Mission & Vision
The Open Science & Accessibility (OScA) working group was founded in 2021. It was created by observing how accessibility barriers prevent many people, especially in certain regions, from participating in synthetic biology. iGEM is already a global community and is well-positioned to be at the forefront of making synthetic biology more supportive, cooperative, and international.
We aim to foster global networks of regional support for emerging synthetic biologists by promoting collaborative work based on the different needs of each community.
We also hope to help our iGEM community in promoting their work in a more accessible and inclusive way, by using open and citizen science principles to achieve that. To facilitate the work and reach out to more communities, we are divided into three regional sub-groups: Americas, APAC and EMEA.
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- Collaborate with iGEM Global Alliance of Synbio Associations Initiative in connecting regional communities in Synbio.
- Facilitate people's participation in the Open Science and Technologies community (Software, Hardware, Biotech).
- Study how to extend access to tools and create general resources for groups starting projects in Biotech and Synbio.
- Develop translated content in at least 5 languages to explain iGEM’s approach to synthetic biology.