Calendar/Events

Events and Meetups

On this page you will find: Submitting an Event , Events Calendar, and Events list.

Events are happening around the world! This page is a summary of upcoming events for iGEM 2020 teams, including team meetups, training webinars, and Ambassador activities. The list of competition deadlines can be found on the Competition Calendar.

At team meetups, teams share ideas, help each other, and spend time with their fellow iGEMers. Due to the current global situation, we do not recommend teams host in-person meetups in the coming months. Instead, consider switching to an online virtual meetup!

Last year's Meetup page - 2019 Meetups

Is your team organizing an Event or Meetup?

Please send us:

  • Name of the Event
  • Host team name/s
  • Dates
  • Location
  • Contact information (to be posted online)
  • Itinerary
  • Brief description of the Meetup (2 - 4 sentences)

To our Email: hq AT igem DOT org .

Need help hosting an event?

To support you in working remotely, Ambassadors will be sharing their pro-Zoom rooms for you to use in your iGEM related meetings and events. If you need help hosting a virtual event, you can contact ambassadors-2020 [AT] igem [DOT] org.

Events Calendar

EVENTS:
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Team Meetups
HQ Events
Ambassador Events
Sponsors
Eastern Mediterranean Meetup
October

Description: We aim for this meetup to provide good preparation for the Giant Jamboree presentation while getting to know each other.

In this event, each team will present their project and then receive feedback from the other teams. To make the meetup efficient, we limit the number of groups to 8, "first-come, first-signed" so hurry up and sign up. After the presentations, two rising stars of the biotech world have agreed to give a talk and conduct a short Q&A panel (more on that later).

Poster Walkthrough and Q&A
October

Description: Have questions about the poster template? Join HQ Reps Ana and Traci for a walkthrough of the new 2020 Poster Template, brief discussion of the new poster guidelines and rules, and Q&A session.

Direct Link: https://igem-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mWEIxyQERVGNR8c03rAXIA

iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree
November

Description: Even though we can’t come together at one big in-person event this year, the virtual format brings some exciting opportunities to celebrate iGEM at a scale never before experienced. Visit the event website to learn more!

Nine -- yes 9! -- full days to gather for Competition, Community, Contribution, and Celebration.

Website: https://2020.igem.org/Giant_Jamboree


Past Events

Ambassador Calls
March

Description: With the day-to-day changes everyone is facing around the world, we are looking for information from our community to help guide some decisions for this year. No one knows your situation better than you. Whether you are a PI, advisor, instructor, student leader, or student member, if you are thinking of participating in the iGEM 2020 Competition, we want to hear from you.

Starting Wednesday, March 25 until Tuesday, March 31, our Ambassadors and iGEM Headquarters will be hosting video calls to hear from you and the other teams in your area. Please join any of the calls happening in your region to meet with the rest of the iGEM Community, and tell us about your situation.

Click below to find a time that works for you and your team:

Japan online meetup
March

Description: The Japan online meetup is hosted by Botchan Lab from Tokyo University of Science. We were unable to hold Japan meetup due to the COVID-19 and switched to online meetup. We will discuss iGEM projects and advise each other. We would also like to invite Asian ambassador Mr. Niwa to discuss igem in more detail.

HISPAM Meetup
April

Description: We are glad to invite all the Hispanoamerican teams to our MeetUp!! Join us to get some advices from ex-iGEMers, judges, ambassadors, etc. We will be having our meeting during Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday each week.

Ambassador Calls
April

Description: We are trying something new this year! Our team of 25 Ambassadors, passionate iGEM Alumni located all over the world, will be frequently organizing video calls with 2020 iGEM Teams via Zoom. Coffee hours with Ambassadors are a place to catch up, share ideas, discuss new topics and voice your suggestions!

New Coffee Hour Campaign: From Monday, April 20 - Sunday, April 26, our Ambassadors and iGEM Headquarters will be hosting 1 hour video calls to hear from you and the other teams in your area. Please join any of the calls happening in your region to meet with the rest of the iGEM Community, and tell us about your situation. Simply find a time slot that works for you and your team, and click the Zoom link to join in the call at the assigned time.

You are welcome to join as many calls as you would like, and with any region that fits your schedule.

We will use the Zoom application to host the video calls. We recommend downloading the Zoom app ahead of time. Please note that video chats may be recorded. Recordings will not be made public. If you have any questions reach out to ambassadors-2020 AT igem DOT org.

Sponsor Webinar - Introduction to the Benchling Platform
May

Benchling is a cloud-based software platform that helps scientists around the world record scientific data, design sequences, and collaborate more efficiently. As part of our partnership, iGEM 2020 teams can unlock Notebook, Molecular Biology, extra space, and an enterprise feature — all at no cost to iGEM teams.

Join Benchling in their four-part webinar training series for iGEMers and get an introduction to Benchling and tips for virtual collaboration from the Benchling team.

Description: Webinar 1 - Introduction to the Benchling Platform In the first webinar, we’ll introduce you to Benchling’s core applications – Notebook and Molecular Biology, and we’ll show iGEM teams how they can collaborate with one another.

Online Synbio Meetup
May

Description: Meetup of the Sydney synbio community, talks from iGEM alumni and synbio professors.

