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iGEM Foundation

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration.


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A pioneer in engineering biology.

The iGEM Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration. This is done by fostering an open, cooperative community and friendly competition.

iGEM’s main program is the iGEM Competition. The iGEM competition gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. Made up of primarily university students, multidisciplinary teams work together to design, build, test, and measure a system of their own design using interchangeable biological parts and standard molecular biology techniques. Every year nearly 6,000 people dedicate their summer to iGEM and then come together in the fall to present their work and compete at the annual Jamboree.

Our Focus

iGEMers are building a better world by solving problems with the help of synthetic biology. The iGEM Competition inspires nearly 6,000 students each year to work in teams to address unique challenges in their local communities. Browse through iGEM projects and learn how teams are solving real world problems.

We celebrate team achievements at the annual Giant Jamboree by showcasing projects from participating teams and awarding medals, prizes, and the grand prize, the BioBrick trophies.

We inspire responsible innovation through our efforts in biosafety, biosecurity and public outreach. Learn more by visiting Safety & Security and Human Practices.

iGEM sets the standard in synthetic biology with standardized parts. Learn more about the open source technology and browse through 20,000+ standardized genetic parts in the iGEM Registry.

Our Community

The iGEM community is made up of international trailblazers from over 45 countries around the world. Learn more about the iGEM Teams.

In 2017 iGEM launched the After iGEM program. This program supports over 30,000 iGEMers -- students and instructors -- who has gone through the competition since its inception in 2004. This global network is leading the field, taking what they learned in the competition and expanding it to continue to build a better world. Learn more about iGEM's global After iGEM community where members take what they learned and experienced in the competition and expand it to continue have an impact on the world.


The culminating event of the iGEM 2018 competition season, the Giant Jamboree offers 4 days of information sharing, project competition and celebration of team achievements in synthetic biology. Celebrate all you have achieved after the Closing Ceremony and join the party with everyone at our Social Event planned on Sunday night!

Schedule updates

The overview schedule is available now! Take a look by visiting the link below and stay tuned for the detailed schedule in the next couple of weeks.

Keynote Speakers

Ingrid Swanson Pultz, Jason Kelly and George Church will be the Keynote speakers for the last day of the Giant Jamboree. Join us during their special session to learn more about their current work and their previous experience!

After iGEM

What happens when the Jamboree is over? Find out how you can stay connected to iGEM through the different After iGEM events.

Experience iGEM

Welcome to iGEM

A message from Meagan Lizarazo, Vice President.
Visit the competition site to learn more.

Safety in iGEM

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

Human Practices at iGEM

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

Experience iGEM

Experience the excitement of the iGEM Giant Jamboree.