We have collaborated, throughout this year with other iGEM teams, with professionals and with the public. We would like to thank all of them for the time we spent together discussing, working and helping each other. Collaboration, as part of a project, is essential to learn a lot and foster mutual development.
For the first time iGEM Pasteur Paris team collaborated with three other parisian teams to host the InParis Official European Meet-up from July 26th to 27th. 2 days, 7 countries, 19 teams and around 130 participants: this is the summary of this intense weekend.
We were, above all, honored by the presence of Randy Rettberg President of iGEM, Meagan Lizarazo Vice-President of iGEM and Vinoo Selvarajah Director of the Registry.
After an introductory speech, all teams were able to exchange about their project in front of their posters. Every team also presented their project in 20 minutes followed by questions and comments from the judges and the audience. The objective of theses presentations was to practice and get feedback and constructive criticism from the judges. The jury was composed by professionals and former iGEM students:
Lapierre, Biotechnology engineer and entrepreneur
- Thomas Lhernould, Junior consultant in health strategy
- Paul Lubrano, Research engineer at the National Museum of Natural History
- Thea Chrysostomou, iGEM European ambassador, researcher at the CRI
- Alexandra Silvain, Consultant for Capgemini Invent
- Harold Knoll, Founder of Dayu Inc.
- Nazim Sarica, PhD student at the Institute of Systems & Synthetic Biology
- Nemanja Stijepovic, European iGEM ambassador, BSc applied biology, Visual designer, Former student researcher at LIMES Institute
- Emline Leon, Regulatory affairs intern at Stago
- Will Wright, European iGEM ambassador, International life science business development
- Coline Sivelle, PhD student
- Thomas Landrain, Co-founder & president of Just One Giant Lab, Co-founder & former CEO of PILI and La Paillasse Rebooting Science
- Mahnaz Sabeti Azad, PhD student at Université Paris-Sud
- Gabrielle Vuillaume, Technical consultant at Sogedev
Two workshops were also organized to make teams work together and think about current topics. The first one was a Hackaton related to vaccination issues worldwide. The teams mixed and had several strong moments of reflection and action before presenting their final proposal to the other groups. The second workshop was a discussion about several aspects of iGEM, such as human practices, education of even what happens after iGEM.
Teams were able to get to know each other better thanks to the little challenges setp up over the weekend, like Pictionary, Blind tests and Quizzes.
At the end of the meet-ups several trophies were awarded: one for the best presentation, one for the best poster and one for the mini-games winner.
This meet-up was dedicated to discovery, training on presentation, advice and above all, to a good mood. We would like to thank all participants, once again.
This meet-up would not have been possible without the collaboration of four teams. Together, we had an appropriate budget that we managed. We were able to occupy several places, thanks to our universities. We organized the days together and we took advantage of our number to extend our communication in order to motivate many European teams.
As for the participation of Pasteur Paris team, we were in charge of booking the rooms for the teams, finding sponsors for the meet-up, collecting goodies for the welcome bags and preparing the badges for safety. We also designed the programs and visuals of the weekend. We supervised the creation and the organization of the workshops, as well as the activities. We designed the trophies and printed them in 3D in our Fablab. Finally, we took care, during the meet-up of photos and the video recording of all presentations.
iGEM Athens, iGEM DUT China, iGEM CSMU_Taiwan, iGEM Strasbourg, iGEM Madrid, iGEM BOKU-Vienna, iGEM Cornell
As a member of this collaboration, we have written a description focusing on why and how we used aptamers during our project. We also made an overview of the methods and protocols we used in order to fill in the resource catalogue, which aims at providing help and tips to next iGEM teams.
We had the chance to communicate with the iGEM Bhopal team from India. As they were also working on the antibiotic resistance issue, we could exchange by videoconference the purposes of our projects. As a result of these discussions, we sent them a questionnaire for Indian doctors. User feedback has always been for us a priority. Therefore, we wanted to analyze the needs of worldwide physicians.
It has been a fruitful collaboration since they collected and sent us six answers from city, as well as hospital practitioners. From their testimonies, we learned that they do not obtain results from patient samples in the case of a bacterial infection in less than twelve hours. Moreover, not all of them have access, in the location in which they perform diagnostics, to freezers. This is the reason why we needed to develop a diagnosis method based on stable element and we chose DNA aptamers, rather than RNA aptamers. Finally, five of the six doctors prefer a small device to be hand-held, for a diagnostic machine to help detect the bacterial species causing an infection.
We collaborated with iGEM Team Copenhagen by answering their quantitative market analysis survey to know better women's needs and thoughts about their product. We also answered the iGEM Montpellier’s survey on environmental impact of iGEM teams. And we collaborated with TARTU_TUIT team from Estonia by answering their survey on biological production of different compounds and pharmaceuticals.
We participated in challenges launched by several teams.
The One Minute Challenge
For this challenge, organised by iGEM Technion-Israel, each participating team made a 1-minute video to explain their projects. Thanks to this short video, it is easier for the teams to demonstrate what they are doing to the iGEM community. In addition, this will be a fantastic way for future teams to see what others did in the past and, perhaps, become inspired to create their own amazing projects. For our team, it was a very interesting and fun exercise. In fact, it was very challenging to condense all of our project into a 1-minute video.
We also participated in the "Six pics challenge" organized by the Vienna BOKu-Vienna iGEM team. This challenge proposed that we explain our project in six illustrations. We decided to express the concept of our project with a metaphor in which our device would be personified by a hunter character called "DIANE" in reference to the Roman goddess of hunting. Our aptamers would be represented by the bow and arrow used to hunt pathogenic bacteria. With this poetic version, we wanted to make our project accessible to children in this way!
The Haïku Challenge: A
This year, IGEM Go Paris-Saclay decided to incorporate art in their project by writing a haiku whose topic was linked to their project. A haiku is an extremely short poem to which celebrates the evanescence of things.
To benefit from the help of the whole community, every team is invited to write a haiku and send it to IGEM Go Paris-Saclay team. iGEM Pasteur Paris sent two haikus to IGEM Go Paris-Saclay team, one in French and one in English!