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Synthetic Biology Day

The Synthetic Biology Day is an initiative by all German iGEM teams. It is a public event with the intention to explain and communicate the field of Synthetic Bilogy to the general public. It was held on August 25, 2012 in the following cities: Bielefeld, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Göttingen, Marburg, München, Potsdam and Tübingen.


townhall in background

Propagating synthetic biology in a town like Tübingen is a delicate business. Tübingen is known for beeing very ecological and organic. So when we set up our pavillion at 8 am, we were prepared for the worst. Thanks to the sunny weather the cafes around us opened early and the first deserted marketplace got filled continuosely. When groups of bikers stopped by to have a glass of our free ice-tea and were the first to try their knowledge on our synthethic biology quiz. Most questions needed only a little help to be answerd correctly. Throughout the day we had kids enjoying ice tea and sweets, watching their parents discussing topics such as the impact of genetic engineering on agriculture and medicine.

We were present with an information stand located on the town square, Marktplatz in Tübingen. It is in the heart of the historic city and part of the large pedestrian zone and place of the beautiful townhall.

Our large pavillon was an eye-catcher. Several posters attracted the curiosity of the many people passing by.

We engaged many people in interesting conversation but people also came on their own initiative and took the possibility to ask us questions.

Additionally we designed a quiz with eight basic questions concering Synthetic Biology.


taking the quiz


All material was presented in German.

Posters are available as pdf documents:

synthetic biology as an engineering discipline
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definition of terms and idea of synthetic biology in a few words
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simple and interesting questions concerning genes, proteins, and food
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first page of questions and answers
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