Campus Sint-Lucas Ghent

BIODESIGN, where art and design meet science


A module on biodesign for designers,artists, architects, scientists, sociologists, technologists,... who are interested in working at the intersection of biology and design.

The biodesign module is a series of hands-on workshops that immerse you in the world of bio-based materials and solutions. You will gain biological insights, question your anthropocentric worldview and develop an ethical view on synthetic biology. You will also get to work yourself and experiment with algae, fungi,.... In this workshop series, you will be guided by experts; inspiring speakers and visits to biolabs;  biodesigners, exhibitions will broaden your horizons. The module culminates in an exhibition of design experiments that take the audience into a fascinating world where we as humans live together in symbiosis with nature and technology.

The module is worth 6 ECTS. If you would like this to be valorised in your curriculum, we can check with you and your head of department to see if this is possible. Of course, you can register for the module voluntarily, on top of your curriculum.

1. Biodesign & Bio-based materials
2. Ethics & mindset
3. Architecture & new design methodologies
4. Material Driven Bio Design & Art
5. Transgenic Arts & Science
6. Design assignment

Matthijs De Block (bioartist & innovator), Jasper Bloemen (GLIMPS), Angela Pisani, Kristien Hens (professor bio-ethics), Rachel Armstrong & Breg Horemans (RAAD, KULeuven), Pascal Leboucq (Biobased Creations), Tom Peeters (Open BioLab, EhB), Jasmine De Bruycker (transdisciplinary researcher), Annemarie Maes (bio-artist), Annelotte Lammertse (researcher, LUCA), Tria Amalia Ningsih (PhD, KULeuven)

Praktical information

the module is interdisciplinary, anyone with an interest in biodesign is welcome. Is open to students in 3rd year undergraduate, masters and PhD students.

Leiekaai 18, Ghent, room 120, from 13 February to 25 May 2024, on Tuesday evenings (from 18h30 till 21h30) and Saturdays (from 10h till 16h), max. 20 participants

(Work)sessions on 13/2, 17/2, 20/2, 24/2, 27/2, 2/3, 5/3, 9/3, 12/3, 16/3 (in Brussels, Open Biolab Ehb), 19/3, 23/3, 26/3, 23/4, 27/4, 30/4, 4/5, 7/5, 14/5

Feedbackjury on 25/5

Graduation show on 22 en 23 June

Optional: Impact Gathering on 20/3 from 9h till 10h30


  • LUCA students who include the course within their diplomacontract or certificate: for free
  • LUCA students who include the course extra within a credit contract: 81€
  • Students from KULeuven: 81€

credit picture: ’The Greater Gut - Happiness bacteria, Matthijs De Block / Picture: Ligia Poplwaska'