ASCUS Lab Membership

Our membership program is suited for both scientists and non-scientists that have long-term projects that require regular monthly access to our Biosafety Level 1 lab and/or storage of individual equipment or consumables. We welcome proposals from individuals or groups with a specific project or independent research they want to explore using our facility and specialist equipment in a supported environment. If you are looking for more ad-hoc access, please visit our pay-as-you-go page (coming soon).

By becoming an ASCUS Lab Member, you will have access to:

Lab equipment and Bench space/storage:

Over the years, we have received very generous donations of ex-research equipment in microscopy, microbiology and DNA analysis, including basic genetic modification and other technology resources which you have access to during your session*, as well as bench space during your session and storage space to house your own equipment  to really make yourself at home, depending on the membership option you choose. Please note, as we are a community space, some equipment might be in use temporarily by others. If you require exclusive use of equipment, please let us know in advance.

Use of the 3D printer and use of consumable items are charged on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Technical & Project Support

Our lab technician will be on hand to offer basic troubleshooting support on any equipment you choose to use, basic question and answer support on your specific project, navigation of the space and general lab maintenance in support of your project. Please note more in-depth support can be provided on a 1-1 basis with our technician for £33 per hour.

Communal laptops and WiFi

All memberships include free access to ASCUS WiFi and donated laptops subject to availability.

Our Art-Science Community 

You will be part of a burgeoning community of art-science enthusiasts which we have built up over the years. We can add you to our global ASCUS Lab and ASCUS Art and Science Community Facebook groups where there are ongoing discussions about all things art & science and it is possible to make fascinating connections for partnership work or specific advice. Receive regular updates of our news and events by joining our mailing list.

Exclusive discounts to our workshops and events
All ASCUS Lab members gain a 10% discount to ASCUS workshops, events and resources.

Membership Options | Monthly Subscription Fees

1 lab session is up to 4 hours access to lab facilities and equipment and sessions can be used at any time during a month.

A Health & Safety induction is compulsory as part of new membership/project set-up and costs £33 

Membership 01

 £42/38* per month
4 lab sessions per month. No storage space.
This membership option is suitable for additional project members, individuals who do not require storage space, and for subscribers of membership options 02, 03 or 04 requiring more than 4 lab sessions per month.
Membership 02
£62/56* per month
4 lab sessions per month and up to locker size storage  space                   
Membership 03
£85/76.50* per month
4 lab sessions per month and up to 0.5m bench top storage space                 
Membership 04
£125/112* per month
4 lab sessions per month and up to 1m bench top storage space                         
*concessions: full-time students; unemployed persons, senior citizens, residents of Summerhall, and disabled persons. If you have booked as a concession you must provide proof of status on arrival.

Become a member

Join our community of members. Fill out our form and we will get back to you to discuss how we can help, alternatively contact if you have any queries.