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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.

The iGEM 2016 season has ended

Congratulations to all 5,600 participants across 42 countries who took part in the iGEM 2016 Competition. The breadth of iGEM 2016 projects was expansive and the projects impressive.

First time participants from the United States Naval Academy, Team USNA-Annapolis, focused on preventing aerosolized conotoxin attack, while Team Peshawar from Pakistan addressed air pollution. The Grand Prize awards went to: Team Imperial College, London (Undergraduate Section) for developing a framework for engineering co-cultures, Team LMU-TUM Munich (Overgradate Section) for developing a 3D printer for tissue printing and Team HSiTAIWAN (High School Section) for their work on screening toxins in Chinese medicine.

iGEM Competition News

iGEM 2017 Competition
Participate in iGEM 2017! Learn more by visiting

iGEM 2016 Competition
Synthesis is 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:

Giant Jamboree

iGEM 2017 Giant Jamboree
Save the date: iGEM 2017 Giant Jamboree will be held on November 9-13, 2017 in Boston, MA

iGEM 2016 Giant Jamboree
On October 27-31, 2016, iGEM welcomed 3,000 attendees to Boston for the Giant Jamboree, an annual gathering of synthetic biologists that showcases work from the iGEM 2016 competition. This five-day event was a celebration of synthetic biology accomplishments, featuring presentations, poster sessions, workshops and social events.

Experience the Giant Jamboree by visit our photo library and video highlights.

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!

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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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2016 Competition

The iGEM 2016 competition has started!
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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 will offer a variety of sponsor packages for the iGEM 2016 iGEM season.
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iGEM Foundation

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