Events and Meetups

On this page you will find: Submitting an Event , Events Calendar, and Events list.

Events are happening around the world! This page is a summary of upcoming events for iGEM 2021 teams, including team meetups, training webinars, and Ambassador activities. The list of competition deadlines can be found on the Competition Calendar.

At team meetups, teams share ideas, help each other, and spend time with their fellow iGEMers. Due to the current global situation, we do not recommend teams host in-person meetups in the coming months. Instead, consider switching to an online virtual meetup!

Last year's Events page - 2020 Events

Is your team organizing an Event or Meetup?

Please send us:

  • Name of the Event
  • Host team name/s
  • Dates
  • Location
  • Contact information (to be posted online)
  • Itinerary
  • Brief description of the Meetup (2 - 4 sentences)

To our Email: hq AT igem DOT org .

Need help hosting an event?

To support you in working remotely, Ambassadors will be sharing their pro-Zoom rooms for you to use in your iGEM related meetings and events. If you need help hosting a virtual event, you can contact ambassadors-2021 [AT] igem [DOT] org.

Events Calendar

Team Meetups
HQ Events
Ambassadors/After iGEM

Past Events

2021 Ambassador Team Calls
iGEM 2021 Ambassadors
March 17-23
ambassadors-2021 AT igem DOT org

Meet your local Ambassadors!

Our team of 37 Ambassadors and 6 Ambassador Program Coordinators, passionate iGEM Alumni located all over the world, will be frequently organizing video calls with prospective 2021 iGEM Teams via Zoom. These calls with Ambassadors are a place to catch up, share plans, discuss questions and voice your suggestions! The first round of calls will begin next week. Click here to find a meeting time!

2021 iGEM Guangzhou-Shenzhen District Symposium
April 4
South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China
scut_igem[AT]163[DOT] com

Description: The meet-up is held at the beginning of the project designing to provide a platform for the teams to get to know each other and collaborate through the presentation of their projects. We also hope that this conference will inspire the teams participating in.

Itinerary (China Standard Time):

  • 08:00-9:00 AM Teams check in
  • 9:00-11:40 AM Teams Sharing Ideas and Q&A session
  • 11:40-00:20 PM Free discussion

2021 iGEM Beijing District Meeting
April 18
Floor 8, Tower A, Zhonghang Development Building, Xiaoguandongli, Chaoyang District, Beijing
curtis.lyu [AT] foxmail [DOT] com , 2098541213 [AT] qq [DOT] com

Description: Teams will be sharing their ideas for the new iGEM season and their past year work. We hope this meet-up could get teams to be promoted and get excited for the coming up season. We also hope this meet-up is able to answer some of the teams' questions regarding iGEM 2021.

Itinerary (China Standard Time):

  • 09:30-10:00AM Teams check in
  • 10:00-10:30AM Ambassador give speeches
  • 10:30-12:00PM Teams Sharing Ideas / section I
  • 12:00-01:00PM Lunch Time
  • 01:00-02:30PM Teams Sharing Ideas / section II
  • 02:30-03:00PM Free Discussion

Northwestern China iGEM Meetup
May 5
Northwest University, Xi'an, China
igem_nwu_a [AT] outlook [DOT] com, qigao [AT]

Description: Hi iGEMers of northwestern district of China! Since that we all have teamed up respectively, we sincerely invite you to participate in our meetup and exchange our ideas. We also invite several of our former team leaders and others iGEM alumni to offer their opinions. Looking forward to your participation!

Itinerary(China Standard Time):

  • 10:00-10:30 Opening and Explain the itinerary
  • 10:30-12:00 Idea sharing of each team
  • 12:00-13:00 Launch time
  • 13:00-15:00 Second part of idea sharing
  • 15:00-16:00 Free discussion

Nanjing IGEM Association Conference
May 5
Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
181850150 AT

Description:Hi iGEMers of Nanjing district of China! Since that we all have teamed up respectively, we sincerely invite you to participate in our meetup and exchange our ideas. We also invite all the iGEM team leaders in Nanjing, After iGEM mentors and the advisor from CCiC to join the meeting. Looking forward to your participation!

Itinerary(China Standard Time):

  • 9:00-9:15 Opening ceremony and the presentation of NJU-China
  • 9:15-9:45 A lecture about IGEM and the future planning from After IGEM
  • 9:50-10:20 The presentation from NJUM-China
  • 10:25-10:55 The presentation from NAU-China
  • 11:00-11:30 The presentation from Nanjing-China
  • 11:45-13:30 Lunchtime and break
  • 13:30-14:00 The presentation from NNU-China
  • 14:00-14:30 The presentation from NJTech_China
  • 14:30-15:00 The presentation from CPU_China
  • 15:00-15:30 The presentation from NJU-China
  • 15:30-16:00 Brainstorm and idea-sharing
  • 16:00-16:30 A lecture from CCiC
  • 16:30-16:45 Ending and discussion

Opening Weekend Festival
May 15-16
hq [AT] igem [DOT] com

Description: Save the date for the 2021 iGEM Competition Opening Weekend Festival!

