Teams/Collaborations

Team Collaborations

The Medal Requirements now include team collaborations as a silver or gold medal requirements. To help facilitate collaborations, we have made this page so teams can share information about ways they wish to collaborate to reach all of the 2020 iGEM teams.

Please note that this is a page for teams to advertise their collaboration requests. This does not guarantee that participating in one of these will fulfill the silver medal criteria. It is still up to you and your teammates to convince the judges that you have participated in a meaningful collaboration as stated on the Medal Requirements page.

Do you want to submit a Collaboration Request?

Please send:

  • Name of Collaboration Request
  • Your Team Name
  • Your Team Location (Institution and Country)
  • Your contact information - Contact Name and Email (to be posted online)
  • Brief Collaboration Request description. This can be something that you can offer other teams or something that you are looking for from another team(s).

Email: hq AT igem DOT org .

Collaboration List

32

Team IISER Berhampur
i-MASK

31

Teams CSMU_Taiwan & NCKU_Tainan
I've gotta PhD

29

Team Austin_UTexas
Computational Modeling

27

Team NCKU Tainan
Fill out a survey

26

Team Estonia TUIT
Before and After iGEM

25

Team Estonia TUIT
Lab Slang

21

Team Estonia TUIT
Guess the Synbio

20

Team UUlm
iGEM Explore

18
17

Team MSP-Maastricht
Treasure hunt

16

Team MSP-Maastricht
Journal initiative

15
11

Team IISER_Bhopal
The Sound of iGEM

10

Team Stony Brook
#introGEM

9

Team Concordia-Montreal
Yeast in Space

8

Team Rochester
Science As Art (SAA)

7

Team Queen's Genetic Engineered Machine (QGEM)
Biosensor Working Group

6

Team Technion-Israel
Please take a survey

4

Team BGU-Israel
Filling a Survey

3

Team IISER Bhopal
The Sugar Rush Challenge

2
1

Team Duesseldorf
Postcard project

External Collaborations

JOGL is a platform where users can launch their projects and collaborate with other iGEM teams to solve problems that address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by pushing the boundaries of synthetic biology. Learn more at https://app.jogl.io/program/iGEM2020?tab=about

COLLABORATIONS:
All
Creative
Survey
Social Media
Working Group
34. Boston Photoshop Challenge
Creative

Description: Are you still salty about missing out on Boston? Well, we are. Good news: we know how to alleviate the pain! Join us in our Boston Photoshop Challenge and visit Boston through a photograph (we cannot make it better than this)!
The setup is quite simple, we ask from you:

  • Team name
  • Image with your team photoshopped in
    • Horizontal
    • Aspect ratio of 4:3
    • Maximum width of 1500px, minimum width of 720px.
    • Maximum size of 500kB
    • .jpg format
    • E.g. an image of 1200px(width) by 900px(height) called ExampleTeam.jpg with a size of 365kB
  • Coordinates
  • What the place/location is called
  • Short descriptive story
    • Where are we?
    • Why there?
    • Maximum of 90 words.

As you can see (attachment), we have been in the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, where the Giant Jamboree would take place normally.

We will create a map of Boston on our Wiki page, where we will feature all the teams participating in our challenge. This way, the true iGEM experience of visiting Boston with a lot of teams will live on. We will notify you when the Boston Photoshop Challenge map is up on our Wiki and when your team has been added to the Boston Photoshop Challenge map on our Wiki.

In the spreadsheet below, you can fill in your location to avoid having multiple teams on the same location: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1a-O96ObCZJRY6ZJ74Z7kWx6PG0_btYuGoPo1yNFwhRA/edit?usp=sharing (Please do not edit info from the other teams)

Are you interested? Send an email to igem@science.leidenuniv.nl! We are looking forward to your submission. Good luck!

