Denisa Kera

Currently based
Affiliated institution
National University of Singapore

Denisa Kera is a philosopher and designer based in Singapore and Prague working on open science and citizen science issues. She is involved in various open hardware projects with emphasis on supporting research infrastructure in the Global South. She uses prototypes as critical probes and tools for mobilization, deliberation, reflection and public participation in science. Her ethnographic work on various community labs and alternative R&D structures (Hackerspaces, Fablabs, DIYbio) is combined with genealogical interest in the origins of science in the 16th century mechanical arts and early visions of “Academy of Sciences”. She has extensive experience as a curator of exhibitions and projects related to art, technology and science, and previous career in internet start-ups and journalism. Currently she works as an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore, where she is also Asia Research Institute and Tembusu college fellow.

2013 Hackteria network archivist (a webplatform and collection of Open Source Biological Art Projects) (ongoing)
2013 Research Affiliate
Science, Technology & Society research cluster
Asia Research Institute (NUS) (ongoing) /
2012 Associated Fellow
Tembusu college (NUS) (ongoing) /
2010 Founder of DIYbio Singapore. (ongoing) /
2008 - 2010 Design project: real time video & heritage: real time video as ethnographic methodology
2008 Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Communications and New Media programme, National University of Singapore
2008 Assistant Professor
Communications and New Media Programme
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore (NUS) (ongoing)
2006 PhD in Information Science, Charles University, Prague.
Doctoral thesis: New media theory as the ontology of the computer code.
2006 Director and curator of the festival TransGenesis (part of the week of science and technology organized by the Czech academy of sciences), Prague, Czech Republic.
2004 - 2007 Founding member of SCART - Society for Convergence of Science&Art /
2004 - 2006 Lecturer for the Electronic culture and semiotics programme, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague
2001 - 2003 Marketing Director for "Inzine" (electronic magazine for culture and art)
1999 MA in Philosophy, Charles University, Prague
Open, Crowdsource and Blockchain Science!Workshop and conference


How can open data, open access, open hardware and trends in social networks, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, alternative metrics and alternative currencies improve science? We want to bring different stakeholders interested in research, innovation, design, advocates of open science, citizen science, geeks, hackers, makers, and all people probing the new terrain of technological trends to discuss the future of science and rethink ways we can involve the public & Global South. Let's rethink how we can support open science in different parts of Asia, what are the limits and possibilities of these new approaches?


Preliminary Programme:

10:00 - 16:00 National Design Centre: Open Science Hackathon: rethinking the future of science


20:00 - 22:00 Art & Science Museum, Marina Bay: Public presentations & panel

Scott Edmunds (GigaScience/BGI Hong Kong): Open Genomics Data and Citizen Science projects

Kostas Repanas(Office of Science Communications & Open Archives , A*STAR) : Open Access movements in Asia

Adeline Seah (SCELSE, NTU): DIYbio Singapore & Biodiversity

Cindy Lin (NUS): Open Science in Indonesia

Denisa Kera (NUS): OSCDnet project in Asia

Open, Crowdsource and Blockchain Science!Workshop and conference