Meetup events are happening around the world. Teams share ideas, help each other, and spend time with their fellow iGEMers! There is the opportunity to have a representative from Headquarters come to your event!
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- Name of the Meetup
- Brief description of the Meetup (2 - 4 sentences)
- Contact information (to be posted online)
- July 5-7: German iGEM Meetup
- July 7: iGEM Meetup - Beijing District
- July 12-14: Greek iGEM Meetup
- July 13: Midwest Meetup
- July 19-20: iGEM Jilin Meetup - Peer Collaboration
- July 19-21: iGEM ChongQing Meetup
- July 20-21: All India iGEM Meetup
- July 25: Mid-Atlantic iGEM Meetup
- July 25-27: InParis European Meetup
- July 26-28: Danish iGEM Weekend
- July 27: JulyGEM
- early September: iGEM x Sustainable Development Goals Online Conference
- September 7-8: 3rd Mediterranean meetup
- September 19: Israel's Mini iGEM Jamboree
- September 20-22: SynBio Gone Viral
- September 26: Synthetic Biology Symposium
- October 25: BeNeLux Mini Jamboree
Dates: April 12-14
Location: Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark
Description: DTU will host the 7th Annual BioBrick Tutorial April 12-14th. The tutorial is a combination of hands-on BioBrick assembly workshop in the lab, presentations about the iGEM process, and a chance to get to know the other Nordic teams.
Itinerary: Friday: Arrival of teams and lectures. Saturday: Lab exercises and workshops. Sunday: Lab exercises and lectures
Contact Information: dtubiobuilders [AT] gmail.com
Dates: April 13
Location: NYU Shanghai
Itinerary: 10am to 4pm
Description: The NYU Shanghai team will be hosting the iGEM Shanghai Regional Conference. Local iGEM teams are invited to share their previous competition research, help each other troubleshoot for future experiments, and learn about ways to continue their passion of synthetic biology beyond the competition for the 2019 season.
Contact Information: Daisy Bugarin. Email: db3696 [AT] nyu.edu.
Dates: May 3-5
Location: Bonn, Germany (Center for Advanced European Studies and Research - CAESAR)
Itinerary: 3 days, program to be announced soon
Description: Kick off the iGEM season with a different kind of meetup! We invite you to Bonn to celebrate the iGEM values with us in a festival-style meetup, attend exciting talks from research scientists, present your teams in a fun way, share ideas and receive feedback, visit the famous Rhein in Flammen and Panama Opening festivals in Bonn with an incredible firework show, visit the Cherry Blossom Avenue, and attend various workshops. The meetup is an initiative started by European Ambassador Nemanja and our team with goals to connect iGEMers with a fun event, include After iGEM with a separate workshop, and promote and recruit potential new teams. Check out our website for more information. We hope to see you in May!
Contact Information: info [AT] igembonn.de
Dates: May 5
Location: Shenzhen University
Itinerary: 9:30AM to 5:20PM
Description: In this event, many iGEM teams are invited and will take turns to talk about their own projects, progress they have made and difficulties they have met. During this period, other teams can ask questions or help solve their problems to achieve the purpose of learning and communication among teams.
The Meetup will start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5:20 p.m.. Eight teams will be on the stage to give speeches. Meanwhile, we have invited Dorothy, the Asian iGEM ambassador, to give us a lecture on how to prepare the competition, which can help us improve and further our project.
Contact Information: 1005745813 [AT] qq.com, or WeChat LLL_Wendy
Dates: May 17-19
Location: University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Description: The Nordic iGEM Conference (NiC) is a three-day meetup for the Nordic iGEM teams. This year the event is hosted by University of Copenhagen. There will be workshops, a mini-jamboree, an After iGEM panel discussion and social activities to strengthen the ties between Nordic iGEM teams.
Contact Information: Cecilie, email: cich [AT] plen.ku.dk
Dates: May 17-19
Location: Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany
Description: iGEM, although being a competition, it lives from its big community and all the collaborations. For this reason we want to meet all of you as soon as possible and start working together! Come join us in Erlangen, Germany for a weekend of socializing, interesting talks, workshops, poster sessions and our collaboration speed-dating. Oh, and Franconia is known worldwide for its amazing beer.
Contact Information: email: project-igem [AT] fau.de
Dates: May 19
Location: China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing
Itinerary: 10:00AM to 4:30PM
Description: The Third iGEM Nanjing Regional Meetup is held by China Pharmaceutical University iGEM (CPU_CHINA) team. In this meetup, many teams are invited to share their own projects and communicate with the others, to achieve the purpose of learning and communicating among teams. We also invited many experienced iGEMers to provide suggestions to each team, which can further their projects.
