Can the ultra-portability of new technologies make healthcare more accessible? As an international movement, Open Science Hardware gives everyone access to medical equipment and tools for research and analysis. It also develops tools and prototypes to make it easier to customize and recycle health equipment. The Makery medialab has invited artists, scientists, healthcare professionals and designers to present and discuss issues regarding DIYbio and open hardware for healthcare. A weeklong festival of workshops, conferences, demos and performances.

Open Source Body is part of the program of the Journées nationales de l’innovation en santé 2018

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Favor collaborative research

Encourage learning by doing

Build resources for open education

Encourage the use of open equipment for science

Develop experimental instrumentation for sciences


Improve diagnostic guidance

Develop portable laboratories

Encourage open source for medical devices

Co-design healthcare equipment

Synergize design, certification and practice


Equip medical deserts

Support NGO for refugees and natural disasters

Provide first-aid medicine and emergency services

Respond to challenges in public health and self-help


Better inclusiveness and equality with respect for diversity

Solidarity with minorities

Support people living in poverty

Respond to epidemics and endemic pollutions

Reduce social barriers for public participation


Historical evolution of public health policies

Social control of bodies in public health services

Sanitary democracy and authority of science and medicine

Citizen reappropriation of scientific challenges


Visualization and sonification

Do-It-Yourself gynecology

Advocating for bodily autonomy

Body art and subversive biopolitics

DIY bioart and desacralizing science and healthcare

Global Open Science Hardware Manifesto

The Global Open Science Hardware (GOSH) movement seeks to reduce barriers between diverse creators and users of scientific tools to support the pursuit and growth of knowledge.

These are our principles:

GOSH is accessible

Anyone can create, obtain, study, modify, distribute, use, and share designs of open science hardware projects.

Tools are open, free (libre), and licensed as such.

Our documents are understandable and communicative.

We share rather than act territorially.

For socioeconomic accessibility, materials are lowest cost and easy to obtain whenever possible.

Open Science Hardware is maintainable and repairable.

We follow the beliefs already established by open source software, free software, open science, and open hardware movements.

GOSH makes better science better

Scientific experiments using open hardware are more reproducible, more comparable, and more likely to be replicated.

Comparing data across sectors, standards, and countries is more likely when using open hardware.

Reproducibility is a hallmark of good science, and open science hardware allows for greater reproducibility.

Open science hardware makes more science.

1,000 heads are better than 1.

GOSH is ethical

People have a right to knowledge, and thus a right to the tools to gain that knowledge.

Users align their technologies with their values by becoming creators.

The benefits of science should be shared with everyone, and cause no harm.

Open science hardware is open to everybody, without considerations of scholarly background, country, race, sex, or religion and does not tolerate discrimination on these grounds.

GOSH is used for peaceful purposes

GOSH changes the culture of science

We advocate for open science, which requires open science hardware.

We move science toward communal, accessible, and collaborative practices, and away from territorial, proprietary, institutional, and individualistic practices.

We create more options for people to pursue research, both inside existing institutions (academia, NGOs, government, non-profit, start-up, business) and outside institutions altogether.

We make spaces for science beyond established institutions (e.g. academia and NGOs) so there are more options for research trajectories.

We broaden the methods of pursuing way we do science, so the ways of knowing from a wide range of people are part of knowledge creation, now and in the future.

GOSH democratizes science

More people and more types of people can take part in and benefit from science.

We break silos, both between disciplines and between types of institutions, bridging different domains of knowledge—you don’t have to be a “biologist” to do biology, or have a degree to do research.

Open science hardware decreases the divide between the global north and south, professionals and amateurs, particularly in low incomes countries.

Open science hardware puts local knowledge in action and contributes to cognitive justice.

Open science hardware allows a diversity of values and voices to ask research questions and to make technology.

GOSH has no high priests

We have community champions, not a central authority.

We are an active community invested in shared accomplishments.

We build on each other’s work rather than work in isolation.

The more, the merrier.

GOSH empowers people

To pursue research based on their interests.

To pursue research based on the needs of their communities.

To conduct research through many forms of support (including financial, personnel, time, material supports)

To achieve their ideas at low cost.

To understand how their tools work through borrowing, building, and sharing technology.

To have technological transparency and public oversight.

To build a movement.

GOSH has no black boxes

(”Black boxes” refer to any complex piece of equipment with contents that are mysterious to the user.
Technologies are open source.)

Through borrowing, building, and sharing technology, we understand how our tools work.

Building GOSH is a form of learning by doing.

Open Science Hardware increases technological transparency and public oversight.

GOSH is impactful tools

Technologies are adaptable and therefore can directly address local social and technical needs.

There is a direct link between what a community of users needs and science hardware because the community of users can access, change, adapt, and use the tools.

Open science hardware allows users to post knowledge and results early and often, allowing tools to be agile and responsive.

Open science hardware is designed to scale.

GOSH allows multiple futures for science

Research can happen in or out of the academy, in or out of the lab, in or out of commercial spaces.

GOSH changes the norms within established, institutional science where researchers openly share knowledge and technology.

With GOSH Indigenous/Non-scientist peoples can make research in their native language and adapted to their local context.

GOSH allows science to happen in places it would not usually happen.

GOSH aims to make cultural change so these opportunities are intergenerational.


22nd–27th of january 2018 | La Paillasse, echOpen, CRI, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris
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Venues & Contacts

The Open Source Body festival will take place in Paris at the Gaîté Lyrique, La Paillasse, Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) and echOpen.

La Gaîté is located in the heart of Paris, between the Marais, République and Grands Boulevards. A 10 minute walk from the Centre Pompidou.
Former Operetta theater then transformed into a leasure park, la Gaîté Lyrique is one of those who are not affraid by counterflowing.
Now turned into a venue dedicated to creation & innovation right in the heart of Paris, la Gaîté Lyrique is the merging place of art, innovation & digital.
Transgression through acting, immersion through images, obsession through music and questionning gender identity are the guiding words of a programm that allows wonder, learning and transmission.
Both nomadic and sedentary, La Gaîté Lyrique is the canvas on which music, theatre, visual arts, video games and any form of artistic expression think and draw tomorrow's world.
A place of art but also a place to live, where you can eat and have a drink at the bar, study at the ressource center, and appreciate a concert, a debate or a projection in a one day time.

Address: 3 bis rue Papin 75003 Paris
GPS coordinates: 48.866778,2.353444

La Paillasse is an open citizen research laboratory for starting and accelerating scientific, entrepreneurial and artistic projects.

Address: 226 Rue St Denis, 75002 Paris
GPS coordinates: 48.868676,2.352146

The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires – CRI Paris) was founded in 2005 as a convivial place at the crossroad of life sciences, learning and digital sciences.

Address: Tour Maine Montparnasse, 33 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris
GPS coordinates: 48.843602, 2.322143

EchOpen is an open and collaborative project and community, led by a multidisciplinary core of experts and senior professionals with the aim of designing a functional low-cost (affordable) and open source echo-stethoscope (ultrasound probe) connected to a smartphone, allowing the radical transformation of diagnostic orientation in hospitals, general medicine and medically underserved areas. This initiate is aimed for health professionals from southern and northern countries. EchOpen is located at Hôtel-Dieu hospital in Paris, the oldest hospital in town, on the square facing Notre-Dame-de-Paris.

Address: 1 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris
GPS coordinates: 48.854757, 2.349000


Ewen Chardronnet
Artistic director




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