Opening Weekend Festival
May

Description: 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.

Missed the live event? Visit the event webpage to see recordings of sessions.

Website: https://2020.igem.org/Opening_Weekend


Sponsor Webinar - Mastering Benchling Notebook
May

Description: Benchling is a cloud-based software platform that helps scientists around the world record scientific data, design sequences, and collaborate more efficiently. As part of our partnership, iGEM 2020 teams can unlock Notebook, Molecular Biology, extra space, and an enterprise feature — all at no cost to iGEM teams.

Join Benchling in their four-part webinar training series for iGEMers and get an introduction to Benchling and tips for virtual collaboration from the Benchling team.
Description: Webinar 2 - Mastering Benchling Notebook
We’ll demonstrate the best ways to design and plan experiments with Benchling, keep your projects and notes organized, and use advanced features, such as built-in tables with formulas and Benchling Sync.

Sponsor Webinar - Mastering Benchling Molecular Biology
June

Benchling is a cloud-based software platform that helps scientists around the world record scientific data, design sequences, and collaborate more efficiently. As part of our partnership, iGEM 2020 teams can unlock Notebook, Molecular Biology, extra space, and an enterprise feature — all at no cost to iGEM teams.

Join Benchling in their four-part webinar training series for iGEMers and get an introduction to Benchling and tips for virtual collaboration from the Benchling team.

Description: Webinar 3 - Mastering Benchling Molecular Biology
Join us as we walk through a molecular cloning workflow on Benchling. We’ll cover importing sequences from the iGEM Parts Registry, cloning assemblies, primer design, and sequence alignments.

Chit chat on Monday 8th of June - Let’s talk about our Microbiome!
June

Hello iGEMers!! 

Our team is working on the skin microbiome! We would like to know if the isolation during the COVID-19 lockdown influences our skin microbiome. To answer this question we would like to get samples from many people all around the world. To achieve this we thought that maybe you, other iGEMers, would collaborate on this by sharing your microbiome with us.

We would like to organise a discussion around (virtual) coffee to meet you! We will also discuss with you about our project and present you more in detail what kind of collaboration we’d like to propose. 

If you’re curious about our project, join us with a cup of coffee! 

Can’t wait to meet you!

The QuaranSkin Team

Introduction to the Summer Webinars from the Measurement Committee
June

Description: The Measurement Committee is hosting a new series of weekly webinars to help iGEM teams with your projects! Planned topics include taking your ideas into the lab, designing DNA sequences, DNA part assembly from classical to modern methods, engineering your organism, modeling your project, measuring cellular phenotypes like fluorescence, and how to purify and characterize protein products. 

During this first session, we will briefly give an overview on the summer webinar series, describing what we hope to accomplish and what we hope that you will get out of attending. This webinar, and all of the following webinars, will be made available online after the webinar is finished. Additional related content can be found online.

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Measurement Committee Office Hours
June

Description: Do you have questions about engineering and measurement for your project? Please join the Measurement Committee Office Hours to ask your questions! We will be running office hours on every other Tuesday at 3am EDT and 1pm EDT starting June 9.

Zoom info for 3AM EDT office hours:
https://zoom.us/j/96624522458
Password: Answer this question - what year is it?

Zoom info for 1PM EDT office hours:
https://zoom.us/j/91580974836
Password: Answer this question - what year is it?

Topics in Synbio Entrepreneurship: Discover & Define - EPIC Webinar 1
June

As part of EPIC's opening Venture Creation Lab week, we will be hosting a panel session where thought leaders discuss the current synbio entrepreneurial landscape and the process of needs-finding within the field. Our three guest speakers, Andrew Hessel (President of Humane Genomics), Leah Sibener (Cofounder of 3T Biosciences), and Sajith Wickramasekara (Founder & CEO of Benchling), will discuss their own venture journeys— from personal motivations for launching their ventures, to biggest challenges and advice for young entrepreneurs.

The session will consist of a 45-minute moderated panel discussion, followed by 15-minutes Q&A with our Venture Creation Lab participants.

Direct Link: https://igem-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kgNcMsfLTWuf4mIPkwSsOw

The 4th Southern China Regional Online Meeting
June

Southern China Regional Meeting is an annual Meetup hosted by SZU-China to better promote preliminary communication and cooperation among iGEM teams and provide more opportunities to improve together. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have to move this traditional Meetup from offline to online. We are looking forward to your participation.

1. Team Project Introduction Video Submission (Deadline: 12:00 pm, June 6th, 2020)
If you want to sign up for this Meetup, please send us:

  • Name of your team
  • Introduction and Contact information of your team (to be posted online)
  • Project title and brief description
  • Project Video

To our Email: 2788144531 [AT] qq [DOT] com

2. Project Video Voting Session (8:00 pm-11:59 pm, June 8th, 2020)
There are 3 votes for each team signing up for the Meetup, to vote for the project you are interested in. For more details, please contact 2788144531 AT qq DOT com.

3. the 4th Southern China Regional Online Meeting (June 14th, 2020)

Please feel free to contact us if there is any problem. We will be glad to have you all come!