Contact Information: email: KKeHuandi [AT] 163.com
Dates: June 11 at 19h
Location: Filmoteca de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
Description: We will present our team UPNAvarra_Spain, talk about what synthetic biology can do for our society and show a documentary called Genesis 2.0..
The film observes the harsh and dangerous life of so-called mammoth hunters on the remote New Siberian Islands in the far north of Siberia. The resurrection of the mammoth is a first track and manifestation of the next great technological revolution, synthetic biology.
Contact Information: @igem.upna (Instagram), @igemupna2019 (Facebook), @iUPNA2019 (Twitter), equipo.igem [AT] unavarra.es (Email)
Dates: June 13
Location: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Itinerary: 12:00-13:00 Arrival and refreshments, 13:00-14:30 Project presentations, 14:30-16:00 Collaborations
Description: Israeli Teams MeetUp, where we will be discussing this year's project (for each team) and get to know one another. We are looking to find areas for collaborations as well.
Contact Information: Mey Tal Banar, IGEM.bgu19 [AT] gmail.com
Dates: June 13-14
Location: former US embassy @ The Hague, the Netherlands
Itinerary: Day 1: workshops, presentations, panel discussions & Day 2: unconference: you set the programme
Description: Do you want to increase your chances to succeed in the iGEM competition 2019? Acquire useful tools, skills and knowledge, exchange best practices, and learn all about human practices, safety & security, including how to work Safe-by-Design. In other words: get a head start! So save the date and join the iGEM Europe meetup during the Border Sessions festival on 13 & 14 June in The Hague, hosted by Rathenau and RIVM. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for more information about the programme.
Contact Information: biotechnologie [AT] rivm.nl
Dates: June 14
Location: Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico
Itinerary: To be posted soon.
Description: During the event, participants can attend several conferences and workshops at our university, as well as some contacts with researchers and many experts in the fields of plant biotechnology and synthetic biology.
Contact Information: igemuaaan [AT] gmail.com, +52 1 8445017671, https://www.facebook.com/IGEM-UAAAN-2100805620159442/
Dates: June 22
Location: 444 Building at 444 E Second Street, Dayton, Ohio
Itinerary: 10 AM - 3 PM
Description: A chance to discuss iGEM projects, meet other teams, and get excited for iGEM!!!
The 444 Building is used as a creative and collaborative center for AFRL and other researchers. It stands in the heart of the innovation district in Downtown Dayton. Just down the street is Wilbur and Orville Wright’s bicycle shop where they initially designed the Wright Flyer!
Meet us at the birthplace of innovation, where creativity and curiosity are grounded as the building blocks for the future of synthetic biology! We hope to see you there!
Contact Information: igem [AT] carrollhs.org
Dates: June 22
Location: University of Fundamental and Applied Sciences of Poitiers, France
Itinerary: A round-table discussion session in the morning at the university and activities in the afternoon at the St Cyr Lake
Description: iGEM Poitiers team organize for the first time a French Meetup. It will occur during the whole day. It will be a friendly meeting with a round-table discussion in the morning for the presentation of the different teams and their projects. In the afternoon the teams will share a convivial moment after lunchtime at the St Cyr Lake where they will do some activities to know more each other.
Contact Information: igempoitiers [AT] gmail.com
Dates: July 5-7
Location: Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf
Description: The German Meetup will be hosted in Düsseldorf, Germany from July 5 - 7, 2019. There will be exciting talks, a panel discussion and poster presentations, where we invite you to present and discuss your team’s project. In addition, there will be many opportunities to socialize with your fellow iGEM participants.
Receive input from experts, discuss your ideas and get to know the German iGEM teams!
Contact Information: igem [AT] hhu.de
Dates: July 7
Location: Zhonghang Development Mansion, Beijing, China
Description: As each team are preparing for the 2019 iGEM Jamboree, our team, iBowu-China, would like to invite all the participating iGEMers to join us on July 3rd, 2019, at Zhonghang Development Mansion (北京中航发展大厦A座), to celebrate the hard work that we’ve done. This is going to be the greatest opportunity for all the teams at and near Beijing to gather up and share their thoughts, worries, experiences, ideas, etc. No matter if you’re stuck midway on your project or having the best experience of your life, this meeting will be the chance to make your inspiring project even better.
At the seminar, each team will be sharing their program development, as well as their project ideas; you will be able to find help and resolutions to your challenges from all the supportive iGEMers attending the meeting, most importantly, all of us will be able to learn from each other as a community.
