Team:Toronto/Human Practices


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Human Practices

This year, the Toronto iGEM team partnered with UTACCEL to bring synthetic biology to high school students in China. Our goals were threefold:

1. Spread the word about synthetic biology. 2. Experience a different perspective on the demand for energy. 3. Have fun!


University of Toronto Association for Canada-China Exchange of Leadership (UTACCEL) is an officially recognized student group at the University of Toronto. The organization’s goal is to develop programs that facilitate cultural and knowledge exchange between students in Canada and China. One of their main programs is an annual academic conference in China. Through an intensive interview process, UTACCEL recruits Seminar Leaders from the University of Toronto student body. Seminar Leaders design seminars courses and deliver them to Chinese students during a 10-day conference. Seminar Leaders and delegates also interact with each other in various other ways such as workshops, team competitions and social activities. This year's conference was held at Huamei International High School in Guangzhou, China from July 24th to Aug 2nd.

The Course

We designed a six-hour course entitled "Adventures in Biotechnology" which was delivered to two dozen high school students.