33. Wiki Page Review, advice, and suggestions
Working Group

Description: Building an effective and awesome wiki page is a huge part of the iGEM competition. It is always helpful to have other people view your wiki and provide feedback before the wiki freeze! Please fill out this form if you want to collaborate: https://forms.gle/ZxLzQm7vuwexPqkg8

32. i-MASK
Creative

Description: Dear iGEMers, In the pandemic situation we know masks are going to be with us for a long time. So in order to spread awareness we are going to invite all of you in a fun MASK DESIGNING collaboration. The theme we chose is ‘tv shows and movies’ cause those are what kept us sane through continuous quarantine.
To participate:

  1. Grab paint and sketch pens whatever you prefer and design masks. Remember the theme again, whatever movie or tv shows you have been watching! We are really eager to know.
  2. Make a instagram reel video with the process of painting and tag us @igem.iiserbpr
  3. Also send us portrait size picture of igemers wearing the designed mask via mail .
  4. Tag other teams in your posts too and help us communicate and spread more awareness.
31. I've gotta PhD
Social Media

Description: Hello, iGEMers! We're team CSMU_Taiwan and NCKU_Tainan and we’re working on the SDGs Good Health and Well-being and Quality Education. We've created a Facebook Fan Page "I've gotta PhD", which we hope to gather a variety of works done by iGEM teams from all over the world on this platform! We eagerly invite you to join us and collaborate with us! We have listed out several topics and guidelines, which you can choose to create your fabulous work. Guidelines are illustrated in a more detailed way on our Facebook Fan Page. We strongly recommend you to read them, for guidelines will help you to finish your work more smoothly. Don’t forget to check out our fan page!
Topics related to Public Health:

  1. Science communication
  2. Basic health care
  3. Mental health
  4. Break discrimination and racism
  5. Research
  6. International health care organization
  7. Policies

To join us:

  1. Choose a topic and brainstorm your work following the guidelines. Feel free to contact us by Facebook Fan Page or email if you have questions about the guidelines or any concerns.
  2. Finish your work and email us.
  3. Receive our response and strike up further discussions with us.
  4. Your work will be presented on our Facebook Fan Page.

To contact us:
Our email → phdigem2020[AT] gmail [DOT] com
Our Facebook Fan Page → I've gotta PhD https://www.facebook.com/Ive-gotta-PhD-105826301230041/
Our Instagram → @igem_csmu @igemncku

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further question. We'll be of your further assistance as soon as possible.
Join us and let’s collaborate!

30. Global iGEM community equality, diversity and inclusion survey
Survey

Description: This year, our team is looking to perform a research survey of the global iGEM community to determine the extent of various inequalities that prevent iGEM from being a truly equal, diverse, and inclusive community. 
We are currently in the process of getting our survey reviewed by UCL's ethics board, so we will be releasing the survey at the global meetup. We kindly ask all members of the global iGEM community to fill out the survey, which should only take roughly 5 minutes. This includes team members, supervisors, iGEM alumni and judges. All responses are anonymous, and there are 'prefer not to say' options for questions so you are not obligated to divulge any information you would rather not share.
Measuring and creating awareness of different inequalities are the first steps in addressing these issues. Therefore this is something you are interested in, please consider completing the survey. Thanks in advance!

29. Computational Modeling
Working Group

Description:
Hello iGEMers!
We hope everyone is staying safe during these tough times! This year, the UT Austin iGEM team is using Pinetree, a stochastic gene expression simulator, to model an engineered T7 bacteriophage. Our ultimate goal is to use the T7 bacteriophage as a biosensor to detect E. coli in water supplies through an inserted reporter enzyme.

In the spirit of collaboration, we wanted to reach out to the iGEM community and see if any other teams
• have experience with computational models
• have experience or are currently working with bacteriophages
• Have experience with simulating phages.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any information you may have, and if you are interested in joining our collaboration, please contact us via email, utigem[AT]gmail[DOT]com.
Hoping to hear from you!

