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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 iGEM 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. Visit the iGEM 2017 Competition page to learn more.

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Experience iGEM and Attend the 2017 Giant Jamboree

Safety in iGEM

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

Human Practices at iGEM

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

Experience the Jamboree

View iGEM 2016 results, explore team projects and watch the Jamboree Wrap Video-HD here

Learn more about iGEM by Visiting the Video Library.

iGEM News

EXHIBIT at the Giant Jamboree

Exhibitor opportunities include:
Exhibitor Booth: An amazing opportunity for our attendees to get to know you and for you to meet with the 3,000 members of our synthetic biology community, comprised of academics and experts from around the globe.
Career Fair: Recruit for open position or graduate programs.As part of the iGEM 2017 Giant Jamboree weekend, iGEM is hosting a career fair event to help connect leaders in industry and academia with the synthetic biology community.
Register before August 25, 2017 and be recognized in the event booklet!

REGISTER Early for the Jamboree and Avoid Late Fees

The Giant Jamboree is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend and celebrate the achievements of our remarkable teams. Be among leaders and join 3,000 attendees from academia and industry. Uncover trends & innovations as top institutions showcase their projects. Register before August 31, 2017 and avoid late fees!

NOTE: All iGEM 2017 teams must register and pay to attend the Giant Jamboree by the August 31 deadline. By registering to attend, you secure your team presentation slot and poster slot at the Giant Jamboree. If your team does not register to attend, we will assume that you will not be attending the Giant Jamboree and your team will not receive an assignment.
Introducing iGEMeta

iGEMeta is an initiative to bring together the iGEM community through data. Through iGEM's history, the competition has generated about 2,000 projects, from over 40 countries which the help of 30,000 participants. This immense amount of work and data generated by our community can now be viewed through the sophisticated analysis from Just One Giant Lab (JoGL)
Through iGEMeta we reflect upon the achievements of the past and draw conclusions to improve the competition and synthetic biology. We hope that our efforts highlight the best of iGEM and capture the scale of what our community can and has already done. Map team progress by visiting iGEMeta.

See how wiki edits impact team performance by viewing a 'waterfall' image, heat map of team behavior and collaboration diagram.

ATTEND the Giant Jamboree

The Giant Jamboree is an annual event that showcases work from the iGEM Competition. All iGEM teams are invited to present their synthetic biology projects and compete for prizes. This year 310 international, multidisciplinary teams (at the university and high school level) are participating in the iGEM competition and are eager to share and celebrate their work. The event takes place on November 9-13 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, USA.

30% OFF SynBioBeta events - Offer Open to ALL iGEMers

Interested in attending the next SynBioBeta event? SynBioBeta San Francisco will be held on October 3-5, 2017 and all iGEMers (past and current participants) qualify for a 30% discount off their attendance fee. Learn more about this offer (and all Partner Special Offers) by visiting: page.

Giant Jamboree VOLUNTEERS

The iGEM 2017 Giant Jamboree will be from Thursday November 9 to Monday November 13 in the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and we're looking for volunteers to help with the event! Join us and see iGEM behind the scenes.

310 Teams are Participating in iGEM 2017!

See where all the teams are from by accessing the interactive Google map below.

Apply to JUDGE the iGEM Competition!

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic people to apply to judge teams at the iGEM 2017 Giant Jamboree. Last year, we had about 150 volunteer judges from many different disciplines, from all over the world to evaluate our 300 teams. Apply by June 30th!

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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.

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iGEM Videos Library

Learn more about iGEM, hear from teams, and experience the iGEM spirit. With over 100 videos made by iGEM and our community by visiting the Video Library.

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iGEM 2017 Competition

The iGEM 2017 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.