Week 1 - iGEM Summer Webinars: Getting Started
June

Description: The first session of the iGEM Measurement committee’s summer webinars opens with an overview of how and where to start your project, as well as what you can plan and design. The second block will be a beginner’s guide on how to utilize databases effectively in conjunction with bioinformatics tools. We will end this session with an overview of the decision making process when choosing a cloning strategy.

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Learn more about the iGEM Summer Webinar Series

The second Israel iGEM Meetup
June

Israeli Teams Meetup, where we will be discussing this year's project (of each team) and get to know one another. We will also discuss areas for collaboration as well.

UK iGEM online meet-up
June

We are providing the opportunity for all UK teams to informally present their projects to each other (around 5 minutes), after which other teams can ask questions. We will then split into breakout rooms, so we all get a chance to chat, get to know each other better, and possibly find areas for collaboration.

If you want to join this meetup, please register here:

Direct Link: https://forms.gle/J7kYxzjmfuvqTexGA

Please use the Meeting ID above, and the code "090193" to enter the meetup. When you join, please specify your university/school in your zoom name.

Week 2a - iGEM Summer Webinars: "Modeling: ODEs and Hill Function"
June

Description: In this Modeling Webinar (Part I) we will go from ODEs (ordinary differential equations) and the law of mass action to Hill functions, their derivation, and how to use them to model the regulation of gene expression and inducible promoters. Additionally, we will explore Hill functions and explain the effects of parameters on activators, repressors, hybrid promoters, and the corresponding protein expression levels of GFP or any other reporter gene.

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Learn more about the iGEM Summer Webinar Series

Week 2b - iGEM Summer Webinars: DNA parts and Basic Molecular Biology
June

Description: In this molecular biology webinar, we will cover important concepts including, standard parts and why they are important in synthetic biology, what the iGEM registry is, and what a "part collection" is. Additionally, we will introduce you to core molecular biology techniques, giving you links to videos and protocols. Additionally, we will highlight a few important "part collections", the measurement data affiliated with these collections, and why these measurements as well as the part registry are so important when deciding what DNA parts to use.

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Learn more about the iGEM Summer Webinar Series

Open Secrets to Project Planning Workshop
June

What does it take to make an iGEM project easier to coordinate and manage - it’s a well thought out plan!

But what goes into the making of a well thought out plan? Come find out at our Open Secrets of Project Planning Workshop.

* The 2020 iGEM Ambassadors will be hosting a series of workshops throughout the year to help your team plan, manage, and execute your iGEM projects. Check back for updates soon!

Direct Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-secrets-to-igem-project-planning-tickets-108930678592

Week 3a - iGEM Summer Webinars: Modeling circuits with ODEs and experimental data
June

Description: In this modeling webinar (Part II) we will focus on how to use the previously learned concepts to model genetic circuits with ODEs and Hill functions. A circuit that is capable of "sense-compute-act" is used as an example. Then, we will learn how to relate this model with experimental data from this genetic circuit. Finally, we will focus on a more complex circuit, the Incoherent feed-forward motif to compare the results obtained from the model and its experimental measurements, enriching this way the model and completing one turn of the DBTL cycle.

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Learn more about the iGEM Summer Webinar Series

Week 3b - iGEM Summer Webinars: DNA Assembly Techniques
June

Description: In this molecular biology webinar, we will cover the creation of DNA primers for use in PCR reactions. We will also introduce the key concepts behind Golden Gate Assembly, why it is useful when working with DNA "parts", and then go into using Modular Cloning. There will be demonstrations of designing primers and using DNA parts that are Golden Gate compatible using various Web Apps. iGEM students should also review the iGEM partners page to learn about how to get free DNA synthesis services!

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Learn more about the iGEM Summer Webinar Series

Mentorship Program Information Session
July

Description: Are you an iGEMer interested in helping new iGEM teams? Or are you a new team looking for guidance through the competition? Come find out more about the Mentorship Program Information Session!

The After iGEM Education Committee will be waiting for you in 2 open call sessions on Wednesday (July 1st). We will answer all your questions about the Program and explain better how you can become a mentor or be a mentee team. Join the Information Session on the time that works best for you: at 3 - 4 AM EDT and at 1 - 2 PM EDT.

Zoom link: https://igem-org.zoom.us/my/igemcommittees
Password: Answer to the question "What year is it?"

German iGEM MeetUp
July

Description: 20 Years have passed, 20 years to come! This iGEM MeetUp celebrates the past achievements of synthetic biology and gives an outlook on what’s to come. Join our digital MeetUp for great talks and helpful workshops. Present your project during an online poster session and at the scientific project-video competition by the German Association for Synthetic Biology. Get in touch with other teams at our game night, via our Slack Workspace and introduce your team with a funny video! You can register for free until the 21th of June 2020. For more information and the registration visit our website!

Website: www.igemmarburg.com/meetup


Week 4 - iGEM Summer Webinars: Gibson Assembly and Yeast
July

Description: In this molecular biology webinar, we will cover what Gibson Assembly is and how to create a plasmid using this powerful technique. Additionally, we will go over some of the basics of working with yeast and how yeast can be used to also assemble large amounts of DNA using their endogenous pathways.

