Team:UI Indonesia/Communication


With more than 80 million users of Instagram in Indonesia,1 we use Instagram as our main medium of communication, information, and education. We believe that Instagram can be an excellent medium to raise awareness of various groups regarding H.pylori infection and introduce the project we are working on in the 2021 iGEM competition.
We then listed several essential things that we could achieve while using Instagram as one of the media for our publication.
Social media has provided support in introducing our project not only nationally but also internationally. We connect and collaborate with iGEM teams from other countries, the various forms of collaboration that we do with other iGEM teams can be seen in the contribution and booklet section.
It can be seen from the image and summary above that our Instagram was successful in reaching people. We analyzed the following factors that influenced it.
  1. Interesting Educational Content
  2. We try to make our content interesting and light so that it is easily accessible to our readers or followers. We also create and post our activities during project preparation as well as hold quizzes and surveys to attract people's interest to follow our project developments through Instagram.
  3. The Role of Influencer
  4. Health influencers who collaborate with us have an essential role in introducing our account to the broader community. We had an opportunity to collaborate and conducted Instagram's live session with Ekida Rehan Firmansyah, S.Ked., a medical student and a national influencer in the health sector with followers reaching 325 thousand accounts. After Instagram’s live session with him, we got a lot of new followers, and there was an increase in account interaction
  5. Effect of Helicostrike Education Session
  6. We conduct the educational session in webinars form. On each occasion, we promote our Instagram account, and we mention exciting things that people can get from our account. So that participants in the webinar can directly visit our Instagram and get more information about the projects we are working on

iGEM ​​UI carries out several educational activities for people from various backgrounds through accessible and attractive media. The following below is a series of educational sessions held online by iGEM UI 2021:
[Live Instagram session: Safe Food Processing for the Digestive Tract]

According to, Instagrams users in Indonesia in July 2021 reached 91.770.000, accounting for 33.2% of its entire population.1 With so many users, Instagram has become one of our media to educate the public, especially regarding light but applicable themes and, of course, linear with the projects we bring. On September 11, 2021, we held a live Instagram session about Safe Food Processing for the Digestive Tract.
The live session was hosted by Ekida Rehan Firmansyah, S.Ked (national health influencer and educator) with dr. Erfi Prafiantini (doctor and nutritionist) and Violine Martalia as a representative of iGEM UI 2021. The Instagram live session lasted for 1 hour 20 minutes and reached 130+ viewers. We also get a lot of questions and feedback from viewers. This session was delivered interactively and received positive responses from viewers. Here is the Instagram live documentation that we managed to do.

The main thing discussed and obtained in this live Instagram session is the safe management of food through the five keys to safer food to prevent various gastrointestinal infections. dr.Erfi explains the points contained in the five keys to safer food as follows.
  • Maintain personal hygiene by washing hands when preparing and processing food
  • Separate raw and cooked food ingredients to avoid contaminants, use separate containers, and different tools in processing the food
  • Cooking correctly, with the appropriate temperature, minimum above 60°C, especially in meat processing. In addition to cooking, heating food also needs to be considered
  • Storing food at the right temperature, below 5 °C or above 60°C. If the food is not consumed directly, store it at the right temperature, one of which is stored in the refrigerator. Use the suitable container and adjust to the type of food stored
  • Using water from a safe source in food processing. Clean and safe water must be tasteless, odorless, and colorless. Precise and safe water is also essential indicators for washing foodstuffs before processing

[Webinar: The Opportunities and Challenges of Synthetic Biology]

Synthetic biology is still in early development in Indonesia. However, over time this field of science has begun to attract public attention. This relatively new field of science continues to show rapid development. Synthetic biology combines biology, biochemistry, engineering, and informatics by involving engineering, natural science, and art perspectives to produce a system that can produce products sold commercially. Considering that many fields of science can be integrated into synthetic biology, the iGEM UI team sees this as an exciting thing to introduce to the public. We hope that by knowing the job and business opportunities and the development of synthetic biology in Indonesia. More people, especially the younger generation, will dare to explore this field of science through participation in synthetic biology competitions such as the iGEM competition and furthermore. Moreover, they can also choose this scientific field as their career choice.
Kevin Tjoa, S.Ked, hosted this webinar as moderator by inviting two speakers from the scientific field and the synthetic biology industry. We invite Muhammad Farhan Maulana, Co-Founder of Synbio Indonesia and apt.Trilokita Tunjung Sari, S.Si.,M.Biomed from Bio Farma Indonesia. This webinar took place on September 25, 2021. It was registered by 100+ participants from various backgrounds who were enthusiastic about synthetic biology. The documentation and highlights of the webinar are as follows.

