (Senior Materials Science Technician, STEAMhouse), with contributions from Zoe Powell (Materiom).

Participants must be able to attend all four live workshops.

Workshop 1 – Thursday 05 August, 10–11.30am: Meet the group, get familiar with your box and learn more about the origins of materials.

Workshop 2 – Thursday 12 August, 10–11.30am: Group catch-up, start to develop an understanding of circular design and its application within materials development, stage 2 task set.

Workshop 3 – Thursday 19 August, 10–11.30am: Group catch up, review of progress and outcomes so far, start to consider feasibility and viability of new materials in relation to current practice/projects.

Workshop 4 – Thursday 02 September, 10–11.30am: : Group round up and final outcomes presented, future prospects and what next

How to apply:

This workshop is fully funded for eligible businesses as part of the STEAMhouse Funded Programme. To take part you must be registered as self-employed or have your own business and be based in England. To be accepted onto the course you need to provide a UTR number (if you are self-employed) or a Company Registration number.

To apply to take part please email the following information to by Monday 19 July. Please write “Biobox Workshop” in the subject header.

  1. A short expression of interest explaining why you want to take part in the workshop and how you think it will benefit your business. We are looking for participants who have a clear sense of how they might apply the knowledge they will gain.
  2. If you are not already a STEAMhouse member, please also introduce yourself and let us know what you do, and where you are based – including confirmation that you are self-employed or have your own business



What is STEAMhouse?

STEAMhouse is a space to experiment, test and develop new knowledge. At the project’s heart are five key principles – conversation, exploration, collaboration, openness and newness.

Open since early 2018, STEAMhouse is powered by Birmingham City University, in partnership with Eastside Projects and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The Funded Programme supports businesses, including self-employed, sole-trading artists, to test new ideas, prototype and make new products and services (which if you are an artist may be artworks) as well as explore the potential of digital technologies to help you collaborate and innovate.

In 2022 STEAMhouse will move into the new, purpose-built Belmont Works building.

Find out more HERE