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iGEM Foundation

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (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.

iGEM From Above - thousands of attendees at the 2018 Giant Jamboree

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. Late registration ends in . Register a team now!
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Team Registration is NOW OPEN: Visit the 2021 iGEM Competition Website →

What would you #DesignWithBiology?

iGEM's new Design League is a new iGEM competition designed to kickstart your journey in synthetic biology. Design League registration is now open!
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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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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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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. Click below to learn more!
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iGEM News

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New Opportunity: iGEM Safety & Security Fellow. Apply by May 14

April 29, 2021

New opportunity for early-career iGEM alumni interested in biosafety, biosecurity and responsible science. This is a remote, paid position, for 2-3 months with a flexible start date between June and September. The first round of applications are due May 14:


New Workshop Series: Academic Publishing Workshops starting May 22

May 10, 2021

Planning to publish your work or want to learn about academic publishing? The After iGEM Academia & Research Steering Group is hosting a series of 4 weekly Academic Publishing Workshops starting from May 22, 2021.

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 entering the iGEM Competition this year? Come join in the fun! Visit the 2021 Competition website for information.

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.