After iGEM/Initiatives/Women-in-STEM

WiSTEM | After iGEM


WiSTEM Initiative was launched in 2020 August as part of After iGEM Ambassador Program. WiSTEM aims to represent everyone who identifies as Women in STEM and SynBio, increase awareness of the underrepresentation in Science as well as provide a platform for everyone to get inspired, network and develop.

We are achieving this via organisation of various types of events. In 2020 we organised a panel discussion with six inspiring speakers from different regions and careers. This panel discussion turned into an interview series which lasted over 2 months and reached an exceptional number of people in iGEM Community and beyond.

To end iGEM Season, we took part in Giant Jamboree’s Community Week, where we invited iGEM Past Teams to share their work related to Women in STEM!

This event, as well as our other events, attracted a lot of people including LGBTQ+ community and men, who want to understand the problem in more depth! Our main vision is to be inclusive!

We welcome everyone, who is curious and can benefit from our work and we aim to evolve our initiative to the bigger, impactful and representing all the underrepresented groups in STEM and SynBio.



Inspire and Impact

We aim to inspire girls (and everyone who identifies as girls and women) to pursue careers in the STEM and SynBio fields via event organisation, education and mentoring. We also aim to provide resources to underrepresented people, so they can get into STEM easier.


Increase Awareness

We aim to increase awareness of the underrepresentation of everyone who identifies as women in STEM and SynBio, shine the light on the problem. We also aim to increase awareness of the problems faced by other underrepresented groups such as LGBTQ+.


Present Data

We are collecting and analysing the data related to underrepresentation of everyone who identifies as women in STEM and SynBio. This would allow us to approach the existing problem via numbers and statistics, which would say more to some people than people’s stories that already exist in STEM and SynBio.

2021 Teams

Events Team

Harindi Jayakody
Harshini Davuluri

Nana Aba Bentum
Rishika Basak
Sowmya Rajan
Emma Andersen
Roudlotul Jannah
Sofia Taday
Rosemond Tawiah

Data Analysis Team

Foteini Papadaki
Anna Ruth Quintero

Nana Aba Bentum
Rachel Ardon Rivera
Shrutika Sensaria

Awareness Team

Smriti Suresh
Erin Kim
Parneet Sekhon

Meghiya Michelle
Prakriti Karki
Dr Johana Rincones
Shruti Sridhar
Nympha Elisa Sia
Ellis Kelly

Previous Team Members

Nemira Zilinskaite

Cibele Zolnier
Varsha Jaisimha
Melody Wu
Nana Oye Djan