28. Bob Lelogy's Cell Adventure
Creative

Description:
Hello iGEMers, welcome to join in Bob Lelogy's cell adventure. Bob becomes an unordinary boy since he has begun his journey: he goes into a cell and witnesses how cell works along with our tour guide "RiboSam". There are many things waiting for him to uncover. Do you want to join him to make an adventure?
We are team KEYSTONE from Beijing, China. This year we want to design a play named "Bob Lelogy's cell adventure". Students unfamiliar with biology would act as Bob to begin the adventure. They will learn basic biological knowledge in a humurious and relaxed way. Also we have some choice questions to let them have a stronger sence of experience.
We have already recuited 6 teams and set up basic logic modules: 1)molecular biology 2)gene engineering 3)systhetic biology. We have finished the first part of the play(attached file) to show as an example.
We have worked out the image of our characters (attached file) .
We provide an optional choice. You can also write a side story related to your project this year for Bob.
Come and join our big collabration! We really hope to hear from you!

27. Fill out a survey
Survey

Description: Hello everyone! We are iGEM NCKU Tainan 2020, and our survey is out! Please kindly fill out this form, and share it with your family and friends! https://www.surveycake.com/s/0QAnL
This survey is an essential part of our project, and we appreciate your time on this. We would love to hear more from you. So, don't ever hesitate to contact us for any feedback or questions! Your input will greatly improve our project. Thank you!

26.Before and After iGEM
Social Media

Description:
Hello iGEMers,
We started a challenge that shows how we changed after joining the iGEM team in Estonia and how this project affected us. We believe that each iGEM journey is exceptional and can completely change a person. The main point of this challenge is to be an example for others and engage them with iGEM.

TO PARTICIPATE:

  1. Make a short video with iGEMers, where everyone compares how he/she spent their free time before iGEM and during/after iGEM in a short video. This video should depict your skills, improvments and working processes after joining the iGEM project.
  2. Post the video on Instagram and tag us: AT igemestonia
  3. Tag other teams in your post and have fun!
25. Lab Slang
Social Media

Description:

Every lab is like a huge family restaurant with its own inside jokes and well-established teamwork. Some members or equipment even have nicknames, that become easier to call, than their real names. Our team decided to gather a vocabulary that we use in our lab, which to our surprise mostly consisted of slang.
We think every lab or lab group has this sort of inside slang or even translations to their language they use every day.

AND NOW WE WANT TO SHARE!
How different these slang words can be? Maybe as much as languages are different from each other. So, let's share these slang words and see how weird they would sound to people of other nationalities and what kind of weird look we would get when we have to collaborate in the lab and accidentally slip these slang words to each other out of habit.

HOW CAN YOU SHARE?

  1. Go to our Instagram page and take a look at our set of words to see an example.
  2. Tell your lab mates about it and gather your own slang vocabulary
  3. Post on Instagram on your team's page and tag @igemestonia so that we can see them as well.
  4. Tag other teams to see their slang words and compare your own to theirs.

Have fun and stay connected!

24. Synbio: infinite possibilities
Creative

Description:

We are the iGEM team representing the Delft University of Technology. One of our goals this year is to educate people about synthetic biology and all the possibilities synbio has to offer.

We want to make an informative video wherein as many iGEM teams as possible state their project idea to show what we as iGEMmers can achieve! We will make a compilation of all videos and share it with everyone.

For this we need you! Could you send us a short video, around 5-10 seconds, wherein you say the problem you are solving and the way you are doing this.

Instructions:

  • Clearly state your problem and solution (see attached video) in English
  • Video should be 5-10 seconds long
  • Film in landscape
  • Make sure sound is clear

Please send us your video before 14th of August.

If you have any question do not hesitate to email us!

Hope to hear from you soon!

23. We Challenge You to Recycle!
Creative

Description:

Hello, iGEMers!

We are team KSA-KOREA from South Korea. This year, we will be working on producing better quality recycled paper. The first step to creating better quality recycled paper is for all of us to recycle paper properly. So we are pleased to invite you to 2020 iGEM paper recycling challenge!

Step 1. Participate in our survey: https://forms.gle/iMNuP5LNJ3LTfTRC8

Step 2. Watch this short clip about recycling: https://youtu.be/Su88gooR36s

Step 3. Send us a short clip of you recycling paper!

Keep in mind that your clip will be publicly published online. On a side note, please film your video in landscape mode, not portrait mode.