Shush the Hush: Let’s take a stigma-break
May 28
IISER Tirupati, India
igem2021iisertirupati [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Description: The webinar conducted over the Zoom platform (link will be sent post-registration) is on Reproductive Health and Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Here, the participant can ask questions regarding reproductive health anonymously while registering, and the experts will answer them during the session. The event number is: 10285 (the website will ask this event number for asking the question) LINK FOR REGISTRATION:

Itinerary (In Indian Standard Time):

6:00 pm- 6:10 pm: Welcome of speakers and audience
6:10- 6:50 pm: Presentation by speakers
6:50 pm onwards: Questions/Answer sessions with Audience

Coffee With Ambassadors: Monthly Meetups
iGEM 2021 Ambassadors
May 29
ambassadors-2021 AT igem DOT org

We are excited to introduce our new event, Coffee with Ambassadors! We will be holding these meet-ups approximately once a month to answer any of your iGEM-related questions and play games with you all! We have ambassadors around the world, so we will be holding multiple events across time zones. Everyone is welcome to join us!

We will use Zoom to hold these calls. Please download the app in advance and register before 27th May, 2021.

China iGEM Online Meetup
Jiangnan_China, Jilin_China, LZU-China and SZU_China
May 29-30
Tencent Meeting
yangcy19 [AT] or 1023180225 [AT]

Description: China iGEM Online Meetup is an online meetup hosted by Jiangnan_China, Jilin_China, LZU-China and SZU_China. We aims to build a platform for as many teams as possible all around China to contact with each other and find the potential partnership or collaboration in the future without considering the geographic restriction. If you would like to join China iGEM Online Meetup, please contact us.

Itinerary (China Standard Time):

29th May 2021
9:30-10:00 Opening Ceremony
10:00-11:30 Project Sharing & Discussion
11:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-16:00 Project Sharing & Discussion

30th May 2021
9:30-11:30 Project Sharing & Discussion
11:30-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-15:00 Project Sharing & Discussion
15:00-15:30 Lecture from CEO of Ailurus Biotech
15:30-15:45 Lecture from CCiC
15:45-16:00 Closing Ceremony

After iGEM Academic Publishing Workshops
May, June
After iGEM Academia & Research Steering Group
May 22 - June 12
after-academia AT igem DOT org

Planning to publish your work or want to learn about academic publishing? The After iGEM Academia & Research Steering Group is hosting a series of 4 weekly Academic Publishing Workshops starting from May 22, 2021. Register for this workshop.

Engineering Committee Webinar Series
May, June
iGEM Engineering Committee
May 24 - June 10
engineering AT igem DOT org

Description: The iGEM Engineering Committee will ​host a series of daily webinars to help iGEM teams with your projects, from May 24 - June 10, 2021. Learn more about this webinar series.

Design & Coexist - Philosophical Discussion on Synthetic Biology
Tongji China
June 15

Description: We are doing a project on the smell of wet waste. Under this background, we'll hold a lecture on the talk between technology and philosophy on Jun 15th from 14:00 to 16:00. The topic of the lecture is 'human beings and waste in biosphere'. We'd like to discuss about how synthetic biology will influence the whole world, and furthermore, how we should treat the relationship between humans and other living things. The specific information is shown on the poster.

2021 North China iGem Project Meetup
June 20
Tsinghua University High School
Please call us at (86)10-15510540728 Zonghao Cheng / (86)10-15601179079 Ran Liu, the phone number are also available for the WeChat ID searching. e-mail:2578937985 AT qq DOT com

Description: The meetup includes both presentations and workshops, Approximately 10 teams will participate in the on-site meetup, and also some teams will attend the meetup online. Some famous colleges’ iGem teams like Tsinghua university BNU BUCT NWU etc. will also participate in our meeting. We also invite our classmates who are interesting in this project to attend our meetup as the part of the education of the project.

Itinerary (China Standard Time):

13:30(BJT)-14:00 The beginning
14:00-16:00 Presentations
16:00-16:30 Tea break
16:30-18:30 Workshops

Values and Risks Workshops
Safety & Security Committee / iGEM 2021 Ambassadors
June 9 - 21
ambassadors-2021 AT igem DOT org

Description: Join the iGEM Ambassadors for interactive small-group sessions exploring issues of safety, security and responsibility. The workshops will help you confidently identify and manage risks in your project and will help you prepare for the Preliminary Safety Form Deadline on June 25. Now offered in many languages, including español, français, 中文, and more - beginning Wednesday June 9! Sign up for a session.

