With iGEM I wanted to learn as much as possible about working on a scientific project in a team and possibly leave a mark in the world of biotechnology. Well, I still cannot say about leaving a mark, but surely, I had great fun working at various parts of this journey. And the most important lesson for me was that agility and the ability to compromise are key to success in teamwork.
Viktor Doychev, 22
For me, iGEM means gaining experience in a new field of research in synthetic biology. Therefore, having fun and working with my teammates is paramount. The journey through the project gave me the experience I was hoping for, and we were able to grow together as a team and make friends.
Anna Maria Haut, 24
My aim of participating at iGEM was to work in a motivated Team and explore together new fields of synthetic biology. I became aware of how practical lab work and modeling the reactions can improve each other. It was a great experience to exchange ideas about the project and solve problems with other team members and experts.
Tobias Jülich, 20
By participating in iGEM, I wanted to build a project from the bottom and solve scientific problems. In this project, I gained a lot of laboratory experience and met very committed people. Furthermore, I am amazed that together great things can be achieved in a short time.
Kim Keilen, 21
I joined the iGEM Team to get practical experience in planning an own project and working in the lab. I learned throughout this journey that you have to focus on the basics when sometimes problems seem to be insolvable and that you always have to appreciate the little achievements.
Marie Kolvenbach, 21
For me, iGEM was an opportunity to gather independent lab work experience and learn about the process of building a project from scratch. The project taught me the importance of standardizing every possible aspect of workflows and the necessity for proper communication.
Dominic Kösters, 25
With iGEM I wanted to challenge myself and develop qualities for good leadership. The key things I learned are: Mistakes are an important part of progress. Sometimes you have to change your focus to reach your goals. And, most importantly, you have to be willing to compromise.
Marie Laufens, 21
Participating in iGEM has always been a dream during my studies. Though we had little time for such a challenging project, I am very satisfied with the result. The most important experience I made is that there is a solution for every problem and that you should not give up before you have given your best.
Daniel Mehling, 26
Gaining practical experience in the field of biotechnology with an interdisciplinary team is a great way to meet new people who share the same interests. In hindsight, I can truly say that I am glad that I participated in this years IGEM-project because it was everything I hoped for and I met many cool people
Amir Mirmoini, 24
B.Sc. Chemical Engineering
I really wanted to work in a team on a project of our own. iGEM gave me the opportunity to do so and develop useful skills while doing it.
Matthias Monissen, 20
Learning, sharing knowledge and meeting new people is my personal way of life, and I believe working on a project with interesting people in an incredibly fascinating field provides exactly that. In the course of this project, I learned a lot about the link between biology and computer science.
Willy Mroczowski, 20
B.Sc. Biology and Computer Science
During my journey at iGEM I learned that a team needs perseverance, time and passion to achieve success.
Polina Ries, 20
Especially during the Covid-19 Pandemic, connecting to other people had become really difficult. I saw IGEM as a great opportunity to work as a team, gain experience in lab work, and take another step towards becoming a Biotechnologist. During the project, I realized the importance of communication, teamwork and determination to turn such a big project into a vision.
Alina Stefanowski, 20
My motivation was to learn more about synthetic biology and gain the experience of working together as an interdisciplinary team on our idea. During the last year, I learned to work in a team of people I did not know at all and for the first months only via online meetings. But most importantly I got to know very nice people that are passionate and disciplined when it comes to realizing our project.
Zeynep Türkyilmaz, 25
During my time at iGEM, I learned a lot, especially about biotechnology. For me, it was something completely new, especially in terms of the subject. Despite everything, I learned what it is like to work together in a team.
Theresia Vu, 20
B.Sc. Business Administration and Engineering
I was looking for an opportunity to apply my academic knowledge, get in touch with ambitious people, and work together on an innovative project. Besides, I gained valuable experience in the wet lab, in programming, in modeling, and in management. Further through the project, I met interesting people and improved my scientific language skills.