Synthetic Biology

based on standard parts
iGEM 2015
The iGEM 2015 competition season is in progress! 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

We look forward to welcoming both newcomers and returning iGEM teams! For the most up-to-date information, keep an eye on for news and announcements throughout the iGEM 2015 season.

For details about Registration see the Registration page.

Giant Jamboree

September 24 - 28 -- Hynes Convention Center -- Boston
With no regionals, all participants are invited to the Giant Jamboree to present their accomplishments and compete in front of a global audience.
See details about the event, including information on guest attendance, at

iGEM 2015 Announcements

Apply to be a judge in the 2015 competition!
IDT announces 20kb FREE DNA synthesis for every iGEM 2015 team!
Regular registration closes on March 31, 2015. More information:
read all announcements

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 operates and maintains 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 in progress.
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.