On June 18th, team Korea_HS held its first collaboration meeting for iGEM 2021 with team IISER_Tirupati. The meeting started off with both teams introducing their respective projects and asking prepared questions to each other. The meeting was the first meeting for every member of Korea_HS. Thus, IISER_Tirupati, as an experienced university team, led the meeting. The meeting was focused on the medal criteria because both teams were at the beginning stages of wet lab. IISER_Tirupati shared with us their understanding of the medal criteria, especially those of modeling and human practices.
On September 11th, Korea_HS and IISER_Tirupati held their second meeting. Korea_HS presented the wet lab and dry lab results of the project. Both teams were finished with experiments and at the stage of focusing on human practices and wiki parts of the project. At this time, we were facing difficulty in fulfilling some of the medal criteria such as contribution, engineering success, proof of concept, and modeling. IISER_Tirupati guided Korea_HS by providing answers to our questions about the medal criteria and imparting their knowledge about mathematical modeling through visual and oral demonstrations of their own work.
Overall, during the meeting, team IISER_Tirupati supported Korea_HS by providing valuable advice. IISER_Tirupati enabled Korea_HS to understand the medal criteria and to execute progress checks throughout the project. Through meetings with IISER_Tirupati, Korea_HS was able to successfully execute partnerships and meetups (NE Asia, Cancer). We were also able to complete the contribution and proof of concept (gold medal criteria) smoothly. Korea_HS was glad to collaborate with IISER_Tirupati and we were more than willing to support them.
On June 27th, team Korea_HS had the first collaboration meeting with team IISER_Berhampur. Both teams introduced our projects and goals of iGEM 2021 and discussed our projects. The members of Korea_HS were facing challenges with the human practice part due to the COVID-19 situation. Team IISER_Berhampur was already in the middle of their human practices parts, so as an experienced team, they supported Korea_HS by sharing possible ideas of human practices. They advised us to utilize online platforms like social media and zoom. This helped Korea_HS to come up with the idea of hosting the synthetic biology webinars.
On September 20th, IISER_Berhampur and Korea_HS held the second collaboration meeting. The meeting started with Korea_HS presenting the wet lab and dry lab results of the project. Since IISER_Berhampur was at the last stage of their project, they led the discussion of the gold medal criteria which Korea_HS was having difficulties with. Korea_HS received detailed instructions on the ‘Engineering Success’, ‘Contribution’, and ‘Proof of Concepts’ parts. Furthermore, IISER_Berhampur pointed out parts of our project that can be applied to mathematical modeling and one of the protein modeling software, ‘Cell Designer’ which our team was unable to figure out.
During every collaboration meeting, team IISER_Tirupati led the meeting with valuable advice and feedback on the project. It was a great opportunity for Korea_HS to check our progress, develop new ideas for modeling parts of the project, understand the medal criteria, and develop into successful iGEMers. The collaboration meetings with team IISER_Berhampur allowed Korea_HS to further develop activities such as educational webinars, workshops, and presentations in order to meet the criteria of the "Best Education" award. Korea_HS was more than excited to support IISER_Tirupati through other collaboration opportunities.
Korea_HS held the first collaboration meeting with Team UTEC-Peru on June 20th, 2021. During the meeting, UTEC_Peru suggested reaching out to different companies, hospitals, and universities to get feedback, share polls with them to increase publicity, and record them on our wiki page. Additionally, team UTEC-Peru, as a collegiate and experienced team, suggested Korea_HS to collaborate more with different teams so that we can practice answering various technical questions for our judging session. For the protein modeling part, they provided a suggestion about the capability to conduct many simulations so that we could find the most stable configuration. This brought significant help in a lab experiment.
The collaboration with UTEC-Peru was a valuable experience especially because we were able to share our project and other related topics. This gave us an opportunity to have effective discussions that addressed questions and ideas. Since we are a high school team and they are a university team, we were able to get lots of essential advice from them. We hope to keep posting collaboration stories via Instagram and have meetings regularly to discuss protein modeling and share software and programs in the future.
We had our first short collaboration meeting with team Siberia on July 4th, 2021. The questions we had for the meeting were generally about the collaboration project and the lab experiments. For the lab experiments, specifically, they advised us to use a long double-stranded RNA rather than a short double-stranded RNA because it will be more stable. For the collaboration project, they suggested that they might be able to introduce us to a mentor from Team Siberia on the cytotoxicity assays, or a professor for CPP sequencing and modifications and discuss it via Instagram.