Work in Progress
After iGEM 2021 Ambassadors
June 13, June 27
after AT igem DOT org

Join your Ambassadors for this new event Starting June 13: "Work In Progress" - a peer support group network for #iGEM2021 teams. The network will be a safe space where anyone can turn to, when they are feeling stressed, demotivated or just want to vent.Register here

The June 27 session of Work in Progress has been postponed. Stay tuned for updates!

Coffee With Ambassadors: June Meetup
iGEM 2021 Ambassadors
June 26
ambassadors-2021 AT igem DOT org

This weekend, on June 26th, the iGEM Ambassadors are organizing the 2nd session of Coffee with Ambassadors. Join them and 2021 iGEM Teams for a game of "Never Have I Ever".

Coffee with Ambassadors is series of fun-interactive meetups every month for iGEMers to socialize, play and guide them. This will help the new teams learn and know about past experiences and stories of iGEM and help mold their project into a fun + innovative activity in some way. And, potentially it could help building new collaborations.

Registration Link:

UK and Ireland Meet-Up
June 27, 15:00pm BST
Online - Zoom
kings.igem [AT]

Description: The King’s College London 2021 iGEM team are hosting a UK and Ireland meet-up on June 27th at 15:00pm BST! The event will be held virtually and will be centered around forming collaborations and furthering the SynBio community in the UK. We have organised to have external speakers involved in Synthetic Biology and they will be announced on our social media platforms very soon!

We kindly ask that all UK and Irish teams register their interest to attend via the following form:

We look forward to collaborating and meeting with you soon!

BAC-TALK: Know Your Intimate Microbe Friends
June 27
IISER Tirupati, India
igem2021iisertirupati [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Description: The webinar conducted over the Zoom platform (link will be sent post-registration) is on Reproductive Tract Microbiota: Health and Diseases. Join us to learn more about your own microbes. LINK FOR REGISTRATION:

Itinerary:(In Indian Standard Time)
7:30 pm- 7:40 pm: Welcome of speakers and audience
7:40 pm- 8:30 pm: Presentation by speakers
8:30 pm onwards: Questions/Answer sessions with Audience

Bonus Engineering Committee Webinar: Lab Automation
iGEM Engineering Committee
June 28
engineering AT igem DOT org

Description: This webinar will introduce lab automation practices in the context of synthetic biology and iGEM. We will focus on which protocols can be automated with the help of automated liquid handlers. We will have a brief overview of automation in the historical context of iGEM and then view the different case studies of automated DNA assembly, cloning and PCR and introduce some tools that can help your team setting up automated experiments.

Dutch meet-up
July 2
Microsoft Teams (online)
igem [AT] wur [DOT] nl

Description: The Dutch meetup is an opportunity for all the Dutch teams to have an educational and fun afternoon to get to know each other and each of our projects.


  • 12:45 Opening virtual link before the meetup
  • 13:00 introduction
  • 13:10 HQ
  • 13:20 3 pitches
  • 13:45 expert
  • 14:25 break
  • 14:35 3 pitches
  • 15:00 expert
  • 15:40 break
  • 16:00 workshop
  • 17:00 borrel
Russian Meetup
Moscow, LMSU, and Moscow_City
July 3-4
igemoscow [AT] gmail [DOT] com, igemlmsu2021 [AT] gmail [DOT] com and igem.mow [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Description: We invite teams from all over the world to present their project ideas and progress on oral presentation session and share their expertise through workshops. Teams can contact us via email (igemoscow [AT] gmail [DOT] com, igemlmsu2021 [AT] gmail [DOT] com and igem.mow [AT] gmail [DOT] com) or fill the form:

We are also preparing other activities for teams to get know each other and just have fun together!

Stay tuned and follow us on Instagram: @igem_moscow @igem_lmsu_2021 @igem_mow

All India iGEM Meet
IISER_Bhopal, IISER-Tirupati_India, IISER-Pune-India, IISER_TVM, IISER_Berhampur, MIT_MAHE
July 23-25
Email:- allindiaigemmeet [AT] gmail [DOT] com Instagram :- @aiim.igem

Description: We are hosting an All India iGEM meet-up from 23rd -25th July at 11am - 5pm IST! The event will be held virtually and will be centered around forming collaborations and furthering the SynBio community in India. We have organised to have external speakers involved in Synthetic Biology and they will be announced on our social media platforms very soon!

We kindly ask that all Indian teams and other interested participants to join the discord to attend :- For further details, keep a check at our instagram handle :-

We look forward to collaborating and meeting with you soon!

