Hello, iGEM Community! Amy and Hassnain here, iGEM Ambassadors to North America and Asia. We are also the Co-Editors in Chief of the quarterly magazine The iGEM Digest launching next month!

We would like to personally invite you to join us on the After iGEM platform. You can reconnect with the iGEM community by interacting with iGEM Alumni, HQ and Ambassadors. You can also explore resources, discover job opportunities, keep up to date with the latest iGEM news, read stories and insights from the iGEM Community on The iGEM Digest page.

This month's Newsletter features:
  • Ambassador Updates
  • iGEM World News
  • After iGEM Events
  • Group discussions on hot topics
  • Opportunities just for you
  • Join around the campfire
Now, let's explore the latest events and news happening this month in the iGEM and After iGEM world!

iGEM recently welcomed a team of Ambassadors made up of 11 passionate After iGEMers spanning 6 continents. Our goal is to promote After iGEM initiatives in all regions. Keep scrolling to learn what the ambassadors have been working on this month.

In July and August, the ambassadors have been cooking up some exciting new projects. From tracking down interviews with iGEM alumni for the iGEM digest, developing and monitoring the mentorship program, working to gather materials for the new educational hub to planning after iGEM events all over the world.

Connect to an Ambassador

"Have you ever wanted to be in the room where it happens? After iGEM gave me that chance."  

"At the Meeting of States Party to the Bioweapons Convention last December, I saw that sometimes those systems reduce to a sea of faces, sitting together in one room. I went into the MSP without knowing much about how international governance plays out in practice. It was heartening to see delegates from all over the world manage to weave together an agreement despite competing concerns, especially knowing that no consensus could be reached at the 2016 meeting."
Tessa Alexanian, 2017 After iGEM Delegate at the Biological Weapons Convention
iGEM wants to bring your ideas and experiences to the table. Join this discussion and learn about the many opportunities After iGEM is working on.
From Lab to Runway with Stella McCarney

Jim Ajioka, iGEM '09, along with Colorfix co-founders, David Nugent and Orr Yarkoni have taken their pigment generating clones from the lab of their 2009 iGEM Cambridge Team to the Stella McCartney runway to the fashion exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Congratulations to this accomplished After iGEMer and his partners!
Brazilian Synbio Hackathon

The Brazilian After iGEM Community, in partnership with LiNA Biotec, hosted the Biohack, a remarkable event that guided newcomers in the field from brainstorming to a business plan.


The first ever After iGEM event will be held in Shenzhen, China on August 25, organized by iGEM Asian ambassador Chen Hong with the help of Bluepha. Previous and current participants are invited to attend as well as anyone interested in hearing more about the iGEM foundation.


SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2018
The GASB II Conference will take place in the prestigious Harnack-Haus in Berlin on September 27 and 28. The conference will highlight hot topics related to Synthetic Biology.

iGEMers at Synbiobeta

SynBioBeta was founded by iGEMer, John Cumbers.

Over the years, SynBioBeta has built a great hub of synthetic biology practitioners, entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors who share a passion for engineering biology and entrepreneurship.

Join us and experience iGEM at SynBioBeta through iGEM Executive VP Meagan Lizarazo as a featured speaker, at the iGEM exhibitor booth (see below for an opportunity to represent iGEM), or at the special After iGEM Reception at SynBioBeta to catch up with your fellow iGEMers.
iGEM 2018 Giant Jamboree

October 24-29, 2018
Get excited, it’s almost time for the Giant Jamboree! Come relive your iGEM experience, see what the teams are accomplishing these days, and get a sneak peek into the future of synthetic biology.

We’re excited to announce several very special events this year, including our first-ever keynote session featuring talks and discussions by: Dr. Ingrid Swanson-Pultz, iGEMer and co-founder and the CSO of PvP Biologics, Dr. Jason Kelly iGEMer and co-founder and CEO of Ginkgo Bioworks, and Dr. George Church, iGEMer and world-renowned professor at Harvard and MIT.

On Monday, join us for a special day of After iGEM activities including workshops, panels, industry tours, and more.

Should citizens "brew" their own medicine?

Four Thieves Vinegar, a group that gives individuals the tools to make their own medicine, were recently described as a "network of anarchists and hackers developing DIY medical technologies" by the MOTHERBOARD.  
- "Meet the Anarchists Making Their Own Medicine" July 26, 2018. Vice, MOTHERBOARD

What potential impact could there be from citizen scientists taking manufacturing into their own hands? Are you for or against? Is regulation possible, or even desirable? Discuss on After iGEM's group section.
Franken food fight

In a laboratory in Minneapolis, a tiny company called Calyxt is developing a soybean plant that will produce a healthier oil. Calyxt a company that has never turned a profit is poised to beat the world’s biggest agriculture firms. Their soybean is set to be the first gene edited crop. Such advances in gene-editing could double the $15 billion global biotechnology seed market within a decade.

Let’s discuss how genetic engineering is turning the agriculture industry upside down. Whatever your thoughts are, feel free to share those and any news on After iGEM's group section.
iGEM Groups

SynBioBeta 2018 is just around the corner and iGEM will be speaking, exhibiting, and hosting a special After iGEM reception. Apply to join the iGEM team at Synbiobeta and share some of your iGEM experiences with the attendees.

Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt will host the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. If you are interested in synthetic biology and international policy this is an opportunity to join iGEM in a critical global conversation about genetic resources and risk assessment. The second round of applications closes August 19 and we would love to see your application! For more information, click here!
Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology: Shaping Our Genetic Futures will be an art-science exhibit and symposium of artists, scientists, and humanities scholars, led by the NCSU Libraries and the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, held at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, the physical and digital display spaces of the NCSU Libraries and the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). 

They are looking for contemporary work and project proposals that will engage viewers in examining how genomic sciences could shape the future of our society.  
The deadline for submission is October 1, 2018 11:59pm EST. 

Help us make the Giant Jamboree an amazing experience for attendees and be part of the biggest synthetic biology event of the year!. See the Volunteers page for the application and additional information.
Please note that this opportunity is open to iGEM Alumni and other non-team members only.
iGEM Digest is currently accepting stories.If you would like to share an experience in the lab, a lesson learned, an exciting revelation, or anything else that might be of interest to your fellow iGEMers, email your story to If selected it will be featured in the inaugural issue of the iGEM Digest.

After iGEM is a new initiative that aims to connect the community of participants after the competition. We need your input! Our second monthly campfire online gathering will take place on August 30, 2018, between the hours of 3-6 P.M. Eastern Standard Time (Boston, MA, USA time zone). You can find a countdown for the event here

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. 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 to expand on that knowledge to continue to build a better world.

Find fellow iGEMers, post your own opportunities, and learn out more about After iGEM through our online platform.

Join today!

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