When our team conducts various experimental operations, we will strictly abide by the laboratory's safety guidelines and the rules announced by the iGEM Safety Committee. Our laboratory belongs to Protection level 1, and all our laboratory operators have received relevant safety training.

Use of the instrument:

When we use various types of equipment, we will be subject to strict supervision, and there will be special safety management personnel to guide us in using the equipment. We are forbidden to operate dangerous instruments alone. We can only operate some instruments after safety training and the knowledge of the managers. This guarantees the safety of our team members.

Use of reagents:

Some of our experiments will use volatile, toxic, and corrosive reagents. In order to ensure the safety of operators, we are strictly required to wear protective equipment such as laboratory suits, goggles, gloves and masks. For experimental waste, we will carry out strict classification to facilitate recycling. Experimental waste is strictly classified into solid and liquid, and each waste has strict recycling standards. We will use high-pressure steam to sterilize waste that contains microorganisms such as bacteria.


2021 continues to be a year when COVID-19 is prevalent. We need to get approval from our college when we go to public places, and we need to report when we carry out aggregated activities, which has a great impact on the progress of our project, even when we went to Fujian Shenliu Group we went through layers of approval procedures before we got permission. When we needed to go to the beach to collect the seawater needed to culture microalgae, we needed to report to the college level some time in advance. All in all COVID-19 had a considerable impact on the offline progress of our project. Regarding the educational component, many of our activities were forced to go online, and offline activities required multiple layers of reporting and approval, and some activities would not be approved, such as the science popularization education to the kindergarten attached to our school. We also contacted local nursing homes and orphanages, hoping to bring knowledge and fun to these groups who have difficulty using electronic devices, especially the children in the orphanages, and we hoped to bring joy to them through fun presentations and guide them with knowledge to build a positive and confident mindset. But unfortunately, children and the elderly are immunocompromised groups, and both events were cancelled due to the need to prevent and control the epidemic.

Many of our events are held online only, and the enthusiasm for online events is not as high as the offline "face-to-face" format. On the eve of the three-school joint science conference in October this year, we had already contacted the school level to support the event, and the offline venue planning was all done, just then the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 in the province forced the cancellation of all the offline venues, which meant that all the two weeks of careful planning had become a waste, and once hit the confidence of the team members. However, we adjusted our status in time and made more efforts to publicize the online preaching sessions, which eventually yielded good results.

Faced with the obstacle of COVID-19, we strictly abided by the prevention and control policies of the local government and school, wore masks when necessary, and disinfected well when we went in and out of some necessary occasions. With the concerted efforts of all of us, we were able to complete the activities with great results, and by overcoming these difficulties, the team members became more united.

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