Re: [DIYbio] How big is the DIYBio community? #OPENBIOTECH vlog series

I wonder how many plant people are on the list. Show of hands? 

Sebastian S. Cocioba
CEO & Founder
New York Botanics, LLC

On Mar 2, 2017, at 11:47 AM, Pieter Waag <> wrote:

We just published the third episode of our #OPENBIOTECH vlog series:

This time I am trying to do a sensible estimate of the size of the DIYBio community. I really wonder what your best estimate would be. 

There are nearly 6000 people on this mailing list, but are these really all active DIYBiologists? The mailing list of our lab in Amsterdam alone already contains over 1000 people, so I guess that's not a great way to make an estimate.

On the "local" lab page of the site there are about 100 labs listed. Does every lab have at least 10, 50 or perhaps 100 active members?

And how about the DIY neuro/brain, (animal) breeders, nutrition/foodhackers, grinders/bodyhackers (just check #biohacking on instagram)? Do you think these should be considered as part of the DIYBio movement as well? The vlog also contains an interview with Christine Marizzi of the DNA Barcoding project. In think it is fair to include their participants as well. Do you agree?

For the vlog I assumed it was safe to say there are about 5,000 people in Europe involved in this scene. That's my best guess for now. 500 feels like a too small number to me, while 50,000 is way too much. So I suppose the order of magnitude is right. 

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