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Learn more about the iGEM Summer Webinar Series

iGEM X JOGL Program Launch
July

Description: iGEM is teaming up with Just One Giant Lab to foster efficient collaboration among teams and enhance the accessibility to the skills and resources amidst the pandemic.

Join the iGEM 2020 program on the JOGL platform and be a part of the global effort to achieve Vision 2030 for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Create a JOGL account
  • Launch your project/ Join one
  • Participate in iGEM: SDG challenge
  • Post your needs, navigate resources and collaborate

Learn more about the JOGL X iGEM Collaboration here: https://app.jogl.io/program/iGEM2020
Join us at the launch event on July 8th. Apply by Sunday, July 5th! Register below:

Direct Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/igem-x-jogl-program-launch-registration-108483200172

Eastern China iGEM Meetup
July

Description: Eastern China iGEM Meetup is an online meetup hosted by Jiangnan_China aiming to help participants to learn more about the latest trends of iGEM and get some inspiration from each other to make projects better. Some advice will be given by the experienced instructors. Additionally, delicate gifts are well-prepared! If you would like to collaborate with us, please contact us.

Week 5a - iGEM Summer Webinars: Quantifying fluorescence and cell count with plate readers
July

Description: This webinar begins with a general introduction to fluorescence and OD, including a comparison of plate readers and other types of instruments, factors affecting fluorescence, and how to pick colors based on excitation and emission spectra. The second block of the webinar focuses on calibration of measurements for fluorescence and OD, and on debugging such measurements. Finally, we will end this session with a discussion of how to interpret and debug calibrated plate reader data.

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Learn more about the iGEM Summer Webinar Series

Week 5b - iGEM Summer Webinars: Cell-Free Systems
July

Description: This webinar will cover Cell-free (CF) systems. These systems contain all of the cellular components necessary for transcription and/or translation, depending on the specific CF system being used. We will outline why this is an exciting area of research as well as how to use and make these systems.

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Learn more about the iGEM Summer Webinar Series

Diversity & Inclusion Discussion Hours
July

Description: The Diversity & Inclusion Committee will be hosting "Office Hours" to explore various Diversity and Inclusion topics with our community. The focus of the first Office Hour is on systemic racism in academia and STEM. This forum is intended to give the iGEM community a platform to discuss diverse experiences with racism, and systemic racism especially in the context of Academia and STEM. Through this dialogue, we also want to hear your thoughts and ideas for improving iGEM.

Please join us:
Thursday, July 16 at 1PM EDT or
Friday, July 17 at 11AM EDT


Judging Office Hours
July

Description: Have a question about judging this year? Need some help understanding special prizes or medals? Not sure how to use the Pages for Awards? Join us for Judging Office Hours! Learn more.

MidAtlantic Meetup
July

Description: The MidAtlantic Meetup, hosted over Zoom this year, provides teams with an opportunity to meet one another and share their iGEM projects. As well, teams can attend talks given by representatives of the iGEM measurement and human practices committees, as well as a keynote given by Dr. Lynn Rothschild, a synthetic biologist at NASA and an iGEM PI.

Northeastern coastal areas online Meetup
July

Description: All iGEMers are supposed to achieve more in collaboration with each other, so here comes our invitation, from Jilin_China and Jiangnan_China, to all the iGEM teams, hoping the brainstorming will bring you more inspirations during the Meetup! At this meetup, iGEMers can share their projects as well as trouble/opinions/advice with others. We can’t wait to meet you! Contact us for more information.

Week 6a - iGEM Summer Webinars: Quantifying fluorescence and cell phenotypes with flow cytometry
July

Description: This webinar begins with an introduction to flow cytometry, including how these instruments operate and the types of data that they produce. The second block of the webinar focuses on calibration of measurements for fluorescence and cell size, and on debugging such measurements. Finally, we will end this session with a discussion of how to interpret and debug calibrated flow cytometry data.

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Learn more about the iGEM Summer Webinar Series

Week 6b - iGEM Summer Webinars: Transformation and Sequencing
July

Description: In this molecular biology webinar, we will cover some of the most important techniques for genetically modifying bacteria. We will cover standard electroporation and chemical transformation techniques for E. coli. We will also cover conjugation, a technique commonly used to genetically engineer organisms that are less well studied or organisms that cannot be easily electroporated or chemically transformed. Finally, we will cover the process of Sanger sequencing, look over a sequencing result, and demonstrate how to align sequencing results to a reference file.

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Learn more about the iGEM Summer Webinar Series

Virtual Benelux iGEM Meetup
July

Description: Hi iGEMers from and around the Benelux! iGEM Groningen would like to invite you to join the Virtual Benelux Meetup! Teams from the Benelux will get the chance to get feedback on their projects and we will focus on improving each other's skills in important aspects of this year's competition with webinars and workshops hosted by experts. At the end of every day, we are hosting social events so we can get in touch with members of other teams as well!

You can register for the event by sending us an email (igemgroningen2020 [AT] gmail [DOT] com) before the 13th of July.

Human Practices Office Hours
July

Description: Do you have questions about your stakeholder engagement, ethical research, risk assessments, or other Human-Practices-related work? You can join a member of the Human Practices Committee for Office Hours to ask your questions! Visit Human Practices/Office Hours to learn more.

