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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.

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. About iGEM →

Our Impact on the World

Building Solutions to
Local and Global Challenges

By working together, students can do amazing things. Learn how iGEMers around the globe are addressing regional and global challenges both inside and outside the lab.
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Champions of
Synthetic Biology

With 40,000+ members, iGEM's international network of academics and industry professionals are building a better world. Learn about our vibrant community of champions.
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Companies with
Roots in iGEM

iGEM is the largest synthetic biology innovation program and a launchpad for the industry's most successful leaders and companies. IGEM projects serve as proofs of concepts and prototypes, contributing to over 150 startups.
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Setting the Standard
in Synthetic Biology

iGEM programs are supported by a panel of industry experts that guide iGEM and set the industry standard for how synthetic biology is performed. Learn more about iGEM Committees and their work in setting the industry standards.
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News & Announcements



Join us at the iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree!

August 3, 2020

iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree
November 14-22, 2020


We are excited to announce the dates for the iGEM 2020 Virtual Giant Jamboree! Even though we can’t come together at one big in-person event this year, the virtual format brings some exciting opportunities to celebrate iGEM at a scale never before experienced.

Nine -- yes 9! -- full days to gather for Competition, Community, Contribution, and Celebration.

Blog & Digest

Cloning and Assembly Plans

By Alexis Casas, Jacob Beal, Ian Schlander and Peter Carr

What is cloning and gene assembly? Why is it important? How is it done? Learn more about it in this new blog post by the iGEM Measurement Committee: Read more

An introspection from Benchling: Why we support iGEM and continue to do so

By Johnny Truong

“At Benchling, our mission is to fundamentally transform how biology research is done. We accomplish this through developing software that eliminates busywork and enhances collaboration for all scientists, including iGEM teams.” Read more

My iGEM Journey

By Alba Iglesias Vilches

“Good teammates make you learn and grow. We had gone from being a team to being a family. Deadlines were approaching. Summer passed. Classes began at the university, and we worked to make our course loads as compatible as we could with the final experiments we needed for our iGEM project.” Read more

How To Build an Inclusive iGEM Project

By Anne S. Meyer

"In designing your iGEM project, we encourage you to consider: Who is included in your project design? Who benefits from your research? Will anyone be disadvantaged?" Read more

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 2019

The 2019 Competition Season is now over. Congratulations to all participants! Click below to browse team projects, results, photos, and videos from 2019.

iGEM 2020

Thinking of joining the iGEM Competition this year? Come join in the fun! Visit the 2020 Competition website for information.

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.

The iGEM Network

The iGEM Network was built to help iGEMers take what you learned in the competition and expand that to continue to build a better world. Click below to Join the iGEM Network.