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Open Hardware Workshop

Artificial Flower

Artificial Flower
Image Credit: Benjamin Paffhausen

Open Hardware Workshop

Open Hardware Workshop
Image Credit: GOSH Community

On the occasion of the international Open Access Week 2019, an Open Hardware Workshop organized by the University Library will take place in the Seminarzentrum of the Freie Universität Berlin on the 22th of October 2019.

What is open hardware?

According to Open Source Hardware Association:

"Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design." (Definition from: https://www.oshwa.org/definition)

Why open hardware?

Most projects involve some kind of data acquisition, automatisation, dealing with established machinery and interactions in the real world including motors, microphones, displays and more.
Open hardware is fast and cheap to build. It is reproducible and extremely adaptive to the experimental use-cases.

Workshop Content

The workshop will introduce you to the concepts of Open Science and Open Hardware and address the relevance of the topic to junior researchers.

During the Hands-On Sessions you will learn where to find necessary information to build Open Hardware. Our expert moderators will facilitate the workshop and share their knowledge, provide practical guidance and assist you with the hardware you want to develop.

An explanatory video featuring Benjamin Paffhausen and his project "Artificial Flower - a honey bee feeding device" built with open source hardware and software can be watched here.

Key Info


Open Hardware Workshop


Tuesday, 22 October 2019; 09:00-17:00 (incl. one-hour lunch break)


Freie Universität Berlin, Seminarzentrum, room: L115, Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26 (Silberlaube), 14195 Berlin

Target Group

Researchers at the Freie Universität Berlin or at another Berlin research institution or university who want to start using hardware


Please register online here.

Acceptance to the workshop

Participants will be informed if they are accepted for the workshop once the evaluation process of the registrations has been concluded.

Workshop Agenda




Open Science - From our Values to our Research Practice

Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn
Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Computer Science


Hands-On-Session I

Moderation: Dr. Benjamin Paffhausen & André Maia Chagas


Lunch Break


Hands-On-Session II

Moderation: Dr. Benjamin Paffhausen & André Maia Chagas



For questions, please contact the open access team of the Freie Universität Berlin at: open-access@fu-berlin.de.