Mi-Hy organized a public event titled Microbial Hydroponics: How might simple organisms impact the future of energy? at the CIVA museum in Brussels. The event took place as part of the Mi-Hy kick off meeting and in connection to the CIVA exhibition “POWER” that challenges visitors to consider how contemporary infrastructure relates to everyday life across intersecting concerns. The event featured presentations from Mi-Hy researchers Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Design Driven Construction for Regenerative Architecture at KU Leuven, Belgium, and a pioneer of ‘living’ architecture; Ioannis Ieropoulos is Professor of Environmental Engineering at Southampton University, UK, who specializes in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) fed with organic waste; Jorge Barriuso a principal investigator at the Centre for Biological Research (CIB), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) focussing on the industrial applications of cell-to-cell communication mechanisms in bacteria and fungi; Markus Schmidt CEO of Biofaction, who explores the creative interface between art and science; and Neil Willey a Professor of Environmental Plant Physiology at the University of the West of England, UK; followed by a Q&A session with the audience.


Above image: Drawing of XENO (Rachel Armstrong and Rolf Hughes), by Anna Vershinina for the exhibition POWER at CIVA, October 2023, supported by the Microbial Hydroponics project.