Collaborations and Partnerships
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Besides working together to create a survey which addresses farmers (more here), the iGEM team Uppsala also organised a webinar, wherein we had our part to play. The webinar focused on the future of farming and farming techniques, addressing topics such as cellular agriculture and mycoprotein and how we can pave the way to a sustainable future. iGEM Uppsala has asked us to try and find a speaker from the Maastricht area, the father of cultivated meat, Mark Post. His experience as a scientist and founder of MosaMeat would be an amazing addition to their webinar. We managed to reach out to Mark Post, and he participated in the Uppsala webinar.
The webinar also included a time window where the participating iGEM teams could present their projects to the speakers, other teams and attendees. The teams involved were Uppsala, Maastricht, Wageningen and Groningen.
Besides finding a speaker, our team agreed to promote the webinar through our social media channels. Furthermore, our team actively participated in the Q&A sessions to try and induce discussion.
The webinar was organised in a very professional manner, and it was an enriching experience for all participants, especially with the further socialization event afterwards, where ideas could be exchanged and experiences shared. The speaker line-up was very diverse, and their topics very informative, giving some of our iGEM team members new possible directions for future scientific engagement. During the socialization event, the team co-supervisor of iGEM Uppsala, Prof. Anthony Forster gave our team members some helpful feedback. Many thanks to the Uppsala team for organising this webinar and having us there!
Team member Tim presenting our project at the webinar:
Many meetings were held with the Uppsala team, amongst them we discussed the farmers survey as well as the webinar:
The iGEM team Nantes has asked various teams around the globe to make a short video where a team member introduces themselves in the native language of their country. Team member Luca Guitink introduced herself in the video made by iGEM Nantes.
The iGEM Patras team organized the making of a Youtube video, wherein various iGEM teams list their project’s target SDG goals. We were asked to record a 20-30 seconds video, wherein we explain our project and the SDG goals we are targeting.
The Patras University iGEM team has asked multiple teams worldwide to help them translate a text into the language of their country. We have therefore translated their text into Dutch. In the end, this text was used to make a comic which the Patras team used for scientific communication of their project. The text can be found here.
The iGEM team of Sorbonne has initiated a very cool challenge where they have sent a lab coat to multiple teams around the globe. Each team adds some artwork (usually their logo and name) to the lab coat. The lab coat will travel around the world to a total of 11 teams. Each team also participates in social media interaction by using the specific hashtag #IGEMTravellingLabcoat.
The German team from Düsseldorf has contacted over 80 teams worldwide to send them 90 postcards with a personalized design by each team. In the end, all teams should receive around 80-90 postcards back, but this time each postcard would be from a different team. We thought that this is a really cool way of getting to know iGEM teams from around the globe, and we therefore decided to participate. Below is our own postcard design, made by team member Saskia Rapp.
As both our projects involve reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the animal agriculture sector, team Wageningen UR and team MSP-Maastricht decided that it would be a great idea to do a collaboration. The Wageningen team has created a software tool called iGEM Pipeline for Improved Pathway Engineering (PIPE) and the collaboration involved us testing out the software in an earlier state of its development. We received access to their GitHub and were able to inspect the code and we followed their instructions to get it working. In this process, we created a list of possible improvements that the Wageningen team could integrate into PIPE to make it more user-friendly and efficient. The Wageningen team then created an updated version of PIPE taking these considerations into account, and has consequently produced a remarkable validated software tool to aid the iGEM community.