Why we did HP the way we did it
We saw the Human Practices activities as opportunities to explore the applications of biological light switches and develop a holistic perspective on them. In doing so, we tested activities and principles to see how well they work and combined them with the wet lab experiments, mathematical modelling and entrepreneurship.
We hope that our achievements this summer will inspire a more creative view of the role of Human Practices in synthetic biology and will serve as good documentation for future iGEM teams to build upon.
Throughout our activities, we wanted to test a few principles that future teams can use when exploring their projects. We focused on:
- high outreach
- the extent to which we integrate an outcome into the project holistically
Also, we thought of our activities as ways of testing hypotheses about how to interact with people outside of synthetic biology. For example, Public engagement can happen on small, medium and large scales in terms of the public outreach. We wanted to test each level and see what useful outcomes can be expected from each.
On the small scale, we decided to focus on the idea of intimacy: how can a small-scale discussion facilitate a more thorough understanding of synthetic biology and building close connections with the people involved.