Sponsor Webinar - MathWorks: Modeling and Analysis of Synthetic Biology Systems with SimBiology and MATLAB
July

Description: Mathematical modelling guides the rational design of genetic modifications and enables synthetic biologists to better analyze and predict system behavior prior to fabrication. Modeling is an important part of synthetic biology and the iGEM competition.

This workshop will provide iGEM teams with an introduction to modeling, simulation and analysis with MATLAB and SimBiology using an example from synthetic biology literature.

Highlights include:

  • Using graphical environment to build models of biological systems
  • Simulating dynamics using ordinary differential equation (ODE) solvers
  • Interactively exploring model sensitivity to parameters using sliders
  • Streamlining model exploration via parameter sweeps and global sensitivity analysis
  • Data fitting using local and global methods for parameter estimation
  • Extending modeling environment by running custom analyses using scripts


Direct Link: https://igem-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r_gIxLIASlmpMIKdUFTiuw

Big Greek MeetUp
July

Description: Our team organizes this meet up for the Greek teams that are going to participate in the competition in 2020, while it also provides the opportunity for newly formed teams from Greece and Cyprus (that are willing to participate in the competition in 2021) to have a first experience with Synthetic Biology in iGEM.

The MeetUp begins with lectures based on Synthetic biology,followed by discussions on interesting and interactive projects, covering all aspects of the competition, such as graphic design, wiki management and entrepreneurship in iGEM. Finally, it concludes with small presentations of all the teams' projects, as a first simulation of the presentations at the Jamboree.

Shaanxi iGEM Meetup
July

Description: Hi fellow iGEMers, we sincerely invite you to collaborate with us. Due to the obstacles caused by the epidemic, the meetup will be held online on July 25. All teams can share your project, experiment and human practice. We will also invite advisors to participate in the meetup with us and analyze the new changes of the 2020 iGEM. If you would like to collaborate with us, please contact us!

iGEM India BIOSUMMIT 2020
July

Description:  iGEM BITSPilani-Goa_India and iGEM MIT_MAHE have teamed up together with BITSMUN Goa and The Dais to host the first edition of iGEM India BioSummit 2020. The idea behind the summit is to bring people (yes, that includes iGEM Alumni too) across India to come together and lead a healthy discussion revolving around the targeted Sustainable Development Goals.

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JulyGEM
July

Description: iGEM Calgary is hosting the second annual JulyGEM for teams in Canada and nearby regions. This year, JulyGEM will follow the theme of “Translating SynBio to the Real World.” Join us via Zoom from July 25th-26th to participate in a series of workshops, team pitching sessions, and social events.

Week 7 - CRISPR
July

Description: More information coming soon.

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Learn more about the iGEM Summer Webinar Series

Summer iGEM Vibes
July

Description:  Can you feel the temperature rising? The road to the Giant Jamboree is on fire! Join our “Summer iGEM Vibes” online event and learn what it takes for your team to stand out. The time for you to shine is getting closer, so grab your swimsuits and let's dive deep into areas like Human Practices, Wiki Design, and Safety Values with sessions run by experienced iGEM alumni. Let's get ready for the Giant Jamboree!

Direct Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGjLm0hya9fQGIx6aHlZTecipWBqR77N_esdzxkDzuY46hFQ/viewform

Southwest Union
July

Description:  Hello iGEMers from and around the Southwest Union! The Southwest Union is an online conference organized by BUCT that aims to share Mutual projects with teams, find similar teams to work with, and communicate progress with each other. In addition, we will discuss the new changes for this year's judging rules together in the hope of gaining new inspirations. If you would like to cooperate with us, please join us!

All India iGEM Meet (AIIM)
July

Description:  We welcome everyone to the All India iGEM Meet 2020! Fueled by iGEM’s principle of collaboration, this year’s AIIM is overcoming the barriers posed due to the global pandemic. This event aims to give iGEMers a way to share their ideas with each other and collaborate/ innovate/ inspire/ help each other. We are also inviting esteemed professors in the field of synthetic biology and modelling to help give us better perspectives into the fields. Finally, thanks to the freedoms of a virtual meetup, we are hosting an alumni “fireside chat” session to learn fun stories and experience from ex-iGEMers from Indian teams. Join us as we celebrate this extraordinary year in iGEM history!

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The 7th Conference of China iGEMer Meetup
July

Description: Annual meetup of iGEM community in China. More details will be coming soon.

iGEM Animal Crossing Hang-out!
August

Itinerary:articipation requires installment of the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a Nintendo Online subscription (a 7-day trial version is available through the Nintendo Online Store, but we're in no way affiliated with Nintendo). A designated Discord server will be set up by our team for everyone interested in participating, and a zoom link will be sent out the day of the event where we'll be able to see each other and chat. From there we'll make zoom break-out rooms for ~5 people at a time to sit and visit each other's islands through Nintendo Online.

Description: Do you miss just hanging out with other iGEMers in an informal setting? Well, we sure do, and that's why the UCPH team is giving you an ACNH Informal Hang-out! If you have Animal Crossing New Horizons installed on your switch and a Nintendo Online Subscription, shoot us a message and we'll invite you to our secret iGEM Discord server to chat about everything from games to science until we finally go on zoom together on the 1st of August to chat and catch a bunch of the newly released fish and bugs! IMPORTANT: If you DON'T have Animal Crossing but would still like to join and chat, you're still more than welcome to join the Discord server! We're looking forward to it!