The time arrangement will be the following:
- 9:00-9:30: Arrival window for teams
- 9:30-10:00: Opening ceremony
- 10:00-10:40: First team project presentation and Q&A
- 10:40-11:20: Second team project presentation and Q&A
- 11:20-12:00: Third team project presentation and Q&A
- 12:00-13:20: Lunch break
- 13:20-15:20: Project presentation
- 15:20-16:00: Presentations from four previous iGEMers
- 16:00-16:30: Networking session
- 16:30-16:50: Closing ceremony
*Timing and arrangements are subject to change*
Preparation list and timing for each team: (If your team is prepared, you can use this as a chance to do a mock jamboree). Each team will get 25mins of presentation time and 15 mins for Q&A session and judge’s feedbacks. Team presentations should include the following elements:
- Team and team members introduction
- An introduction of your project
- Future plans
- Group aims
- Experiments practices/design
- Human practices and progress
**if there are any difficulties that you are being challenged with, please share them too**
Contact Information: Hedy Zhu, email: he.zhu [AT] dulwich-beijing.cn, phone: +86 137 0122 9523
Dates: July 12-14
Location: University of Thessaly, Greece
Description: iGEM Thessaly is really happy to host the first iGEM Greek meetup at the city of Larissa. The main idea is for the Greek teams to come together and exchange ideas, knowledge, and visions. There will be exciting talks by great scientists in the field of Synthetic Biology, presentations of the team’s projects as well as interactive activities that will give us the opportunity to get to know our fellow iGEM participants. Let’s not forget that Larissa is known for its amazing tsipouro, so it’s also our obligation to enjoy it with our fellow Greek iGEMers.
Contact Information: igem.thessaly [AT] gmail.com
Dates: July 13
Location: Michigan State University
Description: We will be hosting the Midwest Meetup at the Michigan State University. It will take place on July 13th from 11am – 5pm. Check in is in MSU’s Molecular Plant Sciences Building (1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI 48824). At the Meetup we will be playing icebreaker games and having a scavenger hunt as well as a speaker and presentations from each group about their project. Lunch will be provided at one of MSU’s cafeterias. We will end the evening with a fun craft and Ice cream from MSU’s own dairy store. Contact swiecki1 [AT] msu.edu for more details about coming.
Contact Information: swiecki1 [AT] msu.edu
Dates: July 19-20
Location: Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China
Itinerary: July 19
16:30 – 17:30 Opening ceremony
8:00-9:00 Lab visit
11:00-- Closing ceremony
Description: All iGEMers are supposed to achieve more in collaboration with each other, so here comes our invitation, from Jilin_China & JiangnanU_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 in Jilin! Contact us for more information.
Contact Information: 1021170428 [AT] stu.jiangnan.edu.cn
yangchang1316 [AT] mails.jlu.edu.cn
yangchang703 [AT] outlook.com
Dates: July 19-21
Location: Army Medical Unversity, ChongQing, China
Itinerary: To be sent to participating teams or individuals
Description: BM_AMU will hold the first iGEM ChongQing Meetup. We invite six teams from all over the country, including CSU_CHINA, NUDT_CHINA, OUC-China, SDU-CHINA, SMMU-China and UCAS-China, to deliver speeches and poster presentations. In the meantime, We are very honored to invite Dorothy, the Asian iGEM ambassador, and Haoqian Zhang, Chief Technical Officer of Bluepha company, to ChongQing. Most importantly, entrepreneurship of Undergraduates is another theme of this year’s meetup.
Contact Information: 1040776305 [AT] qq.com
Dates: July 20-21
Location: IISER Bhopal (Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh)
Description: IISER Bhopal is proud to host this years' All India iGEM Meetup. The idea around the meetup is to come together and understand the uniqueness of each other's ideas and to have some fun in the process of learning (Cause we all know, Science and Fun go hand in hand). There will be a poster presentation session and anonymous feedback, coupled with a few talks.
Contact Information: Anish Ganju (7411279212), Radha Kulkarni (7350508855), Email: igemiiserb [AT] gmail.com
Dates: July 25
Location: University of Virginia School of Nursing, McLeod Hall
Itinerary: To be sent to participating teams or individuals
Description: Virginia iGEM is excited to host this year's Mid-Atlantic iGEM Meetup! We are looking forward to learn about all the different projects being pursued in the Mid-Atlantic region and catalyze new collaborations. We will also have two great guest speakers bringing intriguing perspectives to synthetic biology and its applications.
