## Worldwide MeetUp, iGEMeet Paris
The Parisian MeetUp is a long standing tradition that started as a French teams’ MeetUp back in 2014, evolved last year as an European MeetUp, and this year, with the current sanitary conditions, we had to make it a virtual MeetUp that allowed us to open it into a worldwide MeetUp that allowed gathering of teams from all over the world.
After several brainstorming sessions started in early July with the 4 other Parisian teams (GO_Paris-Saclay, Ionis_Paris, Paris_Bettencourt, Sorbonne_U_Paris), we decided the most convenient dates for hosting the event would be from September 6th to 7th 2020.
Two months of organization made the event possible. Each iGEM team manager was responsible for the coordination of her/ his team members in order to have the maximum during the two days of the Worldwide MeetUp.
Our team (Evry Paris-Saclay) was mainly in-charge of the closing talk, a social event (Yoga), and the prizes, but we also proposed and organised the Entrepreneurship talk and designed one of the logos of the meetup, which represented our passion for iGEM.
Through the different activities proposed to the participating teams, the Worldwide MeetUp allowed us to discover in detail the projects the other teams are working on. We had the opportunity to listen to inspiring guest talks, participate in a bio-entrepreneurship hackathon, initiate collaborations and also spend relaxing time virtually together.
iGEM Düsseldolf launched a collaborative project with the aim to create postcards explaining Synthetic Biology and iGEM projects. The postcards are to be used by the participating teams in the various events they organize, including Public Engagement and Education.
We decided to illustrate our project with a little text and illustration on the front and a small abstract on the back of the postcard.
… and it was a pleasure for us to receive the cards prepared by the other teams.
## Video France
The Grenoble team proposed in early July to make a video project that would bring together the Francophone teams of iGEM! Each team would make a one minute video to present their city and their team and then assemble them to create a single 10 minutes video. After a little more than two months of work, new ideas came along and we decided to orchestrate the publication on social networks.
We started by releasing a teaser for our video in the beginning of September.
We then published the logo created for our collaboration which is based on the official Francophonie flag (because all the teams participating are French speaking teams), and on the iGEM logo.
D-day for the video.
## iGEMxSDGs challenge
The iGEM UPCH_Peru team proposed to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations, by associating our project with one to four SDGs. This will highlight global collaboration that can lead to change and sustainable development. Thus, our team determined that our project fitted into the categories climate action and life on land.
## Educational Video Collaboration
The TU Delft iGEM Team proposed to us to make an informative video wherein as many iGEM teams as possible share their project to show what amazing things we can achieve with synthetic biology!
So, we sent a 10 seconds video wherein we describe the problem we are solving and the way in which we are doing this.
The goal of this collaboration is to educate people about synthetic biology.
## Logo challenge
In order to represent the unity of the teams, although in competition against each other, the iGEM GW_DC team organized a logo challenge and we happily participated. Indeed, as they clearly explain “are all united towards the same goal: making this world a better and more habitable place. Because of the different ideas and problem-solving skills that each team has, we decided to compile iGEM teams’ logos and recreate a light bulb, symbolizing our distinct ideas for our overall goal. To represent the expansion of iGEM worldwide and the importance it has in our lives, we decided to make our light bulb collage an integral addition to the world."
## Science mediation @ Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie
On October 3 and 4 at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie in Paris the 29th edition of the French Science Festival (Fête de la Science) took place.
For the first time, because of the sanitary conditions, this festive event was extended online which meant that only 1000 people could enter the building, whereas usually there are ten times more. During these two days, there were about thirty activities proposed highlighting different areas of science and numerous experiments to be carried out at home.
We joined forces with the mediators of the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie and the 4 other Parisian teams (GO_Paris-Saclay, Ionis_Paris, Paris_Bettencourt, Sorbonne_U_Paris) and we held 2 stands with various activities that pleased the younger but also the older visitors (kiwi DNA extraction, fauna and flora observations with a microscope, ...). We also presented our project on two screens, making it accessible to scientists and non-scientists alike, explained it in a simpler way to children and non-scientists, and went into details with those well aware of Rosewood illegal trade.
For more delais, visit [the Science Communications](https://2020.igem.org/Team:Evry_Paris-Saclay/Education") page on this wiki.
We carried out a survey asking if people knew about rosewood, if they owned it, what it meant to them.
A major figure emerged: 70% of people did not know about the trade. It's time for a change!
Here is what the people who responded to the survey think about our project:
- Really interesting, even more with the actual climate context
- Super interesting, especially since we think more about the animals and not necessarily directly about the protection of trees that are just as important for the ecosystem.
- Interesting to fight the illegal traffic
This survey led us to another collaboration with the iGEM iBowu-China team.
## Rosewood seen from China
We contacted iGEM teams from China and asked them to tell us what rosewood represents to them and what they know about its production.
iGEM iBowu-China team prepared and sent us pictures of rosewood furnitures and conducted an interview with a Chinese citizen: Mrs Li and her family.
#### Mrs. Li and her family’s views:
They like rosewood furniture for its practicality and artistic nature. The carved patterns and decorations are representative of the traditional Chinese culture – phoenix, bamboo, dragons, turtles, etc. Dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese folklore. They are typically representative of mighty and auspicious power.
Therefore, a portrayal of them on household furniture symbolizes auspiciousness and prosperity.
In addition, bamboo is a symbol of harmony between humans and the natural world. It’s height
and straight stature represents honor and distinguished personal values.
This beautiful cultural heritage is created flawlessly with no visible seams. Hence, it has extreme
popularity in Chinese culture. Of course, different ranks of rosewood are determined by their
age and quality, which influences the cost.
*Here are some pictures:*