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Hello, iGEM Community! Ricardo and Holly here, your iGEM Ambassadors from Latin America and North America. We welcome you to the newest edition of the iGEM Newsletter, here are the latest updates surrounding the world of iGEM and After iGEM.

But first, I would like to invite you and also invite your fellow alumni to join After iGEM. Re-connect with the our community, take what you learned in the competition and help us expand and improve so we can continue to build a better world!

Now, let's explore!
Ambassadors Working on new
programs for the After iGEM Platform!

As you might have heard, iGEM has welcomed a team of Ambassadors made up of 10 passionate iGEMers: Holly Bowman, Amy Chen, John Girgis, Chen Hong (Rebekah), Hassnain Q. Bokhari, Japheth Kelly, Will Wright, Thea Chrysostomou, Ricardo Chavez, and the team co-ordinator Guilherme Kundlatsch. The team spans 6 continents, and its goal is to promote After iGEM initiatives in all regions.

The Ambassadors have already been attending conferences, synthetic biology summits and iGEM meet ups all over the world, with representation from the team at the Nordic, Parisian, Midwestern, Scottish, Latin American,  Mid-Atlantic, and German meet ups!

The on-site meeting allowed the Ambassadors to kick-start programs that facilitate After iGEM goals. If you would like to hear more about these new programs, be sure to join us on the After iGEM platform!

Connect to an Ambassador!
Latest News Around the iGEM World!
Delegate Chris Isaac Addressing Biosecurity Threats in Synthetic Biology
 

We are proud to hear our iGEM alumni and former Delegate, Chris Isaac, received the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. We are confident, Isaac, the youngest member of the 2018 class, will make the best of this program, and continue advocating for an appropriate security approach on synthetic biology. If you would like to read more on his story, be sure to check out our news section.
iGEM News!
Join the Conversation!
For almost a decade, Community labs have been working on interesting projects all over the world. As fellow alumni, we would like to hear your thoughts. Have you participated in any of these community Labs? Are you currently working on projects related to citizen science? How is it different from traditional labs? We would like to hear your experiences!
 
“Crunchy Rectums in Sassy Pink Raybans,” those are the words John Oliver used to describe CRISPR. Oliver took some nice shots at the hype over this new technology, but he raised an important point. In our lifetime will we reap the benefits of gene editing or will the technology fall short of what was promised?  Let us know what you think at the "News WorthTalking" group!
iGEM Groups!
Upcoming Events

The national congress of science is organized by team iGEM Tec-Monterrey. During the event free entry and a special reception will be offered to current iGEMers and iGEM Alumni with the aim of sharing their experiences over a Panel and Networking session.


 
Parnas Conferences were established by the world renowned Polish, Ukrainian and Soviet biochemist Jakub Karol Parnas. iGEM will be a featured speaker at the Young Scientists Forum. Don't forget to apply if you are Interested in attending and officially representing iGEM at this event!
iGEM Events!
Delegate Program:  iGEM at the Convention on Biological Diversity 2018
From November 17th to the 29th, Sharm El-Sheikh will host the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, where stakeholders from more than 190 countries will join efforts in order to protect global biodiversity.

Synthetic Biology will be one of the key items of the agenda as well as the Cartagena and the Nagoya protocols, two crucial international agreements that strive for the safe and fair use of genetic resources. 

After iGEM is preparing to participate in this event and we are looking for iGEMers to talk about synthetic biology, how it can be used to protect biodiversity and to share their iGEM experience. Apply now!
The volunteer application is now open !
 
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest synthetic biology event of the year, and help us make the Giant Jamboree an amazing experience for attendees. See the Volunteers page for the application and additional information.
 
Please note that this opportunity is open to AlumniGEM and other non-team members only.
iGEM Opportunities!
We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
iGEM Digest is taking in stories for "A Day In The Lab". If you experienced a memorable event in the lab then share it with the rest of the world by sending your story to after@igem.org. If your story is selected it will be featured on the iGEM Digest page.
Join us at this month's Campfire!
After iGEM is a new initiative that aims to connect the community of participants together post-competition. To achieve this best, we would like your input! On July 31st we will be hosting our inaugural monthly campfire, a chance for you to live chat with peers and iGEM HQ personnel, and help shape the future and direction of the platform.
What is After iGEM?

After iGEM is for everyone who has gone through the competition since it began in 2004. Nearly 30,000 iGEMers -- students and instructors -- have participated in the program over the past 13 years.

Where are you? What are you up to? How did iGEM affect your world?

After iGEM is a way to continue to make an impact on the world. You are the leaders of the field -- and we want to help you succeed.

Join After iGEM to (re)connect with this powerful community, to join programs created exclusively for you, to take what you learned in the competition and expand that to continue to build a better world.

Find fellow iGEMers, post your own opportunities, and find out more about After iGEM programs and opportunities at:
Join!
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