Please send the video link to your video through ksakoreaigem [AT] gmail [DOT] com!

22. iGEM Quarantine Instagram Project
Social Media

Description:

Hello, fellow iGEMers!

Hello! We are a high school team Korea_HS joining IGEM 2020 from South Korea. This year we are launching a quarantine themed Instagram project. The objective of this project is to create a sense of community even through the pandemic and make it easier for teams to reach out to each other. The steps to participate are easy, just follow the three simple steps.

  1. Take a photo of your team (It can be anything: quarantine themed, funny photo, etc.)
  2. Write a short (4-6 sentence) description including:
    - Team name
    - Brief introduction about your team
    - 1-3 sentence description of the experiment
    - Contact information (email, Instagram, or anything)
  3. Send the photo and short description here:
    Email: igem.koreahs [AT] gmail [DOT] com

The photo and short description will be edited (like the example) and posted on our Instagram page @koreahs2020. Each team will be categorized by their region for easy communication with the other team by color. It is not consuming and a great way to reach out to other teams! We hope to hear back from you soon and stay safe! 🙌

21. Guess the Synbio
Social Media

Description:

Hello, fellow iGEMers!

Our team Estonia_TUIT is offering you this brand new collaboration using an Instagram filter. We designed a small game consisting of several rebuses, which are presented in random pictures or icons. Your main task is to correctly guess objects shown on the screen and then, according to these words combine the main word associated with biology and lab and solve the rebus. Remember, that you only have 8 seconds to guess yourself. After the time is up, the correct answer will be shown on the screen. So, prepare and start filming whenever you feel ready!

"How can I find this cool game?"

  • First, go to our page @igemestonia
  • Once you're there, swipe to the left to see filters designed by us
  • Choose the filter "Guess the Synbio"
  • Save the filter and feel free to film your attempt
  • Don't forget to tag our team @igemestonia
  • Let's see who sets the record!

20. iGEM Explore
Social Media

Description:
Hi teams,
We from the team UUlm would like to start a collaboration in order to connect different iGEM teams and help promote each other.
If you check out our Instagram (igem_uulm), you can see that we are doing a series called iGEM Explained where we briefly explain a topic related to our project. Our goal is to start a similar series only with your projects. Every team who wants to participate would have to upload a short video or presentation about their project to a shared space. That way everybody would have access to other teams information and can post those ideas on social media. In turn your own team would be promoted.
The presentation should be around 5 slides long (no longer than 10) and the video should not be more than 5 minutes. The content should be suited for the general public and social media.
If you are interested in joining our collaboration, please contact us until Sunday (July 12th) via email or social media!
Hoping to hear from you!

19. Delivering a Course on Ocean Ecosystems and Climate Change
Working Group

Description:
We are recruiting iGEM teams to collaborate on a class to educate groups of middle school students about ocean environment and marine biology, phytoplankton, climate change in the ocean, the impact of climate change on phytoplankton, and what individuals can do to help. Teams who contact us by July 15th can help with designing the class. For those contacting us after July 15th, we will provide teaching materials and training sessions so that your team is able to deliver the class. We will work with your team to recruit students in your area to whom you will present the class. The class will be delivered via Zoom seminar. We intend for the session to begin with a diagnostic quiz to gauge the level of understanding of attendees. At the end of the session, a review quiz will be issued to measure the progress made. The end of the review quiz will include a feedback survey to evaluate the instructors’ performance and the class itself.
Analysis of the quizzes and surveys will be done as a collaborative effort between our team and yours so that both teams will have data to present at the Jamboree. The class is designed for a middle school audience (grades 6-8 / ages 10-15) but could be adapted for other age groups. Lectures consist of five units and are interspersed with interactive games and lab demonstrations. Please feel free to email us with any questions. We look forward to working with your team!

18. Aquaponics Recipes Needed
Working Group

Description: Hello fellow iGEM teams,

Our project this year revolves around aquaponics which is any system that intertwines aquaculture (growing aquatic animals) and hydroponics (growing of plants in water). These systems, hydroponics specifically, grow a variety of vegetables and fruits. We are asking that teams create some type of recipe that stars one of the foods grown in an aquaponics system. The list of vegetables/fruits and specific instructions are mentioned below!

