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A pioneer in engineering biology.
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.
iGEM’s main program is the iGEM Competition. The iGEM competition gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. Made up of primarily university students, multidisciplinary teams work together to design, build, test, and measure a system of their own design using interchangeable biological parts and standard molecular biology techniques. Every year nearly 6,000 people dedicate their summer to iGEM and then come together in the fall to present their work and compete at the annual Jamboree.
iGEMers are building a better world by solving problems with the help of synthetic biology. The iGEM Competition inspires nearly 6,000 students each year to work in teams to address unique challenges in their local communities. Browse through iGEM projects and learn how teams are solving real world problems.
We celebrate team achievements at the annual Giant Jamboree by showcasing projects from participating teams and awarding medals, prizes, and the grand prize, the BioBrick trophies.
iGEM sets the standard in synthetic biology with standardized parts. Learn more about the open source technology and browse through 20,000+ standardized genetic parts in the iGEM Registry.
The iGEM community is made up of international trailblazers from over 45 countries around the world. Learn more about the iGEM Teams.
In 2017 iGEM launched the After iGEM program. This program supports over 30,000 iGEMers -- students and instructors -- who has gone through the competition since its inception in 2004. This global network is leading the field, taking what they learned in the competition and expanding it to continue to build a better world. Learn more about iGEM's global After iGEM community where members take what they learned and experienced in the competition and expand it to continue have an impact on the world.
Our Impact on the World
to Local Problems
By working together, students can do amazing things. Browse through iGEM projects and learn how teams are solving real world problems with the help of synthetic biology.
With 30,000+ members, iGEM's international network of academics and industry professionals are building a better world. Visit After iGEM to learn more about engagement opportunities within iGEM, in synthetic biology, and in the global community.
Setting the Standard: Synthetic Biology based on Standard Parts
Learn more about the open source technology and browse through 20,000+ standardized genetic parts in the iGEM Registry.
The 2018 season of the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition is now over. Congratulations to all participants! Re-live iGEM 2018: Click below to browse team projects, results, photos, and videos from 2018.
JOIN iGEM 2019!
Registration for iGEM 2019 is now open! Visit the 2019 website for more information about this year's competition. Save the date for the iGEM 2019 Giant Jamboree October 31st to November 4th.
Welcome to iGEM
A message from Meagan Lizarazo, Vice President.
Visit the competition site 2019.igem.org to learn more.
Safety in iGEM
Human Practices at iGEM
A message from Megan Palmer, Director of Human Practices.
Visit the Human Practices Hub to learn more.
Experience the excitement of the iGEM Giant Jamboree.