Itinerary:Click to expand

2021 Central China iGEM Project Meetup
July 24
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China / Online
wang_teng [AT]

Description: The team iGEM HUST-China is hosting a Central China iGEM Project Meetup on July 24 both in Wuhan and virtually! Any team eager to learn more is welcome to join this event to discuss about projects and form further collaborations or partnership.Looking forward to your participation!


  • 09:30-10:00 AM Teams check in & opening ceremony
  • 10:00-12:00 AM Presentations and Ideas Sharing of each team
  • 12:00-02:30 PM Lunch Time and Break
  • 02:30-04:00 PM Free Discussion
iGEM Meet Up : Greek edition
Greece_United, Crete, Thessaloniki, Athens, Thrace
July 24-25
igemnous [AT] gmail [DOT] com / igemathens2021 [AT] gmail [DOT] com / igemthessaloniki [AT] gmail [DOT] com / igemuoc [AT] gmail [DOT] com / igem.thrace [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Description: A 2-day webinar, covering iGEM related subjects, such as Synthetic Biology, Entrepreneurship, Dry Lab, Graphics etc. The webinar also includes interactive workshops, and project presentations by iGEM teams. It is open for anyone interested and eager to learn more!

Itinerary: Our meet up runs from 11 AM to 19 PM (UTC+3). Since our itinerary will change, all the attendees will receive an update through email.

iGEM 2021 Global Meetup by BJ101ID
July 30, 2PM (CST)
Tencent Meeting - Meeting Number 834 919 2407
This_is_Min [AT] 126 [DOT] com

Description: The beginning time of our meetup will be on July 30th 2pm. We have made a delicate invitation letter as attached. Teams are all welcome to join us and at least 5 teams have confirmed to come. We plan to watch the promotion video together and do a presentation related to our project later.After that, we have four senior iGEMers to give a comment and leave some time for Q&A. Everything related to it will be fine to discuss, for instance, the experiment, the innovation, the future plan...and so on. We also prepared some small games to make iGEMers more familiar with each other. We are really looking forward to begin our excited meetup.

iGEM Biocontainment & Biosafety Roundtable Discussion
Michigan State University & Costa Rica (Jointly)
Friday, July 30th 2021 at 10AM EST & 6PM EST
Zoom Meeting (passcode: 686799)
Email: msuigem2019 [AT] gmail [DOT] com or Instagram Messaging: @msuigem

Description: The purpose of this meetup is to help provide fellow iGEM teams more information on biocontainment systems and the key role that they can have. We plan to explore different biocontainment systems, what regulations to keep in mind, risks, and strategies.

Itinerary: (Approximately 1.5 hours maximum)

  • Elevator project pitches & quick summary of biocontainment strategy/concerns if applicable (20 minutes max)
  • Quick summary of current biocontainment strategies to get everyone on the same page (~10 minutes)
  • Breakout sessions/main room to talk about biocontainment options and/or concerns, strategies for projects (10-15 minutes)
    • Purpose: help teams come up with biocontainment options
  • Regulations presentation (15 minutes)
    • Regulation discussion
    • What to search for when looking at regulations, what to be aware of
  • General discussion (~30 minutes)
    • Why biocontainment is important
    • What struggles teams face when implementing biocontainment
    • Risks of not having a good biocontainment system in a project
Nordic iGEM Conference (NiC)
Chalmers-Gothenburg and Linkoping_Sweden
31 July - 1 August
Chalmers Johanneberg Gothenburg, Chemistry building (Kemigården 4) and online.
igemgothenburg [AT] gmail [DOT] com; igem.linkoping [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Description: Nordic iGEM Conference (NiC) is a recurring event where iGEM teams from all nordic countries get together to discuss synthetic biology! Everyone can join during day one, and the event will be stream on Facebook following the link:


31 July (Sat)
09:30 – 10:00 Opening ceremony
10:00 – 11:00 iGEM Presentations
11:15 – 12:00 iGEM Presentations
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 iGEM Presentations
14:15 – 15:00 iGEM Presentations
15:00 – 15:15 Ending

1 Aug. (Sun)
Closed for non-participating teams

Synbio Conclave — A virtual public talk series
August 10-18
Virtual (Zoom)
Sagnik Saha, igem [AT] iisertvm [DOT] ac [DOT] in

Description: We are organizing a global, public talk series focused on synthetic biology and applications. Synbio Conclave aims to bring together expert exposition on current trends, techniques, and applications in the field of synthetic biology, boosting fresh curiosity and helpful interaction. Go through our event brochure (9.23MB) to learn more about the talks and speakers.

Please register yourself here for the event:

Know more about the event here: or send us an email at igem [AT] iisertvm [DOT] ac [DOT] in for further queries.

