We are a team of passionate scientists who are dedicated to improving human lives by means of synthetic biology. By combining expertise from fields such as biomedical sciences, molecular biology or bioengineering, we strive to create an application with a lasting impact. Next to our research, we aim to involve our local community in the fascinating world of synthetic biology by organizing various scientific conferences and workshops.
The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is a synthetic biology competition aimed at university teams from all over the world. The competition was founded in 2003 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is organised annually. Working over the summer at their local laboratories, participating teams aim to engineer biological systems and operate them in living cells. Besides research, the teams are encouraged to involve their local communities in the possibilities of synthetic biology by organising workshops and events.
Each iGEM year starts in September and is concluded in November of the next year, at the Giant Jamboree in Paris. During this 5-day event, the 300+ participating university teams present their project competing for prizes and medals.
What is synthetic biology?
Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary field involving the application of engineering principles to biology. It is the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, and the re-design of existing biological systems for useful purposes.