Call for entries
Deadline: 12 September 2011

Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award 2011

Due to its success in 2010 the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award (DA4GA) will experience its second edition in 2011. The excellent results of the first edition are on show at Natrualis, Leiden until January 8th 2012.

Always wanted to be at the forefront of riveting art that is trans-disciplinary and pushes the boundaries of technological and artistic possibilities? Then submit your application for the Designers and Artists 4 Genomics Award and take a chance on winning a € 25.000, – project!

The Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award highlights and explores the exciting and novel possibilities between design, artistic practice and Life Sciences. Inaugurated by the Netherlands Genomics Initiative, the Centre for Society and Genomics, and Waag Society, the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award aims to stimulate emerging designers and artists to delve into the world of bio-art, and produce new work in close collaboration with the Netherlands most prestigious Genomics Centres, for example in the field of sustainability, food, health, bio-informatics, agriculture, and safety.

Graduated no longer than five years ago? Fascinated by the breakthroughs of Life Sciences, and with a knack for applied arts and/or design? Then we want you to send in your CV, portfolio, and idea for a project that combines artistic merit with the vast developments in genomics research.

What do we offer?
After a closed-door pre-selection 20 artists/designers will be invited to pitch their idea and meet the Genomics Centres at a speed date. Following the latter, the Genomics Centres and artists/designers decide if there’s a mutual match to develop the idea for the Award further.
These sessions are scheduled on October 10th 2011. In case of a match, the teams of artist/designer and scientist develop the project idea further towards a proposal for the Award. The 3 winning proposals, selected by an expert jury, are allotted each € 25.000,-, and are exhibited in their realised form at Naturalis in Leiden, mid 2012 until for 6 months.

Please note: applicants from outside the Netherlands (not resident in the Netherlands) are accepted on the condition that they will be present – on their own expences – during all events that lead up to the Award and during the entire development period (December 2011 – May 2012) in case they belong to one of the winning projects.

Interested? Download the application form and conditions at
Send applications before September 12th 2011 18.00 hrs to:


Please pay attention to the entry information and guidelines!

Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award is an initiative of The Netherlands Genomics Initiative [], the Centre for Society and Genomics [] and Waag Society [], presented at NCB Naturalis [].

The Netherlands Genomics Initiative (NGI) aims to ensure that society and economy benefit from the breakthroughs enabled by genomics in the fields of health, agro-food, sustainability, enabling technologies and society.

The Centre for Society and Genomics (CSG) studies and improves the relationship between genomics and society. CSG engages society by means of social research, interaction, dialogue and education. It strives to develop novel and effective methods of communicating scientific issues to the public as well as improving existing forms of communication and education about life sciences.

Waag Society develops creative technology for social innovation. The foundation researches, develops concepts, pilots and prototypes and acts as an intermediate between the arts, science and the media.

The participating Genomics Centres are:
Cancer Genomics Centre [] Celiac Disease Consortium [] Centre for Medical Systems Biology [] Netherlands Consortium for Healthy Ageing [] VIRGO Consortium [] Centre for BioSystems Genomics [] Nutrigenomics Consortium [] Ecogenomics Consortium [] Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation [] Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre [] Netherlands Consortium for Systems Biology [] Netherlands Metabolomics Centre [] Netherlands Proteomics Centre [] Forensic Genomics Consortium Netherlands [] Netherlands Toxicogenomics Centre []

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