Message from IGEM CEO - 14 August 2020

We know that times are tough and for many these times of uncertainty can cause concern and anxiety. We've teamed up with Nina Penza, a professionally qualified Clinical Mental Health Counsellor/Psychotherapist to look at how we can cope amid the fear of the unknown and how we can safely manage transitioning into the 'new normal'.  

This video explains techniques we can use to calm ourselves when we feel stressed or anxious and how we can channel our minds to react differently to the things happening around us. 

During these times, we hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy, and that this video gives you some ideas on how to care for your mental health.


IGEM continues to monitor the advice of Public Health England and that of local and national government regarding Coronavirus. 

Safeguarding our staff

Steps have been taken to safeguard the well-being of the Institution’s secretariat, its members and volunteers. 

  • All of the Secretariat is working remotely until further notice
  • The office at IGEM House in Kegworth has been closed, we will look to reopen the facilities as soon as it is safe to do so
  • The Secretariat is following advice and using audio and video conferencing facilities wherever possible to support the work of the Institution and its members
  • The Institution’s conference, events and training programme for 2020 has been amended. Visit the events and courses section of the site for details.  

Business continuity & furlough impacts

Whilst we have modified the way in which we operate the Institution is continuing to function as close to normal as possible.

It has been necessary to furlough some members of the staff team. I'm pleased to say that the majority have now returned to work. However, there may still be a delay in response to enquiries - please bear with us through this period.

The main contact number +44 (0)1509 678 150 is still in use as are the direct line numbers for each member of the Secretariat. The team will be picking up their emails as normal. Therefore you should not experience any difficulties getting in touch.

If you have any concerns regarding your participation in a future IGEM activity please speak to your employer in the first instance who will help you assess the situation.

Support to members

If members have difficulty paying their 2020 subscriptions please contact our team for assistance.

Members with financial difficulty may wish to refer to the IGEM Benevolent Fund.

Professional development support (CPD provision)

We continue to expand our online offerings to members. This includes addition of resources to IGEM-TV, an extensive webinar programme and the introduction of online training.

Membership applications

We continue to receive membership applications and conduct peer review interviews online.

Technical standards

Our suite of technical standards are available for online purchase as normal. 

This statement will be reviewed on a regular basis and updated as necessary.

Should you have any queries please get in touch.

Neil Atkinson