About the competition
The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) is an international Synthetic Biology competition, the idea of which emerged from the workshop, organized in MIT, by Tom Knight and Drew Endy during MIT's independent activity in 2003 and 2004. The competition primarily gives students and young people the opportunity to cross the boundaries of Synthetic Biology and solve 21st-century problems of significant importance. The goal is students to work in multidisciplinary teams to design a biological system of their own using fundamental techniques of Molecular Biology. At the same time, it is required from each group to connect its work with society. The concept of the competition has spread throughout the world, and each year more than 300 teams and 6,000 university and school students spend their summer preparing for the competition, and in the autumn, they meet in Boston to present their research work and compete in the Giant Jamboree. From 2021 the competition will be held in Paris.
The competition is the main program of the iGEM Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the progress of Synthetic Biology and Education aiming to develop an open collaborative society.
Aiming to promote education and engagement of undergraduate and postgraduate students on the field of Synthetic Biology, OMIC-Engine supports the participation of Greek teams at the International Synthetic Biology Competition, iGEM. Since 2018, our Research Infrastructure continues to support the newly formed Greek iGEM teams, by providing scientific advice, financial support and connecting their projects with the academic community. Furthermore, through our communication channels we unravel the teams’ Synthetic Biology research projects, during the competition lifecycle.
Meet the Greek iGEM teams
Since 2017, the Greek iGEM teams have thrived at the competition and managed to bring back to Greece a plethora of medals and special prizes. Discover their research projects.
An engineered biofilm for the production of a novel structurally coloured material
If you belong in any newly formed Greek iGEM team or willing to create a new team, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.