North & South American High School Meetup
August

Description: Due to the current pandemic situation, it is hard for the teams to get together and find ways to collaborate. Therefore, we are finding ways to do so virtually via zoom. On August 1st, our team is planning to host a meeting with North and South American high school iGEM students. The purpose of this meeting is to share, connect, and be inspired. We will have an icebreaker, keynote speaker, and each team will present for a couple of minutes. In order to participate, fill out the form below.

Per person: https://forms.gle/ktPXeooShrKFduDP9
Per team: https://forms.gle/jAxQnKrh3Qap8GVf7

Beijing International iGEMer Collaboration Seminar
August

Itinerary: The meet up will aim to provide a platform of collaboration and communication between different iGEM groups. Teams will get to know each other’s projects, understand new concepts, and be inspired by each other.

Description: The meet up is an online seminar between different iGEM teams. Teams will share their ideas, discuss needs, and gain opportunities to collaborate with each other. Professionals in synthetic biology and other related fields as well as award winning iGEM teams will be invited to give each team feedbacks and help. Students and guests who are not participating in iGEM will also be welcomed to observe and learn from this experience.

Link:  https://igem-org.zoom.com.cn/j/92660951870?pwd=R2pwMC9QbzJWN1g0QnBrdHJOMjV5dz09
Meeting ID:926 6095 1870
Password:416545

Week 8 - Protein Purification and Characterization
August

Description: This Webinar will provide an overview of protein characterization that covers analytical techniques used to purify recombinant proteins and evaluate protein purity. The topics primarily focus on methods employed to characterize the physicochemical properties of targeted proteins. We will begin by discussing important aspects of protein structure taken into consideration when purifying a protein of interest. We will then provide guidelines for selecting appropriate purification methods and evaluating purity using qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oPciCO3WQ3K1VMe1YVpq5g

Learn more about the iGEM Summer Webinar Series

Dry Lab Impulse Webinar Series
August

Description: The After iGEM Academia & Research Committee will be hosting a Webinar Series to support iGEMers in strengthening Dry Lab components of their projects. Past iGEM teams who have been nominated for or awarded prizes like Best Software Tool and Best Model will give a brief Tutorial on their work and walk us through its development, technical aspects and applicability.

View the webinars live, or view the recordings at the page below:

Korea Highschool Meetup
August

The meetup will be hosted by Korea_HS and joined by KSA_Korea and Korea-SIS. Each team will present and share about its project (wet/dry lab, collaboration, human practices, outreach) and current progress while teams exchange various questions to support one another in the IGEM journey. Through this event all teams will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the competition itself and build a sense of community during this global pandemic.

Five Schools Alliance Meetup
August

Description: Hello iGEMers from and around the Five Schools Alliance! The Five Schools Alliance,organized by BUCT,is a conference aimed at sharing Mutual projects,cooperating,as well as communicating progress with each other before CCiC.In addition, we will discuss the works about Human Practice in expectation of obtaining more expericence. If you would like to cooperate with us, please join us!

Beijing iGEMer Meetup
August

Description: Considering about the epidemic, college students of Beijing university could hardly get into the lab. We invited you and your team( Team from Beijing) to join us on the 13th of August, 2020 via Zoom for a Virtual Meetup. We would like to share each other with experiences, ideas and progress during the epidemics. We also offer the chance for team to get in touch with each other and find collaboration. Also, we would talk about some new ideas about iGEM change and video. With this meetup activity, we aim to construct a cooperation and community for Beijing iGEMer.

Itinerary:

  • 18:00-18:10 information about team participation
  • 18:10-19:55
  • Team presentation and Q&A
  • 19:55-20:05 Break time
  • 20:05-20:55 Experience sharing and discussions
  • 20:55-21:00

Summary and Group Photos
Time schedule may change considering about the arrangement.

All the teams who do the presentation will have 15 minutes to present with 5 minutes Q&A.
Team presentations should include the following information:

  • Team Brief Introduction
  • Team Background and Description
  • Team Design
  • Team Modeling
  • Team Human practice
  • The requirement is flexible and it is welcome to share your extra information.
2nd Annual iGEM Meetup – Asia
August

Description: As teams are preparing for the Virtual Giant Jamboree in October, our team, iBowu-China, would like to invite your team (High School Track ONLY) to join us on the 15th of August, 2020 via Zoom(zoom.us) for a Virtual Meetup. Last year, our 2019 team held the First Annual Beijing District Meetup. This year, we are here to step it up and continue the tradition. We welcome teams back for another day of sharing and learning. Under the unfortunate circumstances of COVID-19, we may not meet in person, yet this remains a great opportunity for all to communicate thoughts, worries, experiences, and just anything! Even how your team is adapting to late lab openings. During the meetup, each team will be sharing their project idea, progress, and any challenges they have faced. Teams will provide each other with constructive feedback and craft solutions together. Ultimately, we aim to learn from each other as a community.

