Opening Weekend Festival
Friday May 15 - Sunday May 17, 2020
We're kicking off iGEM 2020 with a bang! Tune in during Opening Weekend for exclusive sessions with iGEM Headquarters, Committees, After iGEM, and more! Attend webinars, panels, workshops, and Q&As designed to help your team make the most of your iGEM experience this year. Meet other teams from all around the world, form bonds and forge pathways towards a truly collaborative iGEM season.
STREAM FEATURED SESSIONS ON DEMAND
Wiring the Past & Future: A Transition for Engineering Biology
Keynote + Panel Discussion
Pamela Silver, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School
Drew Endy, Ph.D.
Associate Chair of Bioengineering, Stanford University
Tom Knight, Ph. D.
Co-Founder, Gingko Bioworks
Moderated by: Megan J Palmer, Ph.D. (Stanford University, Director of Human Practices at iGEM)
Welcome to iGEM 2020: An Exceptional Year
Official Welcome to a new style of an iGEM season and the first ever Opening Weekend Festival
Meet HQ - Navigating the Competition
Traci, the Director of the Competition, will walk teams through the major changes for the 2020 Competition and highlight material on the Competition website.
COVID-19 Projects in iGEM 2020
iGEM Safety & Security Committee
COVID-19 is a local problem everywhere in the world. Synthetic biology may play an important role in developing tools for detection, response and recovery. iGEM teams may want to play their part! Find out how iGEM will help keep you, your colleagues, and communities safe while enabling you to work on a COVID-19 related project. We will be exploring our new COVID-19 rules, how Safety and Security will work under lockdown, and providing an early opportunity for teams to think about risks from their projects and how to manage them. All teams are recommended to attend this session.
Fostering Open Collaboration Between iGEM Teams
Just One Giant Lab (JOGL)
In this time of global crisis, the need for a collective response at the planetary scale has never been so relevant. The usual paths for innovation and research don’t really accommodate this objective as being the first to bring a solution is not as important as making one that can be manufactured and distributed equally everywhere in the world. Working together on open source solutions in fact has never been so important than today. In this perspective, the iGEM community has more capacity than most existing actors to imagine, develop and implement open source and low cost biotech solutions to help fight the Covid19 crisis and climate change. For that reason, the iGEM Foundation has decided to partner with Just One Giant Lab (JOGL), a non-profit organisation developing the open science and innovation platform app.jogl.io. The session will introduce iGEMers to the use of JOGL and will be interactive.
GMOs in Agriculture - The Nobel Laureates’ Campaign
After iGEM Communications
The use of GMOs in agriculture has been a hotly debated topic in recent years. In this presentation, Nobel Laureate Dr. Richard J. Roberts will discuss the importance of GMO use in agriculture. He will be joined by the iGEM VP of Safety, Piers Millett, to discuss the importance of biosafety in developing any GMOs.
Planning and Designing Your Project
iGEM Measurement Committee
Your team is registered for the iGEM Jamboree and you’ve decided on a project. Have you thought carefully about the design of the project? What does the two-phase project option offer to you? Have you considered how to use modeling and measurement? And how are you planning to assemble your genetic circuits? The Measurement Committee has members all around the world that are ready to help your team. Tune in to this presentation for some useful information on planning and designing your project, as well as for us to learn how we can help you.
Judging in iGEM 2020
iGEM Executive Judging Committee
The Executive Judging Committee (EJC) has made some exciting changes to the medal criteria so that all iGEM teams can participate and achieve medals with or without lab access this year. Join a panel of our EJC members as they talk about these changes, and take questions and feedback from teams.
Doing Human Practices during a Global Pandemic
iGEM Human Practices Committee
Using synthetic biology to address real-world problems requires thoughtful engagement with the world. We expect that physical distancing and public safety measures will prevent many 2020 iGEM teams from spending much time in the lab this season, but you can thoughtfully engage with the world even if you can’t travel or meet people face-to-face. In this presentation, members of the Human Practices Committee will share some of our ideas and reflections about how to do Human Practices in this very strange time.
GenScript - Molecular Cloud
Join us and learn to use the free bioinformatics toolbox offered by GenScript and MolecularCloud.
Cloud-based software for efficient virtual collaboration
Virtual collaboration is critical for synthetic biology given today’s current circumstances. At Benchling, we want to make collaboration more effective for all iGEM teams and bring awareness to free, intuitive software tools which accomplish this. Join us for this workshop where we’ll give a live demonstration of how you can integrate these tools into your workflows and discuss collaboration models with other iGEM teams across the globe.
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iGEM Headquarters | iGEM Europe | iGEM Safety & Security Committee | iGEM Human Practices Committee | iGEM Executive Judging Committee | iGEM Measurement Committee | iGEM Diversity & Inclusion Committee | iGEM Software Committee | iGEM Entrepreneurship Committee (EPIC) | iGEM Virtual and Remote Technologies Committee | After iGEM Ambassadors | After iGEM Policy Committee | After iGEM Communications Committee | After iGEM High School Committee | Benchling | GenScript | New England Biolabs (NEB) | SDG Working Group | iGEM Insights | Just One Giant Lab (JOGL) | Hello Tomorrow | iGEM Memes | iGEM 2020 Teams: Nanjing-China, Fudan, NJU-China, ZJU-China, Moscow State University, FCB - UANL