Join the BAD 2018 Award Ceremony

This year’s BAD Award winners will be announced at the award ceremony hosted by ZonMW at STROOM, The Hague on 25 May. An independent jury will decide upon the most innovative and promising bio-art projects, selected from 16 nominees. Three hybrid teams of designers and scientific researchers will be selected as winners and are granted €25,000,- to realize their proposals in the next six months. An exhibition at MU will present the artworks to the public, on show from 30 November 2018. Sign up and join the award ceremony to learn about all the nominated BAD projects!



Hogewal 1

The Hague


25 May 2018 -
25 May 2018

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After a welcome and introduction, twelve teams of international artists, designers and scientists pitch their plans for an art project to the expert jury, press and public. Subsequently, jury chairman William Myers (curator and writer) will announce the three winners of the BAD Award 2018. 


14.30 Gallery STROOM open to the public

15.00 - 15.15 Welcome by Wilma van Donselaar (ZonMw) and Angelique Spaninks (MU Artspace)
A short explanation about the background of the competition, the preselection and what will happen after an artist/designer wins.

15.15 - 16.00 Bio Art & Design Film

16.00 - 16.50 Public pitches by all contestants about their proposed projects. Every contestant will pitch their project in only 3 minutes.

16.50 hrs Announcement of the winners by William Myers, the chairman of the Jury
Drinks afterwards


The international Bio Art & Design Award jury consists of independent experts. This year’s jury will be led by chairman William Myers (author of Bio Design, curator, teacher). He will be joined by Manon Parry (assistant professor Public History and coordinator Museums, Medicine and Society at UvA), Karen Verschooren (Visual arts curator, Artefact - STUK), Isaac Monté (winner of the BAD Award 2015), Han Wösten (Professor Microbiology at UU, winner of the BAD Award 2017), and Koert van Mensvoort (Director Next Nature Network, KNAW). 


  • Drifting in the Pelagic Zone, with Paul Breedveld and Gerwin Smit of Bio-inspired Technology Group (BITE), Department of Bio-Mechanical Engineering, Faculty 3mE, TU Delft. 
  • Life Science is Metaphor Orion Maxted, with Hans Westerhoff and Ewelina Weglarz-Tomczak of the Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, UVA and VU Amsterdam.
  • Unpredictable Things: designing ‘provotypes’ for future data ecosystems by Iohanna Nicenboim, with Klaas Timmermans, Anna van der Kaaden and Marieke Hagg of the Department of Estuarine and Delta Systems (EDS), NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research in Yerseke. 
  • Microbiocene: Ancient ooze to future myths by Amanda Baum and Rose Leahy with Laura Schreuder and Gabriella Weiss, Stefan schouten, Julia Lattaud fo the Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research in Texel. 
  • BEYOND THE AUDIBLE - The Galton golden whistle by Gil Delindro, with Christi van Asperen, Frederik Hes and Karin van der Tuin of Molecular Tumor Genetics, Department of Clinical Genetics, Leiden University Medical Center. 
  • The Origin of the Machine Species by Jip van Leeuwenstein, with Raoul Prese of Biophysics of Photosynthesis & Hybrid Forms, Department of physics and astronomy, VU University Amsterdam. 
  • Sleep Game – waking from Alzheimer by Zoltán Balla, with Wiep Scheper, Kevin Batenburg and Marieke van Ziel of Molecular Neurodegeneration group, Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR), VU University Amsterdam. 
  • A Deep-Future Archaeology of the Escargotapien by Sissel Marie Tonn, with Lorenzo Moroni of Complex Tissue Regeneration, MERLN institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine, Maastricht University. 
  • Data Veins & Flesh Voxels: a search for what is Human by Anu Liu, with Mario Maas; Matthias Cabri and Onno Baur of Musculoskeletal Imaging and Top sport, Academical Medical Centre Amsterdam. 
  • Millennium Ginseng Project by Ku Kuang-Yi, with Rashmi Sasidharan of Plant Ecophysiology, Institute of Environmental Biology, Utrecht University. 
  • Horizontal Living - Long live in bed by Yiyun Chen, with Patrick Schrauwen and Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling of Diabetes and Metabolism Research Group, NUTRIM school for Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, Maastricht University. 
  • She Sells Sea’s Shapes at the Seashore by Miriam van Eck, with Han Olff and Laura Govers of Conservation Ecology Group, University of Groningen. 

About the BAD Award

The Bio Art & Design Award, BAD Award for short, is a unique competition that aims at stimulating young artists and designers from The Netherlands and abroad to experiment with bioart and design and to collaborate with renowned Dutch science centers. The Bio Art & Design Award highlights and explores exciting new intersections among design, artistic practice and the Life Sciences. The Award is a product of collaboration between ZonMW, NWO, MU and BioArt Laboratories.