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


July 3-4
Russian Meetup


August 14
LATAM Meetup



Team Meetups
HQ Events
Ambassadors/After iGEM
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
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

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

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!

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.

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

LATAM Meetup
August 14
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.

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 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.