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iGEM 2016
Registration for iGEM 2016 is now open! Visit 2016.igem.org 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 Competition News

Synthesis: a growing presence at iGEM
iGEM is proud to partner with leaders in synthesis to provide iGEMers with the technology needed to imagine and engineer solutions to world problems.

Thanks to the generous support of IDT, GenScript, Twist Bioscience and Gen9, iGEM is removing obstacles and clearing the path to advancements in synthetic biology. Learn more by visiting the 2016 competition season page: 2016.igem.org.

Giant Jamboree

Attend the Jamboree
An annual gathering of synthetic biologists that showcases work form the iGEM 2016 competition season.

Over 275 international teams will present their work in synthetic biology and compete for metals

Join us on October 27-31 in Boston, MA. Click here to learn more.


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    iGEM 2016 Announcements

    iGEM in the News!
    Hear what others are saying about iGEM. Visit the iGEM in the News page for a growing list of articles and videos.
    Giant Jamboree Accommodations: Sheraton Hotel Room block sold out
    Attention all iGEM Teams: The Sheraton Hotel room block is sold out.Please see the Giant Jamboree Accommodations page for additional suggestions for nearby hotels.
    iGEM HQ speaking at SynBioBeta SF 2016!




    Looking for iGEM Delegates iGEM Headquarters is preparing to participate in Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13). In this event, delegates from all over the world will discuss synthetic biology and its research. iGEM is looking for enthusiastic candidates who would like to join us for this conference. Visit COPMOP page to apply.
    Exhibitor Opportunities at the Giant Jamboree!
    Event Exhibitor: Meet with todays brightest young minds and experts in synthetic biology.
    Career Fair Exhibitor: As part of the iGEM 2016 Giant Jamboree weekend, iGEM is hosting a career fair event on Sunday October 30 to foster relationships within the synthetic biology community. This unique opportunity offers top employers a chance to meet with iGEM participants and discuss career opportunities.

    The event takes place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, USA.
    Become an exhibitor by contacting us at hq AT igem DOT org or visit Giant Jamboree event page to learn more.
    Workshops at the Giant Jamboree!
    In addition to the main portion of the Jamboree which is the team presentations and posters, we will be offering workshop sessions on the latest opportunities, trends and advancements in synthetic biology. Visit our event page to learn more.
    Giant Jamboree Registration!
    Join us at the iGEM 2016 Giant Jamboree, an annual event that showcases work from the iGEM season. All iGEM teams are invited to present their synthetic biology projects and compete for prizes. This year iGEM will host over 275 international, multidisciplinary teams who are eager to share and celebrate their work. The event takes place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, USA.
    To register, please see Giant Jamboree Registration.
    Get ready for iGEM 2016! Be sure to read the requirements for participation, and see the Resources page for helpful information as you build your team and gather resources for participation.
    Interested in joining the judging team for iGEM 2016? You can sign up to be notified when the judging application is open! 2016.igem.org/Judging.

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    iGEM Programs

    Competition

    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 2016.igem.org. 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.

    Registry

    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 parts.igem.org.

    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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    2016 Competition

    The iGEM 2016 competition has started!
    Visit 2016.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.