Collaborations Collaborations


In September we organized an art exhibition to create conversation on Synthetic Biology with the Grand Public. We had the honour of receiving the artwork of 8 different iGEM teams : iGEM Hong Kong (HK GTC), iGEM Grenoble, iGEM Athens, iGEM Paris Sorbonne, iGEM Montpellier, iGEM Paris Saclay, iGEM ULaval iGEM Strasbourg :

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“Connecting the world with Synthetic Biology” iGEM Hong Kong (HK_GTC)
“Crystallised Tear” iGEM Grenoble
“Sticky Ends” Athens iGEM team
“Art of Bacteria” Nantes iGEM team
“Quid hoc facere?” iGEM Paris Sorbonne
“iGEM Plastic Box” iGEM Montpellier
“Innovative Bacteria through the eyes of children” iGEM Paris Saclay
“Bienveillance” iGEM ULaval


During the first French Meetup, in Poitiers, we found out that the “Nanodrop tool” that iGEM Grenoble are engineering could be really helpful for us because it can make a lot of fluorescence measurements. To better understand how their tool works, one member of the iGEM Nantes team went to Grenoble on the 6th of September, when our bacteria strains were ready to be used for the measurement, to meet with Grenoble iGEMers and make sure that the collaboration would be well-done. We sent our bacteria strains (+M9 powder + lactose power + arabinose powder + sorbitol powder + ribose powder to provide them with the supplies needed for a correct bacterial growth) through the lab we work in, to insure a safe and non-hazardous delivery of our genetically modified bacteria.. iGEM Grenoble confirmed the receipt of the coli on the 13th of september


When we went to Grenoble, the student that was there could make a test of the software developed by the iGEM Grenoble team. This software is about controlling the Nanodrop device, its temperature, the amount of liquid taken from the solution, the time interval between each measurement, etc… When we ran the test, we identified a number of previously unnoticed bugs. This mostly helped the iGEM Grenoble team to have the point of view of a biologist outside of their team, for instance we notified them that the unit commonly used in biology is the uL rather than the nL, etc. As a result of our meeting, the iGEM Grenoble team was able to improve its software in the sense of a more practical use of this program for biologists / non-professionals of informatic.

Software Evolution (in bold font are the remarks taken into account)

  • Change in the number of solutions (the version tested had only 4)
  • Change in the way of selecting the volume
  • Change in the way of selecting the time between measurements (choice in the units)
  • Reminder when having to choose the zone to command in temperature
  • Change in applying the protocol -> the program recognizes automatically the hardware
  • Possibility to apply another protocol (possibility to do “for” loops on other programs)
  • Control of unwanted values
  • Control of unwanted movements in the protocol
  • Change in the style of the protocol window
  • Correction of the “move up” bug
iGEM Grenoble report


Lab coat challenge organized by iGEM Stonybrook. For this challenge we had to turn a “regular lab coat into a runway ready look”. You can find the video we made our instagram.


Washington needed help to translate their outreach booklet into an audiobook in different languages. Hannah Cheung gave us the English version of the booklet on the 19th of september. We had time to translate 8 activities (total: 58 pages) of this booklet into German, and we voice recorded it. This translation has been possible thanks to the external help of Veronika and Nevena Morel.

The activities we translated are the followings :

English title German Title
DNA Gumdrop DNA-Fruchtgummi-Struktur im praktischen Versuch
DNA Replication DNS-REPLIKATION Im praktischen Versuch
Engineer An Organism Erschaffen eines Organismus
DNA Structure Crafting Gestaltung einer DNS-STRUKTUR
Stem Cells Stammzellen
Solving Global Problems: Bee Population Bienenpopulation
Solving Global Problems: Antibiotic Resistance Antibiotikresistenz
Solving Global Problems: Food Shortages & GMO's Nahrungsmittelknappheit & GVO


Translation of a children’s book from English to French written and illustrated by the UNAMBG iGEM team. Title of the book “UMAY’S ADVENTURES IN SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY”.
You can view the translated version here : ajouter PDF “Translation Nantes”.

Story tanslatation pdf


Organised by iGEM Costa Rica, iGEM TAS and iGEM Tuebingen, we were challenged to find up to 4 areas sustainable development determined by the United Nations that our project fits into. We chose the following and posted this explanation. “Our project is a fundamental biological tool that we are hoping will bring innovative methods to the microbiological lab. We are hoping it will save time and money allowing a certain economic growth. One application would be a medical patch that would decrease the risk of errors during medication. One of our Human Practice projects is to study the position of women in “Hard Sciences”. Through this project we are hoping to shine light on this topic that remains taboo or ignored in some countries today.”


We participated in the French meetup organized by the iGEM Poitiers and in the European Paris meetup organised by Parisian teams, iGEM Paris Pasteur, iGEM Paris Saclay, iGEM Evry and iGEM Ionis.