Who We Are

Biofaction is a research and science communication company based in Vienna, Austria. Biofaction has significant expertise in science communication, film production, technology assessment and the study of ethical, legal and social issues in a number of emerging sciences and technology (genetic engineering, synthetic biology, converging technology).

Expertise & Services

We provide expertise and services in the following areas:

– technology assessment of new and emerging (bio)technologies

– art and science collaboration

– film and video production on science and technology

– science communication and managing the science-society interface

Etymology

Bio for biology, the living world, and Fact for scientific information. Biofact means (a) the production of artefacts by living organisms other than human beings and (b) for living artefacts, describing the blurring boundaries between the living and the non-living world. Faction is the use of fictional elements in conveying facts, or the use of facts to tell fictional stories.

Our Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals from a variety of backgrounds:

Dr. Markus Schmidt
Dr. Markus Schmidt
CEO / Founder

Dr. Markus Schmidt has an interdisciplinary background in biomedical engineering, biology and technology assessment. He initiates and executes a number of projects dealing with responsible research and innovation in emerging science and technology areas, bringing together various stakeholders from science, regulation, industry, civil society and art.

See www.markusschmidt.eu

Camillo MEINHART
Camillo MEINHART
Co-founder

Camillo Meinhart (co-founder) is an award winning documentary filmmaker specialising in creative forms of science communication. He is known for the production of accurate and entertaining science films on different thematic fields, including the world’s first documentary on Synthetic Biology. Another area of interest is his passion for working with high school students to bring science to the younger generation.

Dr. Lei PEI
Dr. Lei PEI
Project Manager

Dr. Lei PEI received her PhD in Clinical Bacteriology from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. After a postdoc in the Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, in the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) at Ghent University, Belgium, she started to focus on synthetic biology at Biofaction where she is in charge of regulatory, IP and biosafety issues.

Sandra YOUSSEF, MA
Sandra YOUSSEF, MA
Project Manager

Mag. Sandra YOUSSEF studied Anthropology in the US and Canada focusing on technology and new media. She is a skilled editorial author, translator and lector who spent one year in Japan working with local communities. At Biofaction she takes care of public engagement activities and is responsible for public relations and logistics management for the international BIO·FICTION Festival tour.

Birgit SCHMIDT, MA
Birgit SCHMIDT, MA
Art & Design

Mag. Birgit SCHMIDT studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at the Royal College of Art in London. Her interest lies in the collaborative process between science and art. At Biofaction she contributes part time to our science communication and art-design-science projects.

Previous Team Members

Team members we worked with on previous projects:

Dr. Olga RADCHUK
Dr. Olga RADCHUK
Project Manager

Dr. Olga RADCHUK studied Biology at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, and Communication, Management and Health at Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland. While at Biofaction she worked on innovative forms of science communication, with a special focus on health issues (e.g. antibiotic resistance, vaccines).

Sonja SCHACHINGER, MA
Sonja SCHACHINGER, MA
Exhibition Production Assistant

Sonja SCHACHINGER studied MediaArtHistories at the Donau University Krems. She specialized in art and biological media and was Biofaction's valuable production assistant for the synth-ethic exhibition in the Museum of Natural History in 2011.

Mag DI Wolfgang KERBE
Mag DI Wolfgang KERBE
Project Manager

Mag DI Wolfgang Kerbe studied chemical engineering at the Vienna University of Technology before starting an interdisciplinary career in sociology and social psychology. While at Biofaction he focused on communication processes regarding new and emerging bio-technologies.

Mag Günther SEYFRIED
Mag Günther SEYFRIED
Workshop and Bio-Design Exhibition Manager

Mag Günther SEYFRIED graduated from the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Department of Digital Art). He combines a scientific and artistic education and has been developing projects as an independent artist, participating in national and international exhibitions and publications. At Biofaction he co-developed our interactive food workshop and bio-design exhibition.

Mag. Simone FUCHS
Mag. Simone FUCHS
3D Animations and Design Processes

Mag. Simone FUCHS studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Trained as an architect she later focused on design. At Biofaction she is responsible for 3D animations and design processes.

Our Clients

A selection of clients we have worked with over the years.

Seventh Framework Programme
FWF. Der WissenschaftsfondFWF. Der Wissenschaftsfond
European Science FoundationEuropean Science Foundation
UNIDOUNIDO
BOKUBOKU
acib - austrian center of industrial biotechnologyacib - austrian center of industrial biotechnology
die angewandte - University of Applied Arts Viennadie angewandte - University of Applied Arts Vienna
ReutersReuters
Teknologi RadetTeknologi Radet
cnpd - Commission nationale du débat publiccnpd - Commission nationale du débat public
ORFORF
styblo.tvstyblo.tv
Horizon 2020Horizon 2020