International Genetically Engineered Machine

Setting the Standard for Synthetic Biology

Shifting from traditional research and discovery to an engineering approach, iGEM incorporates a comprehensive and adaptive approach to synthetic biology work. Beyond technical work, teams are challenged to consider the impact of their work outside the lab. Learn how iGEM is setting the industry standard in synthetic biology around the world with the help of iGEM Committees.

The Industry Standard

Synthetic Biology Based on Standard Parts

Building genetically engineered systems using standardized parts from the iGEM Registry, an open, shared collection of 20,000+ standardized parts.


Working to improve the accessibility and practice of measurement at iGEM and the larger synthetic biology community.


Providing teams with guidance and information to help them follow best engineering practices

Responsible Innovation

Safety and Security

Integrating an increasingly adaptive risk management approach to synthetic biology.

Human Practices

Advocating for responsible innovation and providing a platform for discussing bioethics.

Diversity and Inclusion

Encouraging gender-balanced teams and inclusiveness of all backgrounds and cultures.


Bringing the World Together

See how iGEM is bringing the world together encouraging teamwork, community and the sharing of information.

Responsible Conduct

Ensuring a high standard of conduct among all participants, upholding the values of iGEM.


Recognizing areas of excellence while providing constructive and positive feedback to the teams.

iGEM Committees

Share your expertise - Join an iGEM Committee

The Core of iGEM

A panel of over 100 experts volunteer their time to support, consult and advise iGEM on issues related to conduct, safety and ethics; shaping the way we think about and perform synthetic biology work.

These dedicated volunteers and champions of synthetic biology are each experts from industry, academia and government with backgrounds in government regulation, environmental biosafety, laboratory biosafety and biosecurity.

Want to learn more?

Learn about iGEM programs, projects and work beyond the competition here.