Online Meeting with Jiangsu_High_School
We hosted an online meeting with another iGEM team from Nanjing. Their research topic is about Alzheimer disease. We discussed different strategies both regarding our respective experiments and outreach programs. They shared their experiences about building up their subscribers for Anti-AD blog, designing their merchandise (such as tote bags, T shirts, and backpack pins), and how to schedule their different outreach projects (like handing out surveys, visiting senior centers to raise awareness about AD), which gave us inspirations in different ways. As for us, we gave them suggestions on how to identify a good leader in a well-organized group. We also shared our experiences in the lab (such as how we organized our lab notebook).
Collaboration with HPV Rangers
In order to gain more experience in future human practice's activities, we scheduled a meeting with another iGEM team, “HPV Rangers” (Official Team Name: Shanghai-United). We exchanged our research topics in the goal of better understanding each other. After that, they came up with a few questions concerning the conduction of interviews and social investigation. We were happy to share one of our unforgettable experiences when we doing our social investigation: When communicating with professors, we were made aware that information asymmetry may occur since the specialists sometimes may not be familiar with certain question we ask. With this information, we believe that we could help them find a more efficient way to do the social investigation.
Collaboration with Team SZTA_Szeged_Hu
Team SZTA_Szeged_Hu is a high school iGEM team from Hungary. Their research topic is about algal blooming, which is similar to ours. When they first reached us through email, we decided to collaborate with them using Wechat. We sent out our project abstract for them to get a better understanding of what we were doing. They asked us about how to utilize mlrA enzyme, which can degrade Microcystin toxin. Besides that, we also dig into their research topic and also ask questions about their human practice activities, such as how to collect the public’s opinion on our project with a survey. At that time, we could not find a proper way to start doing any kind of surveys regarding our project. They told us to focus on how environmental problems affect people’s daily life. Although we did not do the official survey on the Internet, their advice indeed help us with our dry group activities design.