This summer, we are hosting the first in-person gathering of the OpenFlexure community. There will be a three day gathering for people from all over the world to showcase what they are doing, build connections, and help set future directions for the project.

Aims and format

We will have two half-days and one full day, and the workshop will be designed with some short talks and lots of room for discussion. There will be posters and hardware demos on the evening of Monday 11th, and we hope plenty delegates will bring microscopes and other creations for the in-person show and tell that we have all been missing these last few years. We will include discussions in small and large groups, making an effort to capture as much as we can so that it can be posted online afterwards and the discussions can continue.

This will be an in-person meeting, but we will include a few short video presentations from members of the community who are not able to attend in person. We will also record as many talks as possible, to enable the broader community to see them. We are investigating live streaming but have not determined whether this will be possible. Recordings will be made publicly available, and linked to from the forum.


Please note this schedule is provisional and may still change, particularly as talks have not yet all been confirmed.

Monday 11th July

We will be setting up at the venue from about 10am on Monday, but the workshop won’t officially start until lunchtime. If you arrive in Bath early, or if you want to take some time to set up a hardware demo, feel free to arrive (or just drop off your bags) from about 10:30am.

  • 12 noon - 1pm: Arrivals and lunch
  • 1:00 - 1:15pm: Welcome and introduction
  • 1:15 - 1:45: Icebreaker
  • 1:45 - 2:00pm: Introduction to unconference format and discussion topics
  • 2:00 - 2:30pm: Unconference planning
  • 2:30 - 3:00pm: Coffee
  • 3:00 - 3:45pm: Unconference session 1
  • 3:45-4:00pm: Changeover and short break
  • 4:00 - 4:45pm: Unconference session 2
  • 4:45 - 5:15pm: Wrap up
  • 5:15 - 9pm: Drinks, nibbles, demos, posters, and discussions

Tuesday 12th July

  • 9:00 - 9:30am: Coffee and arrival
  • 9:30 - 10:00am: Welcome and introduction to the OpenFlexure project
  • 10:00 - 10:30am: Short talks
    • Valerian Sanga & Paul Nyakyi, Bongo Tech & Research Labs, Tanzania
    • Joram Mduda, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania
    • Daniel Rosen, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
    • Joe Knapper, University of Bath, UK
  • 10:30 - 11:00am: Panel Discussion
  • 11:00 - 11:30am: Coffee
  • 11:30 - 12:00pm: Short talks
    • Niamh Burke, University College Dublin
    • Tatsunosuke Matsui, Mie University, Japan
    • Oliver Higgins, University of Glasgow, UK
    • Stephane Fadanka, Mboalab, Cameroon
  • 12:00 - 12:30pm: Panel Discussion
  • 12:30 - 1:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:00pm: Short talks
    • Fernando Castro, reGOSH - Ayllu Cooperative, Argentina
    • Daniel Maitethia Memeu, MUST, Kenya
    • Samuel McDermott, University of Cambridge
    • TBA
  • 2:00 - 2:30pm: Panel discussion
  • 2:30 - 3:00pm: Coffee
  • 3:00 - 3:15pm: What next for OpenFlexure?
  • 3:15 - 4:00: Table discussions with topics including:
    • Adding features for ready-made microscopy
    • Modularity and linking up projects
    • Commercialisation and scaling up
    • Medical use and certification
  • 4:00 - 4:05: Move tables (and top up coffee)
  • 4:05 - 4:50pm: Table discussions 2
  • 4:50 - 5:00pm: Wrap-up
  • 7:00 - 9:00pm: Conference dinner

Wednesday 13th July

  • 9:00 - 9:30am: Coffee and arrival
  • 9:30 - 10:15am: Unconference session 3 (including thinking about project pitches)
  • 10:15 - 10:45am: Plenary discussion and project pitches
  • 10:15 - 11:15am: Coffee
  • 11:15 - 11:50am: Group work on next steps
  • 11:50 - 12:00pm: Wrap-up and departure