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06.05.2019 FameLab final

As you might remember, our team member Alex was the first runner up in the lokal predecision of the FameLab competition. Today he and the nine other winners of the five predecisions participated in the Germany-wide final of the FameLab competition. The final took place in the Rudolf Oetker Halle in Bielefeld infant of an audience of 1300 interested people. In the FameLab competition scientists present their project or a scientific subject within 3 minutes to a lay audience in an understandable and preferably fun way. Alex presented the topic of our iGEM team, dressed as a farmer who is excited to tell everyone about the our project and it´s benefits compared to fungicides. Alex was also interview by the WDR Lokalzeit, a lokal TV show. Your can find the video of the interview under the tab „iGEM 2019 press“. As a team we would like to congratulate the winners Thora Schubert and Valerie Vaquet.

 

 

   
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04.05.2019 March for science

The march for science is a movement, started in 2017. Today we traveled to Colone to demonstrate for science, together with a few hundred other science-enthusiasts, among them was also the iGEM Team Düsseldorf. The goals of the march for science which are most important to us are an improved science communication, the believe in true scientifically proven facts and a free access to knowledge and scientific papers for everyone. At the end of the demonstration we listend to some great talks concerning the topic. For example the science journalist Ranger Yogeshwar gave an enthusiastic talk about the importance of proper vaccinations and science communication.

 

 

   

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12. - 14.04.2019 Masterclass workshop in Berlin

By winning the second place at the regional heat of the FameLab competition 2019 in Bielefeld, our team member Alex got the opportunity to go to Berlin for a two-day media training. Here is his report about the weekend.
“After the arrival on Friday I still had enough time to explore Berlin on my own and to get to know some of the other finalists from the four other regional heats.
On Saturday and Sunday we were trained by Malcom Love, an experienced media expert, in the different areas of science communication. The office of the British Council was located directly at Alexanderplatz. The emphases of the training were the optimal way of presenting, dealing with the audience, storybuilding and giving interviews for radio, television and the press. The experience and tips of experts were available at any time. In addition, valuable experiences could also be exchanged with the other finalists.
The media training gave me an excellent insight into how science communication works. In the course of the two days I was able to learn a lot of things that will be of lasting benefit to me in later scientific work and my career. Also, in relation to our iGEM project, what I learned has already started to pay off.
The opportunity to exchange knowledge with other committed scientists during such a training was a very special experience which can be very useful not only for professions of research-related media work, but also for scientists in general.
Finally, I would like to thank the British Council, the organisers of the FameLab competition, and our experienced media trainer Malcom Love for a wonderful and instructive weekend. Many thanks also to the other finalists who made the weekend unforgettable. I am looking forward to welcoming you to the final in my hometown Bielefeld."
Alex also had the chance to visit the iGEM-Team of the Humboldt University of Berlin, a Team we already cooperated with. After a tour around the university and through their laboratory facilities we were able to discuss the latest developments of our projects.”

 

 

   
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12.04.2019 Skype conference with Felix Beck

Today we had a Skype conference with Felix Beck, a Phd student from the department for international environmental law at Freiburg University. His work concerns the international liability law in connection with new methods in molecular biology.
During our extensive conversation, he, amongst other interesting things, explained to us that many legal regulations in the area of biotechnology do not always appear plausible from a scientific perspective.
Prior to its release in the EU, a genetically manipulated organism (GMO) needs to be declared safe within a risk classification system precisely described in EU law. Additionally, every EU country can decide whether or not to employ the approval of the GMO in question within their own policies. All this is documented in the European law, policy 2001/18/EC.
He further emphasized the importance of intensifying the interdisciplinary dialog between biologists and jurists. Only then can progress be made in a safe manner.
After having gained these first insights, our team is highly motivated to further engage in the topic.

 

 

   
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04.04.2019 FameLab predecision

Our team member Alex participated in the FameLab Bielefeld predecision today. In the FameLab competition scientists present their project or a scientific subject within 3 minutes to a lay audience in an understandable and preferably fun way. Alex presented the topic of our iGEM team as a fairy tail and came in second. As one of this rewards, he is allowed to participate in the Germany-wide FameLab final. A video of Alex talk was published here by the organiser of the FameLab, the British Council Germany. (the talk was in german)

   

 

 

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01. - 05.04.2019 Python class

This week four of our team members attended a class to learn the basics of the coding language python. They established a basis to enrich our project in the domains modeling and software-development. To complete the class either of them wrote a script which might help us whith our iGEM project in the the month ahead. For example a script to check wheather a primer sequence meets all requirements, or one to convert one file format for nucleic or proteinsequences into another.

   

 

 

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15.03.2019 Visit from iGEM TU-Berlin and Skype conference with iGEM-Tem Thessaly

The iGEM teams TU-Berlin 2019 and Thessaly 2019 are taking part in the competition for the first time this year. Today Darius, a member of the iGEM team TU-Berlin 2019, visitid us in the CeBiTec. We had a great afternoon together, talking about iGEM and synthetic biology. We also gave him a guided tour trough the CeBiTec labs. In addition we also had our first skype conference with the iGEM team Thessaly 2019 form Greece today. We got to know each other, talked about our project topics and answered some general questions about the iGEM competition.

