iGEM’s main program is the iGEM Competition, an annual, world wide synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students. The iGEM Competition gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. 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. iGEM teams work inside and outside the lab, creating sophisticated projects that strive to create a positive contribution to their communities and the world. 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 Giant Jamboree (Source: iGEM
What I love most about the iGEM competition is its extremely interdisciplinary character. Students from multiple different disciplines work together on one project, supporting this very project with their expertise!
I participated in iGEM as a student with the Aachen 2014 team
and supervised the Munich (LMU+TUM) 2018 team