Hôpital des Nounours
We participated in an event organized by students of the Faculty of
Pharmacy, Biotechnology and Midwifery of the university Grenoble Alpes called
nounours” (Teddy’s hospital).
This event is organized for children being in kindergarten and in primary school classes (first and second grade). Its aim is to familiarize them and therefore reduce the fears and anxieties of children towards the medical world. To illustrate the functioning of a hospital, children bring their teddy bears, which will be "born" (awareness for midwives), then having a pathology (treated by doctors) which will require the taking of medicaments (delivered by pharmacists) and sometimes even a vaccine (made by biotechnology students) as well as notions of hygiene and awareness of viruses and bacteria.
Our iGEM stand aimed to show children that there are "mean" bacteria but also
bacteria. This was achieved through a simple workshop: the children had their
hands rubbed on floppy disks. This diskette is inserted into a "detector", which
display the nasty bacteria present on their hands. They then have to wash the
teddy, which will then show the disappearance of the bad bacteria, while letting
ones appear. On top of that, they then go on to another workshop designed to
right gestures to wash their hands to get rid of"mean", just like they did with
This way, we showed children the first way to fight bacterial infections, limiting the use of antibiotics.
Since this event took place right before the lockdown due to the SARS-CoV2 virus, it was even more important to us to teach children how to stay as safe as possible from pathogens.
Fête de la Science (Science Fair)
It is a French national event that aims to make science accessible to all. Due
sanitary situation, the event was organized online this year. We participated by
videos on the iGEM competition, genetic engineering and bacterial resistances.
mainly realized for primary, middle school or high school students, aiming to
potential science interests and inform them about various societal and
This experience allows us to improve our skills and our way of transmitting a discourse on scientific communication. It was a very enriching event that allowed us to sensitize the young public to important sanitary problems.
Minatec is a campus of innovation of nano and micro technologies, it is one of the
research institutions for electronics in Europe. Every week, during lunchtime they
conferences on research and innovation. These conferences are open to everyone and
frequently attended by students, researchers and entrepreneurs. We had the honor to
participate in it and give our own conference. We presented bacterial resistances,
implications and how genetic engineering could help to resolve this problem. We hope
participated in promoting genetic engineering and the width of its applications.
You can watch the full presentation below (subtitles are available for non French speaking people).
iGEM FR video
As we contributed to our collaboration project, we decided to organize a
collaboration between French speaking teams ourselves. We contacted teams in France
and Switzerland to ask them if they wanted to participate in a video all together.
It gave us the opportunity to overview our projects and to realize the large
diversity of subjects we work on. We created all together a video overviewing our
teams, projects, and city. The aim was to give visibility to the iGEM competition in
a ludic way. By doing so we hope to sensitize people to genetic engineering and
contribute to change the dogma about genetically modified organisms in French
Click here to access the video.
Meeting iGEM Moscow-Russia
As we elaborated our project, we wanted it to have an international impact and not only focus on local applications. To do so, we wanted to have a global view of the cystic fibrosis disease, it was important for us to understand the life conditions of the patients in different countries. This in why we collaborated with a Moscow team, also working on cystic fibrosis, to talk about the costs of care of cystic fibrosis in Russia (Insert numbers). This information is precious to us, because it helps us imagine how we could implement our project worldwide and how to increase its accessibility.
Vaincre la mucovicsidose
It was important for us to emphasize people and organizations that are actively working to improve cystic fibrosis patient’s life conditions. Therefore, we contacted a French association called “Vaincre la mucoviscidose” (Defeat cystic fibrosis) that supports cystic fibrosis patients, invests in research, and actively communicates on this disease. They orientated us towards scientists working on the matter and helped us promote our work. We tried to put the light on this association through our events and sensibilization campaigns on our social media. We are really thankful to them for their help and are really proud to work with those people that dedicate their time to cystic fibrosis patients.