Collaboration with iGEM teams


We have compiled information about iGEM in Japanese with iGEM Qdai to create a new information resource for new Japanese iGEMers in the future. The content includes the rules of iGEM, How to make your team wiki, The safety in iGEM, and a wiki summary of teams that have achieved outstanding results in the past, all of which are needed for Japanese students newly involved in iGEM. In addition, we have wittren articles describing technologies related to synthetic biology, such as biosensors frequently used in iGEM. These articles are posted on Yomogy, a website set up by Japanese iGEMers that contains information about iGEM and also articles on a wide range of topics such as basic synthetic biology methods and biotech start-ups.  This collaboration will serve as an information platform on synthetic biology and iGEM to help Japanese students who are thinking of starting up with a new iGEM team, as well as to spread the knowledge of synthetic biology widely. We look forward to working with Qdai and other iGEM teams in Japan to make it easier for Japanese students to start iGEM and to achieve better results. The table below is the link to our article.
Title Author URL
Basic Policy on Safety in iGEM Shion Hirayama
How to install Bootstrap in iGEM's Wiki Yuki Tsuzuki
Editing iGEM Wiki for the first time: 2 problems Yuki Tsuzuki
EPFL 2019 by iGEM Gifu Yuki Matsuda

Creating a doccument in 16 languages

In order to get elementary and middle school students around the world more interested in synthetic biology and igem, we collaborated with iGEM teams around the world to create a document. This collaboration was led by iGEM Bielefeld and involved 18 teams from around the world. iGEM Bielefeld created questions that they thought elementary and middle school students might actually have, and answered in English, and iGEM Gifu and the other 18 teams translated them into their native languages. With 16 languages translated, this collaborative document is expected to help children in many countries and regions to learn. The 10 questions in the article cover topics that elementary and middle school students today might be interested in when they watch the news, such as the mechanism of PCR or vaccines, which has become common knowledge due to the coronavirus, and why they sometimes feel sick after receiving vaccines. The answers to these questions were explained in an easy-to-understand manner using familiar examples so that children who do not have biological knowledge can understand them. Through this collaboration, we felt the breadth of the iGEM community and the great potential that can be created by working together. We are sure that the documents we have created will spark the scientific interest of many children in many countries.

iGEM Japan Meetup

We participated in an online iGEM Japan Meetup hosted by TokyoTech on September 11, 2021. This meetup was held to share the project overview and progress of other teams. 9 teams participated in this meetup: TokyoTech, Gifu, Qdai, Utokyo, ASIJ_Tokyo, Kyoto, Gunma, KAIT_Japan, Waseda, HokkaidouU. Of these, six teams (TokyoTech, Gifu, Qdai, Utokyo, ASIJ_Tokyo, and Kyoto) gave presentations on their projects for this year. During the question and answer session, the other teams asked us some questions and shared their views. We were able to gain a lot of inspiration from these new perspectives. After the teams finished their presentations, there was a breakout room for free talk.Since we had not experienced the online Giant Jamboree last year, knowing how other teams were doing helped us rethink how to make our project work. Through this event, we were able to get to know each other's teams and use this as a reference for how to proceed with future projects and for our next project. Since we had not experienced the online Giant Jamboree last year, knowing how other teams were doing helped us rethink how to make our project work.