iGEM (international genetically engineered machines) Concordia is a synthetic biology team and club of undergraduates with graduate mentors growing every year. Synthetic biology uses engineering principles to solve world-wide issues. iGEM Concordia tackles pressing local and international problems through synthetic biology while integrating community involvement and public engagement within Concordia and beyond.
Through programming at 4th Space Concordia, we will foster an accessible space in which the public, student and scientific communities can come together in dialogue related to synthetic biology. With a month-long interactive space supplemented by workshops and talks, we will educate, elaborate and exchange on how synthetic biology is a necessary and vital tool for the future.
We will highlight the importance of ethics, human practices and public engagement in science. Seminars with professionals in the industry will address broader issues such as biosafety, policy and ethics. The goal is to involve as many as possible to make synthetic biology accessible and a field strengthened by diverse inputs and communities so as to help a larger public with the solutions we design.