Dr. Haynes has been invited to Alberta, Canada to evaluate and offer guidance for several student synthetic biology projects at the aGEM workshop, organized by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures. The workshop prepares Canadian high school and college teams for the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition in October. “aGEM” (Alberta’s own mini-iGEM) is presented by MindFuel and the GeekStarter program, which helps the next generation of scientists innovate new technologies. Student teams apply to the program in order to receive funding and access to GeekStarter events. The aGEM workshop takes place at the University of Calgary, Foothills Campus on September 17 – 18, 2016.