At ARIA iGEM Barcelona we believe that collaborating with other teams is as important as any other field within science. Within collaboration we can understand both sharing knowledge and participating in joint activities, not only of a scientific nature, but also in a creative way, in order to promote an innovative and entrepreneurial work environment. Due to the current pandemic situation, in which in the last year and a half contact with other teams in person has been more complicated, all kinds of activities and communications have been promoted at an international level thanks to social networks and the Internet.
After the novelty of 2020, 2021 has been a year in which we were more technologically prepared and had more experience with the media and although we have not been able to live the same experience as other teams in years prior to the pandemic, thanks to these telematic means we have also been able to participate and enjoy various activities, in addition to meeting other groups within iGEM. These collaborations have given us a broader vision of teamwork and community at a global level and have motivated us to believe that we are not alone in defending our cause: the fight against antibiotic resistance.
- Video collaboration
We collaborated with iGEM Darmstadt in the iJET challenge. Their objective was to unite as many iGEM teams in one video as possible through a paper plane. It was an amazing idea that made it possible to feel the proximity of more iGEM groups despite the COVID-19 times we are currently living in. It was such a funny video that was great to record!
- Survey filling
We did fill some surveys for iGEM TAS_Taipei, about blood donations, and for iGEM GO_Paris-Saclay about endometriosis. It was such a cool initiative to create surveys and send them to other iGEM teams to know the amount of general knowledge about these topics. We discovered many aspects that we were unaware of after conducting the surveys. We hope that they received good feedback to improve the divulgation of their projects to the general public.
- Instagram game
We participated in an Instagram game organized by iGEM Aix-Marseille consisting of deciphering other iGEM projects only with emojis. It was fun and entertaining and also helped us to learn about other teams' projects.
- Wiki workshop
We met, together with UNIZAR, with two afterigems from last year's iGEM Hormonic Team. They advised us and gave us some small tips on how to write the wiki. We are very grateful for the advice they gave us as it has helped us when we have developed our wiki. More details in the education page.
- Photo collection
We participated in the project “expARTiments” organized by NOUS iGEM sending our collection of lab contamination fungi. Although it may seem unpleasant, the photos were nicer than one would expect. In fact, thanks to these photos, another team, iGEM Estonia, also wanted to have them because every year they print science-related photos and hold an art exhibition.
We think it is a great initiative to bring science and art together, since there is a lot of art in the science we do.
- Script translation
We translated some questions and answers given by children in the iGEM Bielefeld CeBiTec education project. We found it a very interesting project and of course we did not refuse to help them!
- Erasmus Youth Exchange Program
We had a meeting with Elisavet, a member of iGEM Thrace who explained to us how the Erasmus Youth exchange worked. We were delighted to learn about this great initiative that takes place every year in Alexandroupolis and it was a pleasure to meet the group. In the end we could not participate in the exchange but we liked the proposal anyway.
- Meetings with our Europe Ambassador
We had several meetings with our ambassador, Claudia Troncone, to get to know each other and for her to explain the dynamics and operation of iGEM. In one of these meetings, all the iGEM teams in Spain attended, it was amazing! In addition to these meetings, we also keep in touch through a WhatsApp group created for all iGEM groups in Spain.
- Hybrid meeting
Finally, we also organized a hybrid meeting as a conference named "Tools to avoid the future antibiotic resistance pandemic". This was a hybrid meeting, where there was the possibility to access both in person and through a telematic link. To read more about this virtual meeting, we link you to the Education page.