A huge part of iGEM is to collaborate and share ideas, an area we have thoroughly enjoyed and learnt from! From skype calls to teams when things go wrong in search of advice, to sharing data and tips, we have had an incredible opportunity to share ideas and learn new skills on a global scale. Below are a list of the teams we have worked closely with!
iGEM Kings College London
We collaborated with the iGEM team at KCL to mentor the team via skype calls about iGEM and their modelling experiments
We helped to provide calculations for the pressure exerted by drugs encapsulated inside a sphere to help model drug delivery for their project.
After Kolkata won the Best Presentation award at the all India iGEM meet up we were keen to get their hot tips and soon got in touch to collaborate on improving our presentations in preparation for the Giant Jamboree in Boston after our team presented at the UK iGEM meet-up hosted by the Newcastle iGEM team.
iGEM William & Mary
After distributing copies of Biology 101, we worked with William & Mary iGEM team on their outreach efforts. William & Mary used our illustrations from the guide when teaching in schools and their plan can be seen here
After hearing through their mentor Jack (a masters student at Warwick) that the Swiss team were having problems with their microscope, we were happy to help out and soon sent their pseudomonas plasmids to grow up and image using our functional fluorescent microscope. The data was then relayed back to the Swiss team, providing them valuable data which also helped to improve the reproducibility of the data.
The Newcastle hosted the UK iGEM meet up in July which was an invaluable opportunity to connect and speak to many teams to understand their projects better and to focus on areas we needed help with -we were particularly thankful to all the teams who provided so much support to us as we spoke through the safety problems we were facing at this time. We also had the opportunity to share our biology 101 book with teams that have members from a non-biology background!
We collaborated on their language translation video with both our French and Lithuanian members on the team, this video is available on instagram and youtube to provide a higher public outreach to overcome language barriers in the scientific field.
iGEM ACIBADEM İSTANBUL
We mentored a high school team in Istanbul to help them with their project and answer questions they had about the competition. We supported them with various areas of their project such as wiki support, fulfilling medal criteria and advising them on their presentation.
iGEM US AFRL CarrollHS