It has just been decided to co-ordinate the diverse activities of some of the labs at Roskilde University – ExLab, HUM-TEK, and a Performance Design workshop – and to share the resources allocated. The organizing principles of this initiative are inspired by the FAB LAB movement an the related ideas.
In the meeting, Friday November 15, Jens Friis Jensen, Connie Svabo, Michael Haldrup and Sisse Siggaard Jensen discussed how best to initiate this, and also, how to coordinate and share resources.
As a first step, we decided to meet once a month to establish some of the needs and requirements of this initiative.
We have many things going at the moment in ExLab: the Italian pictures exhibition at Instituto Italiano di Cultura di Copenhagen, the FAB LAB initiative, the Viking Ship museum project, the BiMus Roskilde development project committee, the Orange Innovation network, a FKK post.doc application, a further development of the ExCylinder, and future application ideas.
This Tuesday we discussed all of these activities to find our paths. Several new applications are in the pipeline at the moment (Italienske billeder, Havhingsten, Landgangsbroen, Lyd, Intelligent spaces for teaching and learning), and John mentioned that some of the themes of the EU program “Horizon 2020” appear to be relevant to ExLab research. So, “why not give it a try” was his implicit question – we will discuss this question at our next meeting, December 11 😉
We also discussed the newly started FAB LAB at RUC and the question of how to further develop the relationship between ExLab and FAB LAB. It was mentioned and agreed upon that we should call attention to needs for equipment and also make visible in the FAB LAB some of the many activities of ExLab.