What are Lab Open Sessions?
ASCUS Lab Open Sessions are times when our Lab is open to anyone (artists, scientists or the general public) interested in creative experimentation using the tools of science. Certain skills are necessary to access our Open Sessions and use of our lab equipment, but you can attain these by attending one of our skills workshops or training courses. Open Sessions are self-led and are designed to provide space for participants to put new or existing lab skills into action. During these Open Sessions you will have access to lab bench space and specialist equipment, technician advise will be available but one-to-one training is only available outside of Open Session times.
If you are new to ASCUS Lab and are interested in accessing our Lab Open Sessions then please fill in our ASCUS Lab Proposal form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can pop to one of our Open Sessions to chat to us about an idea you have. The £5 access fee applies to individuals wanting to conduct project work.
Open Session Schedule/Price
ASCUS Lab is open all year round and we run Lab Open Sessions two days a week on Thursdays and Saturdays. All our Open Sessions are also listed on the ASCUS Calendar
(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)
(unfortunately we are currently unable to accept card payments)
£30 per month (unlimited access)
Open Sessions are FREE of charge to those enrolled in one of our training courses
We run these Open Sessions on a drop-in basis two days a week, so 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.
ASCUS Lab Inductions
Another way to access our Open Sessions is to come along to one of our themed lab inductions. We are currently running these inductions every Thursday from 6pm and they alternate between ‘Microscopy’ and ‘Microbiology’ bi-weekly. Check out the ASCUS Calendar to view upcoming dates for these.
Schedule: 6pm every second Thursday
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.
Schedule: 6pm every second Thursday
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.
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
We are working on changing the idea that “A lab is somewhere you can’t go unless you’re a scientist”.
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.
Click here to check out our upcoming skills workshops