Novo Nordisk Fonden - International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) programme

Project: Private Foundations

Project Details


The purpose is to create novel synthetic biological systems and to present these in an innovative manner using very different approaches including creating a homepage (wiki), a poster and an oral presentation (mandatory parts for competing in Boston). The key in this programme is that bright minds come together from all study fields to create new ideas using systems biological solutions.Therefore, many disciplines come together in iGEM. The competition might seem exclusive to biology or engineering disciplines, but teams will benefit from having students from very diverse fields to complement the programme. Since iGEM plays with biological building blocks there are questions that go beyond the lab bench for instance the matter of ethics, social justice, safety, security, and intellectual property rights. Other aspects of iGEM is to provide education, teaching and public engagement since new and innovative educational tools create public dialogue and discuss the science behind systems biology. In addition, many projects in the iGEM repertoire have the potential to have commercial value. Thus, entrepreneurship and the construction of a business case is something many iGEM teams aspire to. Therefore, iGEM is truly a multi-disciplinary programme.
Effective start/end date01/06/202031/12/2023