Open Hardware from Academia

Hi everyone.

I am organising the event below, please apply if you are interested. Unfortunately as our travel funding is fairly limited, we can probably only offer this to people in the UK or the EU.


Call to apply: Open Hardware from Academia

Open access publishing, open data, and open source software are becoming the norm in academia. Is open hardware next? The University of Bath Open Source Hardware Group invites you to a 3-day incubator where we will explore the challenges faced when making open hardware, and work together to propose solutions. Our aim is to bring people of different career stages (e.g. PhD students, early career researchers, and senior academics) together in a collaborative environment fostering idea-exchange. We welcome applications from across academia from those interested in policy, tech-transfer and community building, to those who design and build hardware.

During the event we will:

  • Identify key barriers to making university-designed hardware open source
  • Make meaningful steps towards forming collaborations to address key issues such as:
    • Generating and assessing the impact of open source hardware
    • Building the open tools we need, ranging from CAD and control software to electronics and infrastructure
    • Rethinking technology transfer
    • Reducing the time burden of sharing designs.
  • Have panel discussions with experts in the field (including Jenny Molloy, Adrian Bowyer, Andrew Katz)

Apply here:
Applications close on January the 6th.

When and where:

The workshop will be run from 3-5 February 2020 at the Apex Hotel, Bath

Who we are:

The organisers (Julian Stirling, Rafaella Antoniou, Pen-Yuan Hsing, Jérémy Bonvoisin, and Richard Bowman) are all members of The University of Bath Open Source Hardware Group. Our group comprises researchers from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. We are a newly established joint initiative between the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Physics, aiming to promote and disseminate open source hardware and associated research within academia and to the wider public. Our members include researchers who actively develop open source hardware, particularly scientific instrumentation, as well as researchers who study open source hardware projects at a meta level, aiming to support and facilitate the development of the practice.


This workshop is part of the project “Reimagining Recruitment” at University of Bath and is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The project provides some funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses for participants, to help widen participation. As part of “Reimagining Recruitment” a psychologist will be observing the incubator to help us understand how to make future incubators more inclusive and productive.



The deadline is tomorrow for those of you who have forgotten to apply!

It happened! A good number of GOSHers were present.

We had some interesting discussions. We will have more documentation of them soon.