On September 17th, 2021, we had our second collaboration meeting and discussed RT-PCR, contribution, engineering success, proof of concept, and the project model. Team Siberia made suggestions to show the picture of the RT-PCR cycle to enhance understanding during the presentation. For the ‘contribution’ medal criteria, team Siberia advised us to describe the development of cell-penetrating peptides by explaining the specificity and efficacy of the CPP and DNA sequences. Then, both of the teams shared difficulties experienced in the engineering success part. Since Korea_HS was having difficulty with the mathematical modeling part, Siberia provided a solution by providing the factor (compared data of specificity) that can be modeled by Matlab.
Both teams explained our respective projects and had a discussion about the general progress, specific agenda, and experiment-specific content. Even though it was a virtual meeting, it was a very informative meeting for both of us. Through the collaboration with the Siberia team, we were able to check our progress and approach the medal criteria clearly with their valuable advice and feedback. It would be very nice to maintain our relationships through further collaboration meetings.
Korea_HS had its first collaboration meeting with IISER_Bhopal on July 5th, 2021. The meeting started with both teams exchanging background information on our projects and providing comments on each others’ presentations. Since the meeting was held during the early stages of the project, and both teams had not conducted the lab, both teams agreed to identify areas in the MTT assay that required assistance and share MTT assay experimental results in the next collaboration meeting. Furthermore, IISER_Bhopal agreed to provide help on protein modeling when Korea_HS begins their lab.
Korea_HS continued our relationship with IISER_Bhopal by having a second collaboration meeting on September 11th, 2021. Most importantly, IISER_Bhopal gave an overview of what “Proof of Concept” was and how to differentiate them from the “Results”. Since Korea_HS had a hard time understanding the basics behind “Proof of Concept” and hesitating whether to implement it into the project, IISER_Bhopal’s explanation of Proof of Concept truly helped Korea_HS to determine our project’s direction and enhance our analysis of the lab. Both teams continued to discuss the “contribution” and “partnership” aspects of the project. Additionally, Korea_HS introduced our Northeast Asia Joint Collaboration Network and IISER_Bhopal introduced their interview with a therapeutics company sales representative.
Overall, IISER_Bhopal was a great mentor to Korea_HS, providing insightful feedback and suggestions. Their advice regarding the medal criteria and our human practice parts enabled us to clarify the goal of the project. Their explanations about the “contribution” and “project model” parts guided team Korea_HS to successfully complete the gold medal criteria without confusion. Moreover, their idea of interviewing “packaging scientists” allowed Korea_HS to understand how to reach possible stakeholders and develop an understanding of the application of our project. All the collaborations with IISER_Bhopal developed Korea_HS as a strong iGEM team and we appreciate their beneficial advice.
Korea_HS had its first collaboration meeting with CCU_Taiwan on July 9th, 2021. This meeting mainly focused on introducing each team’s projects and discovering areas of collaboration. CCU_Taiwan and Korea_HS had a commonality in that both teams utilized CPP (Cell-Penetrating-Peptide) in the projects. Although both teams were eager to share their experiences and advice on manipulating the CPP, questions regarding the lab results and development of CPP were not mentioned since the meeting was held during the early stages of the project. After CCU_Taiwan gave an overview of their current Human Practices project such as spreading online pamphlets and comic strip projects(which Korea_HS is participating in), both teams decided to have a second collaboration meeting that focused on sharing the lab results specific to CPP manipulation.
On August 23rd, 2021, Korea_HS had its scheduled second collaboration meeting with CCU_Taiwan. As both teams’ projects mainly focused on manipulating CPP, the meeting started by sharing each others’ wet lab and dry lab results. CCU_Taiwan shared their test results of cell penetration, minimal inhibitory concentration, Hemolysis, and simulation of Thrombin cleavage Rate. Korea_HS shared their test results of cell cytotoxicity, cell specificity, cell transfection efficiency, gene silencing, and cancer cell death analysis. CC_Taiwan, by elaborating on how they derived their mathematical model of the dry lab testings, explained to Korea_HS one way to approach the Proof of Concept.