August 10, 10 PM IST Dr. Drew Endy
August 12, 6:30 PM IST Dr. Ming-Ru Wu
August 14, 6:30 PM IST Dr. Edward Boyden
August 16, 9:30 PM IST Dr. Leonardo Morsut
August 18, 6:30 PM IST Dr. Pamela A. Silver

Hong Kong iGEM Symposium
August 11th, 9:00 to 18:00 HKT
HKUST, Hong Kong
igem.hkust1 [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Description: HKUST is hosting a HK wide symposium for all iGEM teams in Hong Kong. Only HK teams can attend, but we will have a recording of the teams presentations and will be uploading them soon after on our YouTube channel (HKUST iGEM team:

MIT Microbiome Meetup
August 11th, 2021 at 2 pm
Virtual (Zoom link)
Alysse: Pusey-alpusey [AT] mit [DOT] edu

Description: On August 11th at 2 pm, the MIT 2021 iGEM team will host a virtual microbiome meetup for 2021 iGEM teams with a project in the microbiome space and any iGEM participants interested in the microbiome. Participants may choose to introduce themselves as well as their projects and listen to a talk given by an MIT professor interested in the microbiome.

Itinerary: personal introductions, introduce projects, guest speaker.

iGEM Manufacturing Teams Meetup
August 14
Tencent Meeting(Online)
igem_bnu_china2021 [AT] 163 [DOT] com

Description: We invite teams from manufacturing track to present their project and seek opportunities to collaborate. All teams are welcome to join the discussion and exchange ideas freely.

13:30(BJT)-14:00 Opening Ceremony
14:00-16:00 Presentations
16:00-17:00 Discussion
17:00-17:30 Closing Ceremony

Cyanobacteria Symposium
IISER-Pune-India, Stony_Brook, Hong_Kong_HKU, Toulouse_INSA-UPS
August 14-15 (1PM GMT)
igem [AT]

Description: This symposium will be spread across two days. Though it's called 'Cyanobacteria Symposium', teams not specialising in cyanobacteria would definitely find it worth their while to attend the events of the second day. These include a workshop on wiki design and building, exciting talks by synthetic biology experts, fun games, and more! Project presentations on day 1 will give teams working on cyanobacteria a chance to present their projects to experts from around the world working with these organisms and get their valuable feedback.

Day 1 - Project presentations to a panel of Cyanobacterial experts
Day 2 - Workshop on wiki design and building, workshop on lab techniques/ presentation skills, talks by experts and fun games and activities

iGEM Global CRISPR Conference ( iGCC )
August 14-15
igem [AT]

Description: iGEM Global CRISPR Conference (iGCC) is a mega-collaboration event ! We are inviting iGEM 2021 teams from all around the world. Teams using principles of CRISPR/Cas techniques in their iGEM projects and solving local problems, will be presenting their project work and interacting with fellow iGEMers at iGCC. Other teams in the audience can attend the presentation and talks.

The aim of the event is to nurture collaborations, networking and sharing ideas among teams having CRISPR related projects. Its purpose would be to continue sharing resources, provide inputs, help troubleshoot each other’s problems and contribute to the present and future iGEM community as a whole.

Day 1:- Presentation by iGEM teams working on CRISPR
Day 2:- Talks by prominent CRISPR researchers

August 19-20 (Pre-Event), August 21-22 (Event)
Zoom (Online)
Email:- manipalbiomachines.igem [AT] gmail [DOT] com, Instagram :- @manipalbiomachines

Description: Biotech has become one of the fastest-growing technologies across the globe. With its wide range of applications, they can improve the quality of human life and lead all of us towards a better future.

In the direction of exploring this ever-expanding sector more, MIT_MAHE, BITSMUN Goa and Leaders of Tomorrow are proud to announce Bio Summit-a platform for all bio enthusiasts to build an inclusive global network.

Our collective aim via this event is to promote education in the field of SynBio and Biotechnology, so don't lose out on this opportunity and join us on 21st August for this 2-day summit.

Registration link-

Registration fee - INR 100


1) Food Summit
2) Bio-Safety
3) Colonisation of Mars
4) Immunisation

-> 19th August: Informal Session by The Dais on Clubhouse
-> 20th August: Workshop on " Sustainable Developments Goals and the Role of Young STEM Researchers in the Domain"
-> 21st August:
Time (IST) Agenda
11:30-12:00 Introduction session
12:00-13:30 Committee session-1
13:30-14:30 Break
14:30-16:00 Committee session-2
16:00-16:30 Break
16:30-17:30 Talk
-> 22nd August:
Time (IST) Agenda
10:15-12:00 Committee session-3
12:00-13:00 Break
13:00-14:30 Committee session-4
14:30-15:00 Break
15:00-16:00 Talk
16:00-16:30 Vote of thanks/ Concluding session

Team Thessaly and Team Aalto-Helsinki
August 20
Team Thessaly email: igem.thessaly [AT] gmail [DOT] com, Aalto-Helsinki email: team [AT] aaltohelsinki [DOT] com

Description: Team Thessaly and Aalto-Helsinki iGEM are hosting a microbiome conference, where iGEM teams can get to know each other and present their projects about the microbiome. In addition, we will have guest speakers to share more insight into the world of the microbiome and its ethics.

