The international Genetic Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is dedicated to education and competition, advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of open community and collaboration.

Become a world champion

Every year, an annual competition hailed as the "World Championships" of synthetic biology takes place. Here, students at all levels and from all around the world form teams and dedicate vast amounts of hard work to the development of cutting edge innovations within the field of synthetic biology.

At the beginning of the summer, teams receive a kit of biological parts from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts consisting of various genetic components. Working at their own institutions over the summer, they use these parts and new parts of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells.

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The competition comes to a conclusion at the annual iGEM Jamboree in Boston, Massachusetts where teams are presented with the opportunity to showcase their projects and meet up with fellow talented researchers from all around the globe.

The number of iGEM teams has grown each year with currently about 250 teams and over 2000 participating students per year. Regional jamborees are held as preludes to the annual Giant Jamboree.

The competition is divided into different sections for high school, undergraduate and 'overgraduate' students. Thematically the teams can choose between different tracks which allows them to focus their project towards a specific subject area within synthetic biology and also to know who they will compete against for the award within that specific area.

UCPH participated in 2016 with the team CosmoCrops under the direction of, among others, Head of Copenhagen Plant Science Centre, Poul Erik Jensen. The CosmoCrops team won the regional Nordic Mini Jamboree and are set to participate in the Giant Jamboree in Boston from 27-31 October 2016 in the 'New Application' category.

Read more about the 2017 UCPH iGEM team.