Nobody can do science on their own, so collaborating is a necessity. We had a lot of contact with the other Dutch iGEM teams, via e-mail and at the different meet-ups we attended. Our biggest collaboration is with the team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with whom we had a lot of contact in the past months. Furthermore we attended three international meet-ups, in Delft, Wageningen and Leuven, where we had a lot of good conversations about science, iGEM and life.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
After the UNL iGEM sent around there iGEM survey, The Amsterdam team and the UNL iGEM team got into contact about combining their knowledge and explore the possibilities of a combined future application of their projects. In this collaboration, the UNL iGEM team and the Amsterdam iGEM team joined forces to come up with a way to reduce methane emissions. Methane emissions have a huge impact on climate change. iGEM team UNL and iGEM team Amsterdam explored the possibilities of feeding fumarate to cattle, in order to reduce methane emissions. We can conclude that fumarate seems a promising molecule for this application. However, since the literature about the possible effect of fumarate is not consistent, the physiology of cattle opposes some challenges and the maximum fumarate yields in certain organisms under our specific conditions are not yet defined. Actual empirical research must show if this promising route can lead to lower methane emissions and a more sustainable world!
Skyping with the University of Lund
TThe first non-dutch iGEM contact we made was with the team from Lund, Sweden. Their university participated for the first time. We arranged a Skype meeting and shared to them our approach on different subjects. They had a lot of questions for us and we brainstormed with them about things like funding and time management. Thanks team Lund!
In our early iGEM days we made contact with the iGEM team from Delft. They helped us out with questions we had about our wiki and in return we helped them out with some questions they had on bioinformatics. We have had a lot of contact with team Delft after this and would like to thank them for the pleasant collaboration.
The Wageningen iGEM team organised a Benelux iGEM meet-up, here we had the opportunity to present our project to other teams for the first time. It was a nice initiator to think about how to present our project and to meet the other teams and learn about their projects. Thanks iGEM Wageningen!
The iGEM team from the TUDelft hosted a European iGEM meet-up, in which we participated. During this conference three speakers talked about synthetic biology in their field of work. After that every team presented their posters to all the other teams. We enjoyed the day and learned a lot of the poster presentation, therefore we want to thank the TUDelft iGEM team!
A month before the Giant Jamboree the team from KU Leuven organized a practice jamboree. During this event we got to practice our presentation and received feedback from the other teams. There were also some very inspiring speakers, that talked about being a scientist and the industrialization of products. It was a very informative afternoon and we are very grateful that the Leuven team set up this meeting!
Survey iGEM teams
We did a lot of surveys to help as much iGEM teams with their research, most of them we found on the collaboration page of iGEM and we recieved the others via mail or Facebook:
- Boston University Hardware
- INSA UPS Toulouse France
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- City of London School UK
- Pasteur Paris
- Amazonas Brazil
- Cardiff Whales
- Ionis Paris
- University of Freiburg
- Heidelberg University