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:We called for other iGEM team's solidarity for the survey. The idea of winning a badge for the wiki was appealing to many of them. The teams were motivated to participate as often as time allowed, since we introduced a two badge system (a colorful badge for 20 answers and a golden badge for 50 answers).
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:We called for other iGEM team's solidarity for the survey. The idea of winning a badge for the wiki was appealing to many of them. The teams were motivated to participate as often as time allowed, since we introduced a two badge system (a colorful badge for 20 answers and a golden badge for 50 answers). In fact, two teams, namely the  [http://2014.igem.org/Team:Hannover iGEM team Hannover] and the [http://2014.igem.org/Team:SDU-Denmark iGEM team SDU Denmark], handed in more than 50 filled in surveys. We are impressed and grateful!
:We did not define a target population, as we were too ambitious and wanted to cover all subgroups of society. However, the data set we collected is strongly biased towards students. It could be interesting to particularly design a survey concerning this part of the population.
:We did not define a target population, as we were too ambitious and wanted to cover all subgroups of society. However, the data set we collected is strongly biased towards students. It could be interesting to particularly design a survey concerning this part of the population.

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Going further

In this part, we analyze the methods we used to answer our human practice question. We hope that this analysis will provide iGEMers material to think about their policy and practice project.

Survey
The internet as a media allowed us to reach more than 800 persons willing to participate in our survey. We thank each participant for its support!
We called for other iGEM team's solidarity for the survey. The idea of winning a badge for the wiki was appealing to many of them. The teams were motivated to participate as often as time allowed, since we introduced a two badge system (a colorful badge for 20 answers and a golden badge for 50 answers). In fact, two teams, namely the iGEM team Hannover and the iGEM team SDU Denmark, handed in more than 50 filled in surveys. We are impressed and grateful!
We did not define a target population, as we were too ambitious and wanted to cover all subgroups of society. However, the data set we collected is strongly biased towards students. It could be interesting to particularly design a survey concerning this part of the population.
Our goal was to learn more about the people's understanding of complexity and emergence. Even though our survey included spaces for own answers, most people chose one of the preformed answers. It would be interesting to encourage people to express themselves, so as to receive more individual answers. One option could be to ask people on the streets to answer one question, e.g.: "what is complexity for you?". Audio or video records of the interviews could be used to supplement the survey study. It would be strongly dependent on the country of investigation but it could give some unexpected insights on the topic. Moreover, it would give an occasion to increase awareness of the public on synthetic biology.
Interviews
First, we would like to thank every person that accepted to answer our questions.
As one of our goal was to investigate how complexity is taken into account in different fields, interviews seemed to be the best way to get a broad overview on different fields. We achieved to get seven personal and professional points of view about complexity. It was interesting to explore in details different conceptions of complexity in scientific and non-scientific field.
A training to be a good interviewer could be an option to improve our method. Recording the interviews would provide raw material of interest.
Outreach
We managed to have diverse outreach projects targeting several population groups, from high school students to elder people.
If outreach is an interesting task in itself, it could be wise to add a global theme or topic to be more consistent. For instance, focusing on activities for a certain age group or on media outreach through television, audio and newsletter could give a coherent whole and give rise to multiple interpretations.
Literature Work
Defining a question to answer is a difficult starting point. One has to look through literature for pieces of information. Being mentored in the first part could avoid a team to go into a dead end.
As most of teams, we were overloaded with work, scientific literature reading. Doing one weekly journal club on human practice could broaden our visions and allow us to discover interesting points of view.