The Phototrophs-Community was founded by the iGEM Teams Marburg and Bielefeld in 2021. After communicating and discussing our ideas on how to build a global community, we started a strong partnership to realize our vision.
We contacted the teams of our iGEM-year that worked with phototrophic organisms and asked them to join our community. At the same time, we set up a Slack-Workspace to provide a platform free of charge for communication and organization.
We engaged 12 teams from all around the world in our community. For our phototroph’s community, we organized, together with iGEM Marburg, a series of online Meetups. There, we not only gave the community the opportunity to meet ‘face to face’, but also to get into contact with several speakers and experts who we invited for talks and discussion rounds.
Part of our vision was a sustainable handbook to which every team from our community contributes its knowledge to. Thereby, the Phototrophs-Handbook will be a further growing collection of knowledge, protocols, and information. In following years new iGEM teams can join the community, add their knowledge and gained experience and help to keep the handbook growing.
The goal of our partnership was to leave with our community and handbook a legacy behind that future generations can build upon.