Beyond the Competition

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

iGEM Foundation

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration.

Beyond the Competition - After iGEM Events and Scientific Conferences

iGEM is more than a competition. It is a program dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology. In 2017 iGEM introduced the After iGEM program, an initiative that supports our 30,000+ member community and international network of academics and industry professionals beyond the competition. After iGEM provides engagement opportunities within iGEM, in synthetic biology, and in the global community. Learn more about becoming an iGEM Ambassador and representing iGEM in your region, or focus on policy and practices by serving as an official iGEM Delegate at international fora on international policy and diplomacy. After iGEM is also developing programs around entrepreneurship, mentorship, community building, education and more. Be a part of After iGEM by joining the iGEM Network or visit us at after.igem.org

Below are just some of the activities we have participated in that are part of the broader impact.

2019

Events and Speaking Engagements




July 11-13, 2019

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) Workshop on Novel Practices of Biosecurity Governance
Location: University of Cambridge

Piers Millett, iGEM Director of Safety and Security, and Sam Weiss Evans, a member of the iGEM Human Practices Executive Committee, will be running a workshop on "Novel practices in biosecurity governance" hosted by the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge, where he will provide input on iGEM's safety and security program, and our plans to strengthen our governance framework. Learn more about CSER'S workshop on biosecurity governance measures



July 8-10, 2019

IWBDA - International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation ​
Location: ​Cambridge, England

Traci Haddock-Angelli, iGEM Director of the Competition, will give the keynote address at the 11th International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation held in Cambridge, England.

Ja​cob ​Beal​, iGEM ​Measurement ​Committee​​ Chair, will be giving an invited talk at the "Workshop on Bio-Design for Portability", a workshop at IWBDA. Learn more Workshop program

Learn more iGEM at IWBDA 2019



July 7-10

NATO workshop on Biosecurity ​
Location: ​Lausanne, Switzerland

Piers Millett, iGEM Director of Safety and Security, and Sam Weiss Evans, a member of the iGEM Human Practices Executive Committee, will be participating in the Scientific Organizing Committee for a NATO sponsored workshop on "Security and Resilience for Emerging Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology Threats". Piers Millet will be providing input on iGEM's experiences, lessons learned, and ongoing work to develop a cutting edge governance framework. Learn more about the NATO workshop on Biosecurity



June 26-29, 2019

6th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) 2019
Location: Kraków, Poland

Sam Weiss Evans, a member of the iGEM Human Practices Executive Committee highlighted iGEM at a talk giving at the 6th European Workshops in International Studies 2019 at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Learn more about iGEM and 'Global reconfigurations of science, technology, and security' here and EWIS 2019 here.



June 23-27, 2019

SEED: Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design ​
Location: New York Hilton, Midtown

Traci Haddock-Angelli, iGEM Director of the Competition, and Vinoo Selvarajah, iGEM Director of the Registry, will be attending the event held in New York City. SEED 2019 will focus on advances in science, technology, applications, and related investments in the field of synthetic biology. Learn more about SEED 2019



June 24, 2019

NYC After iGEM Meetup at SEED 2019 ​
Location: New York, New York

All New York After iGEMers and attendees of the SEED 2019 conference, please come join us for a meetup on Monday 6/24 at McGee's Pub!! Learn more about this Meet-up and all AfteriGEM events here.



June 19, 2019

Life Hacks 2.0: Synbiosis and Bioentreprenreurship
Location: National University of Singapore

After iGEM will be a part of the Life Hacks event organized by National University of Singapore's iGEM team.The event will bring the current iGEM teams, the After iGEM Community, and the bioentrepreneurial ecosystem of Singapore together to convene on the current status and future of the Synthetic Biology in the Region. Learn more about this event here.



