Biosensing Bootcamp

Biosensing Bootcamp:

(Wednesday 11th – Saturday 14th September 2013 – Waihoanga Lodge)

This is the biggest event in the MESA calendar – our second annual bootcamp. See the poster below for details, click here to see photos from last year’s bootcamp.

Some spots are still available, email mesa@mesa.ac.nz ASAP!

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General Timeline & Content:

1pm, Wednesday: Groups depart from Alan MacDiarmid Building, VUW (Wellington)  and from Massey University (Palmerston North)

Session 1: Biosensing introduction & general biology for biosensing  (Shalen Kumar & Elf Eldridge)

Session 2: Mechanism & design of rapid assay tests; commercialisation & design for manufacture of biosensors (David Williams)

Session 3: Advanced materials & nanotechnology, and their application to biosensing (Geoff Willmott)

Scattered throughout the sessions: group biosensing projects, back-country lab sessions, walks in the bush, and lots of eating and meeting new people!

12 noon, Saturday: Depart Waihoanga lodge, arrive back in Wellington/Palmerston North by 1.30pm

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 What you need to bring:

1. Bedding! Bring a sleeping bag and pillow, or whatever you need to sleep in. If you don’t have these things, bedding from the lodge is $15 for the three days, but if you need this you need to let me know by this Sunday Sep 8th.
2. A towel & toiletries
3. Some warm clothes – both for laying around the lodge and going for a stroll in the beautiful surrounding bush. Bring a waterproof shell/jacket if you can.
4. Outdoor & indoor shoes  – if it’s muddy, then we can’t wear shoes in the lecture & dining rooms. Some slippers might be nice?
5. Any games/sporting gear/musical instruments you want to bring along for free time and in the evenings.
6. A notebook, pen and your brain!

Bring a laptop if you like, though it’s not required. There is no internet at the lodge, so we will have your full attention!
There is cell phone reception, though it may be a little sporadic…
MESA is sorting out all of the food for the event, and the lodge is equipped with all the cooking equipment and cutlery etc that we’ll need. The nearest shops are 15 mins drive away, it’s likely that we’ll make a run or two throughout the event.

2013 bootcamp poster

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