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“iGEM” project – University of Stuttgart

Projects at universities / universities of applied sciences

“iGEM” project – University of Stuttgart

 

 

 

 

"iGEM" - University of Stuttgart

Projects at universities / universities of applied sciences

"iGEM" - University of Stuttgart

"iGEM" - University of Stuttgart

Projects at universities / universities of applied sciences

"iGEM" - University of Stuttgart

"iGEM" - University of Stuttgart

Projects at universities / universities of applied sciences

"iGEM" - University of Stuttgart

Project description

This year’s iGEM team from the University of Stuttgart would like to say thank you once again for your active support in the implementation of our project, The Anti Germ Coating.

During the closing event of the competition, known as the Giant Jamboree, we had the opportunity to present the results we had worked hard to achieve over the previous months to the other 340 teams and to the jurors. To our great joy, we were awarded with a gold medal on the final day!

During the course of the competition, we saw many interesting ideas and established contacts with other teams. Events such as the German MeetUp in Marburg or the European MeetUp in Munich, where we also had the chance to present our project by means of a poster, offered an appropriate framework.

We were able to successfully produce a surface coating that proved to be scratch-resistant and also fulfilled its actual purpose of achieving an antimicrobial effect. In addition, we were able to gain initial experience in team, project and product management, which is also of great value for our future activities as aspiring managers. The funds raised not only enabled us to conduct the tests ourselves, but also to have a total of eleven students and two supervising PhD students represent our self-created brand The Anti Germ Coating in a corporate design in Boston (MA, USA) during the Giant Jamboree.

Without your financial, practical and professional support, this would not have been possible

Many thanks!

Sincerely,
Benjamin Schäfer
iGEM Team 2018 University of Stuttgart

Project details

Topic: Projects at universities / universities of applied sciences

Age category: All semesters

Venue: Universities, universities of applied sciences or at companies

Duration: 3-6 months

Participation requirements: Project team with 3-10 students

Project funding

The Frank Hirschvogel Foundation supports student projects at universities and universities of applied sciences for promoting the practical application of knowledge gained from the course content. We are also glad to fund projects carried out in collaboration with schools in order to generate information exchange between school pupils and university students. 
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Field reports

2017
“In 2017, we – a group of 8 students – put together the first international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team of the University of Stuttgart. iGEM is the most renowned international competition in the area of biotechnology and synthetic biology, during which students from different faculties work together and independently on their own research project before presenting this during the Giant Jamboree in Boston, USA. Each year, up to 300 teams from 44 different countries take part.
The basic principle of “synthetic biology” is to combine biology and engineering to change organisms or, ideally, to significantly improve them. And so we set ourselves the goal of using synthetic biology to develop a ‘biological pipe cleaner’ as part of a project entitled: “Light up the Pipe”: Systems Biology for A Better Flow. The primary goal was to render this pipe cleaner more sustainable than the chemical types used to date, which often contain aggressive chemicals that pose a risk to the environment and health.
By participating in the iGEM competition, we had the opportunity for the first time during our studies to design a scientific project from beginning to end all by ourselves. This naturally strengthens skills such as teamwork, independence, conducting problem and safety analyses as well as responsibility.
Participation in the iGEM competition enables students from all faculties to expand their horizons and try out new skills in a form that has not been offered to them before. With our project, we managed to receive a bronze medal for the University of Stuttgart. And now we are crossing our fingers that the iGEM team 2018 will benefit from our experience and perhaps even bring a gold medal back to Stuttgart.
We would like to once again thank you for your huge contribution in enabling 6 of 8 team members to present our project and represent the University of Stuttgart at the Giant Jamboree in Boston.

Best regards,
Your iGEM Team 2017”