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

Teachers' Workshop is over. Thank you very much to those who attended and contributed to make it a great event!!!!!. The UPO-Sevilla team


The Carmona 2011 Teachers' workshop is sponsored by Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO), Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo (CABD) and Olavide en Carmona Cultural Center. Universidad Pablo de Olavide is a Public University located in the municipalities of Sevilla and Dos Hermanas. CABD is a public research center devoted to Developmental Biology and funded by the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), UPO and the Andalusian regional Government, Junta de Andalucía. Olavide en Carmona Cultural Center is an agency associated with Universidad Pablo de Olavide and the Carmona town goverment, devoted to the organization of cultural and scientific events at different venues in the historical town of Carmona.
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Who must attend

Unlike last year, this year's workshops are restricted for iGEM team instructors, whether from the Europe region or not.

Represented teams

Teams from the Europe region are encouraged to attend the workshop.

Teams from other regions are also welcome to participate

Why attend the workshop?

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 and have the opportunity of meeting, know each other, share their insights and set up fruitful collaborations. In addition, as iGEM is undergoing a number of organizational changes, we would like the teams to 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 2011?
  • What has happened at your school to get ready for iGEM 2011?
  • 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 Regionals and the Jamboree.





8:00. Bus pick up at Avenida de Portugal, corner with Avenida del Cid (Next to Prado de San Sebastián Garden), Sevilla

8:45. Arrival at Hotel Alcázar de la Reina in Carmona-Welcome

9:15. Talk: Synthetic Biology

10:15. Veteran team talk

11:15. Coffee break

11:45. Team introductions

14:00. Lunch at Hotel Alcázar de la Reina

15:00. Talk: "Based on standard parts"

16:00. Talk: Assembly/backbones/shipping/receiving

17:00. Coffee Break

17:30. Talk: How iGEM Works

18:30. Discussions

19:15. End of sessions. Optional: Tour of Carmona

21:00. Dinner at Hotel Alcázar de la Reina

23:00. Bus pick up at Puerta de Córdoba, Carmona

23:40. Arrival at Prado de San Sebastián, Sevilla

If you have specific meal requirements, let us know in advance (Host group members will wear yellow identification cards)

Travel Information

Traveling to Sevilla

By Train: Sevilla is easily reached by high-speed train from Madrid (2 1/2 hours) or Barcelona (~5 hours). High-speed (AVE) trains leave from Madrid-Atocha or Sevilla-Santa Justa stations every half-hour between 6 AM and midnight. You can check schedules and Buy tickets at the RENFE web site

By Plane: The Sevilla-San Pablo airport is a destination for flights from multiple locations in Europe (see more info here). Frequent connecting flights are also available from the large Spanish air hub in Madrid-Barajas

By Car: Sevilla is easily reached by car from the North (Madrid/Barcelona/France) via freeways A-4 and A-66, from the East (Mediterranean coast) via freeway A-92, from the West (Portugal) via freeway A-49, and from the South (Gibraltar strait, Africa) via the toll freeway AP-4.

Traveling to Carmona

By Car/Taxi: From the Sevilla-San Pablo Airport. Carmona is only 15 Km away from the Sevilla-San Pablo airport. If you are planning on staying in Carmona, a taxi from the airport is a reasonably inexpensive option. Cars for rental are also available at the airport. From the Sevilla-Santa Justa Station. The Sevilla-Santa Justa train station is about 25 Km away from Carmona. A taxi station and car rental companies are also available at the station.

By Bus: Public bus transportation between Sevilla and Carmona is provided by the company Casal. Buses leave from the Sevilla bus station at Prado de San Sebastián. You can check the schedules here. However, free bus transportation from Sevilla to Carmona and back at the beginning and end of the workshop will be provided by the workshop organization to those attendees who wish to stay in Sevilla.


We provide discount accomodations at the following hotels in Carmona (Workshop IGEM should be mentioned at the time of reservation for discount). Spring is high season in Sevilla and reservations are only guaranteed until the end of April.

Posada San Fernando Single room: 45.00 €/night Double room: 52.00 €/night (VAT included)

Hotel Alcázar de la Reina Double room for individual use: 85.86 €/night Double room: 97.15 €/night (VAT and breakfast included)

Parador de turismo de Carmona Single room: 99.36 €/night Double room: 133.92 €/night (VAT and breakfast included)