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Updated program for Lab Session #2 - Space Farm Collective

Location: Lecture Theatre, Science Museum, London Time: 9.00 – 1pm
Science Museum London

The workshop is a continuation of the first workshop in The Hague, and revolve around three core topics: 

1. Developing a Plant Characterisation Kit to enable citizen science projects with a large variety of plants and cultivars
2. Developing the framework to implement a 'Recipes for Space' challenge aimed at top chefs in Europe supported by a community of nutritionists, engineers, (urban) farmers, biologists, and other relevant experts
3. Designing the first Space Farm lab, to be launched in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in Dec. 2016 (*possibilities being examined*). 

Outline

*9.00am* **Coffee, tea, hopefully cookies.**
*9.15am* **Start of the session**
5m Welcome (Thieme Hennis), introduction to the workshop and the Space Farm Collective
25m Keynote NASA Astronaut Don Pettit: Life in Space (food and plants)
5m ESA Technology Transfer (Lluc Diaz)
*9.50am* **Intro to the different workshop tracks**
15m Intro Plant Characterization by Angelo Vermeulen + MELiSSA plant expert Christel Paille + DLR Plant scientist Juergen Schultz
10m Intro Recipes for Space (Thorsten Schmidt)
15m Informal Q&A / coffee / grouping people (Thieme Hennis)
*10.30am* **Working in groups (90m) ****→ 3 tracks**
90m **1. The DIY Plant Characterisation Citizen Science Kit *****(m: Angelo)*** Introduction to the biology of plants, plant characterisation, and the opportunities (and challenges) for organising this as a citizen science project. Working on an actual plant setup. **2. Chef’s Challenge: Recipes for Space *****(m: Thorsten Schmidt & Martina Heer)*** Introduction to the complexities and criteria for ‘recipes for space’. Developing an evaluation framework (including criteria from different fields) to be used to evaluate recipes and devising implementation strategy. **3. Design the Space Farm Lab*****(m: Thieme Hennis)*** What is needed to grow the space farm collective in Europe? How to design a lab around existing initiatives? What kind of equipment would be required to start a space lab? We hope to run a first set of workshops in 2017 in Rotterdam.
15m Conclusions & next steps (each group presents)
Noon Closing, lunch, and after-talks (40m)

More info about the tracks

Ad. Track #1: Plant Characterisation Kit

This track is aimed at techies, urban farmers, (plant) biologists, ecologists, and teachers/educational representatives. It starts with an elaborate introduction into the topic, and participants can ask questions to the ESA expert on this topic until all are on the same page. Subsequently, they start designing and sketching the kit and the citizen science strategy. Below some suggested questions and ideas to guide the discussion:

  • Kit design and development: which sensors? Which questions? What procedures and documentation?
  • Strategy and stakeholders: how to engage citizen scientists? Who need to be involved? Who is the citizen scientist? How to implement successful citizen science?
  • Support & Resources: what are the costs involved of distributing these kits? Who will fund this program? Who will provide non-financial support? What kind of expertise is necessary?
  • Defining next steps (i.e. writing documentation and challenges, making and testing first prototype KIT, etc.)

To make this session practical, a plant characterisation setup is installed in the room, with a number of sensors and connected to a computer. Registered workshop participants interested in this topic will be asked to bring their own devices and sensors and will try to use those with the plant setup. Another way to make this practical, is to develop a landing page that invites the target audience to participate and register for this citizen science project, and to order a kit. The following document has been started to work on this topic: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tHYxAlyJOC53mkSvDbMTNTinVBbY4BVvidHZZLz3zX0/edit

Ad. Track #2: Recipes for Space

This track is aimed at chefs/foodies, nutrition experts, engineers (machines required to grow and prepare food), (plant) biologists, and (urban) farmers. All these different people have specific expertise that has to be translated into criteria for the evaluation model. The workshop starts with an elaborate explanation of the challenge, which ultimately is an optimisation problem. Participants must fit all the different criteria into a recipe-evaluation model that will be used for evaluating the open challenge (launched in 2017). Using real ingredients or even meals, the participants work in small groups to make their own evaluation model. After some time, they group together and compare their models resulting in a generic model that is validated by integrating perspectives from different experts. The questions below can be used to structure the discussion:

  1. Establishing and understanding the criteria: how to measure and judge recipe entries?
  2. What kind of sub-challenges or prizes can be thought of (psychological health, engineering)?
  3. Strategy and stakeholders: who to involve? How to involve? How to market/promote the challenge?
  4. Expert community support: how to offer expertise support for participating chefs? Who belongs to this community (i.e. nutritionists, urban farmers, bio-hackers, etc.)?
  5. Funding and revenue model: what are (additional) funding opportunities? Can we make a revenue model? The document below is a starting document to develop this challenge and document the discussion: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FjAdGBTFyXn73qpAtjuy1HnrAWHdxHPRdFgy1cqctZM/edit [PRACTICAL]

Using available ingredients (or even meals), small groups of participants can establish their own model to evaluate ‘their’ recipe or meal. It’s more important to develop a consistent and useful model than to have a ‘space-ready’ meal at this workshop, but some participants may be triggered to develop their own recipe based on their knowledge.

Ad. Track #3: The Space Farm Collective and Lab design

In this session, we will discuss the scope and objectives of the Space Farm Collective, its ‘identity’ and activities. A central point of attention is the design of the first ‘Space Farm Lab’, possibly hosted by BlueCity in Rotterdam and launched by the end of the year.

  1. What *is *the Space Farm Community, and what will it do? Who belongs to it?
  2. What role does the ‘Space Farm Lab’ has in it? How does it look like? What components? Activities? Where should it be and how should it be organised?
  3. What are useful examples from which we can draw lessons? The document below is a starting document to develop this challenge and document the discussion: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13OqJKfEdwtJOKVpUry5E5B-cvAvM08XUrTnb7BwtCWw/edit