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Welcome to iGEM

The iGEM Competition is the premiere student team competition in Synthetic Biology..

For over 10 years, iGEM has been encouraging students to work together to solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. Student teams design, build and test their projects over the summer and gather to present their work and compete at the annual Jamboree.

Participation in the iGEM competition empowers teams to manage their own projects, advocate for their research and secure funding. Teams are also challenged to actively consider and address the safety, security and environmental implications of their work.

To Learn about the iGEM 2017 Competition visit 2017.igem.org


To Our Community

We at iGEM Headquarters want to take a moment to remind everyone that we are truly an international and diverse community. We take our values seriously and believe the international aspect of iGEM is a large part of what makes iGEM a success. Like many of you, we have been paying close attention to recent events in the United States and will continue to do so in the coming weeks and months. We have begun and will continue to have discussions here at HQ with the focus on making sure all of our teams can participate openly in iGEM. If you have any concerns or suggestions, please send us a message at hq AT igem DOT org.

Sincerely,
iGEM HQ

Experience iGEM

Safety in iGEM

A message from Piers Millet, iGEM Director of Safety and Security. Visit Safety @ iGEM and the Competition Safety Hub to learn more.

Human Practices at iGEM

A message from Meagan Palmer, iGEM Director of Human Practices. Visit the Human Practices Hub to learn more.

Experience the Jamboree

View iGEM 2016 results, explore team projects and watch the Jamboree Wrap Video-HD here

Learn more about iGEM by Visiting the Video Library.



iGEM News

iGEM speaking at SB7.0 in Singapore

iGEM is attending the 7th international meeting on Synthetic Biology on June 13 - 16 in Singapore. Make sure to stop by and say hello at our exhibitor booth and come hear iGEM's talks.

  • Meagan Lizarazo, iGEM Vice President, will be a speaker in the 'Sharing & Education' session on June 15 at 1:30p - 3:30p
  • Piers Millett, Director of iGEM Safety & Security, will be a speaker in the 'Security' session on June 15 at 11:00a - 12:30p
  • Megan Palmer, Director of Human Practices, will be a speaker in the 'Security' session on June 15 at 11:00a - 12:30p
  • iGEM speaking at SynBioBeta London

    iGEM will participate in the 'World Showcase' Lighning talk on Tuesday April 4th. Attending the event? Make sure to stop by and say hello at our exhibitor booth. Meagan Lizarazo, iGEM Vice President, will be joining industry leaders on April 4th at the Session1: Lightning Talks, World Showcase. Come and learn what's new with iGEM and make sure to stop at our booth for some tasty treats!

    iGEM Strategy Retreat: Engaging the Community

    iGEM hosted its first global strategy meeting in Granada, Spain in February, 2017. Over 20 leading experts in synthetic biology from Europe, North America, and Asia joined iGEM headquarters for this inaugural meeting.

    With the goal of understanding regional dynamics, all participants were invited to discuss their experiences and views about iGEM and synthetic biology overall. The meeting also focused on enhancing the iGEM community experience beyond that of the competition and the Giant Jamboree. Look for more details on community engagement activities in the upcoming months as we prepare to introduce a new program for 2017 and beyond!

    To learn more about what was discussed visit http://igem.org/Global_Impact

    iGEM Safety & Security Retreat: Engaging the Community

    In February 2017, iGEM held it's first Safety and Security Retreat. The meeting brought together experts from around the world, and looked at both emerging issues that could challenge safety and security in synthetic biology and what iGEM might need to do to address them.

    Efforts at the meeting were expert-led, drawing upon the collective knowledge present to help identify issues iGEM will need to deal with in the shorter-term and those we will need to consider in the years to come. This meeting was the first in a series of planned events on safety and security.

    To learn more about what was discussed visit the here and remember to check out the Safety Hub for competition related details.

    iGEM @ SXSW

    iGEM's ground breaking work on safety and security was showcased at SXSW on March 15th. A panel arguing that it was time for a security update for biotechnology saw iGEM's work in this area being highlighted as how to effectively build a security culture and laying the foundations for more sustainable, scalable, security solutions. The panel included current or former iGEM track and committee chairs in software, human practices and safety and security.

    Learn more by visiting: Biotechnology Needs a Security Update

    Sponsor iGEM and Show your SUPPORT to Teams

    Not a team member, no problem! Become a Partner and support teams and the iGEM Program. Have the next iGEM project be on your focus area with our Partner Innovation Proposals or have your product or service be integral to their work by offering Partner Special Offers

    Become a Mentor and help current teams navigate through iGEM. Give advice and share your experiences and lessons learned with teams new to iGEM.

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    iGEM Videos Library

    Learn more about iGEM, hear from teams, and experience the iGEM spirit. With over 100 videos made by iGEM and our community by visiting the Video Library.


    Support iGEM

    iGEM 2017 Competition

    The iGEM 2017 competition has started!
    Visit 2017.igem.org for more information.

    Donate

    As a participant in iGEM, or just a friend, you have seen how astonishing iGEM has become. Now we need your help. Read how you can help on our Donate page.

    Sponsor

    We will offer a variety of sponsor packages for the iGEM 2016 iGEM season.
    Please contact us for more information.

    iGEM Foundation

    Dedicated to education and competition, advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of open community and collaboration.