Instructions: When completing the collaborations, please include the following information in your email:

  • Recipe Name
  • Team Name
  • high quality picture of the finished dish
  • picture of your team logo

List of Vegetables/Fruits: Lettuce, Kale, Microgreens, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Squash, Cucumbers, Swiss Chard, Pak Choi. Beans, Peas, Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Celery, Basil, Cilantro, Mint.

If you have any questions about this collaboration or want to submit your recipe, please email us at igem.lamb [AT] gmail [DOT] com

17. Treasure hunt
Social Media

Description: Hi fellow iGEMers!
We are the iGEM team of Maastricht University and we are pleased to tell you that we are hosting a small treasure hunt next week and everyone is invited to join.
The HR of our team has composed 5 Quests, which will be uploaded daily in our Instagram story from Monday 22nd till Friday 26th and can later be found in our highlights. Alternatively, you can also send us an email and we will send you all 5 Quests in one email. Each Quest has a different theme ad if solved, the remaining letters form a word. The words will have something in common, which is the password to our competition. Complete as many Quests as necessary to get the final word. And YES of course , there is a big price! There are two amazing prices to win: A guaranteed spot in the scientific journal we are working on, and a YouTube video collaboration. The deadline for sending the password back to us via Email is Friday the 26th, 00:00CET. We will then announce the winners before Saturday the 27th 00:00CET.
If you would like to participate send us an email and we will send you all 5 Quests via email or follow us on Instagram (msp_igem) and view the Quests daily in our Story or later in the Highlights! Contact information : msp-igem[AT]maastrichtuniversity[DOT]nl

16. Journal initiative
Working Group

Description:
Has your team already imagined its work being published as a peer-reviewed paper? Here is your chance to see it happen!
We, the IGEM team Maastricht, have decided to collect research papers of all iGEM teams willing to participate. Our goal is to create a Proceedings Journal compiling all the projects of the 2020 iGEM competition. This journal will work exactly like a regular scientific journal, including peer review. This will be a great opportunity for you to train your academic writing and actually publish your work!

We will not only create an online Journal, but also a printed version, in which the best papers (rated by you) will be published so you will have a nice souvenir of this year’s competition. All articles will be peer-reviewed by other teams that send in an article. Therefore, you will not only be the author of a peer-reviewed article, but you will be a peer reviewer as well.

If you would like to participate please send an abstract (about 100-300 words) to us by email until the 15th of July (You don’t need to have any results yet, just an abstract on what you are planning). Next to your original research paper, you can also send an abstract for a review article for example about the history of iGEM or the best iGEM projects of the past. You can also participate in an interview about your iGEM experience. There are plenty of creative ways to collaborate and publish your work!

The full articles can be submitted between the 15th of July and the 30th of August on our website. In September we will peer review each other’s articles before the journals get printed at the end of October and you can order them.

More information can be found on our website:
www.igem-maastricht.nl/ If you are interested to participate or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us!

15. Offering Help with Arduino
Working Group

Description: Dear iGEMers!

Team UteRus from University of Rochester is offering help with Arduino!

What are our competencies in Arduino?

  • Virtual circuit design
  • Coding Arduino C++
  • Troubleshooting
  • Building Arduino circuits

For more information, please contact us at uofr.igem [AT] gmail [DOT] com

14. Accessibility through Language and Art | [通过语言和艺术实现无障碍沟通] | [Barrierefreiheit durch Sprachen und Künste] | [Accessibilité en utilisant la langue et l'art]
Creative

Description: Hi fellow iGEMers! We have been asking ourselves, how can we make science accessible to all? One approach we are taking is to excite the public about synthetic biology by showing them how it can be applied in so many unique ways to address everyday problems. To do so, we encourage you to participate in sending us your promotional video and helping us translate it into as many languages as possible. This will also allow your team to connect with other iGEM teams, and reach a wider audience with your project! Furthermore, science can be accessible to all, through our Science as Art (SAA) initiative (check out #8) due to the fact that art can be viewed as a universal language. We can use art to interpret science and share it with the rest of the world in a creative universal way.

