iGEM is undoubtedly the most challenging and rewarding activity our team members have ever experienced. All we have learned through this journey is beyond words, so we want to acknowledge the people who joined us in this adventure and ultimately made this project come to life with us.
|Team member||Team role||Additional work|
|Daniela Nunes||Wiki design; Poster design; video production||Worked in the collaboration with Groningen; Organization of the Iberic meeting; Participation in the Biotechnology and Forest Scientific Meeting|
|João Costa||Team Leader; Experimental design; Human Practices; Project presentation; Laboratory work||Worked in the collaboration with Groningen; Ordering material; Participation in the Biotechnology and Forest Scientific Meeting|
|Madalena Parrado||Wiki design; video production||Worked in the collaboration with Groningen; Pitch at the Paris Global Meetup; Participation in the Biotechnology and Forest Scientific Meeting; Social Media|
|Ana Beatriz Domingues||Modeling; Wiki design; Video production||Worked in the collaboration with Groningen; Pitch at the Paris Global Meetup; Participation in the Biotechnology and Forest Scientific Meeting|
|Tiago Lopes||Safety; Experimental design||Worked in the collaboration with Groningen and presented the webinar in the iGEM Global Meetup; Participation in the Biotechnology and Forest Scientific Meeting|
|Isabel Barata||Human Practices; Experimental design||Wiki|
|Fabiana Oliveira||Social Media; Video production; Laboratory work||Organization of the Iberic meeting|
|Ana Carolina Buga||Modelling||Wiki|
|Joana Bernardino||Social Media; Video production||Wiki; Participation in the Biotechnology and Forest Scientific Meeting|
- ITQB NOVA – Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica sponsored our registration in iGEM and associated events and gave us access to wet lab;
- Project ShikIFactory100 granted the registration in the virtual Jamboree and provided several equipments, reagents and consumables;
- Professors Sofia Ferreira and Isabel Rocha inspired us to join iGEM and supervised the whole project.
Project support and advice
- Our mentor Lucas Boldrini was always available to help us navigate through all iGEM rules, procedures and deliverables;
- Doctor Lurdes Inácio, Head of Nematology at INIAV – Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária (State Laboratory for Agriculture, Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine) enthusiastically offered her expertise and advice on Pine Wilt Disease (PWD), safety issues and human practices;
- Professor Margarida Oliveira, vice-director of ITQB NOVA and director of Green-it Research Unit, kindly supported us with precious insight on scientific issues and implementation of our project.
- ITQB NOVA;
- Project ShikiFactory100;
- Secondary PI supervised the wet-lab activities;
- Instructors Ana Alão Freitas and André Fonseca supported our Dry Lab activities.
- Instructors Mariana Valério and André Fonseca provided support in programming the Wiki;
- Secondary PI Sofia Ferreira supervised content production for the Wiki.
Communication and public engagement support
- ITQB NOVA Science Communication & Image helped us with all things related with video, graphic design and media relations (press office);
- Centro PINUS (Association for the Valorization of the Pine Forest) provided us with information, and copyright free images and footage;
- Instructor Mariana Valério helped us with our pitching skills;
- Instructor Rita Hasse Ferreira supported everything related with SciCom, from social media to the scientific meeting.
- Sofia Ferreira, supervisor; Mariana Valério and Rita Hasse Ferreira, instructors;
Human Practices support
- ICNF– Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (government agency responsible for forests and Nature conservancy) provided us with precious information, statistics and estimates about maritime pine forests and PWD;
- Centro PINUS volunteered invaluable data, context information and insight about pine forests in Portugal and the whole Pinus pinaster value chain;
- Resipinus– Associação de Destiladores e Exploradores de Resina (the only association representing the resin tapping business in Portugal) offered specific data about the resin tapping sector;
- Dr. Lurdes Inácio, from INIAV, kindly advise us on the applicability and implementation of our project;
- Rui Delgado, Business Manager at Syngenta Professional Solutions, gave us information and context about one of the current solutions for PWD (insecticide application);
- Floresta Atlântica (management company for forest sustainable development through private enterprise) provided useful data about maritime pine producers;
- Baladi – National Federation of Common Lands offered information about Pinus pinaster forest managed by its associates;
- Sonae Arauco provided data on wood products sustainability;
- AIMMP – Portuguese Wood and Furniture Industries Association provided data and statistics about maritime pine associated business;
- Supervisors Isabel Rocha and Sofia Ferreira assisted with stakeholder/ partner identification and contacts;
- Instructor Rita Hasse Ferreira collaborated on contacting potential stakeholders and collecting information;
- Professor Manuel Mota, from the University of Évora, co-discoverer of PWD in Portugal, in 1999, participated as guest speaker in our two-morning scientific meeting entitled ‘Biotechnology/ Synthetic Biology approaches to Forestry Management’;
- Dr. Lurdes Inácio, Head of the Nematology Lab at INIAV, participated as guest speaker in our scientific meeting;
- Prof. Célia Miguel, from the Plant Biology Department at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and head of ForGen Lab participated as guest speaker in our scientific meeting;
- Prof. Ana Cristina Figueiredo, from the Plant Biology Department at Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and the Plant Biotechnology Center from Associated Laboratory CESAM participated as guest speaker in our scientific meeting;
- Dr. Luís Bonifácio, PWD expert from INIAV’s Agrarian and Forest Systems and Plant Health unit, participated as guest speaker in our scientific meeting;
- Dr. Joana Cardoso, from NEMATO-lab, Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, participated as guest speaker in our scientific meeting;
- Dr. Adrián Villamor, from Escola Superior de Biotecnologia at Universidade Católica do Porto, participated as guest speaker in our scientific meeting;
- Dr. Diogo Proença, Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, participated as guest speaker in our scientific meeting.
Thanks and acknowledgements for all other people involved in helping make your team successful.
Special thanks to,
David Pires, nematologist, supported and helped disseminate our project and activities in social media from the get go.