First session with Muhammad Farhan Maulana from Synbio Indonesia

The first session of this webinar was presented by Muhammad Farhan Maulana, Co-Founder of Synbio Indonesia. He explains that synthetic biology is developing very rapidly in various parts of the world and has significantly influenced both science and the business and industry. In his presentation, he emphasized "Catch the Wave Together," synthetic biology is likened to a wave that must be used together to move society. He also stated that Indonesia's potential to "Catch the Wave" is excellent, especially since various synthetic biology startups have been established in Indonesia, which continue to develop as well as the role of academics and iGEMERS from the Synbio Indonesia community, who continue to collaborate and network to advance the synthetic biology field in Indonesia.

Based on what he said, we realized that the basis of synthetic biology is a fundamental pillar with data science and automation to produce high throughput.

Second session with apt. Trilokita Tunjung Sari, S.Si., M.Biomed from Bio Farma Indonesia

The second session was filled with a presentation by Mrs. Trilokita from Bio Farma Indonesia, an Indonesian state-owned company engaged in the pharmaceutical sector. It carries out many techniques related to synthetic biology. Mrs. Trilokita then explained several methods that she used to carry out various projects to develop vaccines and disease detection tools. She said the method used in synthetic biology is so complex. Hence, it requires high accuracy and good teamwork from various fields. At the end of the presentation, she concluded several things that could be noticed by the enthusiasts and synthetic biologists who attended the webinar.
  • Biological synthetics can be very powerful 'tools', but they cannot stand alone
  • Utilization of synthetic biology requires knowledge of other fields, such as cell biology, immunology to virology
  • Currently, synthetic biology is starting to focus on the design of biosystems, not only on the expression of a molecule

Discussion Session

From the third session, which was a Q&A and discussion session, we got several points from the answers given by the speaker to the webinar participants as follows.
  1. Community laboratory is a laboratory that the public can freely access for research purposes by adjusting the requirements or rules determined by the community laboratory itself. Such facilities are already rife abroad, but in Indonesia itself, it is still not available. Until now, there has been no initiator for the development of laboratory communities in Indonesia. However, in Indonesia, there is potential for its development in the future.
  2. The method or technology used in synthetic biology in Indonesia has progressed compared to previous years. However, only a few centers can utilize renewable technology in synthetic biology (ex: CRISPR). So, it can be said that its use is still very limited.
  3. A very important skill to have in developing synthetic biology is the ability to code for biological data management. This skill is used to process various data obtained from synthetic biology research. This statement emphasized again that besides mastering the basic science of synthetic biology, the ability to process research data became a pillar to produce good results. Thus, coding becomes a crucial skill for scientific and industrial development in synthetic biology.

After this session, we closed the event with a photo session with the entire committee, speakers and webinar participants.

[Sharing Session: From Biotech Open Camp to IGEM]

The sharing session was conducted by the Faculty of Biotechnology Universitas Teknologi Sumbawa and invited Firda Izzain Baliyati (Head of the Division of Policy and Practice IGEM UI 2021) to increase student's and college students' interest in biotechnology competitions, especially iGEM. This sharing session was held in an online talk show about Firda's experience in the regional-level biotechnology competition to the iGEM competition. The sharing session was held on September 26, 2021, and attended by 50+ participants, especially high school and college students.

We are very grateful to conduct various educational sessions for the community in the limited conditions caused by COVID-19. We then find a better way to make educational efforts that are interesting and affordable for society. We hope that our educational efforts can increase public awareness about preventing gastrointestinal infections and public interest in biotechnology and iGEM competitions through various platforms and themes.