   

 

 

   

13.03.2019 We've got a topic!

The clear topic-favourite of our iGEM team-weekend has prevailed for good. We have decided to work on the construction of synthetic phage particels. These particles should enable us to develop a platform to fight various eukariotic pathogens. You can find a more detailed description of our project under the tab "iGEM 2019 Project".

   

 

 

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11.03.2019 Inkscape workshop

Today the former iGEM Bielefeld-CeBiTec member Max (team of 2017) gave us an introduction course to the graphic program Inkscape. Now we now the basics and can start designing some great images for our posters and presentations.

   

 

 

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01. - 03.03.19 iGEM team weekend

From friday to sunday the team members and advisors got together for a team-weekend, dedicaded to team building and the surch for this years iGEM topic. We drove to a lovely farmhouse in Brockum, Niedersachsen. After our arrival on Friday we had a nice barbecue together and did some research. Later in the evening we presented our results to the group and dicussed a lot. On saturday we continnued researching. This time we had a closer look into one of our top topics and even wrote a rough project plan. Besides all the research we also had a lot of fun together, for example while watching fotos of the giant gamboree from the Bielefeld-CeBiTec 2014 team. We are very excited about our own trip to the USA this year and are looking forward to presenting our work at the giant gamboree. On Sunday we drove back to Bielefeld around noon, after an extensive breakfast.

   

 

 

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12. - 13.01.2019 - Journal Club

This weekend we all met at the CeBiTec and listened to exciting talks. Besides the introduction of some interesting previous iGEM-projects we discussed many actual issues in synthetic biology. Suggestions were provided by different papers, for example

Exposure to Sound Vibrations Lead to Transcriptomic, Proteomic and Hormonal Changes in Arabidopsis (Ghosh et al. 2016)

Nucleic acid detection with CRISPR-Cas13a/C2c2 (Gootenberg et al. 2017)

Synthetic Biology. Engineering Mammalian Cells to Control Cell-to-Cell Communication at Will (Kojima et al. 2018)

Is Research on "Synthetic Cells" Moving to the Next Level? (Stano 2018)

Activation of silent biosynthetic gene clusters using transcription factor decoys (Wang et al. 2018)

Bacteriophage-derived vectors for targeted cancer gene therapy (Pranjol et Hajitou 2015)

Reemergence of human plague in Yunnan, China in 2016 (Shi et al. 2018)

Bacterially produced polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA): converting renewable resources into bioplastics (Chee et al. 2010)

Assembled Step Emulsification Device for Multiplex Droplet Digital PCR (Nie et al. 2019)

Engineering the S-Layer of Caulobacter crescentus as a foundation for Stable, High-Density, 2D Living Materials (Charrier et al. 2018)

All in all we had a succesful weekend filled with the right amount of fun and science. We had many inspiring discussions and learned a lot.

   

 

 

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17.12.2018 - iGEM cake sale

To collect money for our iGEM-funds, we sold some cake and cookies in the great uni hall just before Christmas. Thank you, to all our supporters. We wish you all a verry merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

   

 

 

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03.12.2018 - iGEM Christmas party

We, the recently formed iGEM Bielefeld-CeBiTec team 2019, organised a Christmas party and invited all of Bielefeld's iGEM alumni. In the evening, we got to know each other a little bit better and were able to get some advice and hear about their experience from the alumni. Thank you to everyone, for joining us and making this evening so great!

   

 

 

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29.11.2018 - Homecoming event of the 2018 team

The nanoFactory team (Bielefeld-CeBiTec 2018) are back from the USA and repeated their Giant Gamboree presentation for all those interested in the topic here at home. Some potential newcomers for the iGEM Bielefeld-CeBiTec team 2019 were listening and congratulated them on all their achievements. Afterwards, we enjoied a slice of pizza with the iGEM alumni while they shared some valuable advice, tips and experince with us.

   

 

 

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28.11.2018 - Third team meeting with first lab experinces

Since we got our savety instructions last week, today we were in the lab together for the first time. After talking about different cloning methods and efficiently designed primers we started our firs PCR. To get the PCR started we had to explore the lab and its equipment first, but all in all it worked out very well and the results seemed promising.

   

 

 

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21.11.2018 - Second team meeting with savety instructions

Today, everyone interested in the iGEM Bielefeld-CeBiTec team 2019 got together for the second time. We organized some things, exchanged a few project-ideas and got our lab savety instructions form Prof. Dr. Jörn Kalinowski. Because we now know all the important details about behaviour in the lab and necessary steps to take in case of emergency, we now are prepared to start our labwork.

   

 

 

   

07.11.2018 - Information event on iGEM 2019

The annual presentation of iGEM is intended to inform interested persons about the requirements and contents. After the presentation of Julian Droste and Boas Pucker to over 20 interested students, there was plenty of time to discuss questions. Of course Prof. Dr. Jörn Kalinowski, who has been in charge of the iGEM team in Bielefeld for the past seven years, was also present. On the basis of this event, interested parties should decide whether they would like to apply for the next iGEM team in Bielefeld.

*Room: G2 - 104 (CeBiTec)*
*Date: Wednesday - November 7, 2018*
*Time: 6:00 p.m. (end approx. 19 - 19:30)*