Team:CSMU Taiwan/Education

Science Communication

Science Communication


Synthetic biology is a subject of modern science, yet it is full of novelty and interest. When the eleven of us from CSMU met iGEM, we had been amazed by the potential of synthetic biology. We believe it is our duty to shed light on this field and show how synthetic biology is helping to better the world in numerous aspects.

Our efforts on science communication can be classified into SynBio conference, education, and public engagement according to how actively the audience tends to approach new scientific knowledge. Take a closer look at our achievements!

iGEM teams are a massive community with consistent goals to improve the overall education of synthetic biology. It is highly valued in the iGEM competition to share resources and achievements with one another. Thus, we embedded the materials we organized, composed, and applied in our projects and offered open access to anyone who also harbors vision in promoting synthetic biology and iGEM. Please feel free to use them if needed! We hope by sharing what we've learned and welcoming people to build upon what we've worked on, it would be easier to get started on their journey in the SynBio field.

SynBio Conference

In order to understand how other iGEM teams apply synthetic biology and establish mutual learning, the National Chung Hsing University hosted the 2020 Taiwan iGEM Meetup Conference in August and gathered up 6 teams from Taiwan (NCHU, CSMU, NCKU, CCU, NCTU, and MingDao). At the conference, we enjoyed a presentation brought by the CEO of Trade Wind Biotech, Doctor Lance Chang. Doctor Chang shared the story of him groping in the STEM field and eventually succeeded in using synthetic biology to invent the PGASO technique. He then encouraged us to build upon his experience and continue to study science. Teams also gave out presentations respectively to introduce their iGEM projects. From the presentations, we learned about the various ways of using synthetic biology to solve practical problems, and expected ourselves to take a leaf out of others' projects. To spur an effective discussion between teams, there was a poster session as well. Teams seized the opportunity to consult the judges with problems they encountered and exchange our insights and foresight on synthetic biology with each other. Furthermore, we cherished this occasion and promoted our collaborative project, I've gotta PhD, with iGEM NCKU_Tainan. At the end of the conference, besides having a lot of mutual learning, we were glad and pleased to be awarded first place for our efforts and outstanding achievements in team performance during the presentation and poster sessions. Given the chance to interact face to face with people who have already engaged in the field of synthetic biology, we were able to call for action productively and gained a wealth of constructive recommendations on how to polish up our projects and adjust orientation on education and public engagement events.

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The event poster and we preparing for the presentation
Professor Huang from NCHU introducing Doctor Lance Chang
Giving out a presentation introducing our project
Consulting the judge after our project presentation
Judges and professors at the SynBio Conference and us
Interacting and exchanging ideas with other iGEM teams from Taiwan
Our poster and us during the poster session
The certificate of first place