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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.


This is our old website. As iGEM enters its 20th year, we are transitioning from our old Mediawiki infrastructure to new modern software. We expect to complete the migration to our new websites in March 2022:

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

iGEM Foundation Statement on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

March 14, 2022: The Russian invasion of Ukraine is completely unacceptable to the iGEM community and we stand with the rest of the scientific community in denouncing Russia's actions. The Board of Directors of the iGEM Foundation has determined that teams representing Russia will not be allowed to participate in this year's iGEM Competition, in new iGEM Leagues, or other iGEM community activities. Read More

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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Colored world map of iGEM-participating countries

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. Regular Registration for the 2022 iGEM Competition is open until April 29!
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Regional and Local Competitions

iGEM Leagues are new regional and local competitions, designed to enable more people to learn and apply synthetic biology around the world. Regular Registration for 2022 iGEM Design League is open until April 30!
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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 iGEM Community Program connects everyone who has gone through the iGEM Competition since its inception in 2004. iGEM Community 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.
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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. Meet the winners of the 2021 Startup Showcase.
About the iGEM EPIC Program →

The Global Synbio Event of the Year

The iGEM Giant Jamboree is an annual event showcasing the projects of 370+ multidisciplinary local teams solving local problems, all over the world, using synthetic biology. The 7,000 person event brings together the pioneers of the future for the finale of the iGEM Competition.
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Register Your Team for the 2022 iGEM Competition!

April 4, 2022

Team registration is now open for the 2022 iGEM Competition. Join the thousands of iGEMers around the world pushing the boundaries of synthetic biology to tackle everyday problems facing the world. Register and pay for your team by April 29 to take advantage of the regular registration rate.

Synthetase: High School Workshop (Indian League) registrations are open

March 21, 2022

This is a 16 day event, from 7th May - 22nd May, giving participants an introduction to fundamental concepts in Synthetic Biology through live lectures by reputed speakers from premier institutes across the world and panelist discussion sessions, along with training in various computational softwares used in Synthetic Biology. Students from 8th-12th standard are recommended to participate.

iGEM Design League 2022 registrations are open

March 9, 2022

The second year of our new Design League program is starting soon!

iGEM Design League is designed to help Latin American students kickstart their synthetic biology careers, with a competition focused on the design step of the synthetic biology cycle. Students take the challenge to design with biology to solve local problems in creative and innovative ways. Design League teams also get access to iGEM Academy, a synbio educational experience featuring talks from industry experts. Most importantly: Teams do not need lab, infrastructure or equipment to start and participate in iGEM Design League!

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the largest synthetic biology community in Latin America.


Want to list an iGEM event, or need to manage your event details? Please contact us at hq [AT] igem [DOT] org.

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