OPEnS International | Do-It-Together

There are multitudes of Maker spaces worldwide serving as centralized silos of activity, creating new knowledge, and designing elegant solutions to far-reaching problems. The OPEnS International initiative seeks to dismantle these silos through the formation of collaborative networks and partnerships with Maker labs around the world that specialize in ecological and environmental sciences and precision agriculture. By working together, decentralizing our knowledge, resources, and expertise, we all stand to benefit from the discoveries and efforts of our network.

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International Partners

Dalhousie University

[ GEM Lab ]

EST: 2012

1459 Lemarchant Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3P8, Canada

Specialties: human-computer interaction, mobile interaction, new media / mixed reality, animation / simulation, graphics and visualization., persuasive technology

Contact: Joe Malloch

Delft University of Technology

[ water management and hydrology]

Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Stevinweg 1 / 2628 CN / Delft, The Netherlands

Specialties: Using off the shelf components for unintended uses, Logging and telecommunication solutions for prototyping experiments in the lab and in the field

Current Research: FAIR global hydrological modelling: the eWaterCycle II project. Bridging the gap between catchment and global models, prototyping "can we measure X using Y" devices, where Y is any variable relating to water.

Contact: Rolf Hut (R.W.Hut @, Blog

EST: 2005

555 Sherbrooke Street W, Montreal, QC H3A 1E3, Canada

Specialties: human-computer interaction, design of musical instruments and interfaces for musical expression, movement data collection and analysis, sensor development, gestural control.

Contact: Marcelo Wanderley (marcelo.wanderley @

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities



EST: 2016

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, 1390 Eckles Ave., Saint Paul MN, 55108, USA

Specialties: custom sensor and transducer development, software and firmware, embedded digital systems, low level digital logic, analog amplification and filtering, translational techniques, and various power electronics.

Current research: sensing of surface water quality, bioacoustics, environmental sensing for ecology, agriculture, marine systems, and forests.

Contact: Pete Marchetto (pmarchet @

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

[ Department of Earth Sciences - EARTH sURFACE pROCESSES gROUP]

EST: 2013

Tate Hall, 116 Church St. SE, Minneapolis MN, 55455, USA

Specialties: custom electronic hardware development, software and firmware, embedded digital systems, low level digital logic, analog amplification and filtering, and various power electronics.

Current research: sensing of surface water and glacial areas, this has demanded the use of a variety of temperature, pressure, and luminous energy sensors. Up and coming research areas include seismometer based sensors, as well as turbidity measurement devices.

Contact: Andy Wickert (awickert @

ETH Zurich

[ Geothermal Energy & Geofluids ]

Geothermal Energy and Geofluids, Institute of Geophysics
Sonneggstrasse 5 / 8092 Zurich, Switzerland

The Geothermal Energy & Geofluids group investigates reactive fluid (water, CO2, CxHy,N2) and (geothermal) energy (heat, pressure) transfer in the Earth’s crust employing computer simulations, laboratory experiments and field analyses to gain fundamental insights and to address a wide range of societal goals and concerns such as: Water- and CO2-based geothermal energy and geofluids, exploration (finding resources), extraction (from reservoirs), conversion, heat for district heating and industrial processes, enthalpy to electricity, geofluids to synthetic fuels, Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) operation, Geologic CO2 sequestration, Heat energy extraction during Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), Grid-scale, geothermal-reservoir-based energy storage, Groundwater flow and supply.

Contact: Nils Knornschild (nils.knornschild @


University of Zurich

[H2K-Hydrology and Climate]

The H2K group within the Department of Geography at UZH is engaged in research and teaching on catchment hydrology and climate impacts on water resources. Our research is based on a combination of experimental field studies and modeling approaches. In our classes we teach hydrology from basic introduction to advanced topics related to our research. Besides lectures and seminars, field courses, hands-on exercises and e-learning play an important role in our teaching

Specialties: Temporary streams, Citizen science, Value of data, Hydrological education

Contact: Jan Seibert (jan.seibert @ and Ilja van Meerveld (ilja.vanmeerveld @