Here are all the collaborations we have done this year with other iGEM teams all around the world. We thank each of them for their trust. It was really enriching to work with them.
iGEM Aachen and iGEM Darmstadt
iGEM Aachen and iGEM Darmstadt asked us if we wanted to be a part of a creative video with a great message. We had to film ourselves catching the iJET paper plane sent by a previous team and then send it to the next one. Their iJET paper plane which was made in Germany flew over four continents, connecting more than 25 teams. By flying throughout the world, the aim was to show that the iGEM competition unites all of us and focuses on making the world better through the power of synthetic biology.
iGEM Duesseldorf created a project to promote synthetic biology. Every participating team designed a postcard related to synthetic biology or their respective project topic with a short informative text on the back. The postcards have been sent to iGEM Duesseldorf who mixed them up so that each team received a package with postcards from all over the world. The postcard we made represented our project, you can find it above.
iGEM Worldwide Virtual Meetup hosted by Parisian teams
We hosted The iGEM Worldwide Virtual Meetup with all the parisian teams (iGEM Ionis, iGEM Go Paris Saclay, iGEM Paris Bettencourt and iGEM Evry). During this iGEMeetParis week-end we offered different activities. There were inspiring guest talks : Throw back to the iGEM Experience by iGEM IONIS 2017 team members Agathe Lermant and Paul Lubrano ; How to build a Synbio Startup by Patrick Torbey from Neoplant ; Biopolitics in the nuclease age from genome to CRISPR by Guillaume Levier ; Presentation of the MoClo (Modular Cloning System) by Pierre Crozet ; and From iGEM to Industrial Biotechnology by Maher Ben Khaled. There also were workshops (by iGEM RUM and iGEM St Andrews), team project presentations, a Bio-Entrepreneurship Hackathon held by two After iGEM Africa and Europe Ambassadors, Nana Oye Djan and Ojas Tulsyan, and of course, fun social activities to end the day (yoga, Pictionary and a baking class to cook traditional French Chouquettes). We would like to thank the iGEM VRT Committee for their help with the logistics.
With other French-speaking iGEM teams
Multiple iGEM teams joined forces to build this amazing collaborative project: a video presentation of all the french speaking iGEM teams. This allowed us to present our project while showing the beauty of our respective cities. Here is the logo created for the occasion. It is based on the official Francophonie flag, and the iGEM logo of course! The aim was to highlight the presence of the French teams in the competition.
iGEM Nantes organized an Art Exhibition that took place in their city, particularly within their university. With this collaboration, they wanted to promote the iGEM competition and synthetic biology to other students and people who are not necessarily in the scientific field. The idea was to promote iGEM projects from all around the world and exchange around art pieces. As they said, “all science is art” and they want to show it. This year, the theme was the valorisation of green algae, or other environmental issue/impact. We decided to reinterpret the famous painting The Gleaners from Jean Francois Millet (1857, Musée d’Orsay). Our piece represents three characters collecting algae from green tides to then transform them into food products. This piece is supposed to embody the allegory of Mother Nature being nurturing and providing abundance.
iGEM IISER Berhampur
In the pandemic situation, wearing a mask is a way to protect ourselves and to protect others. iGEM IISER Berhampur invited teams in a fun mask designing collaboration. We had to customize around the theme “TV shows and movies”. We were inspired by the following TV shows: "la Casa de Papel" and the Big Bang Theory and the animated movie: Spy in disguise. The goal was to spread awareness and show that even during pandemic times the iGEM teams can work together.
iGEM Maastritcht created a Proceedings Journal collaboration. They wanted to collect research papers of all iGEM teams willing to participate in an online Journal. We could write about our project or iGEM in general. We personally made an overview of the successes and disasters of genetic engineering. Afterwards, there was a cooperative work of peer reviewing other teams. The aim was also to make a printed version, in which the best papers will be published thanks to an egalitarian voting system.