The agenda will be as follows:

  • 9:30 - 9:45: Arrival Window for Teams
  • 9:45 - 10:00: Opening Ceremony
  • 10:00 - 11:30: Introduction and Ice-breaking Activities
  •  Group Photos
  •  Lunch Break
  •  13:30 – 15:00: Team Presentations (not required), Project Discussions, Q&A, and feedback sessions
  •  15:00: Closing Ceremony
  •  Group Photos

*Timing and arrangements are subject to change*

Team presentations should include the following elements:

  • Team Introduction
  • Project Introduction and Background
  • Progress and Results on the different aspects of the project (e.g. PD, HP, Modelling, Wiki, Design)
  • Group Aims
  • Future Plans

**If your team is experiencing any difficulties, feel free to share them too**

Friend Team Meetup
August

Description: Hi iGEMers! Due to the impact of the epidemic this year, many offline conferences have been hindered. As iGEMers, we want to hold an online exchange meeting this year to communicate and promote synthetic biology in different way than in previous years. You can get some inspiration for each other to make project better, you can also talk about the existing problems or difficulties of the project and bring them up to discuss and solve them together, so don't hesitate, come and contact us!

iGEM 2020 Global Meetup
August

Description: iGEM is hosting the first ever global meetup for all teams to connect, collaborate and celebrate! This year, we can't meet each other in person, but we want you to have an amazing iGEM experience and still meet other teams!
Save the date: August 20-21 (Thursday-Friday)

Check out the full event schedule:

Website: https://2020.igem.org/Teams/Global_Meetup


Judging Office Hours - Session 4
August

Description: Have a question about judging this year? Need some help understanding special prizes or medals? Not sure how to use the Pages for Awards? Join us for Judging Office Hours! Learn more.

MIT Mammalian Meetup (MMM)
August

Description: Our mission is to inspire connections between iGEM teams to explore implications of and discuss mammalian synthetic biology. This event will provide fireside talks with mammalian synthetic biologists, opportunities to meet other iGEM teams, and offer a chance to learn about the state of the field. We hope each team walks (or more accurately, Zooms) away having had conversations that spark excitement and offer new perspectives on mammalian synthetic biology.

Itinerary/Website:https://2020.igem.org/Team:MIT/MIT_Mammalian_Meetup

Registration: RSVP by August 14

Direct Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNu98gfs3--8vOCQeTAgrh7G3rCkP3URZoDgGbx4JxGonkmQ/viewform

Japan Summer Meetup
August

Description: Japan Summer Meetup is an online assembly, hosted by Waseda. All teams in Japan will present their project and progress in 2020. iGEM Alumni and future iGEMers are also encouraged to participate in this event to deepen understanding of SynBio. Some keynote speakers who specialize in Human Practice and entrepreneurship will be invited to think about future iGEM together.
Itinerary: 1 Short pitch, 2 Short presentation, 3 Discussion

Synthetic Biology Forum
August

Description: Hello iGEMers, the St Andrews iGEM team are organizing a synthetic biology forum on the topic ‘Will the GMOs shape the future of humanity?’. We would love to hear your question to the five experts we invited. You can learn more about the event and about the speakers on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/events/591924495023818/. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88188067601?pwd=K3c5OW8zZzZsTVoyNlIvNVRmVWJyUT09
Passcode: 5ynB10

Itineraty:3pm-4pm - Panellist Introductions and Questions addressed to them
4pm-5pm - Panel Discussion and Questions related to the topic

Symposium on Advances in Synthetic Biology
August

Description: This is our 1st online symposium featuring renowned professors and professionals in the field of synthetic biology, as well as all the 6 HK teams participating in the 2020 IGEM Jamboree. The virtual symposium organised by the HKU IGEM 2020 team will be held on August 29, 2020 from 09.30 to 18.00, conducted through ZOOM.

Applications are now open to all high school, undergraduate and postgraduate students from but not limited to Hong Kong. We welcome all synthetic biology enthusiasts to participate in the symposium to gain insight on the current and future advances in the field of synthetic biology, and provide feedback to the HK teams participating in the iGEM 2020 competition. Interested students kindly register through the following link by August 25th 2020.
https://forms.gle/Uo3veerdYdXJixVn6

iGEMeetParis - Worldwide Virtual Meetup hosted by Parisian teams
September

Description: Hello iGEMers from around the World! The iGEM Parisian teams would like to invite you to our online meetup this September. It will be held on two consecutive afternoons filled with inspiring guest talks, workshops, team project presentations and of course, fun social activities to end the day! More information and registration for the event coming soon!

Register now:

Direct Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDljktarVSaFgh5mjRDSjsPM-1AO_6rFPzwYuf1qzY5sFZtw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0HFQmnV-wHcGtDhx4aLRkwAm5X5ewOjcOwfxUUy7VRTRJ-lmSVc6ajuso

Project Promotion Deliverable Q&A session
September

Description: The Video & Remote Technology Committee will host a Q&A Session to answer your questions regarding the Project Promotion Deliverable on September 8th, at 15:00 UTC (11 AM EDT, 5PM CET, 11 PM CST). Join by following the link below:

Direct Link: https://igem-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0udu-rqT0qGdbbGq8x3kvjk2xoWpqsHU_T

SwissGEM
September

Description: Seeing as the Giant Jamboree will be online this year, we still wanted to have the opportunity to present our projects to those who would be most interested in them. Happening over 3 days, we aim to build a better sense of community amongst the teams in Switzerland.
On day 1 we will have team building activities between our teams so that we can get to know each other better. Day 2 is presentation day: we will present our projects (with the necessary hygiene restrictions in place) to the other teams, as well as to our sponsors and the advisors. All of this will be live-streamed so that as many people as possible can "join in" and participate. Day 3 is so that everyone can wind down and head back home!

