Team:Newcastle/Edinburgh trip


Edinburgh UK iGEM Meetup


On the 23rd and 24th of June 2009 Newcastle attended the UK iGEM team meetup in Edinburgh, Scotland. The event was hosted by Edinburgh University, a fellow iGEM competitor.

The trip

Day One

Team Newcastle visiting Edinburgh Castle.

Not all of the team were able to attend, but 6 students, one advisor and two instructors met at Newcastle Railway Station at 10:30am to catch the 10:59am train to Edinburgh. The reserved seats were on two different coaches, but due to the number of free seats, we were able to sit together.

Upon arriving in Edinburgh we had lunch in a restaurant across from Edinburgh Dungeon, and then proceeded to walk to Edinburgh University's Informatics Forum building on Crichton Road. Firstly, Alistair Elfick and Randy Rettberg gave an introductory presentation about Synthetic Biology and iGEM.

All of the students were put into mixed groups and asked to design and build a remote control buggy which was to collect a package of waste material and navigate a course. Our team member Goksel was on the winning team.

Dinner, a buffet was held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The Newcastle students then headed to their accommodation for the night, Pollock Halls, a student hall of residence/summer hotel, to drop off their bags before joining some of the other teams at a pub, All Bar One.

More pictures of the trip taken on Day One can be further below.

Day Two

Mathew and Jess giving Newcastle's presenation on Bac-Man.

The second day in Edinburgh began with breakfast provided by Pollock Hall, this was just a basic English/Scottish breakfast. Morgan went to the instructor's hotel to practice her presentation. We all checked out of the hotel before getting a taxi back to Edinburgh University. The day of presentations began - Chris French gave an overview of BioBricks, Morgan Taschuk gave an insightful view into her experiences on the Newcastle team in 2008, and Bruce Logan gave a talk on Microbial Fuel Cells. Coffee was again provided.

Lunch and a short walk outside came before a mixed team activities on the social and ethical aspects of synthtic biology by Emma Frow and Jane Calvert. Finally it was time for each UK team that was in attendace to give a short presentation about their hopeful project for the summer. Newcastle were the fourth team to talk, and Jess and Mathew did us proud.

The students ended the trip with a little bit of sightseeing in the afternoon, going to places such as Edinburgh Castle (see pictures below), before heading to Edinburgh train station to catch the 5:30 train back to Newcastle. This train was more crowded, and we were split up into two coaches. We arrived back in Newcastle and went our separate ways at around 7 in the evening.

The team appeared to enjoy the trip, and found it to be a useful experience.

The Presentation

To see Newcastle University's Edinburgh trip presentation of their initial idea, click here


Day One

TeamNewcastleEdinTrip6.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip4.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip5.JPG

TeamNewcastleEdinTrip1.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip2.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip3.JPG

TeamNewcastleEdinTrip7.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip8.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip9.JPG

TeamNewcastleEdinTrip10.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip11.JPG

Day Two

TeamNewcastleEdinTrip12.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip13.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip14.JPG

TeamNewcastleEdinTrip15.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip16.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip17.JPG

TeamNewcastleEdinTrip18.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip19.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip20.JPG

TeamNewcastleEdinTrip21.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip22.JPG

TeamNewcastleEdinTrip23.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip24.JPG TeamNewcastleEdinTrip25.JPG



Social Net

  • Newcastle iGEM Twitter
  • Newcastle on Facebook
  • Newcastle Youtube Channel