Collaboration and teambuilding are one of the main pillars of scientific innovation. For this reason, we would like to organise a teambuilding activity, inspired by the TEDx talk of Amy Edmondson: ‘How to turn a group of strangers into a team’ . This workshop will consist of one of several tasks, ending with a guided in-depth evaluation:
What role did each team member play in the group in order to complete the task?
Did the collaboration go well?
What could be improved?
The outcome of this workshop is that the participants learn more about their role in the group and how to improve their communication and collaboration in a group. Groups consist of mixed iGEM teams.
Science is cool, don’t you know? :) Of course! We know... but do the public know? So, everyone knows iGEM really wants to put the science, the fun, and the cooperation into focus. Every single team and project should live and breathe these values. The spotlight is now on all of us iGEM’ers to make sure we can go forth, spread the word and do it well! We would like to invite everyone to join us in bringing everyone’s online public engagement to the next level using Medium, a modern online publishing platform. We will explore the potential of Medium and other platforms for both writers and readers. Then, we will open the floor for everyone to share their experience with online public engagement. Let’s share the struggles and the good times. Cooperation is the keyword here. Ultimately, we will unite in spreading the word of iGEM and synthetic biology to the world! To participate, please fill the form under this link:
The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is a governmental institute that conducts research and provides advice to assist the government (national and international) in their tasks concerning public and environmental health. Each year we take great interest in iGEM to see what new applications teams come up with, but also how human practices and safety is integrated in the projects. Beside, two RIVM’ers are present in the Safety and Security Commitee of iGEM HQ. This year we want to take it a step further, and give a European workshop prior to the one in Boston. We will give a workshop about integrated human practices, focused on the design of the project, ranging from technical, to safety and policy. The workshop will be interactive, were we challenge the teams to solve a problem by giving a case keyword here. Ultimately, we will unite in spreading the word of iGEM and synthetic biology to the world!
The modular cloning techniques allow the assembly of different parts such as promoters, ribosomal binding sites or terminators. In case of high cloning amounts, these toolboxes can drastically facilitate the experiments and improve final results. If cloning of Saccharomyces is necessary, the MoClo-YTK kit is used for cloning purposes in yeast. In addition to that, E.coli represents a main organism in Synthetic Biology. Hence the availability of the CIDAR MoClo Parts kit is exploited. Those systems are very simple to use, as they are supplied with sufficient supplementary material that explains the cloning procedures including suitable reaction conditions as well as protocols for the Golden Gate reactions.
The masters of dark arts have inherited the mysterious power of henna through the centuries-long lineage which have honed the elusive skill to perfection in the hands of their last descendant: Shirajum Monira. Sit down with her to discover the hidden meanings of ancient symbols as they are etched into your skin. Witness the formation of primordial patterns while the henna dye is seeping inside to become one with your body. In the meanwhile, our experts enlighten you about why synthetic dyes used in textiles and hair dyeing are detrimental both to your health and the environment. Don’t hesitate to join us; we are here for you.
Exploring long-read sequencing data on Windows using WSL / Ubuntu In this course we will learn the basics to use bash on Ubuntu on Windows. From simple command-line bioinformatics we will take the step to bioGUI. Analysing and exploring minION reads on Windows will be another topic in this workshop.
“...if we were to name the most powerful assumption of all, which leads one on and on in an attempt to understand life, it is that all things are made of atoms, and that everything that living things do can be understood in terms of the jigglings and wigglings of atoms.” - Richard Feynman, The Feynman Lectures on Physics Molecular dynamics simulations have evolved into an omnipresent method not only in computational biology but also in diverse other fields. Especially due to recent development in molecular dynamics simulation code using NVIDIA’s CUDA acceleration, molecular dynamics simulations of small systems are feasible at home using rather affordable gaming graphic’s cards or through services like AWS (Amazon Web Services). In order to make use of this easily- accessible technique, we will look at visualization of biological macromolecules using the software VMD (Visual Molecular Dynamics) and preparation of molecular dynamics simulations using the program package NAMD (Nanoscale Molecular Dynamics). Furthermore, we will look at techniques to analyze simulation data using the Python package ProDy (Protein Dynamics). If you would like to attend this workshops, please install the mentioned software packages beforehand. They can be obtained free-of-charge on the following websites:

Taking part in iGEM is an exciting and fun experience that can provide the opportunity to gain skills far beyond the lab bench. Besides working on innovative and challenging scientific projects, teams are confronted with tasks such as organizing team structure and obtaining financial support. In this workshop we would like to give insight into how our team organizes its financial structure and exchange tipps and experiences with you about how to ensure sufficient funding for iGEM participants. We will give insight into how we contacted representatives at universities and companies and how we convinced them of our initiative. Furthermore, we would like to start a discussion about how the iGEM community can work together to spread the word and improve the chances of every iGEM'er to attend MeetUps and the Giant Jamboree to share the projects they have worked hard for with the whole community.
In Canada, DIY biology is celebrated as an educational, innovative practice that could potentially democratize science and technology. Governmental agencies on the national, federal and municipal level are pouring funds into an ever-growing DIY community lab infrastructure. Across the Atlantic, things are quite different: In Germany, visons of DIY biology are in conflict and regulators are struggling to keep up with evolving DIY bio communities. The prospect of DIY bio labs seems to trigger fears for the safety and health of individuals and the environment. This workshop explores and compares the DIY bio movement on both sides of the Atlantic. We invite you to join the discussion on this very polarizing issue. How can we begin to explain these divergent approaches? Are DIY bio labs bioterror hazards? Or should we expect the next big innovation to come out of a community lab? Who is authorized to participate in science?
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