Itinerary: 10:00 AM -3:00 PM (EEST)
Morning: Team introductions and presentations, guest speaker
Afternoon: Ethics workshop and guest speaker
Detailed itinerary will be sent to participating teams

August 21-22 [AT]

Description: Team iGEM IISc Bangalore is organizing a two-day synthetic biology symposium, with speakers from across the globe. the current research being done in the field of synthetic biology will be discussed in this symposium. The symposium is open to all and doesn't need any registration. Feel free to join us on 21st and 22nd August in this exciting series of talks! Also, please share this with your peers and help us spread the word.

Itinerary: Click here to download the itinerary

Virtual Yeast Meetup
UESTC-China ,Co-organized by ECUST_China
August 22 at 6:00(UTC)(14:00 Beijing, Singapore)
Virtual(Tencent meeting)
Yuxuan Jiang:1422500615[AT] qq [DOT] com

Description: On August 22th at 14:00(Beijing), the UESTC-China 2021 iGEM team and ECUST will host a virtual yeast meetup! We sincerely welcome any iGEM participants interested in yeast(mainly focus on the application of Pichia pastoris and Saccharomyces cerevisiae)to join us. Participants may choose to introduce themselves as well as their projects and listen to the experiences we share, then discuss!

Itinerary: August 22th,2021 at 6:00(UTC)
22:00(-1d) San Francisco, Vancouver
00:00 Mexico City, Austin, Lima
1:00 New York, Boston, Ottawa, San Juan
6:00 London,UTC
7:00 Paris, Berlin
9:00 Athens, Helsinki, Moscow
11:30 New Delhi
14:00 Beijing, Singapore
15:00 Tokyo, Seoul
16:00 Sydney
18:00 Wellington

Sharing team:
for Pichia pastoris: UESTC-China, HUST-China, CPU_China
for Saccharomyces cerevisiae: ECUST-China

*New Dates* LATAM Meetup
August 28-29
igem.tec.cem AT, Facebook/Instagram: @igemteccem

Description: To prepare for the upcoming Giant Jamboree, all of the Latin American iGEM Teams will get together through an online gathering for us to get to know each other; sharing our ideas, projects, experiences and receiving feedback from professionals who are experts in Synthetic Biology. We will improve together by pitching our project through an audiovisual presentation. Besides, we will join in a chat to learn about our interests, our hobbies and know each other on a more personal level.

Itinerary: Registration opens at 10:45 AM, and the meetup runs from 11 AM to 4 PM (approx). Starting with the opening and continuing with the rounds of presentations by latinamerican iGEM teams depending on how many participants attend. There will be short breaks in between. Our itinerary will be subject to change and attendees will receive the official itinerary via email.

Synthetic Biology Webinar for High Schools
September 4th, 2:00-3:30 pm IST
Zoom (Online)
Email:- manipalbiomachines.igem [AT] gmail [DOT] com
Instagram :- @manipalbiomachines

Description: Synthetic biology is an emerging field where biological entities are engineered in order to construct/design systems having entirely unique functionalities. In the direction of exploring this ever-expanding field, we bring to you, a webinar that aims to introduce young minds to synthetic biology and the vast array of potential applications in medicine, bioremediation, agriculture, energy, and so on, as well as various career opportunities this technology has to provide.

It has been divided into three sessions: (30 minutes each)

  • An introductory session which will cover the basics of synthetic biology.
  • Followed by an interactive workshop on genetic engineering and plasmid design.
  • The session will conclude with another workshop on computational biology.

Additionally, we would also be sending research material/resources to all the attendees.

The webinar is open to students from all science streams, and if you wish to pursue a career in the field of biotechnology/biology, this is an opportunity you wouldn't want to miss out on!

Registration link-

Whatsapp group link- The link for the platform will be sent upon registering for the webinar.

Instagram Handle-

Stanford iGEM Bioengineering Speaker Series
August 19 - September 9
Virtual (Zoom)
Allison Argueta: argueta9 [AT] stanford [DOT] edu
Joshua Buchi: josh2000 [AT] stanford [DOT] edu

Description: Hello iGEMers of the world! We are the Stanford University iGEM team and we're happy to present our bioengineering speaker series for this year. Our goal is to introduce people to our project, educate about the dangers of the grapefruit-drug interaction, and explore topics we've encountered in synthetic biology over the course of our project. Join us in welcoming our amazing speaker lineup! See the attached flyer for more information.