How it works: Email us if you are interested and we will give you access to a shared google drive or Baidu pan so you can upload your team’s promotional video. We will then add your video to our youtube playlist and help you coordinate translating!

13. High School Collaboration
Working Group

Description:Hello High School iGEM teams,

During this pandemic, we understand that many of us don’t have access to our labs and the necessary resources needed to pursue our goals. By hosting a high school collaboration, we can foster a synergetic community and address some of these common issues. This collaboration is focused on helping teams with troubleshooting, feedback, improving dry-lab skills, and helping each other prepare for the upcoming Jamboree. We would love for all high school teams to be a part of this collaboration and are excited to learn about everyone’s project.

If you are interested or have any questions about this collaboration, feel free to email us at igem.lamb [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

12. Chit chat on Monday 8th of June - Let’s talk about our Microbiome!
Working Group

Description:Hello iGEMers!! 

Our team is working on the skin microbiome! We would like to know if the isolation during the COVID-19 lockdown influences our skin microbiome. To answer this question we would like to get samples from many people all around the world. To achieve this we thought that maybe you, other iGEMers, would collaborate on this by sharing your microbiome with us.

We would like to organise a discussion around (virtual) coffee to meet you! We will also discuss with you about our project and present you more in detail what kind of collaboration we’d like to propose. 

If you’re curious about our project, join us with a cup of coffee! 

Zoom room, June 8, 3:00PM CET

Can’t wait to meet you!
The QuaranSkin Team

11. The Sound of iGEM
Social Media

Description:"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato
The idea is to create a Spotify Playlist of the songs that different teams listen to all across the world!

To participate:
1. Create a Spotify account with the name iGEM_ [Ex. iGEM_IISER_Bhopal] (So that people know which song has been added by which team).
2. Find the Collaborative Playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7rVzolTBtB2QmqM63Fsd66?si=JLcqfvnMS82sS-rCF6XQAA
3. Add up to 5 songs per team. (We know it's a bummer but for now!)
Enjoy listening to team favorites from the compilation!

10. #introGEM
Social Media

Description:Hello fellow iGEMers,
In the current COVID19 situation, many daily routines have changed and our experience with iGEM is no exception. Social media has become an important tool for connection, and the iGEM team at Stony Brook would like to start an Instagram challenge to introduce and connect iGEM teams from all around the world! We want YOU to participate in the #introGEM challenge. Below is a description of the themes for each week in the month of June, as well as examples in what you can include in your post.

Week 1: Project Introduction
This can include a team picture, a short project summary, specialization or track of what the team is currently working on, end goal, possibly project leader interview. We are doing a TIKTOK to introduce our team (#passitonchallenge)

Week 2: Workspace Week
• How lab has changed (if it has)
• Show a picture of your workspace
•If you are working in a lab, post a picture of that!

Week 3: Throwback Thursday
Share pictures of fun times on campus!

Week 4: Summer Fun
Show what else you are doing this summer! Are you cooking something delicious up? Are you taking any other fun (online) classes? How do you guys stay active? We want to know!

How it works:
Each week there is a new theme! Post your pictures on Instagram using #introGEM
Tag @igem.stonybrook so we know you participated!
Tag 3 other iGEM teams you would like to see do the challenge!

We can’t wait to kick off this challenge with you!

9. Yeast in Space
Working Group

Description:Hello fellow iGEM participants! Seeking collaborations!Currently, in the field of microgravity research, there is a lack of two things: a complete database of genes affected by microgravity, and a control strain. Concordia’s 2020 iGEM team plans on investigating these issues.Our goal is to design the aforementioned database, and then use that data to make a yeast control strain that is resistant to the effects of microgravity. Both of these tools would be very valuable in the future of microgravity research.We are interested in collaborating with another iGEM team that is also working on a project related to space or some other aspect of our project. If your team would like to establish a collaboration with us, let us know!

