Dual-Use Research Workshops

Identify biosecurity and biosafety risks in two real-world case studies! Many life sciences students graduate without ever learning the term "dual-use". In this interactive workshop, led by iGEM alumni and members of the Safety and Security Committee, you will learn how to evaluate Dual Use Research of Concern and bring your biosecurity considerations to the next level.

Register for 1 of 3 workshop sessions:

  • Wednesday September 15, 6:00-8:00 pm CEST (UTC +2)
  • Thursday September 16, 12:00-2:00 pm CEST (UTC +2)
  • Friday September 17, 7:00-9:00 am CEST (UTC +2)

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When Svenja and Irina were on an iGEM team in 2018, they realized that their project, which aimed to degrade electronics waste, could potentially be misused to damage electronics with critically important functions, like a car's navigation system. As their team started wondering about this risk, they came across a term they had never heard before: dual-use research of concern.

They were upset that this idea― that some research that intends to provide a clear benefit, could instead easily be misused to cause harm― had never been a part of their education. Hoping to fill this educational gap for other iGEMers, Svenja and Irina designed a workshop and supported other 2018 iGEMers in running it for their teams. In 2021, they are offering an improved version of this workshop to you!

During this 2 hour workshop, you and other iGEMers will put your heads together to identify biosecurity and biosafety risks in two real-world case studies and will learn new tools for thinking about dual-use in your own work.

Values and Risks Workshop: Engineering our collective future

Join the iGEM Ambassadors for interactive, small-group sessions exploring issues of safety, security and responsibility. By the end of the 90-minute workshop you should know more about the risks your project and be confident you have the tools you need to manage them effectively.


Workshop attendance for teams is recommended, but optional. This workshop is not a requirement for the 2021 Competition.

You are invited to sign up for a pre-scheduled workshop with an Ambassador. Please note that workshops will be cancelled if there is insufficent registration!

Time Language Ambassador (Region) Signup Link
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Can't find a session?

You can also request for an Ambassador to run the Risk Workshop at your regularly scheduled team meeting by contacting ambassadors-2021 [AT] igem [DOT] org.