You can register here: https://forms.gle/xagwAFAArqJMDbw26
Contact Information: khz7gy [AT] virginia.edu
Dates: July 25-27
Location: Institut Pasteur, Paris 75015 FRANCE
Itinerary: To be given to registered participants
Description: Pasteur Paris, Ionis Paris, GO Paris Saclay and Evry Paris Saclay iGEM teams are collaborating to host the European Meetup. It will take place in Paris, France from July 25-27 2019. Participating teams will have the chance to present their project in front of a jury and to expose their posters. To relax a bit and to know each other better, some activities are planned as well as an afterwork/BBQ party at the end of the event.
All news can be found on our website: igeminparismeetup.org
Contact Information: inparis.igem [AT] gmail.com
Dates: July 26-28
Location: Svanninge Bjerge
Itinerary: To be given to registered participants
Description: Denmark has seen the Biobrick Tutorial and the Nordic iGEM Conference, both revolving around essential parts of the iGEM competition. This meet-up for the Danish teams will focus on more meta-topics like teambuilding and communication training, but we will also host a wiki-workshop. We hope the weekend ends with a stronger national collaboration between our teams.
Contact Information: igem [AT] sdu.dk
Dates: July 27
Location: University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Itinerary: 1-11 pm
Description: JulyGEM is centered around entrepreneurship during and after iGEM, and will require teams to present a 5-10 minute pitch on the importance of their project and why their solution is better than current technologies.
Contact Information: If teams are interested they should email us at igem.calgary [AT] gmail.com.
Dates: August 5
Location: MIT, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge MA 02139, Stata Center, Room 141
Itinerary: (Tentative schedule, will be finalized once number of teams is set)
13:00 Opening Remarks + Guest Speaker
13:45 Presentations and Feedback
15:15 Ice Cream Social and Tour of Weiss Lab
16:15 Presentations and Feedback
17:45 Closing Remark
Description: The Northeastern iGEM Meetup will take place at MIT this year. NEgem is an opportunity for teams in the Northeast region of North America to present their preliminary project and receive feedback from fellow iGEM teams and former judges. The meetup will also include an ice cream social, mentors-only round-table, identification of collaborations, and guest speakers. Participants will have the option to join the meetup remotely.
Contact Information: igem-2019-students [AT] mit.edu, igem-2019-mentors [AT] mit.edu, @MITiGEM (Facebook), @igem_mit (Instagram), @iGEM_MIT (Twitter)
Dates: August 16-18
Location: South China University of Technology (SCUT), Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Description: : The event will invite the domestic synthetic biology academic great authorities to give lectures and explore the most cutting-edge synthetic biology theories and technologies. Synthetic biology teams from universities in the greater bay area of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao will be invited to present the project, discuss biosafety and ethics issues through debate sessions and learn from the exchange of ideas. The purpose of this event is to hold a high-level and indepth forum through the above featured links, to provide a valuable learning and communication platform for students from the school of biology as well as college students from Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau and Greater Bay Area. As an emerging subject in the field of biology in the 21st century, synthetic biology is considered as a subversive frontier technology by many countries, it is also called the third biotechnology revolution after the revolution of molecular biology and genomics. This forum focuses on the most cutting-edge synthetic biology theories and technologies, and links domestic and foreign studies, provides a platform for like-minded undergraduates from Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau and Greater Bay Area to study and discuss, provides valuable resources for students from the school of biology to expand their international and academic horizons and enhance their cross-cultural communication abilities.
Contact Information: LIU, Jiaxun: Liujiaxun99 [AT] gmail.com
LON Rumdon: JeromeRUMDON [AT] aliyun.com
Dates: August 17-18
Location: University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Itinerary: to be sent to participating teams or individuals
Description: This year the Washington iGEM team, in collaboration with SoundBio iGEM and Tacoma RAINmakers, will be hosting the 2nd annual Pacific Northwest iGEM Meetup in Seattle! We'll be having industry and education panels, workshops, and mock poster and presentation sessions, as well as time for iGEM members to get to know each other and build our community. Our goal is for teams to learn more about iGEM and the world of synthetic biology while also helping to prepare them for the jamboree. Despite the name, any iGEM member or alum from around the world is welcome to attend! Please contact us for the registration form and more information.
Contact Information: uwigem [AT] uw.edu
Dates: August 19-23
Location: Institute of Synthetic Biology, CAS SIAT, Shenzhen, China
Itinerary: Coming soon
Description: Conference of China iGEMer Community (CCiC), is a national-wide meet up launched by several Chinese iGEM participating universities. It is the biggest synthetic biology conference in China. Over last five years, there were approximately 200 teams and 2000 people participated. CCiC is now more than a simple iGEM meet up, but a national-wide academic conference for all junior synbio lovers with vitality, and a platform for the senior synbio leaders, to pass on their passion to the next generation. Teams can do presentations and have poster sessions, we also prepared lots of workshops and lectures to link iGEMers to the frontier of synthetic biology.