Register for the event here:

August 19th 2:30 pm PST- Stanford iGEM Team
August 26th 2:30 pm PST- Dr. David Bailey
September 2nd 2:30 pm PST- Dr. Prashanth Srinivasan
September 9th 2:30 pm PST- Dr. Drew Endy

Japan Meetup
September 11
igem.titech [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Description: We invite iGEM teams in Japan to make a presentation and exchange their ideas each other. We hope this meetup will help Japan teams to move forward with their project. We also expect that this would be a good opportunity to interact with each other.

Itinerary: September 11th 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM presentation about project / free talk

French Meetup
Aix-Marseille, Evry_Paris-Saclay, GO_Paris-Saclay, Ionis_Paris, Nantes, Paris_Bettencourt, Sorbonne_U_Paris, Toulouse_INSA-UPS, UParis_BME
September 11
franceigem AT gmail DOT com

Description: Hello iGEMers! We are the French teams and we are happy to invite all of you to this year’s French Meetup. You’ll get to know more about each team’s project, attend workshops, play games and have fun all together! To register, please fill out this form : More info will be sent later to participating teams. We look forward to meeting with you soon!

Itinerary: 1 PM to 7 PM (CET)

Duke x DKU Mini Jamboree
Duke, DKU
September 12
Virtual (email for Zoom link)
andy.qiao [AT] duke [DOT] edu, jiani.chen [AT] dukekunshan [DOT] edu [DOT] cn

Description: Duke and DKU are hosting the Duke x DKU Mini Jamboree, where teams will have the opportunity to meet, talk about their projects, and learn more about synthetic biology. The jamboree will take place virtually on September 12th, and all teams are welcome to listen in, regardless of whether they signed up. Interested teams will have the opportunity to present their work and participate in a collaborative educational project. Guest speakers will also be giving talks about their research.

Click here for more information

Itinerary: EDT (UTC-04)

  • 8:00 - 8:05 AM Welcome + Group Photo
  • 8:05 - 8:10 AM Word Cloud Intro Activity
  • 8:10 - 8:25 AM Team 1 Presentation + Collaboration Opps
  • 8:25 - 8:40 AM Team 2 Presentation + Collaboration Opps
  • 8:40 - 8:55 AM Team 3 Presentation + Collaboration Opps
  • 8:55 - 9:00 AM Break
  • 9:00 - 9:20 AM Guest Speaker: Dr. Linfeng Huang
  • 9:20- 9:35 AM Team 4 Presentation + Collaboration Opps
  • 9:35 - 9:50 AM Team 5 Presentation + Collaboration Opps
  • 9:50 - 10:00 AM Networking/Breakout Rooms
  • 10:00 - 10:20 AM Guest Speaker: Dr. Xiling Shen
  • 10:20 - 10:35 AM Team 6 Presentation + Collaboration Opps
  • 10:35 - 10:50 AM Social Hour and Fun Activity - Syn Bio!
  • 10:50 - 11:00 AM Wrap-up + Education Project Presentation: SYNBIO
iGEMxSDG Virtual Conference
TAS Taipei
September 18
email: igemtas [AT] gmail [DOT] com / instagram: @igem_tas

Description: This conference is part of our iGEMxSDG Impact Challenge, where teams work together globally to tackle the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Team's will make tasks for one another to complete, and will come together in a virtual conference to discuss how we have tackled the SDGs. Sign up to participate in this challenge at our website:

Itinerary: Details will be sent out to participating teams later.

Innovative Approach to Inclusion and Diversity
September 18
Virtual (Zoom)
igem [AT] nu [DOT] edu [DOT] kz

Description: How to overcome the barriers for people with sight problems? What are the ways of making your project inclusive? We invited inclusion specialists and iGEM teams with the Inclusivity award to shed light on these questions and hold series of lectures that will help to make your project, startup or event more inclusive. Don’t miss our Workshop on Innovative Approach to Inclusion and Diversity that will be held on September 18! Please register in advance via this link.

Itinerary: September 18, 2 AM - 7 AM PST [3 PM - 8 PM GMT +6]

International iGEM Meetup on Optogenetic Designs
September 18-19
National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Description: Dear iGEM Teams,

Hello! We are Team NYCU-Taipei. We hope that everything is going well:)

We would like to host an international meetup around 9/18-9/19, inviting iGEM Teams around the world to discuss Optogenetic designs and applications.

