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MN#8 • 2020

Hello, iGEM Community!
The past few weeks have been about welcoming, listening, and adapting. We welcomed a new team of Ambassadors and Committee Members. With the help of ambassadors we engaged with and listened to the iGEM 2020 teams to help build the best iGEM experience for iGEMers in the new normal, and last but not the least we are continuously seeing how the synbio community is playing its part in the global effort against the pandemic.

Let’s explore


Meet the 2020 Ambassador Cohort!
Announcing our iGEM Ambassadors for the cohort of 2020! iGEM Ambassadors represent iGEM all around the world, interface with iGEM Teams and promote synthetic biology! We are excited to have all of them on board!
Meet Our Ambassador Team
After iGEM Committees
This month we kicked off the 2020 Cohort of After iGEM Committees with over 40 iGEMers from around the world joining dedicated teams working in the areas of Education, Academia, Industry, Policy, Communications, and High School! You can check a brief introduction of After iGEM Committees here and their participation in 2019 Giant Jamboree here! Stay Tuned for 2020 After iGEM Committee Introductions
An EPIC Announcement
The iGEM Entrepreneurship Committee invites aspiring biotech founders to join the Venture Creation Lab - A comprehensive program offering the vital tools and strategies for starting your entrepreneurial journey. Applications are still open for founders from Americas (North and South America). 
Register now
Where Are You Now?
Were you a member of an iGEM team from Latin America? We're looking for you! The first participation of a LATAM team in iGEM was in 2006. Since then, more and more teams have joined the competition, creating a strong community in the region. We want to hear from you! Know what's up! How we can support you and how you can support the iGEM Community! 
Let Us Know Here

From iGEM HQ

iGEM Foundation is forming a new Judging Committee to work with the Executive Judging Committee leading up to and during this year’s Virtual Giant Jamboree. As this is an extraordinary year, new judging activities will be required to make this year’s event the best possible for participating teams. Apply Here by May 13, 2020

An Exceptional Year

Thank you to all the iGEM 2020 Teams who joined the iGEM Ambassador Calls! This is not a Normal Year! Based on your feedback, iGEM HQ is adapting the iGEM Experience. Check out what's new in iGEM 2020!

Opening Weekend Festival

iGEM Foundation is kicking off iGEM 2020 in a different way! Tune in during Opening Weekend for exclusive sessions with iGEM HQ, Committees, After iGEM, and more!  Save the date, and follow the Opening Weekend Festival


Start your year off right by attending conferences. Come meet new people, develop ideas, and gather inspiration!
Insights from the After iGEM Biosecurity Policy Conference
Hyasynth: A Founder’s Journey from iGEM to Start-up
Insights into the European Synthetic Biology Ecosystem
Ginkgo Bioworks Redirects Its Biotech Platform to Coronavirus
The Power of Community and Open Source During COVID-19: JOGL & The Open Covid19 Initiative

Hot Off the Press

The 4th Issue iGEM Digest takes a look at some of the important initiatives taken by iGEMers for making the field of synthetic biology accessible and inclusive, and for utilizing innovative methods to engage with the community thus allowing synthetic biology to become more understandable.
iGEM Digest
We are accepting stories for future issues. If you would like to share your iGEM or after iGEM experience, how participating in iGEM contributed to your career, an exciting revelation, or anything else that might be of interest to the iGEM Community, send us an email! We can't wait to hear from you! 

iGEMer of The Month

Over the past 16 years over 40,000 individuals have participated in the iGEM Competition, this is one way for us to celebrate you. If you want to nominate someone send us an email 

Presenting to you our iGEMer of the Month for the month of April, Revathi Reddy. Revathi first participated in iGEM in 2017 as a part of the ICT Mumbai team, and later in 2019 as an advisor for the UAlberta iGEM Team. Check out our conversation with Revathi on the iGEM Network! 

On Your Screen (formerly Out & About)

Wondering what to do while you're at home? Take a look at all the conferences and seminars that have gone online

Synthetic Biology Online Meetup

The Sydney node of Synthetic Biology Australasia (SBA) is proud to present ‘Synthetic Biology Meet-ups’. These regular meet-ups aim to further strengthen Sydney’s SynBio community by providing a platform that promotes engagement, collaboration and impact.
Register Here


Register Here

EBRC Virtual Seminar Series

To help the synbio community replace some of the departmental seminars cancelled due to the current public health crisis, EBRC is starting a Virtual Seminar Series! Talks will alternate between Tuesdays at 11am PDT / 2PM EDT and Wednesdays at 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT, extending through at least June 2. 
Register Here

Frontiers in Bioengineering Research

Register Here

Job Board

If you want to post a job or a PhD position on the iGEM Network and want it to be shared with iGEMers send us an email
Scientist (Strain Engineering)
C16 Biosciences, USA

Scientist I/II, Gene Therapy - Synthetic Biology
Biogen, USA

Chief Operating Officer
New Harvest, USA

Viral Synthetic Biologist
Asimov, USA
PhD Position at Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
University of Manchester

PhD Position at Institute of Integrative Biology
University of Liverpool

PhD Position at Department of Fundamental Microbiology
University of Lausanne
This newsletter was made like any good PCR- the machine stopped midway through, and the team started over again, but man those bands came out like a Picasso.

Waving from all over the world, 

After iGEM Team
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