June 19-20, 2019

Techsauce Global Summit 2019
Location: National University of Singapore

Techsauce Global Summit is the biggest annual event in the ASEAN Region for global leaders in technology, startups, corporations, investors, and venture capitalists to collaborate and improve the tech industry.
This year After iGEM has collaborated with Techsauce and we will be sending Cheewin Kittikuanpong, iGEMers from the 2018 Edinbrugh OG team, as an iGEM Representative. As an iGEM Representative Cheewin will represent both the iGEM Competition and After iGEM at Techsauce Global Summit and will introduce the attendees to what the iGEM Competition has accomplished over the past 15 years. Learn more about this event here.



June 13-14, 2019

iGEM meetup for teams and supervisors
Location: The Hague, the Netherlands

Megan Palmer, iGEM Director of Human Practices, will be giving the key note lecture at the event at the The Hague, hosted by Rathenau and RIVM. Learn more about the event here.



June 12-13, 2019

White House NSTC-Interagency Working Group
Location: Rockville, Maryland

Piers Millett, iGEM Director of Safety and Security, will be participating in a meeting of the White House NSTC-Interagency Working Group on Biological Data Sharing, where he will talk about iGEM's experiences in biological data sharing and biosecurity. Learn more about the IWGBDS Workshop



June 11, 2019

BAE Systems Export Control and Compliance conference

Sam Weiss Evans, a member of the iGEM Human Practices Executive Committee, will be giving the Keynote talk on “The limitations of export controls for addressing security concerns in emerging technology”.



June 3-4, 2019

BioRoboost: International Workshop on Synthetic Biology: beyond standardization ​
Location: Madrid, Spain

Ja​cob ​Beal​, iGEM ​Measurement ​Committee​​ Chair, will be giving a talk at the BioRoboost meeting in Madrid on "How the iGEM competition is shaping a global SynBio community". Learn more about the BioRoboost: International Workshop on Synthetic Biology: beyond standardization.



May 16, 2019

Intelligence-Academia Engagement workshop
Location: Kings College, London,

Sam Weiss Evans, a member of the iGEM Human Practices Executive Committee attended the Intelligence-Academia Engagement workshop at Kings College, London and highlighted iGEM at the event.



May 10, 2019

Ethics and Gene Drives conference
Location: UCSD

Sam Weiss Evans, a member of the iGEM Human Practices Executive Committee attended the Ethics and Gene Drives conference at UCSD and highlighted iGEM at the “Anomaly-Handling and the Politics of Gene Drives” session.



May 6, 2019

DARPA Safe Genes Phase II launch meeting

Sam Weiss Evans, a member of the iGEM Human Practices Executive Committee attended the DARPA Safe Genes Phase II launch meeting and highlighted iGEM the “Experimenting in thinking differently about the governance of security and the broader aspects of bioengineering” session.



May 3-5, 2019

NTI Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction workshop

Sam Weiss Evans, a member of the iGEM Human Practices Executive Committee highlighted iGEM at the NTI Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction workshop.



April 30 – May 1 2019

National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
Location: Washington DC

Piers Millett, iGEM Director of Safety and Security and a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, participated on a committee on "Safeguarding the Bioeconomy: Finding Strategies for Understanding, Evaluating, and Protecting the Bioeconomy while Sustaining Innovation and Growth" where he talked about iGEM as a model for building a workforce / talent development for the bioeconomy. learn more about , Safeguarding the Bioeconomy.



April 3-5, 2019

Nuclear Threat Initiative
Location: Washington, DC

Piers Millett, iGEM Director of Safety and Security participated in 2019 working meeting of the NTI initiative "Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction" where he presented on iGEM's experiences in incentivizing, addressing risks, and fostering responsible behavior. Learn more about the NTI initiative.



March 18-19,2019

World health Organization - Global health ethics ​
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Piers Millett, iGEM Director of Safety and Security, acted as Rapporteur for the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on Developing global standards for governance and oversight of Human Genome editing. Piers Millett provided substantive support for the committee including compiling background documentation on the implications of the technology and good practice in governance of advanced biotechnologies, drawing upon iGEM's experiences. Learn more about the World Health Organization and human genome editing.