Team CCU_Taiwan and Korea_HS shared the progress and questions about our respective projects and general topics with each other. CCU_Taiwan gave an overview of their entrepreneurship project and inspired Korea_HS to consider proceeding with a similar project that would help fulfill the integrated human practices achievement. During the collaborations, both teams not only discussed the projects, but also spent time questioning how we were achieving the iGEM criteria during the pandemic situation and increasing the efficiency of communication among the members. These discussions allowed both of the teams to enhance cooperation.
On July 13th, 2021, Korea_HS held its first virtual meeting with Team KCIS_NewTaipei. As first-time iGEMers, both of our teams exchanged information about iGEM and discussed our current progress in fulfilling the medal criteria. After discussing our research projects, our team helped KCIS New Taipei identify wet lab methods and experiments that could aid in the proof of concept while we received help with potentially incorporating mathematical modeling into our project. Ultimately, we decided to focus on the protein modeling aspect rather than mathematical modeling, but this discussion still provided us with possible ways to expand our research. Additionally, our teams found commonality in our efforts to contact professors in human practices and work on modeling. We decided to further update each other in future collaboration meetings including the Northeast Asia Joint Collaboration Network comprising diverse high school teams from Northeast Asia.
Overall, through the collaboration with KCIS_NewTaipei, Korea_HS was able to build a strong organization through the Northeast Asia Joint Collaboration Network and design a successful protein modeling. Their advice on the modeling part of the project enabled team Korea_HS to develop excellent protein modeling by allowing Korea_HS to focus on the advanced quality of the protein modeling. Furthermore, their advice allowed us to effectively manage the time in the modeling part of the project. It was such a valuable opportunity to have a collaboration meeting with Team KCIS_Newtaipei and we hope to continue this strong relationship through attending the Northeast Joint Collaboration Network.
On July 23, 2021, we had a meeting with the collegiate iGEM team USP Brazil. They provided us with very useful advice on how to satisfy the medal criteria based on their experience in past iGEM contests. Specifically, the team suggested researching the mechanisms of cancer prevention RNA vaccines to apply to the delivery of our cancer-fighting complex into cancer cells. Moreover, we received constructive advice on ways to organize our presentation slides in a more precise way. With regards to human practices, team USP Brazil was working on founding a Synthetic Biology Olympics for youth in Brazil in an effort to motivate students to pursue science. We participated in their collaboration project in which they were collecting question submissions of different teams to represent the international scientific community. Moreover, the team advised us to reach out to different companies working on cancer drugs (stakeholders of our project) to assess the feasibility of our project.
Overall, Team USP Brazil’s efforts to create new opportunities in their communities inspired Korea_HS to actively launch projects for Korean students unaware of synthetic biology as well. Furthermore, this enabled us to develop educational opportunities such as workshops and educational webinars. Korea_HS could further develop effective human practices via reaching out to possible stakeholders and understanding the project in depth through practical applications of our cancer-specific cell-penetrating peptide. Their useful advice as a mentor allowed Korea_HS to understand how to satisfy the iGEM criteria and to develop into persuasive presenters.
On July 10th, Korea_HS and TU_Darmstadt had a successful collaborative meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, both teams spent time introducing our respective projects and goals for iGEM 2021. TU_Darmstadt and Korea_HS shared questions regarding each other's projects, then, we discussed the proof of concept medal criteria. Mostly, TU_Darmstadt supervised Korea_HS by sharing their understanding of the medal criteria as an experienced collegiate team. They suggested using cell-penetrating by introducing the assays(for instance, cytotoxicity) and writing up a clear and concise description to present it on our wiki website.
Team TU_Darmstadt graciously guided Korea_HS with an in-depth understanding of iGEM and medal criteria. Korea_HS developed successful communication skills and created a concise presentation through the suggestions from team TU-Darmstadt. They had shared their experience of judging sessions in past years and provided guidance on technical questions. Furthermore, they shared contact information of teams that Korea_HS could collaborate with and resources to overcome challenges that we were facing. Overall, their advice as a mentor enabled Korea_HS to get a handle on what the judging session and medal criteria entail.
On July 12th, team Korea_HS and HU_Berlin began our collaboration. HU_Berlin assisted with project modeling and gold medal criteria by providing favorable suggestions and guidance. HU_Berlin suggested key figures from our project that can be used in the project modeling part, such as gene expression. Furthermore, they provided a detailed description of the gold medal criteria, especially, proof of concept through a step by step description. Additionally, HU_Berlin provided contact information of the local ambassador of iGEM and suggested contacting her for in-depth information.
