• Date: May 29-30, 2010
  • Location:
    • University of Calgary, Alberta
    • Canada
  • Room: ICT121
Image of the ICT Building at the University of Calgary

Prior to attending the workshop: please make sure to join Team Example. Instructions on how to do that can be found here [pdf].


Alberta innovates 30h.jpg The Canada workshop is sponsored in part by Alberta Innovates, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge.

Financial sponsors include Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures, and ConocoPhillips.

Who should attend?

Every team MUST send at least one instructor. In the past the workshops were targeted specifically towards the instructors. This year, however, students are highly encouraged to attend as well!

You only have to attend one of the three workshops, whichever one you choose, but you must attend at least one regardless of whether you are a returning iGEM team or not.

The Canada Workshop is open to any iGEM team, not merely those teams from Canada. Some western USA teams may benefit from cheaper flight costs in attending the Calgary Canada workshop. A passport is required for air travel across the USA/Canada border.

Represented teams

  1. Alberta
  2. British Columbia
  3. Calgary
  4. Lethbridge
  5. Nevada
  6. Toronto
  7. WesternU-Research_Ontario

Why attend the workshop?

iGEM is growing and changing. There will be a lot of changes in the coming years and the iGEM community needs to communicate, discuss, and be involved in figuring out what iGEM will look like in the future. Will it turn in to one large conference? What about regionals?

Having the Jamboree as the only event where we all get to meet up in person is not ideal. We are encouraging teams to attend the workshops so that they can be involved in the discussions of how iGEM is changing and what the future of iGEM will be.

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 2010?
  • What has happened at your school to get ready for iGEM 2010?
  • Please describe the team - the students, the instructors, and the facilities available.
  • How are you supporting your team financially?
  • 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.


Download the workshop schedule Workshop schedule pdf

A dinner will be provided on Saturday evening after the workshop. Please send an email to Jennifer Hill (Jennifer DOT Hill AT albertainnovates DOT ca) to indicate whether or not you plan on attending.


The workshop will be held at the University of Calgary:

ICT Building
Room 121 (2nd floor)
2500 University Drive NW Calgary AB

Important note: This address (and the Google marker on the map below) is the general address for the university. The ICT building is located north of this marker in between the Earth Science building and the Schulich School of Engineering.

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Travel Information

Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta. Nestled near the Rocky Mountains, the city has a population of over one million citizens. It is well known for its dedication to sporting events; for example the Calgary Stampede Rodeo runs for 10 days every summer and attracts well over a million participants. Calgary is a vibrant and diverse city with major industry in energy, eco-tourism, technology, and manufacturing and was the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic Games in 1988.

The University of Calgary is one of the top research-intensive universities in Canada. Founded in 1966, the university now boasts an undergraduate population near 20,000 and a graduate population of over 5,000. Its urban campus is home to many faculties and research departments.

The Calgary International Airport is located within Calgary City Limits. The City of Calgary Public Transportation System has a bus that connects the airport with the Light Rail Transit System, which has a direct line to the University of Calgary campus. Adult fare is $2.75 with complimentary transfers. There are also taxis available at the airport if needed - the average cost of a cab ride to the university is $35.


There are many hotels and accommodations near the University of Calgary campus. For those who are traveling on a budget, there is a block of dormitory rooms set aside at the University for iGEM participants. The rate for a traditional dormitory room is $48.45 per night. There are also studio apartments, 2 bedroom apartments, and 4 bedroom apartments available. Individuals make their own reservations, and will be asked to provide payment for one night's room and tax. Visa, AMEX, and Master Card are all accepted. You can make your reservations via email at: or by phoning 403-220-3203. Don't forget to mention that you are attending the iGEM Spring Workshop. Deadline for registering through this block of rooms is May 14, 2010.

You may also choose to stay at the Hotel Alma, which is directly on the University of Calgary campus. Room rates start at $129. This includes complimentary breakfast. Check out