March 15, 2019

2019. Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control ​
Location: Berlin

Piers Millett, iGEM Director of Safety and Security, participated in a panel on "Biotechnology Goes Viral. Rethinking Security risks, Capturing Convergences" at "Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control" hosted by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Piers Millett talked about iGEM's experiences from its safety and security program. Learn more about the 2019. Capturing Technology. Rethinking Arms Control:

Upcoming




July 14-19, 2019

GRC (Gordon Research Conference) Synthetic Biology conference ​
Location: ​Waterville Valley, NH

Anne Meyer, iGEM Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair, will be giving a talk on Thursday July 18 that will be highlighting the work of her 2015 TU Delft iGEM team at "Creating Designer Biofilms”. Learn more about the GRC 2019



October 31 - November 4, 2019

iGEM 2019 Giant Jamboree ​
Location: ​Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

The culminating event of the iGEM 2019 Competition season. Attend the iGEM 2019 Giant Jamboree and experience iGEM in action. See 300+ teams showcase their work and compete for medals and prizes. Join us and celebrate their achievements,network with iGEMers across 40+ countries, be a part of an international community, make lifelong memories and more!. Learn more about the iGEM 2019 Giant Jamboree

2018 Events and Speaking Engagements

  • The Long Now Foundation’s Salon Series: talk on Engineering Biology for Social Scales on February 6, 2018
  • Australia Group, London on March 9, 2018
  • World Health Organization Health and Security Interface Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, Adelaide, Australia on March 22, 2018
  • European Biological Safety Association, Copenhagen on April 19-20, 2018
  • Asia Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officers, Singapore on May 8-9, 2018
  • World Health Assembly, Geneva on May 21-25, 2018
  • IAP: Global Network of Science Academies, Governance of research in the life sciences with dual use potential, Zabreg on June 11-13, 2018
  • Infectious Diseases: Past, Present, and Future, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany, on November 15 - 16 2018
  • iGEM at the Long Now Foundation’s Salon Series

    February 6, 2018

    The Long Now Foundation’s Salon Series was held in San Francisco, CA. On February 6, 2018, Megan Palmer, PhD., Director of Human Practices, gave a talk on 'Engineering Biology for Social Scales'. Here she showcased iGEM's work with Human Practices.

    Learn more about the event by visiting Long Now Foundation’s Salon Series: Engineering Biology for Social Scales.

    2017 Events and Speaking Engagements

  • 2nd OIE Global Conference on Biothreat Reduction on Oct 31 - Nov 1, 2017
  • Global Community Biosummit at MIT Media Lab, Cambridge MA on Sept 22-24, 2017
  • Biohack the Planet in Oakland, CA on Aug 25 - 26, 2017
  • 12th APBA Biosecurity & Biosafety Conference on Aug 22 - 25, 2017
  • International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) in Pittsburg, PA on Aug 8-11, 2017
  • Gordon Research Conference on Synthetic Biology in Stowe, VT on July 30 - August 4, 2017
  • Workshop on Maintaining Innovation and Security in Biotechnology, at The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore on Aug 1, 2017
  • ISMB ECCB 2017 in Prague, July 21-25, 2017
  • UNICRI International Biotechnology Network Meeting at the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland on July 12-15, 2017
  • iGEMeta Workshop at Network Science Institute Boston in Boston, MA, USA on July 7, 2017
  • Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) in British Columbia, Canada on June 20-23, 2017
  • SB7.0 Singapore on June 13 - 16, 2017
  • 'After iGEM' event in Singapore
  • mSBW 4.0 at Boston University on May 6 - 7, 2017
  • SynBioBeta London on April 3 - 6, 2017
  • iGEM Reception in London, UK on April 5, 2017
  • SXSW on March 15, 2017
  • iGEM Strategy Retreat on February 22 - 23, 2017
  • iGEM Safety & Security Retreat on February 20 - 21, 2017
  • UN Biodiversity Conference on December 2 - 17, 2016
  • iGEM at the 2nd OIE GLOBAL CONFERENCE on BIOTHREAT REDUCTION

    Oct 31- Nov 1, 2017

    The 2nd OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) Global Conference on Biothreat Reduction, was held in Ottawa, Canada from 31 October to 1 November. Piers Millett, iGEM Director of Safety and Security, will introduce iGEM's Safety and Security program at the event. Showcase iGEM's work to the animal health intergovernmental organization and participants will come from the veterinary sciences, safety and security communities.

    iGEMers are also invited to present a poster of their work as it relates to human or animal health (infectious diseases) as well as those with interesting safety or security issues.

