Closes on May 9th 2021, at 23.59 (GMT+1)

For the first time, BBK OSF 2021 introduces an international open science meeting through an open call for participation.

Global trends such as Do It Yourself Biology, Citizen or Community Science, Social Innovation, Bioart, Biodesign or Digital Naturalism make a space for themselves in this edition.

Once again, we want to do science with you, enjoy, socialize, learn and see how science in society allows us to create a better world.

Would you like to participate?

If you have something to share and want to raise awareness on it, BBK Open Science Fest is your festival.

We welcome proposals at different stages, from innovative ideas to ongoing or completed projects.










We are particularly interested in contributions that focus on topics and actions such as:

1. Citizen Science / Community Science

Citizen science is the active participation and involvement of citizens in scientific research through their collaboration with professional scientists.

Community science is the result of people interested in practicing science, forming communities, creating laboratories and developing projects to contribute to scientific and cultural research.

We encourage you to present your laboratories and communities, projects and activities of citizen or community science. If it is in a practical and participatory way, even better

2. Digital Naturalism

Digital Naturalism seeks to explore new interactions with life and discover new ways of experimenting with the natural world. Digital technology helps us develop new models, equipment and tools to make this possible. How can we feel, interact and communicate with living beings and living systems?

We encourage you to present your projects, practical activities, tools and naturalist equipment, both digital and analog.

3. After the pandemic

The pandemic has shown the frailty of the current economic and social models. Human and environmental health, and social and economic inequalities are urgent challenges that we must address. Therefore, in the midst of this pandemic and crisis, we want to promote a transformative vision and give visibility to all those initiatives and innovative projects that aim to redefine and improve health, environmental, economic and social models.

4. Bioart / Biodesign

Art, design, living beings, living systems and biotechnology come together in creative processes with very diverse and stunning results, presenting a more intuitive and closer vision of science. The resulting designs and works can lead to more innovative, safer, more sustainable and more ethical products and services.

If your creative work includes science, technology, art or design, we would like to hear about it.

5. Social Innovation and Sustainable Alternatives

Have you created or do you have in mind a product, service or action that results in a more sustainable or socially-enhancing alternative?

We need alternatives that facilitate the transition to healthier and more sustainable lifestyles.

We seek proposals that, above economic capital, prioritize human, social, family, environmental, cultural and community capital (the commons).

6. Workshops and experimental or creative experiences

“Learning science by doing science” is the aim of the festival

If you are a professional or amateur scientist, artist, naturalist, environmentalist or someone looking to share scientific and experimental practices, this is your category.

7. Educational Innovation

It is important to move towards an education that addresses the needs of 21st century children, youth and adults. How do we form thoughtful, considerate, curious, creative, enthusiastic, critical, independent, cooperative and respectful human beings? How do we facilitate the development of their talents and interests? How do we create an educational model based on scientific evidence? How do we do it in an open and participatory way?

Your ideas and experiences deserve to be shared.

8. Life, growth and development

Throughout life we are capable of growing, developing, changing the environment and reproducing. All these relationships between living beings and their environment, can be used in a beneficial way (for both of them). For example, sustainable gardening, regenerative agriculture, composting, fermentation, cultivation of fungi, insects, plants, bacteria, yeasts, bioproducts, biomaterials…

If you work with living beings or living systems, their processes or their products, you should apply to this category.

9. Open Science

Professional science is undergoing a process of openness and democratization.
Open publishing, use of tools or platforms to practice open science; open access, collaborations, transdisciplinarity, citizen participation, outreach, open software/FAIR; open data and FAIR; creation and maintenance of open communities, etc.

In this section we are looking for your contribution to promote open science.

10. Life with a sense of humor

We need, now more than ever, to treat life with a sense of humor. Science, its history, biological processes, the behavior of living beings and the functioning of living systems are often fascinating, curious and funny.

If you want to share your knowledge or scientific experiences with good vibes and humor, we encourage you to submit your proposal to this category.

If your proposal does not fit these categories but it does fit with the vision and values of the festival, do not hesitate to send your proposal.

Presentation formats

You can participate in three ways

  1. Present your proposal, and (if possible) use images, videos, music, art… Not too much text and no complex scientific terms. The presentations should last 20 minutes maximum and serve as an introduction to an open dialogue.
  2. Don’t tell us about it, show us! We prefer you to show us how you do it!
  3. Even better, don’t just show us how you do it, show us how to do it ourselves! We prefer to do it with you!!!

The proposals that consist of practical or experimental experiences, which can be carried out by the festival’s team and citizens, will be especially taken into consideration. Even more if they use open source, low cost, easily accessible and recyclable or sustainable equipment, materials and reactives.

1. Theoric proposals

If you want to present your proposal in a theoretical manner, you must prepare a presentation of 20 minutes (maximum) to explain it. We recommend using images, audience interaction tools, graphics, animations, music or short videos, but always without exceeding the 20 minutes time limit. The presentations will be grouped in thematic sessions and will be followed by an open conversation.

Time: 20 minutes.

2. Practical proposals

We would prefer you to present your proposal as a practical activity where the audience can follow easily step by step. If so, we thought of two subcategories:

 A. Experimental or participatory experience.
“Don’t tell me, show me!”

The idea is that you present an activity where you explain the steps to follow (“the recipe”) as if it was a cooking show.

No time limit.

B. Workshops or practical courses.

A hands-on workshop will be offered to the audience, so that they could simultaneously mirror it in their homes, school or laboratory. The practical workshops should present detailed information on the materials, equipment and reactives to be used and the protocol to be followed.

No time limit.

Selection of proposals

The proposals will be evaluated by a committee composed of a diverse community formed by BIOOK’s team, BBK Kuna, collaborators and volunteers.

The proposals received that meet the requirements of the Open Call, will be published chronologically on our social media and citizens will be encouraged to give their opinion and choose their favorites.

The committee will take highly into consideration the opinions and preferences of citizens during the selection process. The evaluation committee will also take into account other qualities such as originality, suitability, social impact, values, creativity, reproducibility, fun, humor, impressiveness, language, comprehension, passion, collaboration, etc.

What do we offer?

  1. Raise awareness of the proposals received and its participants on websites, social media, mainstream media and networking platforms related to the BBKOSF 2021.
  2. Online streaming of your proposal to a national and international audience, whether you participate in person or online.
  3. An incredible team of professionals that will assure that the activities run smoothly and in an excellent working environment.
  4. This is a non-profit and free festival that seeks to shed light on the activities, people and institutions that are trying to make this world a better place. BBK Open Science Festival will cover the cost of materials and reactives of practical or experimental activities, and travel and subsistence expenses, if necessary and when requested.

Important dates

April 14Opening of the call

May 9 Closure of the call
23:59 (GMT+1)

May 14 – 22Notification to those selected


Are you in?

Send your proposal by completing the following form.


When filling in the form you will be asked to attach all the necessary documentation.
If you have any questions, you can contact us via email at

The festival will not be the same without you,
we are looking forward to hearing from you!