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Conferencia de Enlace Cientfico

(Scientific Links Conference)

After an advance in science is achieved, the scientists community is obligated to share their
discoveries. In the specific case of Mxico, there are many programs and business eager to share
those achievements.
The company Enlace Cientfico sent an invitation to the CIDEB-UANL 2014 team to participate in
a conference at the Facultad de Agronoma (Agronomys Faculty) in collaboration with other
institutions. This conference represented a great opportunity to create relationships with other
institutions, encourage people to create their own iGEM teams and talk about our experiences,
feeling and opportunities to grow trough the competence.
In order to achieve these objectives, the
conference was planned and presented by
the older students in the team, those who
had participated at an iGEM competition
before; we created a presentation with the
information of CIDEB-UANL 2013 including
goals, troubles, experiences and most
importantly, what happened with all
members after finishing the project. We
worked with a representative of IGEM-UANL
2014 team, Heber Torres, a representative of
TecMonterrey team and the director of the
Go Next company.

Speakers being awarded by the Scientific Links director

When the conference began, the director of

the company Enlace Cientfico presented each of the speakers and gave a general idea of what
the iGEM competition was.
After that, the first speaker was Heber Torres from IGEM-UANL 2013. He gave a more detailed
explanation about the iGEM competition and he showed details about the project of his team, his
experiences and achieved goals. Consecutively, we showed our presentation; it contained 3 main
stages: (1) what the competition was, (2) who were part of the CIDEB-UANL 2013 team and how
they were distributed, (3) which were the difficulties and goals achieved, and finally, (4) what
happened after.
For the first stage we introduced the competition information and its history, about the first
participants and the amount of teams participating today.
After that, we showed an image of the CIDEB-UANL 2013 teams members and explained the way
we were organized in order to achieve each important part: Math model, Human practices, Safety,

For the 3rd part, we explained the initial difficulties of the creation of the project, mostly about the
ideas that were a possibility but didnt evolve into the real project. The idealization of a viable
project is the most difficult part of the entire work because most of the time an idea can be very
difficult to achieve or another team could have done it already.
Finally, we talked about what followed the project in the case of the UANL-CIDEB 2013 team. As
we all were high school students the general idea
was that everyone would continue their education,
each member took a different career according to
their ideas and aims but before that we established
that our project could be viable and could be used
by one of the members or another person for future
experiments. This is the most important part of the
iGEM project, to think about the consequences of
the project and try to improve something in the

Diego Valadez and Arnulfo Pea presenting

CIDEB-UANL 2013 teams members

After our presentation, the missing groups

explained their projects and goals trough the

The impact of this conference was showed by the

students. First of all there were a variation of questions about the projects and the experiences
obtained by participating in a project of this category. There were students that wanted to create
a new team but planned to participate until 2015.
It was an event we took advantage of because we shared moments with other iGEM teams, talked
about our projects and at the same time, we encouraged students to join the iGEM community.

All the people presented in the conference