    Learn more about the event by visiting 2nd OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) Global Conference on Biothreat Reduction.

    Global Community Bio Summit at MIT Media Lab

    Sept 22-24, 2017

    The Global Community Bio summit at MIT Media Lab was held in Cambridge, MA USA, on Sept 22-24, 2017. Megan Palmer, PhD., Director of Human Practices, spoke about iGEM at the event, it's program and initiatives. Megan is also a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University.

    Learn more about the event by visiting Global Community Bio summit.

    iGEM at the 12th APBA BIOSECURITY & BIOSAFETY CONFERENCE

    Aug 22 - 25 , 2017

    The 12th APBA (Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association) Biosafety Conference on Biosecurity & Biosafety – New Challenges of Bio Threat in a Rapidly Changing World of Science & Technology,, will be held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 22 August to 25 August. Piers Millett, iGEM Director of Safety and Security, will present iGEM's Safety and Security program at the event.

    Learn more about the event by visiting Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association.

    The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR)

    Aug 1, 2017

    The Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) held an event at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in Livermore on Aug 1, 2017. Megan Palmer, Director of Human Practices, spoke in the Workshop on Maintaining Innovation and Security in Biotechnology. Megan is also a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University.

    Learn more about the event by visiting Maintaining Innovation and Security in Biotechnology and Center for Global Security Research.

    United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

    July 12-15, 2017

    The UNICRI International Biotechnology Network Meeting at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland was held on Aug 1, 2017. Megan Palmer, PhD., Director of Human Practices, and spoke about iGEM at the event, it's program and initiatives. Megan is also a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University.

    Learn more about the event by visiting United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

    Network Science Institute Boston

    July 7, 2017

    The Network Science Institute Boston event was held in Boston, MA, USA on July 7, 2017. Megan Palmer, PhD., Director of Human Practices, and spoke eat the iGEMeta Workshop. Megan is also a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University.

    Learn more about the event by visiting Network Science Institute Boston.

    iGEM at the 7th International Meeting on Synthetic Biology

    June 13-16, 2017

    iGEM attended the 7th International Meeting on Synthetic Biology, SB7.0, in Singapore. The iGEM Foundation hosted a booth and spoke at the event, and shared the news of its newest programs and initiatives with the attendees.
    iGEM's impact on the Synthetic Biology industry was on full display, with more than half of the event speaker list comprising of members of the iGEM community.
    Speakers from iGEM included:

    • Meagan Lizarazo, iGEM Vice President, presenting at the 'Sharing by Sharing' session
    • Piers Millett, Director of iGEM Safety & Security, presenting at the 'Security' session
    • Megan Palmer, Director of Human Practices

    Learn more about the event by visiting 7th International Meeting on Synthetic Biology, SB7.0.

    After iGEM NEXT GEN Leadership Reception in Singapore

    June 15, 2017

    iGEM co-hosted an 'After iGEM' reception in Singapore, with LEAP and the SB7.0 Biosecurity Fellows. Event attendees included members of the iGEM community that were present at SB7.0

    The event celebrated the introduction of the 'After iGEM' initiative to the Asia Pacific audience, and featured a networking reception for over 150 leaders in Synthetic Biology, from the iGEM, LEAP and Biosecurity Fellowship communities.

    iGEM at Synbiobeta London

    April 4-6, 2017

    iGEM participated in the 'World Showcase' Lighning talk on Tuesday, April 4th. Meagan Lizarazo, iGEM Vice President, joined industry leaders as they presented new initiatives within the field of synthetic biology.

    iGEM announced a new program focused on supporting the iGEM community as they move beyond the competition. This new initiative will be supported by multiple community engagement activities - one of which was a reception for iGEMers at the event held on April 5th.

