After iGEM/Networks/Policy

After iGEM | Governance & Policy

Governance & Policy Network

Mission and Vision

The Network positions iGEM alumni to participate in the field’s larger context, such as policy discussions and public consultations, and encourages them to develop governance solutions. They also aim to help members of our community understand and navigate local regulations and governance that apply to their synthetic biology work.

The future that ambitious young synthetic biologists want to create cannot be engineered only in laboratories. Synthetic biology exists in a social and regulatory context, which can both constrain its progress and encourage it to evolve in beneficial ways. The GAP Network can be a resourceful contact point for teams translating their human practices work into policy solutions that tackles real-world problems.
The group wishes to promote valorization of science by assisting iGEM teams in taking part in public hearings, policy discussions, and in the institutional level policymaking in their regions, if possible. They also encourage the participation of iGEM Alumni in policy-related conferences, workshops and research by providing them with appropriate resources to explore their interests. The long term mission involves establishing a permanent advisory team to help iGEM teams with regulations and their policy solutions. The GAP Steering Group works closely with the iGEM Safety and Security Committee on projects regarding biosafety, containment and biosecurity policy.

Contact the Steering Group of the iGEM Governance & Policy Network at

Governance & Policy Network in 2021

Encourage our community to participate in open public policy consultations on topics related to synthetic biology.
Build an understanding of global governance of synthetic biology by mapping out local policies.
Create contexts, such as policy hackathons, where the iGEM community can develop governance solutions.
Create a team of policy representatives that can assist teams in navigating local governance and policy issues.

2021 Projects

Group Members

Varsha Jaisimha
Ronit Langer
Tessa Alexanian
Toronto, Canada
Ethan Agena
Edmonton, Canada
Gokul Bhaskaran
Berhampur, India
Gurpreet Dhaliwal
London, United Kingdom
Henrique Retti
São Paulo, Brazil
Janvi Ahuja
Oxford, United Kingdom
Jose Garza Martinez
Monterrey, Mexico
Martin Holub
Delft, The Netherlads
Rene Melendez
Monterrey, México