Asia Teachers Workshop


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We are planning three Teachers' Workshops in 2008, one in North America, one in Europe, and one in Asia.

At least one instructor from your team is required to attend. Students are encouraged to attend if possible. The workshop will describe the philosophical foundations of the iGEM program, describe the requirements and expectations for participation in 2008, and introduce the resources available to the participating teams. The workshop also provides an opportunity to meet the iGEM organizers, tour the laboratory operations that support the competition, socialize with other iGEM team leaders, and gather information and materials for a successful year.


If you need to apply for a visa, you must email iGEM HQ AND Hirohide Saito (igem2008tws AT nanobiophys-sakura DOT net) with the following information:

  • Name (English as well as native characters)
  • Mailing address
  • Date of birth
  • Age
  • Travel schedule:
    • Flight schedule
    • Flight number
    • Dates of arrival and departure
    • Hotel information
  • Team name

You MUST submit this information by Friday evening at 11:59pm EST (Boston time).


  • Date: June 21, 2008
  • Location:

North Campus Research Building for Integrated Life Sciences
North Campus, Kyoto University

  • Address:

Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University
Oiwake-cho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8502, JAPAN <see map below>

There is no charge to attend.

Your Role in the Teachers Workshop

Each team will be given less than 5 minutes to speak about their team and their involvement in iGEM this year. We advise against presenting slides because of time - as we are getting larger we want to give everyone the opportunity to speak but appreciate that we aren't just inviting you to come listen to team backgrounds all day. Please think about and be prepared to speak informally about the following:

  • How did you hear about iGEM and why did you get involved?
  • What are your expectations and hopes for iGEM 2008?
  • What has happened at your school to get ready for iGEM 2008?
  • Please describe the team - the students, the instructors, and the facilities available.
  • How are you supporting your team?
  • What projects is your team considering so far? (optional)

Please do not plan to give a presentation of the team's project. That will happen at the Jamboree.

Please be sure that you have applied for your team by mid-day the Friday before the workshop so that we can be sure that your user and team accounts are active.

For a report on what teams discussed in this section, see the report page.


Draft version of the agenda.

Saturday, June 21

Time Duration Session Speakers
8:30a 0:30 Registration & Coffee/Rolls
9:00a 0:30 Introduction to iGEM 2008
9:30a 1:00 Synthetic Biology Based on Standard Parts Tom Knight
10:30a 0:30 Break
11:00a 0:30 Parameter Measurement
11:30a 0:30 Parts, Plasmids, Assembly, Quality Control Meagan Lizarazo
12:00p 1:30 Lunch combined with Team Introduction Activity
1:30p 1:00 iGEM in 2 Hours - Part 1 Meagan Lizarazo
2:30p 0:30 Break
3:00p 1:00 iGEM in 2 Hours - Part 2 Meagan Lizarazo
4:00p 0:30 iGEM 2008 Details and Software Tool Track
4:30p 0:30 Awards and Safety
5:00p 0:30 Discussion All
5:30p End of Session

Travel Information

Transportation to Kyoto University from Kyoto JR Station

To take a taxi:
The journey will take about 20 minutes and cost approx. 1,800 yen.

To take the bus: Kyoto City Bus
The bus ride will take approx. 30-35 minutes and cost 230 yen.

North Campus
No. 206: bound for Kitaoji Bus Terminal via Higashiyama St.
Get off at "Kyodai Seimon-mae".

No. 17: bound for Ginkaku-ji via Kawaramachi St.
Get off at "Kyodai Nogakubu-mae".

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