8. Science As Art (SAA)
Creative

Description: Hello fellow iGemers of 2020! Sometimes, words aren’t sufficient to embody what we are feeling. Thus, our collaboration project revolves around the question: What if you didn’t have to use words? But rather use your hands to create something beautiful and share it with the rest of the iGEM community and more. Art is limitless, just like science they both require a certain level of creativity in order to come up with the unthinkable. Set your imagination free and create your own interpretation of Science As Art (SAA).

Send us an Art interpretation of your iGEM project along with a small description of what your awesome team is working on.

Remember the only limit to imagination is the barriers you decide to create for yourself. Our iGEM team is also working with Endometriosis so if you would like to collaborate on that as well reach out so us. Don’t be shy!

7. Biosensor Working Group
Working Group

Description: Hello fellow iGEM 2020 participants and fans! Despite this years global health challenges work must still go on! Despite not being in the lab (yet!) Queen's University in Canada has been starting work on a protein based biosensor to monitor patients with Chronic Kidney Disease!

Many patients with Chronic Kidney Disease need certain serum ion concentrations collected to determine their disease state. While blood can be collected every so often, clinicians and patients need biosensors like ours to determine ion concentrations more regularly in order to improve their care. More data = better care!

We are really interested to hear about other teams working on diagnostic biosensors! Perhaps if you are interested you can join our biosensor working group. This would be great for knowledge sharing and making our dreamed biosensors a reality! We'll be sure to setup a series of calls to go over our projects and help one another improve. If you're interested in fluorescent proteins, protein immobilization, or ion detection this would also be a great group for your team to join.

Go ahead and fill out this form to register: Microsoft Forms

We can't wait to meet you (online)!

6. Please take a survey
Survey

Description: We are working on a project to help fight COVID-19 and other pandemics to come. Our goal is to create a product that will help lower the odds of getting infected by the virus while using it. You can help us by taking our anonymous survey and share it with your family and friends. The survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oDuBWS3kIxN42knztBf9aP6cqyJ6oxB26-MEm6Ecs-k/edit

5. Wanna be a part of a WORLDWIDE iGEM Collabo with teams over the world?
Working Group

Description: Hey iGEMers,

Team Aachen and Team Darmstadt are starting a worldwide collabo, where you all can take part in!

In order to connect with other teams, we want to create a video to spread our message. The video consists of many small videos, which you can send us to cut into one big one.

Our idea is to use a paper plane as a connecting theme throughout the video, so you basically "catch" the paper plane from another team, do something small in your video (for example flicking and changing into your lab coat) and then "throw" it to the next team.

Any technical details on how your video should be filmed, we will tell you after you messaged us.

We want to make it as big as possible, so if you have any interest in collabing with our teams, feel free to message us via email or instagram accounts ( @igem.aachen or @igem_darmstadt ).

Deadline for your reply is Friday (May 15th).

4. Filling a Survey
Survey

Description: Hello, fellow iGEMers!
We are the Ben-Gurion University (BGU) team from Israel, and this year we chose to focus our work on wet wipes and their immense damage to the environment.

Wet wipes are considered among the most polluting substances to the environment. For each wet wipe, it takes between a few months to 500 years to break down, depending on the material it is made of. On top of that, disposal of tons of wet wipes through the toilets and their accumulation in the sewer systems cause extensive economic and environmental damages: from pipes' blockages to sewage overflows and damage to the general sewer system, water aquifers and treatment facilities.

In many cases, the public is not aware of the fact that wipes should not be flushed down the toilet. In fact, even the "flushable" or disposable wipes are not truly flushable – this term only describes the standard size of the wet wipe in order to go down the toilet, but it does not mean it breaks down. This problem is even more urgent than ever, now that use of disinfectant wipes is spiking due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We read reports about clogged municipal wastewater systems and costly repairs from all over the world.

As part of our human practice efforts we want to raise awareness of the problem, and we understand that the education of the public is very much needed. One of our first steps is a survey we published in Israel – regarding the wet wipes' problem. Since we know it is a global issue, we would like to expend the survey to other countries.

