Learn more about Biofaction
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, neurotechnology, 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 focusing on science and technology
- science communication and managing the science-society interface
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.
We are a team of dedicated professionals from a variety of backgrounds:
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.
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.
SANDRA YOUSSEF, MA
SCIENCE & SOCIETY
Sandra YOUSSEF has a background in Anthropology, with a focus on technology and new media. A veteran traveler, editor, and translator, she has lived and worked in the USA, Canada, and Japan. Her research interests include the interplays between individuals, sociocultural groups and technological systems. At Biofaction she works on science communication and the science-society intersection with public engagement and participation formats.
ISABEL PRADE, MA
ART & DESIGN
Isabel PRADE graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, receiving her master’s degree in Industrial Design. Working interdisciplinarily she uses design as a tool to engage within the field of science, emerging technologies and cultural developments. She has gained experience and shown her work internationally. As designer at Biofaction she works on our science communication and design-art projects.
ULA REUTINA, MA
ART, DESIGN & COMMUNICATION
Ula REUTINA is a multidisciplinary artist and curator. Educated at the University of Applied Arts Vienna with extended biology courses, she often turns to science for inspiration and research. Her poetic and thought-provoking installations explore and foster more-than-human futures. Through her art, Ula challenges anthropocentism and encourages a reimagining of our relationship with the non-human world. At Biofaction Ula tackles science communication, design-art projects and assists in research.
GÜNTHER SEYFRIED, MA
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Günter SEYFRIED, an Austrian artist based in Vienna, a graduate of the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He teaches at the NDU in St. Pölten, department Manual and Material Culture. At Biofaction Vienna, he serves as a researcher, developer, and artist, in a diverse range of projects, including studies on hacking communities, the development of tools for slime mold-based logical gates, the production of workshops and science communication programs and collaborates on exhibitions and contributes artworks. Günter Seyfried combines science and art education, participating in national and international exhibitions and publications.
PREVIOUS TEAM MEMBERS
Team members we worked with on previous projects:
DR. LEI PEI
BIOSAFETY & REGULATIONS
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.
Wessel TEUNISSE studied Nanobiology and Science Communication at Delft University of Technology. In 2019 he joined our team for half a year to support us in several projects, ranging from science game user interface improvement to science communication on social media.
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 contributed part time to our science communication and art-design-science projects.
DR. OLGA RADCHUK
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
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 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.
EGE KÖKEL, MA
ART, DESIGN & COMMUNICATION
Ege KÖKEL received her master’s degree in Industrial Design from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She is interested in emerging technologies, science and exploring these disciplines by creating fictions with design tools. She has exhibited her work internationally, including at Vienna Biennale, Istanbul Design Biennale and Global Grad Show Dubai. At Biofaction she worked on our science communication and design-art projects.
MAG. SIMONE FUCHS
3D ANIMATIONS & 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.
A selection of clients we have worked with over the years.