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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.
To Our Community
We at iGEM Headquarters want to take a moment to remind everyone that we are truly an international and diverse community. We take our values seriously and believe the international aspect of iGEM is a large part of what makes iGEM a success. Like many of you, we have been paying close attention to recent events in the United States and will continue to do so in the coming weeks and months. We have begun and will continue to have discussions here at HQ with the focus on making sure all of our teams can participate openly in iGEM. If you have any concerns or suggestions, please send us a message at hq AT igem DOT org.
Getting Started in iGEM 2017
Meagan Lizarazo, iGEM Foundation Vice President
Useful Links to Get You Started
Look at the links below for more information about the topics Meagan mentioned!
iGEM Competition News
iGEM 2017 Competition
Participate in iGEM 2017!
Interested in starting a team? To get started, learn about the competition, it's requirements and registration. Major deadlines have been posted! See the competition calendar for details on when things are due.
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, and Twist Bioscience, iGEM is removing obstacles and clearing the path to advancements in synthetic biology.
Join the iGEM community and show your support. Learn more about how you can contribute here.
Visit 2017.igem.org to learn more.
iGEM 2017 Giant Jamboree
Save the date: iGEM 2017 Giant Jamboree will be held on November 9-13, 2017 in Boston, MA
Join us at the Jamboree and be around the brights young minds in synthetic biology. Each year iGEM welcomes participants from around the globe to showcases work from the iGEM 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 2017 Announcements
On the 28th of January, iGEM, PLOS and Breezio hosted the first online Peer-Review Jamboree for iGEM 2016 projects. Twenty-two teams submitted high quality manuscripts through the Breezio online platform to be considered for review in PLOS Collections. 73 users from 17 countries left almost four hundred comments for the authors of the articles.
Please see our PLOS iGEM Collaboration page for more information about the event, links to papers and instructions on next steps for authors.
This past December Meagan Lizarazo, iGEM Vice President, made a statement in support of synthetic biology at the United Nations BioDiversity Conference in Cancun, Mexico. iGEM headquarter staff, along with 5 iGEM delegates, participated in the event, joining over 7,000 participants from 170 countries and over 400 organizations as they came together to address biodiversity on a global scale. For more on the conference and iGEM's participation visit us at: http://igem.org/Global_Impact
iGEM is excited to announce the launch of the iGEM 2017 competition website! 2017.igem.org will be your key resource for all competition related details and announcements. Visit this page often for news and updates. To get started, learn about competition requirements and registration by visiting 2017.igem.org/Competition. Major deadlines have been posted! See the competition calendar for details on when things are due by visiting: http://2017.igem.org/Calendar
A special discount offer is available for the iGEM community. Both past and present iGEM participants can attend SynBioBeta London (April 4-6) and SynBioBeta San Francisco (October 3-5) at a discounted price. To learn more about SynBioBeta and receive your 30% discount code click here.
We are proud to announce our Partner Sponsors & Special Offers for iGEM 2017. We welcoming back IDT's free custom DNA offer, Mathwork's free software kit (includes 12 products!) and Agilent's free SureVector kit. Visit the Partner's page to learn more and make sure to check back often for the latest updates.
Experience iGEM by looking back at the completed season. Visit the official iGEM 2016 Giant Jamboree photo library or watch the wrap up video of event highlights here.
Hear what others are saying about iGEM. Visit the iGEM in the News page for a growing list of articles and videos.
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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 2017.igem.org. Or, read more about previous years on the Previous Competitions page.
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 parts.igem.org.
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.
Experience iGEM 2016
- View iGEM 2016 Results
- Explore iGEM 2016 Team Projects
- iGEM 2016 Competition Website
- iGEM 2016 Giant Jamboree Event page
- Experience iGEM though our Photo Gallery
The iGEM 2016 competition has started!
Visit 2016.igem.org 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 will offer a variety of sponsor packages for the iGEM 2016 iGEM season.
Please contact us for more information.