Since Korea_HS was in the beginning stages of iGEM, all instructions provided by team HU_Berlin have become a strong basis for us. Their instructions on the medal criteria and modeling and fundamental contact information were essential to team Korea_HS to become a successful iGEMer. Due to their help, Korea_HS successfully completed the gold medal criteria and developed the protein modeling without any severe challenges. It was a great opportunity to collaborate with HU_Berlin and we were more than excited to support them.
On August 19th, the collaboration between team Shanghai_United_HS and Korea_HS took place. We began the collaboration meeting with presentations of our projects and goals for iGEM 2021. Then, we had a discussion of possible collaboration topics. The teams shared collaboration projects that were completed and went on to discuss new collaboration topics. We introduced the Northeast Asia Network to expand the cooperative relationship.
Overall, as two high school teams representing countries from Northeast Asia, it was a valuable opportunity to collaborate with Shanghai_United_HS. Both teams planned to extend this synergic relationship through the Northeast Asia Joint Network with other high school teams. During the collaboration meeting, team Korea_HS gained fresh perspectives regarding human practices and educational events. Korea_HS was more than excited to continue the supportive relationship through the Northeast Asia Joint Network and build up the human practice opportunity.
Direct Collaboration Initiatives
On July 6th, Team Korea_HS established the quarantine-themed Instagram project for iGEM 2021. The goal of the project was to provide a platform where every iGEMer could easily reach out to other teams to develop their collaborative efforts. Every team participating in this project sent a group photo of their teams, contact information, and a brief introduction about their team and project. Then, we categorized them into different colors representing the different continents. This allowed other teams to determine the time slot for their collaborations. Overall, the 17 iGEM teams from 5 different continents graciously joined our Instagram project. From October 7th to the 9th, the Instagram project was published on the Korea_HS Instagram account. Overall, this project not only became a platform that played an essential role in encouraging collaboration but also allowed Korea_HS to build up a strong cooperative relationship with the teams who joined the project.
Team ASIJ_Tokyo and Korea_HS successfully developed the Northeast Asia Joint Collaboration Network for iGEM 2021. Northeast Asia Joint Collaboration Network is the platform where high school teams can collaborate without any limitations. This was inspired by the experience that both teams had during their collaboration with college teams. Despite the useful advice provided by collegiate teams, both teams believed we needed a network of teams at the same age level.
ASIJ_Tokyo and Korea_HS made plans from July 14th to September 22nd, to provide a high quality outcome for all other teams. Both teams created the agenda for the event by dividing the meeting into 2 different sections: Team Presentations and Team Exchange. Team Presentations session’s purpose was to provide information on each other's projects and to find areas of collaboration, while the Team Exchange session’s purpose was to encourage the area of mutual support.
On September 24th, the first meeting for the Northeast Asia Joint Collaboration Network was held with 9 different high school teams. The teams spent time introducing their projects and goals for iGEM 2021. These activities fostered collaboration among the teams. Overall, this event successfully provided opportunities for high school students including us, to develop strong relationships.
On August 8th, a meetup of Korean teams was held with team iGEM_Yonsei and iGEM_KUAS. At the beginning of the meetup, all three teams gave presentations on their projects for iGEM 2021. Then, we started discussions to discover areas of collaboration in the future. Every team had shared their progress on the wet lab and human practices part of the project and strategies on fulfilling the gold medal criteria. During the meeting, team Korea_HS made a suggestion to host education sessions for students in Korea and further develop this into the area of collaboration. Then, guided by team iGEM_KUAS, an experienced team, discussions about the distribution kits were held. This Korea Meetup was held last year and in-person but due to the pandemic, the meetup was hosted virtually this year. Team Korea_HS believed that it was a great opportunity and is more than excited to work with these two teams in the future.
On September 26th, 2021, team Korea_HS successfully hosted the 2021 Global iGEM Cancer & Diagnostics Conference. We hosted this conference to provide a platform where teams with cancer-related topics could collaborate. There were a total of 6 teams that joined the conference and 5 teams presented their projects during the meetup. Even though the conference was held on a small scale, it was a wonderful opportunity for team Korea_HS to learn about the areas that other iGEM teams wanted or needed support on. These areas included biological knowledge regarding each team's projects, how to lead the groups of iGEM teams, and how to organize activities as a host of the conference. Overall, it was a wonderful opportunity where teams could present their projects and further develop collaborative efforts during the conference. Team Korea_HS was able to successfully finish the conference thanks to the support from the participants.