Contact Information: suggestion [AT] ccicmail.org, or add QQ group 363055707, identify yourself by ‘from Meetup page’
Dates: August 31
Location: Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey in Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Itinerary: 10:30-11:00 Team registration and poster set-up, 11:00-12:00 Workshop #1, 12:00-13:00 Workshop #2, 13:00-14:30 Lunch, 14:30-18:00 Poster presentation, 18:00-18:30 Group photograph and prize for best poster
Description: This year's meetup will consist in a reunion of all Latin American iGEM teams with the main objective of getting to know each others projects. It will consist of two exclusive workshops, specifically designed to help iGEM teams solve any doubts they have with their projects and/or learn new useful skills along with a poster presentation where each team will receive feedback from a professional in their field. At the end, there will be a group photograph, prize for the best poster of the day and a networking gathering where we can all get to know each other and have a good time.
Contact Information: igemtecmonterrey [AT] gmail.com (email), @igemtecmty (instagram and twitter), iGem Tec Monterrey (facebook)
Dates: Submit the form by July 15th. The conference will take place in early September (tentative).
Itinerary: We will most likely be starting at 8AM to 10AM (GMT+8)
Description: Our discussion will be centered around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals that the United Nations (UN) has set to achieve by 2030. MUN Impact, a Model United Nations (MUN) initiative, encourages high school students to use the SDGs as a framework to create projects to tackle global issues, such as taking action against climate change. We hope to raise awareness of the SDGs. Through this conference, we will help each other align our projects with the SDGs and take steps to turn our projects into reality!
Since this is an online conference, we hope teams from all around the world will join! If you are interested, please sign up through this google form (https://forms.gle/BESD63D7341QuJvC8) by July 15th. We look forward to hearing from you!
Contact Information: igemtas [AT] gmail.com
Dates: September 5-6
Location: 31 chemin Joseph Aiguier - CNRS campus, 13009, Marseille, France
Description: iGEM Aix-Marseille is hosting the third edition of the Mediterranean meetup; a great opportunity to meet most the Mediterranean teams, exchange around the projects and exchange experiences and ideas. To all of the Mediterranean iGEMers, buckle up and come join us in big bad sunny Marseille.
Contact Information: equipe.igem.amu [AT] gmail.com
Dates: September 19
Location: Tel Aviv University, Israel
Description: On September 19th, 2019 the Israeli mini Jamboree will be taking place in Tel Aviv University, Israel. The attending teams would have the opportunity to practice their presentations for the Giant Jamboree. Each team will be judged according to the official judging form and will receive feedback from experts. In addition, the team members would be able to use the meetup for socializing and collaborations.
Contact Information: Ofir Vardi, igemtau [AT] gmail.com
Contact Information: https://www.igem-tau.com/
Dates: September 20-22
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Itinerary: A collection of Keynote Speakers, Workshops and Preparation for the Jamboree, with a Black Tie Gala at night!
Description: The iGEM KU Leuven team, Aachen and GO Paris Saclay teams are proud to announce a new conference in the heart of Europe. Hosted by the KU Leuven team in their home city, several speakers from all over Europe will be speaking, alongside workshops from various teams and a practice session for the great Jamboree! Furthermore, there will be a poster and presentation session to allow your team some practice for Boston, and a lovely Black Tie dinner to relax on the Saturday night. For any extra info, please E-mail us or check our website below!
Registration is now open at the following link: https://forms.gle/VopAWqSwaTsNZZ3d8
Contact Information: synbio [AT] igemleuven.be
Dates: September 26
Location: UNSW, Australia
6pm-6:15pm Welcome and Sitting
6:15pm-6:45pm Team Presentations
6:45pm-7:15pm Panel Q&A
7:30pm-8pm Drinks and Networking
Description: The UNSW iGEM warmly invites all science enthusiasts to the annual symposium held at UNSW celebrating synthetic biology. This event aims to provide an understanding of what is currently being produced as well as, potential career perspectives within the $8.4 Billion field. This event will be an open forum where any attendants can ask questions about synthetic biology to an expert panel of scientists, professionals and academics.
Contact Information: UNSW iGEM 2019, unsw.igem [AT] gmail.com
Dates: October 25
Location: Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Itinerary: 9 am to 6 pm
Description: During this meetup, we want to invite all the teams of the Benelux to Eindhoven to exercise their presentation and poster for the Giant Jamboree. Experts in the field will give feedback so you can optimize your work for the last time before going to Boston.
Contact Information: igem [AT] tue.nl