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We believe that the future is in the youngsters' hands. Indonesia has more than 75 millions Gen Z population in 2021, the generation that will be the foundation of further science and technology development. In response to this reality, we are targeting them to introduce the realm of synthetic biology. So, we did a roadshow to several schools and a university.

iGEM UI Goes to School: Introducing Synthetic Biology

We did a presentation about what iGEM is, what synbio is, its application and its future prospects to open their point of view about how synthetic biology is involved in every days' life. We went to these 2 enthusiastic schools.
  • Biology club SMAK Penabur Gading Serpong (Senior High School)
  • Biology club SMAN 1 Empang (Senior High School)

Through our roadshow we hope that the enthusiasm on synthetic biology will be developed early on from the senior high school and Indonesia will have the first senior high school iGEM team, supervised by iGEM Universitas Indonesia.

iGEM UI Goes to Campus: Introducing Synthetic Biology

We delivered a presentation about synthetic biology, iGEM competition, and HELICOSTRIKE, to 260+ students of the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia.
We then asked them to fill out a questionnaire to provide feedback on the activities we held and to find out their interest in synthetic biology and the iGEM competition. We got 130 participants filling out the questionnaire. The results of the questionnaire showed promising results.
  1. Was our presentation good or help you to understand synthetic biology?
  2. We asked whether the participants answered hesitantly or not. They stated that the limited time in delivery presentation was the thing that made it difficult for them to understand the material about synthetic biology. They say if more time is given, they believe they can explore and understand more.
  3. Is our presentation interesting?
  4. Do you think synthetic biology is interesting?
  5. Are you interested in participating in synthetic biology competitions such as iGEM in the future?
  6. We then asked what made the participants hesitant to take part in the synthetic biology competition. Most of them stated that they still needed time to get to know and learn about synthetic biology and the iGEM competition. They also stated that their opinions or choices could change with time and their experiences.
  7. Are you interested in participating in synthetic biology webinar in the next opportunity? such as iGEM Goes to School or iGEM Goes to Campus next time?
  8. The last question correlates with the previous question. The answers to the previous question show that half of the survey participants are still hesitant to participate in the synthetic biology competition. However, it can be seen from the answers to the last question that most of them are interested in participating in webinars about synthetic biology. This shows that participants still need more time to learn and explore synthetic biology before finally joining competitions such as iGEM.

Through our participation in the iGEM 2021 competition, we hope that more of our juniors are interested in synthetics biology and will participate in the iGEM competition in the following years.

This year, iGEM Universitas Indonesia decided to make a booklet as one of the media of education and promotion. The reason behind the use of booklets is that booklets use pictures, charts, and colorful visuals to explain the main content. A study has shown that visual explanations improve understanding of people, including people with low spatial ability, about new or difficult information. Besides pictures, our booklet also contains explanations in the form of text, in other words, verbal explanations. Based on the study mentioned before, visual explanation that is combined with verbal explanation can improve even better.

This booklet is also available in foreign languages. Beside Indonesian, as our mother language, we also provide our booklet in other languages, such as English, Korean, Japanese, Brazilian, and German. As for why we decide to translate our booklet into foreign languages mentioned above is based on the prevalence of Helicobater pylori infection in the world. First we chose English as it is an international language, so people whose mother languages are not available can also read our booklet. As for Korean, Japanese, Brazilian, German, based one a study, which stated that the prevalence of H. pylori infection in Asia, South America, and Europe (south and east) is higher than 50%.

For the local language, we chose Papua, Batak, and Bugis language because of the high prevalence of Papuan, Bataknese, and Buginese ethnics that are infected by Helicobater pylori, based on a study about H. pylori prevalence in Indonesia based on ethnicity by Ari Fahrial Syam, et al. Therefore, we make our booklet in different languages to share the knowledge about Helicobater pylori to as many people as we can.

This booklet consists of several topics as follows.
  • What is indigestion
  • Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in Indonesia
  • Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in the World
  • How does Helicobacter pylori infection spread
  • How to prevent Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Helicostrike project

Thank you to everyone on the Policy and Practice’s Team for making this booklet. Special thank you to Kevin Tjoa, Teshalonica Mellyfera, and Violine Martalia as the author and designer, to Fransiskus Mikael and Angelina Clarissa as the manager and editor, and Firda Izzain for making this E-Book available in several languages. We want to also thank the iGEM Bielefeld CebiTec (German), iGEM UNESP (Brazil), and iGEM Korea_HS (South Korea) for translating our booklet to their languages and also to Nathanael Agung Setiadi for translating our booklet to Mandarin.

Our booklet can be accessed via the link and QR code below.
Click here: Helicostrike's Booklet
Scan here:

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