Indirect Collaboration Initiatives
The IISER_Berhampur team established a comic strip collaboration project to convey the significance of synthetic biology and iGEM competition in an entertaining way. The comic strip provided high accessibility to the public since it gave enjoyment to the readers without any limitations in communication. The team joined this project by drawing our own version and chose to upload it on our Instagram account to raise public awareness on synthetic biology. The comic strip project by IISER_Berhampur provided a meaningful opportunity for Korea_HS to present the importance of synthetic biology and the iGEM competition in visual ways and recognize creative methods to convey information to the public.
Korea HS had a great opportunity to participate in a collaboration project that Team Dusseldorf established. We created 90 A6 (14.8cm x 10.5cm) size postcards displaying our team’s main mission and colors. Our project’s goal, which is to design a cancer-specific cell-penetrating peptide for the efficient delivery of siRNA into cancer cells, was shown on these cards. To summarize, this project gave us an opportunity to create a strong impression of our team. The postcard was divided into two sides (front and the back), and on the front was a photo of the cell closely related to our topic, a cell-penetrating peptide that specifically targets cancer cells for cancer treatment. The back side included our team’s email address and Instagram account as well as a brief explanation of our mission.
Team UM_Macau were the owners of the entertaining Beer Dish Project. The goal of this project was to share the dishes that go best with beer from different countries. Team Korea_HS joined this project by sharing photographs of Korean-style fried chicken, tteokbokki, pizza, and chicken dishes – common dishes in Korea. Our team believes that sharing the food culture is one of the best methods of developing relationships between the teams. Throughout the project, team Korea_HS shared our culture’s leisure activities and learned about other countries’ cultures in return.
Team iGEM Thessaly published the iGEM Thessaly Promotional Script Translation collaboration project and increased the awareness of microbiome engineering in diverse nations. Team Korea_HS joined this collaboration project by providing translated versions of the script in Korean. During our participation, we were able to obtain more information regarding gut dysbiosis. Furthermore, team Korea_HS got an in-depth understanding of iGEM Thessaly and its projects. Through this project, Korea_HS received education about gut dysbiosis, its cause, and further developed on the possible areas of collaboration.
Team USZ_China developed the amazing card game called ‘IntestiNO’, based on one of the world's most beloved card games ‘UNO’. This game was designed to increase the accessibility and comprehension of microorganisms and intestines of the human body to the public. Team Korea_HS joined the 'IntestiNO Translation Project' by changing the procedure, words on the cards, and definitions into the Korean language. The objective of this project was to allow people around the world to play this game without any limitations on language. By participating in this project, Korea_HS took part in educating the people around the world in more entertaining methods. It was a great opportunity for Korea_HS to understand and play this educational game and learn how to deliver knowledge through innovative methods.
Team HU_Berlin organized a fascinating project called the iJet challenge. Its main idea was to unite in one video as many iGEM teams as possible to foster a sense of community. Our team appeared for around 10 seconds in the video. To describe, we first catch a paper plane with the iGEM logo that flies to us from the left side of the screen. Then, when we snap our fingers, we magically appear in lab coats. Finally, we throw the paper plane to the right side of the screen and the video ends. After all videos were sent in, Team HU_Berlin compiled it into one big video and shared it with the whole iGEM community.
Team iBowu-China initiated a collaborative outreach project that aimed to illustrate the beauty of the iGEM community and synthetic biology through compiling drawings into a coloring book. Our BioDoodle idea/inspiration was plant cells. We were very excited to share a brief introduction of biological concepts with all K12 readers. It was an amazing way to introduce all our projects along with basic biology concepts and it served as an example of how synthetic biology can be applied to solve problems in real life.
This is the drawing of a plant cell and its organelles. It achieves the purpose of allowing the students to color and label features pertinent to plant cells, such as cell wall, cell membrane, cytoplasm, mitochondria, chloroplast, smooth and rough endoplasmic reticulum, central vacuole, and nucleus. Students also may reasonably infer the unifying theme of biology that “structure dictates function” by establishing connections between structures they have colored in and common understandings of the plant cell and its overall functions.
