Open Sessions

What are Lab Open Sessions?

ASCUS Lab is open to anyone interested in creative experimentation using the tools of science, whether they be artist, scientist, creative/inquisitor/member of public. Whether you already have a creative idea, need help with some inspiration or simply want to visit and have a go, just come along to one of our open sessions.

To visit, have a tour of the facility and chat to our lab technician is free of charge, to use the facility we charge an access fee of £6(5), or a monthly membership fee of £30. Certain skills are also necessary to access our lab equipment and start experimenting, these are gained easily by attending one of our 2 hr inductions, or our themed courses, over five weeks.

Check out our website for details and dates of our upcoming microbiology and microscopy inductions.

To start your own project download and fill in our ASCUS Lab Proposal form and email it to us at lab@ascus.org.uk:

The open sessions are designed to be self-led with technical guidance if needed. Please note, one-to-one training is only available outside of Open Session times. Please contact lab@ascus.org.uk, we’d be happy to answer any questions.

Open Sessions & Member Sessions Schedule/Price

ASCUS Lab is open all year round and we run Lab Open Sessions two days a week on Thursdays and Saturdays and Member Sessions across 4 days Monday-Thursday. All Open Sessions sessions are listed on the ASCUS Calendar.

Schedule:
Open Sessions
 
Thursdays: 4pm – 10pm
 
 
Saturdays: 10am – 4pm
 
 
Member Sessions
 
 
Mondays: 10am – 4pm
 
 
Tuesdays: 10am – 4pm
 
 
Wednesdays: 10am – 4pm
 
 
Thursdays: 10am – 4pm
 

(We advise that Open Session attendees begin project work by 9pm (on Thursdays) or 3pm (on Saturdays) at the latest to allow adequate time for project set-up and clean-down)

Open Session Fees:
Drop-in Access Fee:
£6/£5* per session (up to 6hrs)
Monthly Subscription Fee:
£40/36* per month (unlimited access to Thurs & Sat Open Sessions)
Membership Fees:
£60/54* per month
2 days access to Open Sessions or any 2 Lab Members sessions and/or locker sized storage space
£80/72* per month
3 days access to Open Sessions or Lab Members sessions and/or 1/2m bench/storage space
£100/90* per month
4 days access to Open Sessions or Lab Members sessions and/or 1m bench/storage space
£120/108* per month
5 days access to Open Sessions or Lab Members sessions and/or 1m bench space + additional storage space
 
Open Sessions are FREE of charge to those enrolled in one of our training courses

We run our Open Sessions on a drop-in basis and we aim for them to be broadly accessible to anyone. If you have attended one of our workshops/courses or have previous lab experience and have filled out our proposal form, no need to book, just pop along on the day. If you would prefer to register please feel free to do so through our event form below. Our Memeber Sessions are for current subscribed ASCUS Lab members that are carrying out independent project work.

Register for Open Session here:

ASCUS Lab Inductions

Another way to access our Open Sessions is to come along to one of our themed lab inductions in Microscopy of Microbiology. We run our inductions on the first Saturday of the month, to register please select your prefferred date and fill out our event form below.



Price: £10/£8*
Schedule: See our ASCUS Calendar for upcoming dates

Are you intersted in accessing our ASCUS Lab Open Sessions to work with microorganisms? Never worked in a lab before? Then join us for our microbiology culturing lab induction where you will receive an induction to safe working in ASCUS Lab followed by an introduction to our collection of microorganisms getting you set up with all the information you need to access our Open Sessions to do your own independent microbiological work in a supported and supervised environment.

Book Here:

Price: £10/£8*
Schedule: See our ASCUS Calendar for upcoming dates

Are you intersted in accessing our ASCUS Lab Open Sessions to work with microscopes? Never worked in a lab before? Then join us for our microscopy lab induction where you will receive an induction to safe working in ASCUS Lab followed by an introduction to our suite of microscopes getting you set up with all the information you need to access our Open Sessions to do your own independent microcopy in a supported and supervised environment.

Book Here:

Directions to ASCUS Lab:

1. Turn left at reception and walk down the corridor towards the cafe.
2. Turn right at the cafe and walk down the corridor towards the Anatomy Lecture theatre.
3. After going down the small set of steps, and immediately before the double doors, turn left and walk down the corridor.
4. Go through the double doors at the end of the corridor and up the stairs.
5. Turn right at the top of the stairs and go through the door into another corridor.
6. The ASCUS Lab is the door opposite the door into which you entered the corridor.


If you do not have the necessary skills yourself you may be able to access our Open Sessions by working directly with someone who has. If you do have previous lab experience, then just contact us using our proposal form and we can discuss access with you: ASCUS Lab Proposal form

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We are changing the idea that “A lab is inaccessible unless you’re a scientist”.

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ASCUS believes that a laboratory should be a facility accessible to everyone, so we’ve opened our own at Summerhall in Edinburgh and it sits at the intersection of art and science.

At ASCUS Lab we want to provide open and accessible lab space for artists, scientists and the general public. To achieve this we are embarking on an innovative year round programme of art-science skills workshops and hands-on activities that will provide participants with the introductory skills needed to access the lab for independent research and experimentation. Our programme will explore and introduce a range activities based around microscopy, microbiology and DNA analysis, helping us to work towards our goal of providing the largest “open” community laboratory based in Scotland.

ASCUS Lab is supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award
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