You can help us by filling the survey available at the link below. If you can, please send it to your family and friends as well.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jo-9RCwLHPcQuMj6Vrr7ZJFxzMZkTZqGylyB9aI-LuA/edit

Do feel free to contact us and share your views, ideas, and experiences about the wet wipes' problem. Our E-mail address: igemwipeout [AT] gmail [DOT] com

3. The Sugar Rush Challenge
Social Media

Description: This is a unique year at IGEM. iGEM has always been about engaging with the public. And In the current COVID19 situation this is more necessary than ever. While most of us are in quarantine sitting at home fighting off the boredom and waiting for this pandemic to come to an end. Its time to unleash our creativity. To that end, the IGEM IISERB team has come up with a way to make your quarantine fun and engaging. All the teams its time to put on your chef's hats. Cuz we are here with the Sugar Rush Challenge. The rules are simple.

Step 1: Whip up an awesome looking (and hopefully tasty) dessert/ bakery item/sweet dish that you like. Preferably use the things you have at home and keep it sweet and simple!

Step 2: Post the photos on Instagram and tag us @ igem_iiserb and tag atleast 3 other teams to keep this challenge going.

Have fun and Lets spread the sugar love!😋😊

2. THE RAY OF HOPE CHALLENGE
Social Media

Description: We are currently facing a global crisis due to COVID 19 / Corona Virus. As a result, large parts of the world are in lockdown, causing fear, panic and anxiety amongst the people. While thousands of people are sharing advice and tips on how to fight this enemy, we of iGEM KU Leuven have decided to take a different approach. Instead of reaching out to the public about how to prevent, avoid or survive this crisis, we would like to share short videos with supporting messages in various languages on social media.

We will organize this event like the “ALS Ice Bucket challenge”; our team will share a video of encouragement in multiple languages, and tag another iGEM team to share a video in the same or a different language (Instagram/Facebook story or post etc.). We want to tap into the International Diversity of the iGEM community. With the team members sharing these videos on their personal social media profiles, we can reach out to all corners of the globe.

Our team will share a few short videos (in Dutch, French, English, Gaelic, Bengali, Kannada and Hindi) on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and tag other iGEM teams to do the same. We hope that you would repeat this and tag other iGEM teams. With the entire iGEM community at our side, we hope to reach out to citizens across the world and spread a bit of hope and positivity.

We would like to kick off this process as soon as possible. We are looking forward to your contributions.

With hope, love and regards
iGEM Team KU Leuven 2020

1. Postcard project
Creative

Description: Hello iGEM Teams,

As we all know, iGEM is not only about our projects, but also about engaging the public with synthetic biology. In order to do so, the previous iGEM teams of the Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf created a project to promote synthetic biology in public by using self-designed postcards. Each year the amount of participating iGEM teams has grown, with a big pool of beautiful and funny postcards as a result. We would like to continue this community effort one more time and ask YOU to be a part of this collaboration.

How does it work? Every participating team designs a postcard which shows an image related to synthetic biology (or your topic) on the front and a small informational text on the back. Afterwards each team sends a package with their postcards to us, they are exchanged with the postcards from other teams, and the package is sent back. Printing your postcards in Germany might also be an option. Depending on your location it can be faster and cheaper compared to shipping. In the end, every participating iGEM-team is going to have collected postcards from all over the world. The received postcards can then be shared with people in the neighborhood, during public events, at the Giant Jamboree etc.

If you want to check out the previously designed postcards for inspiration, visit the wiki of Duesseldorf 2016, the wiki of Duesseldorf-Cologne 2017 or the wiki of Dueseldorf 2018 or even the wiki of Duesseldorf 2019.

How to design your postcards:
Standard postcard format (A6; 14,8cm x 10,5cm) Image related to your project or synthetic biology on the front Small informational text on the back If you are interested in joining us, please let us know until the first of June, so we can figure out how many postcards each team should print and send. Please don't forget to include your address! Important: This is not the deadline for sending and designing the postcard!

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Much love,
iGEM Team Duesseldorf 2020