Korea HS participated in a collaboration project called the Braille Project from the Crete team. We found a biology-related excerpt about embryonic cloning and its status of technology that deals with some problems with stem cell technology and tissue engineering technology. We translated this into Korean so that Crete can enhance their database. The general goal of this project was to help people in different countries who lack Braille books on biology. It is scarce and even nonexistent in some countries. Hence, our efforts made it easy to access the information of synthetic biology. The purpose of finding an excerpt and translating it into the teams’ native languages were to make sure that it could be shared with as many individuals as possible.
With a request from UGM_Indonesia, Korea_HS nominated Matthew (team leader) as representative of the mini talk show during “UGM SynBio Online Festival.” This show was driven by UGM_Indonesia’s hope to have various teams share experiences and knowledge during iGEM with fellow students in Indonesia. During the festival, Matthew, along with representatives from Moscow City, was able to deliver a 5-minute-long presentation discussing an overview (i.e project inspiration, construct design, and proof of concept) of the project. They also held a Q&A session with the Indonesian public on topics of COVID-19 in relation to Synthetic Biology and application of Synthetic Biology in future diagnostics and therapeutics.
Korea_HS participated in Saint-Joseph’s “Video Collaboration for iGEM Teams.” We submitted a one minute video introducing Korea_HS and discussing the inspiration behind iGEM participation and favorite aspects of iGEM. This video was compiled by Saint-Joseph (into a single video) to present differing interests and perspectives of iGEM from a variety of contexts. We joined iGEM under the common aspiration to improve global diagnostics and therapeutics through innovative designs backed by Synthetic Biology. The collaborative milieu that iGEM creates - allowing teams to build upon each other through meaningful collaboration, creative competition, and engaging software - considers iGEM unique from other research programs or initiatives.
Team iGEM Warwick had established an amazing collaboration project called the iGEM Warwick collaborative booklet. Team Korea_HS participated in this project by sharing our logos, explaining about how synthetic biology plays a key role in the project, describing about the project, researching tasks, and lastly, explaining how our project will be solving local or worldwide issues. The goal of this project was to publish an online copy of the booklet about collaborative outreach. As a participant of the project, we were able to gather lots of information about other teams' projects and got the opportunity to share the details of our project.
Team CCU_Taiwan shared their wonderful collaboration project called Picture Book Translation. The role of team Korea_HS in this project was to provide the translated versions of quotes from a picture book provided by team CCU_Taiwan. Throughout this project, team Korea_HS discovered another way to educate people in a way that is enjoyable while simultaneously providing essential information. Overall, the experience of participating in this translation project enabled team Korea_HS to learn about a new method of spreading information and to deeply understand the culture of Taiwan.
Russian Meetup was hosted by Moscow_City with the objective of bringing Russian iGEM accomplishments and global perspectives (on Synthetic Biology) altogether. Various entertainments - presentations, webinars (education & career, art culture, your path to iGEM, etc) - were provided. Our team joined Russian Meetup as a presenting team, discussing applications and methods of CPP-siCYP1A1-doxorubicin construct to ITU and Moscow City (thus on a global basis). This allowed our team to understand and deliver current iGEM perspectives to improve the world through engaging designs underlying Synthetic Biology and receive non-technical, humanistic advice (of integrating Synthetic Biology with humanitarianism) through attending cultural and educational workshops.
Instagram Collaboration Initiatives
The team iGEM Nantes launched a remarkable project called “Music Nomination Project ''. It aimed to share the artistic talents of iGEMers. One of the members of team Korea_HS, Haryeong Oh, performed the violin by playing “Mendelssohn violin concerto 1st”. The purpose of this project was to make the connection between international iGEMers through sharing their passion for music. The Music Nomination Project from Nantes enabled Korea_HS to introduce our members, unite the iGEM teams with euphonious music, and make "harmonious" connections.
Team Korea_HS participated in the "Language Nomination project" established by team iGEM Nantes. The Language Nomination project had the purpose of increasing communication and accessibility between the international iGEM teams. Team Korea_HS participated by listing all languages that the team members were able to speak on a given template, then shared it on Instagram. Since all of the collaborations and partnerships between the iGEM teams required a common language, the Language Nomination project was fundamental to every team for effective communication. Since this project was held via Instagram, it allowed Korea_HS to build collaborative networks with international teams.