After iGEM Policy Hackathon
September

Description: This year has illustrated the significance of scientific temper in the policymaking process. To support and encourage science policy, After iGEM Policy committee is organizing the Global Policy Hackathon in September this year. For those curious to learn how researchers can aid policy proceedings or have a potential policy recommendation/solution, novice or pundit, Global Policy Hackathon is the place for you to engage with other enthusiasts and experts! iGEM teams, iGEM Alumni, and any science and policy aficionados are welcome to participate.

We will release further details about the event format, and exciting resources and webinars for participants. Interested to participate, judge or volunteer? Have a query or want to receive updates about the event? Fill this short form and we will reach out to you:

Direct Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/iGEMPolicyHackathon

Virtual Therapeutics Meet-Up
September

Description: Calling all teams participating in the Therapeutics Track! King's College London and Nottingham iGEM teams are organising a virtual meet-up focused solely on Therapeutics based iGEM projects on the 12th of September.
Throughout the conference you will have the opportunity to meet with other teams carrying out similar projects, engage with specialists in this field, and have a chance to show off any SciComm materials you may have made (eg. your promotional videos!). If you would like to participate, be sure to register here by September 2nd:

Direct Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoaLrDGzY3xuC8aA4Cw0QPCwxVumti5hc1-Cs6m5nHsoLGKg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Iberian iGEM Meetup
September

Description: There is only one Portuguese and one Spanish team competing this year, so we decided to join forces and share work experiences and knowledge. We will briefly present our projects and then we will split into different workgroups to discuss what we have done so far.

Direct Link: https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/97485545036?pwd=SGsrWjgxSm81cFd1RC9nVk1rdVZidz09

Password: 404044

California Meetup
September

Description: The California Meetup hosted by the UC Santa Cruz team aims to support and achieve more collaboration with the California iGEM teams and their advisors. Attending teams will be able to share their projects and discuss ways we can support each other.

Internet-ional iGEM Meet Up
September

Description: During this event, the different team will present their project, but with funny constraints, then they'll participate in a quiz, and finally we'll share a meal or aperitif together by webcam where each one must eat something from another participating country (bought or cooked).

iGEMers of the World Podcast Launch Livestream
September

Description: The iGEM Community is boarding the podcast rocket ship, and it's called "iGEMers of the world". This podcast will be a medium for After iGEM to engage with iGEMers and communicate ideas about the future of iGEM and synthetic biology to a worldwide audience.

We want to promote discussion and conversation around Synbio from an iGEM perspective and will be inviting iGEM Alumni to share their stories and inspire current and future iGEMers. Topics of conversation will include how iGEM has given them direction and/or influenced their careers; whether that be in research, industry, or entrepreneurship. What are the predominant ideas in engineering and designing the future of synthetic biology that currently occupy their mind?

Join us at the LIVE launch event, streamed at 9:30 AM Eastern (US/Canada) on 30th of September.

Mare Nostrum iGEM Meet up
October

Description: Mare Nostrum iGEM Meet up is an online event that aims to connect all teams based in Mediterannean Sea. Presentations about synthetic biology, genetics, computer science will be available from well known scientists. Moreover, advice and useful tips about iGEM competition will be given from Alumnis and Ambassadors for improving your project before the Giant Jamboree. Don t miss it, it will be an unforgettable event.

cGEM (Canadian Genetically Engineered Machine) Conference
October

Description: cGEM is the inaugural trainee-led synthetic biology conference in Canada. The online event is happening on October 3rd and 4th and is focused on showcasing Canadian research in synthetic biology, with an emphasis on high school, undergraduate, and graduate-level team projects (analogous to the iGEM competition in some aspects). We are passionate about creating training opportunities for young synthetic biologists in the country as well as an inclusive and diverse community of students across the nation!

Direct Link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cgem-2020-registration-112483489144

First African Meetup
October

Description: This is the first African Meetup and it's our pleasure that it will be hosted by AFCM Egypt Team online using ZOOM meetings. The aim of this meetup is to share ideas about synthetic biology in Africa and call for further collaborations. We are honored by Dr. Mohamed Salama (Associate professor at the Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology) and Dr. Andrea Savarino (PI of Dendritic Cell Vaccine) to share with us their talks in the meetup. We will also discuss our entrepreneurship journey as After iGEMers who translated their synthetic biology project into therapeutic products. Then, each team will present its project idea and they will receive feedback from the other teams. And let's not forget the 'After iGEM Talk' by the African Ambassadors. We are hoping that this meetup would provide us with better preparation for the Giant Jamboree.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAocu6oqDsoHdfQ3PmXihW60NeB_Sq0wetv
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.