Micro-reproduction of plants, plant in-vitro cultures, production of potato mini-tubers, cell production of meat, algae breeding, reproduction of old varieties of apple trees and other crop plants. Kitchen is extremely inspiring for scientists! In KitchenLab we will learn about technologies and trends, which may ensure food safety for us in the future.

We will carry out culinary experiments by ourselves and we will learn about different innovative technologies. Moreover, workshops will be organised here, hosted by scientists and artists:

Forgotten crop plants

Wheat cultivated today has little in common with its ancient protoplast. It is much the same with other crop plants, which evolution can be traced owing to seed banks. During the workshops we will get to know ancestors of today corns, their seeds, and weeds growing among crop plants in the past and now. They are very important to maintain biodiversity. We will learn to identify ears and herbs, often known only from the literature. We will recall conventional flavours and smells. Together, we will think about changes in agriculture and talk about its future.

Host:  Denise F. Dostatny, PhD. (Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute – National Research Institute)

Plant in vitro

Thousands of identical clones can be grown from one live plant cell!
The in vitro technology gives hope for future mass plant production. Agriculture 2.0 can be based on vertical farms and hydroponic crops, which do not use as much water as conventional agriculture and need no soil. They allow obtaining pathogen-free, highest quality seedlings of plant crops. During the workshops we will learn about what laboratory plant breeding technology involves and how it is affected by plant hormones. Participants will have a chance to clone the plant they choose by themselves, and then they will take it home.

Hosts: Mariusz Pożoga (Laboratorium313), Stanisław Łoboziak (Copernicus Science Centre)

Meat from test-tube

United Nations Organisation estimates that in 2050 there will be 10 billion people living on our planet. Providing all of them with food will become quite a challenge! The so-called cellular and cell-free agriculture may help us, since these technologies allow meat, milk and even egg production without the participation of living animals. In laboratory conditions it is also possible to grow skins and furs. Then, will scientists become farmers of the future? How to isolate from piece of muscle satellite cells – capable of transformation into muscle cells? Is mass-scale in vitro meat production possible? During the workshops we will learn about cellular agriculture techniques. We will isolate muscle cells, establish cellular culture and learn about cryopreservation. We will check how technologies used so far only in laboratories become the basis for agriculture of the future.

Hosts: Stanisław Łoboziak (Copernicus Science Centre), Karolina Sulich (independent bioartist)

Algae on tables

Chlorella, Spiruline, Nori, Wakame – in colloquial language these are names of edible algae, which do not belong to the same genus from scientific point of view. In KitchenLab we will see them under the microscope and learn to grow them at home. We will check the difference between algae and seaweeds and test the ALGATOR – a system for algae breeding developed by Ewa Hiler. We will think how to make something similar using things found at home.

Hosts: Ewa Hiller (Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw), Stanisław Łoboziak (Copernicus Science Centre)

Apples from rubbish heap

Apples are among the most popular fruits in Poland. How well do we know them? During the workshops we will hear about old apple tree varieties, not grown any more. We will also look inside fruits; compare their consistency, colour and taste. We will learn to identify varieties and to see nuances unimportant from consumer’s point of view. Participants will have a chance to graft small tree by themselves, and to perform inoculation. We will also study the history of the vegetative reproduction of fruit trees, known already in the ancient times.

Host: Ryszard Rawski (Polish Academy of Sciences, Botanical Garden in Powsin)



Friday, 4 October
5–6 p.m. – Forgotten crop plants
7:30–8:30 p.m. – Plant in-vitro
Saturday, 5 October
2–3 and 6–7 p.m. – Meat from test-tube
Sunday, 6 October
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Algae on tables
2–3 p.m. – Apples from rubbish heap


Free entry. Registration for workshop meetings is required. Meetings are available for adults only.