The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition
  • Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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The iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition is an annual, world wide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students, as well as high school and graduate students.

Build genetically engineered systems using Biobricks (standard biological parts).

What’s the aim of the competition?

The aim is to address a grand global challenge and make a positive contribution to communities and the world. As a member of a multidisciplinary team, you work inside and outside the lab to create a sophisticated project. Teams are global and are encouraged to support one another. The competition culminates in a Giant Jamboree in the USA.

Students from all disciplines are welcome.

  • Any science and engineering – to help design, build and characterise the machine;
  • Marketing, arts, graphics, web design – to promote and publicise the project;
  • Business and finance – to raise funds and manage the budget;
  • Social science and humanities – to provide an ethical and social context.


To participate, one academic instructor must be part of the team. You are encouraged to create an extended network of advisors and mentors in the University to help you to succeed. These may be graduate students or academics who have experience in one or more aspect of your project. This ensures that you have support throughout the competition.

Find out more

If you would like to know more about the competition and meet other interested students, come along to this presentation.

The event starts at 7pm.

Contact Dr Raymond Sparrow ( for details.

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