If you're interested in participating, please fill out the form: (deadline: 9/11)

Dragon's Biome
KU Leuven
24th of September, 8am - 11 am EST
outreach [AT] igemleuven [DOT] be

Description: An opportunity for iGEM teams to perfect their pitch in front of a panel of experts, some of whom will give a short presentation themselves too. There is place for 5 iGEM teams next to iGEM Leuven. Each pitch will last 6 minutes, and should be focused on the business perspective. The registration to join without pitching will open on the 16th of September.


  • 08:00 AM EST: Welcome talk by one of our members explaining the concept​
  • 08:05: Talk by Mathias Vissers about how to pitch and startups in the biotech industry​
  • 08:30: end of Mathias’ talk and our team will start with the pitch​
  • 08:45: Team 2​
  • 09:00: Team 3​
  • 09:15: Team 4​
  • 09:30: Team 5​
  • 09:45: Team 6​
  • 10:00: Talk by George Church about the biotech industry
Health and Sustainable development
October 2, 8:30-11:30 Beijing time
online (zoom room)
Email: 191850150 [AT] smail [DOT] nju [DOT] edu [DOT] cn

Description: The purpose of this conference is to promote the concept of OH (One Health) among iGEM teams and synthetic biology enthusiasts, so as to get more attention from related personnel in the field of biology. By further integrating the idea of the health of all things into the synthetic biology project, the teams and more projects in the future can focus on global issues and fully apply the concept of One Health to further integrate and implement the project with the world, which is more conducive to the overall health of human-animal-environment and better improve people's lives.

Shush the Hush II: Let’s talk Contraception
October 3
IISER Tirupati, India
igem2021iisertirupati [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Description: The webinar conducted over the Zoom platform (link will be sent post-registration) is on Reproductive Health and Contraceptives. Here, the participant can ask questions regarding reproductive health anonymously while registering, and the experts will answer them during the session. The event number is: 15121 (the website will ask this event number for asking the question) LINK FOR REGISTRATION:

Itinerary: (In Indian Standard Time)
6:00 pm- 6:05 pm: Welcome of speakers and audience
6:05- 6:45 pm: Presentation by speakers
6:45 pm onwards: Questions/Answer sessions with Audience

Beijing High Schools Meet-Up
October 5
Beijing Jianhua Experimental School
Email: 2276601929 [AT] qq [DOT] com / Phone: 13501199647 / Wechat: wujinzhouwjz

Description: Since the due of the wiki is coming closer, we hope to hold a meet-up event for high school teams in Beijing. This event aims to discuss the progress of each team’s project and to share resources, experiments and wiki building experience. This event will be held on October 5th. If you are a high school team from Beijing, we invited you to come and are looking forward to further collaborations.

Itinerary: 8 o’clock: Meet-up / 12 o’clock: Finish

Mare Nostrum iGEM Meet up
October 9-10
email:igempatras [AT] gmail [DOT] com
instagram: igempatras
facebook: IGEM Patras
twitter: igempatras

Description: Mare Nostrum iGEM Meet up is an online event that aims to connect all teams based in Mediterannean Sea. Presentations about synthetic biology, genetics, computer science will be available from well known scientists. Moreover, advice and useful tips about iGEM competition will be given from Alumnis and Ambassadors for improving your project before the Giant Jamboree. Don t miss it, it will be an unforgettable event.

PFAS awareness panel
October 5, 18:30 GMT+2
Online, Zoom. Passcode: iGEM2021
helenlb [AT] uio [DOT] no, Facebook-event:

Description: PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a group of man-made chemicals that has been used in everyday items for the last 50 years. It accumulates in the environment and has been linked to several negative health impacts for the organisms and individuals exposed for a longer period of time. Join our event to learn more and to be able to ask questions.

18:30 Introduction of iGEM and the teams
18:50 Line S. Haug - FHI, about PFAS, current regulations in Europe and studies about long-termed exposure to PFAS
19:15 Panel, where questions can be asked

October 10-12
Virtual (Website | Discord | Telegram | Zoom)
igem [AT] nu [DOT] edu [DOT] kz

Description: <code-on> is an International Student Biohackathon from Nazarbayev University iGEM focused on solving natural science problems using IT. Our hackathon covers a wide spectrum of problems from data analysis to running simulations based on biological data, we welcome everyone to participate regardless of their specialization or skill level!

Participation registration form (Deadline October 7, 23:59)

iGEM Teams are cordially invited to check-out our collaboration guideline to help us out in the organization of <code-on>!

Itinerary: Opening ceremony October 10, 10:00 AM - 11:30 GMT +6

BeNeLux Mini Jamboree
October 25
igem [AT] tue [dot] nl

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.

Itinerary: 9.30AM to 5PM