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2019 Events and Speaking Engagements

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


September 30 - October 1, 2019

2019 New Shape Forum: Weapons Governance
Location: ​Geneva, Switzerland

Niek Savelkoul, iGEM Ambassador for Europe, will be giving a talk on Monday, September 30 that will be highlight iGEM's work in Safety and Security. Hear from Neik Savelkoul as he presents on 'Safeguarding the future of biotechnology: the iGEM approach'. Learn more about iGEM's role in the 2019 New Shape Forum here.


September 15, 2019

Weizmann seminar
Location: ​Rehovot, Israel

Anne Meyer, iGEM Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair, will be giving a talk at the Weizmann Institute of Science on 'Bio-architecture: from protective biocrystals to patterned biomaterials'. Learn more about iGEM at the Weizmann seminar here.



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



July 11-13, 2019

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) Workshop on Novel Practices of Biosecurity Governanceitem
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 After iGEM events here.



June 19, 2019

Life Hacks 2.0: Synbiosis and Bioentrepreneurship
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 Edinburgh 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: