Team:PuiChing Macau/Collaborations

Food Waste pH Analysis

In the entire process of a project, collaborations with different people are needed, for we can receive diverse ideas and suggestions. During the collaboration, we cooperate with the team MIPT_MSU in Russia and RUBochum in Germany. This gave us deep insight into our project. We also got contrasting data of food waste from different areas of the world so that we could get a better understanding of food waste’s composting and its pH levels in other places. Then, we participated in the SDG challenge held by TAS_taipei.

Team MIPT_MSU and RUBochum

The goal of this collaboration was to gain more information on food waste as well as the pH level, food waste variety and composting, so that we may analyze if our system could work in other regions. We sent them the protocol of the food waste pH level testing together with a form for them to fill in different food waste’s details and the results.

From the result, we knew that the food in Europe regions were mostly low pH level, which our acid tolerant system will work. Also, the majority of their food consumption is still starch so our system could still be applied in their regions.

Figure 1. Data from MIPT_MSU

Figure 2. Data from RUBochum

SDG challenge with TAS_taipei 9/18


This SDG challenge is to connect each iGEM team, and promote SDGs , which are 17 goals decided by the UN, which stands for Sustainable Development Goals. In this collaboration, we needed to plan a task list for other groups and finished tasks form others.

For the task we assigned for others, it was about target 12.5 and 12.8. Target 12.5 is to reduce food waste generation, and target 12.8 is to raise social awareness of sustainable development. The teams which chose to finish our tasks have to finish related actions to meet the targets. Therefore, we asked people to help to promote our Macau Food Waste challenge by sharing the poster online.

We helped team NCKU to promote their questionnaire survey. We put the link on our Instagram bio and our team members also completed the survey.

Figure 3 The poster of our FW challenge
Figure 4. Our Instagram bio

After that, on the 18th of September, we joined the conference with other teams to discuss and share how everyone has tackled the SDGs. In this meeting, we also learned more about other team’s projects, for example, Project Pac-Coli, which was a solution to water pollution caused by cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms(cHABs).

Moreover, based on SDGs, we made a SDG plan. To know more about what we did to achieve SDGs in the SDG part.

Figure 5&6. The group photo of our meeting.