Our courses

  • 7 - 99 Years
  • 6.00 Fee
  • 2.0 Hour(s)
  • Individual registration
  • Groups

Halloween special for families

Around Halloween the Vienna Open Lab is becoming a spooky place! Sticky cobwebs, a crystal ball and green slime are just waiting for families to be discovered. 

When: October 29th, 30th and 31st - between 3 and 7 p.m.

Where: Vienna Open Lab

Who: Families with kids from the age of 7 years (in costume, if you like)

Registration and fees: 5 euro per person; open workshops (starting on the hour) 

Please register by phone: 01/790 44 4591 

  • 14 - 99 Years
  • 7.00 Fee
  • 2.0 Hour(s)
  • Individual registration
  • Groups (max 30 Persons)

DNA Studio

At DNA studio, you will isolate DNA from cheek cells (which are found in saliva). You will also stain your cheek cells and examine them under the microscope.

Appointments for groups

Groups with 8 or more people can choose an appointment (subject to availablity).
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Appointments for individual visitors and groups up to 5 people

Date From To Places
Fri 27/09/2019 17:00 19:00 17 Register
Thu 21/11/2019 18:00 20:00 20 Register
Mon 02/03/2020 17:00 19:00 30 Register
  • 14 - 99 Years
  • 9.00 Fee
  • 3.5 Hour(s)
  • Individual registration
  • Groups (max 30 Persons)

Vitamin cocktail: Shaken and titrated

Did you ever wonder if freshly squeezed oranges really contain more vitamin C than a carton juice? Or do vitamin pills really include the substances as promised on the packaging?

You will shake and titrate different vitamin ‘cocktails’ and even use UV light to detect vitamin B1, B2 and C. So this course does not only cover your daily requirement of vitamin knowledge, it will also provide insights into analytical methods used in the lab.

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Groups with 8 or more people can choose an appointment (subject to availablity).
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Appointments for individual visitors and groups up to 5 people

Date From To Places
Thu 06/02/2020 16:00 19:30 20 Register
Fri 24/04/2020 17:00 20:30 20 Register
  • 16 - 99 Years
  • 9.00 Fee
  • 3.0 Hour(s)
  • Individual registration
  • Groups (max 30 Persons)

DNA Duplicator

This workshop revolves around polymerase chain reaction (PCR), one of the most important techniques used in modern molecular biology labs - its developers even earned a Nobel Prize! PCR is applied at DNA paternity tests, in order to diagnose diseases and has many more applications. Learn about different applications of this method and copy a plant gene by yourself!

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Groups with 8 or more people can choose an appointment (subject to availablity).
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Date From To Places
Mon 30/03/2020 17:30 20:30 20 Register
  • 16 - 99 Years
  • 8.00 Fee
  • 3.0 Hour(s)
  • Individual registration
  • Groups (max 30 Persons)

Plasmid Match

What are plasmids and how are they used for genetic engineering? At the end of this workshop, you will be able to answer these questions. Work with molecular scissors to cut DNA and analyze the results using gel electrophoresis!

Basics: see also "Genetic Engineering: Methods" (in German language)

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Groups with 8 or more people can choose an appointment (subject to availablity).
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Date From To Places
Fri 31/01/2020 17:00 20:00 20 Register
  • 17 - 99 Years
  • 9.00 Fee
  • 3.5 Hour(s)
  • Individual registration
  • Groups (max 20 Persons)

Caffeine. What else?

How do stimulating substances like caffeine affect the human body? What is caffeine chemically speaking? Where and in what quantities may it be present in food? In this course, you get to the bottom of the matter and take a closer look at the contents of energy drink, tea and coffee bean. Just like in a real  analytical lab, you extract caffeine from food samples, produce your own caffeine standard series, and determine the caffeine content of your sample in the UV / VIS photometer.

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Groups with 8 or more people can choose an appointment (subject to availablity).
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Date From To Places
Wed 11/03/2020 18:00 21:30 20 Register
Thu 02/04/2020 17:30 21:00 20 Register
  • 17 - 99 Years
  • 10.00 Fee
  • 4.5 Hour(s)
  • Individual registration
  • Groups (max 30 Persons)

Detecting GM Foods

In this workshop the participants assume the role of a Federal Food Testing Agent trying to detect genetic modifications in food. In order to do so, DNA from different food samples will be isolated and analyzed via PCR.

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There are currently no courses available.
  • 17 - 99 Years
  • 12.00 Fee
  • 5.5 Hour(s)
  • Individual registration
  • Groups (max 30 Persons)

Fat chance! – Unmasking phony products

Vegan meat, liquid meat, and cheese alternatives, falsely declared fish and meats fill the headlines with grocery scandals. Official food inspection agencies have their hands full with guaranteeing the correct labelling and safety of food. This course describes the various possibilities for food inspection and shows how animal components can be detected in meat and milk products.

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There are currently no courses available.
  • 17 - 99 Years
  • 11.00 Fee
  • 5.0 Hour(s)
  • Individual registration
  • Groups (max 30 Persons)

From Dusk Till Dawn – Chronobiology

A good night's sleep recovers body and mind - that's why most people spend about a third of their lifetime sleeping. But, exactly how much sleep do you need? What time in the evening will you likely be tired?

This workshop includes restriction digest, PCR and gel electrophoresis.

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  • 17 - 99 Years
  • 13.00 Fee
  • 4.5 Hour(s)
  • Individual registration
  • Groups (max 20 Persons)

Genetic Fingerprint

Act like a forensic scientist! You will be generating a genetic fingerprint out of DNA traces found at the site of a spectacular theft crime. Use DNA from different suspects to do so, employing polymerase chain reaction and gene chip analysis. In the end, it will be up to you to compare the suspects' DNA patterns with the DNA traces found at the crime scene and identify the criminal.

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  • 17 - 99 Years
  • 10.00 Fee
  • 4.5 Hour(s)
  • Individual registration
  • Groups (max 30 Persons)

Going Nuts

In Western civilizations, allergies have increased dramatically during the past decade: One out of five persons is allergic to certain foods or food ingredients.

But what does suffering from allergy mean? What happens inside the body during an allergic shock?

This workshop investigates the human immune system and the complex and interrelated processes controlling it. Detect traces of highly allergenic peanut-proteins in different foods! Isolate and analyze DNA employing PCR and gel electrophoresis!

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Groups with 8 or more people can choose an appointment (subject to availablity).
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  • 17 - 99 Years
  • 11.00 Fee
  • 5.0 Hour(s)
  • Individual registration
  • Groups (max 30 Persons)

Test Your Taste

Find out why some people enjoy broccoli, while others can't stand it! During this workshop, you will investigate a human taste receptor gene for tasting certain bitter substances.

Due to variation - in other words, a single nucleotide difference - some people are unable to taste phenylthiourea (also called PTC).

Participants will score their own genotype and try to predict their tasting ability. Class results will show how well PTC tasting fits classical Mendelian genetics, and illustrate the modern concept of pharmacogenetics - where comparable genotypes are used to predict drug response.

Appointments for groups

Groups with 8 or more people can choose an appointment (subject to availablity).
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Appointments for individual visitors and groups up to 5 people

There are currently no courses available.