Meetings in march


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To Do

to do for this trip


morning afternoon evening people
27th Andrew(afternoon), Meagan, Melissa
28th lab? dinner Jonas, Reshma, Andrew, Meagan , Melissa
29th Andrew, Meagan, Melissa
30th Andrew, Meagan, Melissa
31th Andrew, Meagan, Melissa


I start this by posting the wikifyed mail I got from Zurich (specifically from Robin and Sven Panke). Please add and reorganize if you feel like. Don't forget to put your name to your seggestions (e.g. by using four tilde in a row), so we can ask questions if something shouldn't be clear. -jonas 12:04, 22 March 2006 (EST)

Some questions that worry Robin and Tamara specifically

1. More detailed description of an ambassador's task list
2. How can we imagine the average "on-site visit" of an ambassador? (How long/visit, specific tasks)
3. When is this supposed to start
4. List of dates?

Task list of an amabassador

On-site visits:
  • Randy's biobrick talk/registry/wiki (Randy: we assume that you will not visit every single school - is this correct?)
  • Introduce into previous iGEM projects
  • Experiences with iGEM 2005 - the personal view
  • Some words on the history of iGEM
  • Extended sessions with questions from the local teams
  • Communicate general ideas: what is iGEM? What projects have been presented in tha past? How does iGEM "feel". Communicate the idea of the competition as a friendly, constructive, and fun format for teaching.
  • Insist on the idea of interdisciplinarity
regarding the number of visits:
  • One to get started, to get to know the people/team leaders. Should this be before the teach the teachers events? At the TTT event?
  • One inbetween - June or July
  • One when programs are running at top speed - late August, early September
  • Is this too much? Can ambassadors handle this? My (Sven's) view: use the TTT event, then plan 2 more visits.
Inbetween on-site visits:
  • Serve as an email "friend" for your team so they can ask questions (rather than forwarding every question to Randy, answer as many as you can yourself and accumulate the rest to contact Randy with a amore substantial email).
  • Comment on the development of "your" group's wiki page
  • Review parts?? (Qualification??)
  • Maintain communication to other ambassadors. Common problems? Common solutions?
  • Visit the TTT event
  • Work/pioneer on some material that will help next year's ambassadors (presentations? Texts? Kepp a plan of all the activities to make it more transparent for the next generation)
At the end:
  • Organize the iGEM2006 social event and be present there
  • Give input as to what to improve next time
How to organize?
  • In general:
    • One ambassador per school
    • Organize the locations so that traveling is minimized. If the travel frequency suggested above is considered adequate, then travling will be a major factor and should be organized as economically as possible (in other words: everybody go over once more over the locations he/she has selected).
  • Currently, there might be 7 schools in Europe, but 4 ambassadors. Obviously, the European ambassadors will be travelling quite a lot.
  • Where does it make sense to send an ambassador: I believe that there is not much sense in sending ambassadors to schools that have participated last year (provided that the team leader is still the same). This would also considerably reduce the number of schools.
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