Open Wet Lab (O.W.L.) is a student association founded in 2013 at the University of Trento with the specific purpose to promote and encourage the access to the biotechnologies and spread the public awareness of science.

The idea was born after the experience of the iGEM 2012 team, which established a forst contact with the world of the Do-It-Yourself biology, also known as ” biohacking“. Our model is La Paillasse, one of the biggest and most important biohacker spaces in Europe: La Paillasse is an interdisciplinary laboratory open to anybody who wants and needs to perform open-source research projects.