Having come to biology from an engineering background, Dr Cameron Wilson had an excellent foundation for communicating science to our non-specialist audiences. Already a poet, musician and medical engineer, he joined The Edge team in 2012 as a Catalyst through the Bioscience programming period, after returning to Brisbane from a four-year stint in Berlin researching blood vessel regeneration in bone fractures.
Probing bioscience in the broadest sense, Cameron brought biology out of the lab and got into science inspired by art. His workshops explored things like bacterial and yeast based fermentations (NB: Not as gross as it sounds: in real terms this means that you will be able to get into the science of brewing ginger beer and making kimchi) and growing sustainable textiles from kombucha cultures.
You can also read about Cameron’s time at The Edge on our blog.
Bioscience for the Belly
Cameron put some friendly micro-organisms to work in the kitchen in this tasty bioscience workshop. He introduced participants to the science of fermentation, using bacteria to turn cabbage into kimchi and yeast to turn ginger and sugar into (low-alchohol) ginger beer. Those who came along got to see, taste and measure what went on in the bottle and jar, and even got a look at the little critters that did the work.
Grow & Sew
Grow & Sew was a weekly meetup designed to give anyone and everyone an opporutnity to nuture crops of kombucha destined for use in fashion and accessory design. During casual meetup Cameron showed all willing participants how to harvest a pellicle, brew the nutritious tea, and harvest, wash and dry the finished product.
This project has had a long lecacy at The Edge, powering sustainable fashion workshops, talks and giving the Creepy Lab its name.
Starting with a workshop, Cameron put out a call to action to deck The Edge’s window bays in window farms using the open source Windowfarms™ design. The group was encouraged to experiment with different plants, nutrients, light levels and designs. Cameron’s own experiment at The Edge grew great crops of lettuce (and not so great crops of algae).