What iGEM is about
iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition) is an international competition in the field of Synthetic Biology organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. It is an annually occurring event, designed for undergraduate students and as of late also high school students and entrepreneurs. It encourages teams to develop novel, creative and inspiring ideas for the use of genetically engineered systems to solve social and scientific problems. Next year, the event celebrates its 10th anniversary.
The iGEM competition is hosted by the iGEM foundation, an independent and non-profit organization originating from the MIT.
Participating teams are equipped with a kind of gene-kit. The so called “BioBricks” can be combined freely for the projects. As a part of the iGEM concept, teams are also encouraged to improve already existing bricks or develop new bricks to add them to the database for usage in future projects.
The iGEM competition is dedicated to promote teamwork, scientific research and advancement of Synthetic Biology.
Founded in 1745, the Technische Universität Braunschweig is the oldest institute of technology in Germany. Following this tradition, the university was one of the first to recognize the importance of interdisciplinary education. Innovative fields of study such as Germany’s first biotechnology program were established here. Today, the Technische Universität Braunschweig is part of the TU9, an alliance of Germany’s finest and biggest institutes of technology. Besides the renowned engineering faculty, the university also includes a well-established life science faculty with an unique network to major research institutions in Braunschweig. The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research is only one of them. This network opens an inimitable variety of perspectives to researchers and students.