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Build a Better World with iGEM

The iGEM Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration. This is done by fostering an open, cooperative community and friendly competition.
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The Premiere International Synthetic Biology Competition

The iGEM Competition is an annual, world wide synthetic biology event that gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. Registration for the 2021 Competition is open from March-May, 2021. Register a team now!
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Team Registration is NOW OPEN: Visit the 2021 iGEM Competition Website →

World Class Biosafety and Biosecurity

iGEM is unique in our comprehensive and thorough approach to synthetic biology. With our world class safety and security program, we lead the field by fostering an environment of mindful and responsible work.
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Synbio Entrepreneurship

iGEM's Entrepreneurship Program (EPIC) supports the development of iGEMs entrepreneurial community through a range of activities globally including the Venture Creation Labs, Mentorship Program, Fast Track Program and the Annual Startup Showcase. EPIC's next event "Venture Creation Labs" begins April 12! Click below to learn more!
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Connected Worldwide Community

The After iGEM Program connects everyone who has gone through the iGEM Competition since its inception in 2004. After iGEM is a way to continue to make an impact on the world. You are the leaders of the field -- and we want to help you succeed. iGEMers from iGEM 2019 and 2020 teams are currently invited to submit articles for an iGEM Special Issue Journal.
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Looking for mentorship opportunities?

April 8, 2021

Need mentorship for your new iGEM team? We are now taking applications for the 2021 After iGEM Mentorship Program! Apply to be a mentor or to receive mentorship by April 16!

Does your team need a mentor?

This program is a good fit for teams who would like to better understand the iGEM Competition through an experienced iGEM Mentor. Covering the basics from competition deliverables to important deadlines, while also adding the mentor’s own tips and professional experience to the mix.

Do you want to be a mentor?

Mentors are iGEMers with previous experience in the iGEM Competition, so they understand the structure and requirements of the competition. They will help their teams navigate the competition, and support their teams while they progress through notable dates and work towards deadlines.

The Mentorship Program is organized by the After iGEM Education Network. Click here to learn about After iGEM.

Black Lives Matter

If you have something you want to discuss with iGEM HQ relating to racism, diversity, or inclusion in iGEM, or you have an idea that you would like us to explore, we welcome you to please submit your thoughts through this anonymous feedback form.

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Re-Live iGEM 2020

The 2020 Competition Season is now over. Congratulations to all participants! Click below to browse team projects, results, and videos from 2020.

iGEM 2021

Thinking of joining the iGEM Competition next year? Come join in the fun! Visit the 2021 Competition website for information. (More info coming soon!)

iGEM Video Universe (Beta)

Upload, watch videos, subscribe, comment and like iGEM Videos! See iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree, Project Promotion Videos and Presentation Videos on demand.

Registry of Parts

The iGEM Registry of Standard Biological Parts is a growing collection of genetic parts that can be mixed and matched to build synthetic biology devices and systems.