    Along with speaking at the event, iGEM hosted an exhibitor booth. We thank the many iGEMers who stopped by to say hi and see what's new with iGEM.

    Learn more about the event by visiting Synbiobeta London and Synbiobeta conferences.

    iGEM Reception in London, UK

    April 5, 2017

    iGEM hosted a reception for all iGEMers present at the SynBioBeta conference in London. Over 50 iGEMers attended the reception, bringing together iGEMers from across EU.

    The event featured a networking reception that focused on garnering ideas and interest for community building activities that would facilitate iGEMers community engagement after the competition.

    Please look for announcements on our new programs in the upcoming weeks.

    iGEM at SXSW

    March 15, 2017

    iGEM's ground breaking work on safety and security was showcased at SXSW on March 15, 2017. A panel arguing that it was time for a security update for biotechnology saw iGEM's work in this area being highlighted as how to effectively build a security culture and laying the foundations for more sustainable, scalable, security solutions. The panel included current or former iGEM track and committee chairs in software, human practices and safety and security.

    Panel included:

    • Megan Palmer, Senior Research Scholar and a William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University and member of iGEM's Human Practices Executive Committee and Advisory Group ]
    • Ed You, Supervisory Special Agent FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Biological Countermeasures Unit Federal Bureau of Investigation and promotes FBI outreach to address biosecurity at iGEM
    • Piers Millett, Principal of Biosecure Ltd and Director of Safety and Security and Co-Chairs the Safety Committee at iGEM
    • Edward Perello, co-founder of Desktop Genetics Ltd and formerly co-chaired the iGEM software track

    Learn more by visiting: Biotechnology Needs a Security Update at SXSW

    iGEM Strategy Retreat: Engaging with the Community

    February 22 - 23, 2017

    iGEM hosted its first global strategy meeting in Granada, Spain in February, 2017. Over 20 leading experts in synthetic biology from Europe, North America, and Asia joined iGEM headquarters for this inaugural meeting. 

    With the goal of understanding regional dynamics, all participants were invited to discuss their experiences and views about iGEM and synthetic biology overall. This sharing of local views lead to both a heightened appreciation of the challenges our teams encounter and a greater awareness of situational concerns that iGEM should consider in the future.

    The meeting also focused on enhancing the iGEM community experience beyond that of the competition and the Giant Jamboree. Attendees brainstormed ideas to further cultivate and harness the ever growing talent that makes up the iGEM community. Look for more details on engagement activities in the upcoming months as we prepare to introduce a new program for 2017 and beyond!

    iGEM SAFETY & SECURITY RETREAT

    February 20 - 21, 2017

    iGEM held its first Safety & Security retreat in Granada, Spain in February 2017. Representatives of regional biosafety associations from the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region were in attendance. The meeting looked at both emerging issues that could challenge safety and security in synthetic biology and what iGEM might need to do to address them. Efforts at the meeting were expert-led, drawing upon the collective knowledge present to help identify issues iGEM will need to deal with in the shorter-term and those we will need to consider in the years to come. This meeting was the first in a series of planned events on safety and security.

    Learn more about what was discussed HERE and remember to check out the Safety Hub on the wiki to see what we have been up to. 

    UN Biodiversity Conference

    December 2 - 17, 2016

    The UN Biodiversity Conference took place in Cancun Mexico from 2 - 17 December, 2016. Over 7,000 participants from 170 countries and over 400 organizations came together to combine efforts to protect biodiversity on a global scale. The Cartagena and the Nagoya protocols were an essential component of this meeting as these two crucial international agreements strive for the safe and fair use of genetic resources.

    Representatives from the iGEM Foundation along with a group of 5 iGEM delegates attended the 13th Conference of the Parties in order to be part of the international conversation regarding synthetic biology.

    Learn more about what was discussed by visiting: iGEM at the UN Biodiversity Conference