Synthetic Biology

based on standard parts
iGEM 2015
The iGEM 2015 competition season is over! Visit for more information.

Welcome to iGEM

The iGEM Foundation is dedicated to education and competition, advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of open community and collaboration.

The main program at the iGEM Foundation is the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition. The iGEM Competition is the premiere student competition in Synthetic Biology. Since 2004, participants of the competition have experienced education, teamwork, sharing, and more in a unique competition setting.

iGEM is also much more than a competition; our community has a long history of involving students and the public in the development of the new field of synthetic biology.

iGEM 2015 Competition

iGEM 2015 is now over!
We thank everyone who joined us at the Hynes Convention Center for the second ever Giant Jamboree! You can visit for a recap of the iGEM 2015 season.

Giant Jamboree

September 24 - 28 -- Hynes Convention Center -- Boston
More than 2700 attendees participated in the largest synthetic biology event to date. The Giant Jamboree celebrates the hard work and dedication shown by the 280 multidisciplinary iGEM teams from all over the world. See details of the event at

iGEM 2015 Announcements

You can see the results of the 2015 Giant Jamboree at:
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iGEM Programs


iGEM runs the premiere student competition in Synthetic Biology. Student teams are given a kit of biological parts and work over the summer to build biological systems and operate them in living cells. Read more about this year's competition at Or, read more about previous years on the Previous Competitions page.

Academic Labs

Not competing? Academic labs have a place in the iGEM community as well. Labs can subscribe to the program to conduct their own research using synthetic biology based on parts, and have access to the same resources as competition teams.

Read more on the Labs program page.


iGEM Headquarters also runs the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. The Registry has over 20,000 standard biological parts, with open access to all participating groups. Teams and labs contribute their parts in the spirit of the "Get & Give" philosophy.

Visit the Registry at

iGEM Videos

From video messages to teams, to videos showing the iGEM spirit, to the 100+ videos made by our community, experience iGEM in video format on our videos page.

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2015 Competition

The iGEM 2015 season is now over.
Visit the site for more information.


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.


We are currently offering a variety of sponsor packages for the iGEM 2015 iGEM season.
Read more on the Sponsorship page

iGEM Foundation

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